As a member of the Utica Jr. Comets Elite program, each team will participate in weekly power skating sessions with Head Utica College Men’s Ice Hockey Coach, Gary Heenan. During this time, Gary provides a wealth of knowledge to the Elite players. Coach Heenan teaches the same drills, fundamentals, and techniques to the Elite teams as he does with his own collegiate team. Learning the proper skating techniques and fundamentals provides each elite player with a strong foundation to continually develop skills at the quickest rate possible. Coach Heenan has a plethora of drills focusing on edgework, skating stride, transitions, cross-overs, and much more. Developing the proper skating technique and stride is an integral belief within the Utica Jr. Comets Elite Organization.
While the immediate impact of Gary Heenan’s power skating is seen through the development of each player, the one hour skating session gives Elite Coaches time to focus on other skill development drills during individual team practices.