USA Hockey announced today that, in addition to two other programs, the Los Angeles Jr. Kings have earned designation as a USA Hockey Model Association, increasing the total number nationwide to 24.
With this designation, the Jr. Kings have committed to fully implement programming dedicated to age-appropriate, age-specific skill development in accordance with USA Hockey's American Development Model throughout the 8-and-Under, 10-and-Under and 12-and-Under age classifications.
“Being recognized as a USA Hockey Model Association is both an honor and a privilege, and one our entire organization holds in the highest regard," said Nick Vachon, the Jr. Kings’ general manager of hockey operations. “As a club, we’ve always valued and fostered the age-appropriate teachings USA Hockey has instilled, and we look forward to championing that message even further to each and every one of our current and future players and coaches as they work toward reaching their full potential in both a positive and structured environment.
“Everyone involved in our program - most notably our players, coaches and parents - will benefit tremendously from the added support and guidance from USA Hockey as we continue to bring our entire organization to new heights, on and off the ice.”
As a benefit of their model association designation, the Jr. Kings will receive in-person coaches training, on-ice instruction and parent resources from USA Hockey's national staff. Further, the club will also receive equipment, signage and educational resources from USA Hockey.
The California Heat and Texas-based McKinney North Stars are the other newly-designated model associations.
“We're pleased to welcome these new model associations and we're excited for the children who will benefit from these associations’ passion and commitment to age-appropriate skill development," said Kevin McLaughlin, senior director of hockey development for USA Hockey. “By taking this step, these new model associations are making a strong move to offer the best possible competition and training environment for their players.”
Every youth hockey organization affiliated with USA Hockey has the opportunity to earn model association status. Click here for more information on criteria.
USA Hockey Model Associations span from coast to coast and now represent 15 states. Click here for more information on USA Hockey’s Model Association program.