Local coaches bring back The Extra Mile Hockey Academy

 

By Joel Charron

After a successful first year, local hockey coaches Matt Fox and Wes Ewer are bringing back The Extra Mile Hockey Academy (TEMHA).

“Last year was phenomenal,” said Fox. “We had a great turn out and it seemed benefit everyone who participated including the coaches.”

“There was no negative feedback,” said Ewer. “The same kids that were in last year are the same kids to sign up this year. To me that shows they have the confidence in us to help them get better.”

Ewer and Fox stress hard work and willingness to succeed is the corner stone of what they do.

Their philosophy is simple; in order to out work the other guys, you have to go the extra mile. On ice, off ice or anywhere else, they do what it takes to make the next step.

The eight-week program is based on three key developmental areas: skating and stride development, in game system and position improvement and dedication to maximum effort off the ice.

Fox and Ewer have also enlisted the help of former OHL defenseman Paul Bortignon and former Junior C and B player Ted Jacobs.

“Paul’s fundamental knowledge of the skating stride has turned our power skating program into one of the

Coach Paul Bortignon has made vast improvments to their power skating program,  focusing on stride development and maximizing stride efficiency.

Coach Paul Bortignon has made vast improvments to their power skating program, focusing on stride development and maximizing stride efficiency.

best around,” said Ewer. “He not only knows the fundamentals of the game but also how to play it.”

“Ted’s ability to coach and fundamentally teach athletes makes him a true asset to our program,” said Fox. “He will be the force behind stressing the importance of system, positional and team play during a game.”

TEMHA have stepped it up for this summer with improvements to all facets of the program and will be opening up the academy to all athletes between the ages of 7-19.

They have made improvements to each of the three camp activities. Bortignon has implemented a new focus on stride development and maximizing stride efficiency for this summers power skating.

TEMHA is also proud to announce that Jeremie Dupont, a manager at Gary Roberts Performance Center in Richmond Hill, ON will be on board for a goalie clinic “like no other.”

They have also beefed up their off ice program with new and old trainers. Personal trainer Wayne Chambers and University of Windsor starting running back Mitch Dender return and new to the team comes the highly decorated, Jessica Ewer.

 

Matt Fox (left) and Wes Ewer (right) have one goal, to make players better.

Matt Fox (left) and Wes Ewer (right) have one goal, to make players better.

“Her resume locally speaks for itself but if you look at what she has accomplished since she’s left Amherstburg it’s unrivaled,” said Fox.

TEMHA also lined up four new guest speakers, each with a uniquely empowering message. Speaking to attendees will be Dr. Vern Stenlund, Bil Nolin, Harold Konrad and a special surprise guest speaker.

Ewer and Fox both agree they have one goal in mind when opening TEMHA, to make players better.

“It’s easy to improve because you are already doing more than the kid who is doing nothing,” said Ewer. “No one is going to be doing what these kids are going to be doing this summer.”

Fox boasts TEMHA will have one coach for every six kids.

“At the end of the day it’s all about developing these kids,” said Fox.

For more information on program, package and registration details please visit www.TEMHA.ca.

“If you put the work in, you will get the result,” said Ewer. “But you have to be willing to push yourself harder to go that extra mile.”

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