“Going to Europe/Czech Republic was a unique opportunity that presented itself to me, and I am grateful that I had the experience I did. I was exposed to unique ways to attack the game of hockey. Including different training, skill development, and different style of play on the ice in general. I learned a lot during my trip, and was fortunate enough to have experienced it at a young age so I could apply it to my career early. For sure was a part...
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Hockey Development International is an organization founded in 2002. It is and always will be the goal of HDI to expose North American players to a developmental opportunity, in a country known for a superior youth development system. HDI currently operates offices both in Canada and Europe. HDI is regarded as one of Canada’s premier developmental programs for players below the junior category.
Since 2006 H.D.I. has extended it’s activities to include an individualized training program (ITP). It operates every summer in the Czech Republic and Canada.It is a fact that there are currently 60 – 65 NHL players from the Czech Republic; a country of only ten million people, with approximately the same amount of male minor hockey players as Saskatchewan.
Many of these players fall into the elite top 20 overall NHL players. This is no mistake, simply a product of professional deliberate coaching, emphasizing very specific and trainable factors combined with the value of hard work.Our elite teams engage in:
In today’s game the factor of limited ice time reduces the top level coaches’ ability to spend neccessary amounts of time on meeting the individual training demands of players. In most cases coaches are focused on improving their team as a whole. Players are often placed only in situations that hide their weaknesses in order to facilitate team success. The ITP program analyzes and confers with the player and his coach to identify these weaknesses and improve them.Learn More