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about HH
The entire Hardcore Hockey staff has years of experience teaching, and have dedicated their lives to playing and coaching on and off the ice. Endorsing the “for players, by players” mentality, Hardcore Hockey instructors have experienced all on-ice situations a player could come across, and are able to break down individual and team scenarios accurately in order to coach players and teams. The Hardcore Hockey staff is composed of experienced professionals, who have all played at the highest levels throughout their careers. Additionally, they have the coaching and skill training experience to effectively teach in team scenarios.

Hardcore Hockey Instructors are fully trained according to Josh Kern’s copyrighted teaching curriculum. Players from all regional ice surfaces seek out the training administered by Josh Kern and Hardcore Hockey. These players evidence immediate marked improvement.

Complete breakdowns of new school hockey techniques… We can verbally and physically break down and demonstrate every single hockey technique that you will see in the NHL. Our staff is teaching players cutting edge moves before they even see it being done by the pros - Not just your average hockey. We take general hockey categories such as; shooting, stickhandling, forward/backward skating, passing, checking and dekes, and break them down in to very specific individualized hockey skills that you will not find anywhere else around, period!

We are the only program in the U.S. that offers an in-house hands-on personalized training experience. Our staff instructors are top-notch coaches that have been trained by the best on how to instruct proper form and technique. Every instructor is experienced and knowledgeable in every aspect of the game. We preach the same philosophy and work together as a team in order to provide the best training and developmental teaching for players on and off the ice. No matter the skill level, all hardcore students are known on a personal level by the entire staff to ensure the full evaluation and development of players. Each player’s strengths, weaknesses, and personal goals are important to the entire staff. As a team we work to help achieve these goals and eliminate a player’s weaknesses, as they become effective weapons on the ice. Our priority is to bring players to the next level and beyond.

JOSH KERN
Anchorage, Alaska
Director of Hockey Operations
Hardcore Hockey, DC Elite, Elite Hockey Skills LLC
Master Powerskating Skills, Positioning Instructor
Former Junior, College, Pro Hockey Player
18 Years Teaching Experience
USA Hockey Coaching Level 4 Certification
JAY PAGETT
Toronto, Canada
Pro Powerskating & Skills Instructor
Former Junior, College Hockey Player
Former Youth, Junior, College Coach (Tier 11 & 1
13 Years Teaching Experience
Hockey Canada Certified Level 4 Certification
CHRIS CARAVELLI
McLean, Virginia
Pro Powerskating & Skills Instructor
Former Junior Player
Former Youth Coach (Tier 1)
12 Years Teaching Experience
USA Hockey Coaching Level 3 Certification
GRADY LITTLE
McLean, Virginia
Pro Powerskating & Skills Instructor
Former Junior Player
10 Years Teaching Experience
USA Hockey Coaching Level 3 Certification
SHAYLUN YOUNG
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Pro Powerskating & Skills Instructor
Former College Hockey Player
10 Years Teaching Experience
CHRIS WARREN
Ashburn, Virginia
Powerskating & Skills Instructor
Former College Hockey Player
6 Years Teaching Experience
CLAY WENTE
Reston, Virginia
Powerskating & Skills Instructor
Former College Hockey Player
8 Years Teaching Experience
SEAN MCLAUGHLIN
McLean, Virginia
Powerskating & Skills Instructor
Former College Hockey Player
5 Years Teaching Experience
Unlike other developmental programs, Hardcore Hockey does not travel. During the summer, we offer a comprehensive ten-week program of back-to-back camps and clinics. We remain at SkateQuest rink throughout the year to provide developmental training sculpted for your player’s specific goals. We believe that it is necessary to treat each player differently, which is why we divide the ice into four corners. Hockey is not a ‘one size fits all’ sport so we refuse to use wireless microphones for instruction. Instead, we implement one-on-one techniques and small group instruction to facilitate development. Year after year we sell out every camp and clinic because of our superb instruction and player-instructor interaction. We boast the lowest player to instructor ratio in the region if not the world. Regardless of who the player is, he or she will walk away from each session having learned something and having actually became a better hockey player.

Unlike other outside paid company programs found at rinks across America, we are career hockey instructors and professionals. We are fully dedicated to all of our clients and are devoted to helping whenever and however we can. We are the best, and we can prove it. Hardcore Hockey is always available and dedicated to player development and we emphasize the work ethic required to create better hockey athletes. In the words of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, “It is not how hard you train or how long, but who you train with and learn from.”

Only instructors with hockey playing experience can teach the proper hockey skating and skills techniques for effective employment on the ice. Hockey skating fundamentals are derived from the idea that a player has a puck or is in a position to receive the puck while ensuring proper skating technique. Practicing hockey skating skills with the mentality of hockey play is key to the effective transition from powerskating to hockey game-play. Hockey is a fast paced game, and will only grow faster in the future. Players must be properly trained to react under pressure. Players have to remain dedicated to the development of their own personal style of play, both mentally and physically. We understand, from our own experience, the challenges players face in their developmental years. As Instructors and mentors, we are able and willing to help in the cultivation of excellent players on and off the ice.

MICHAEL HEARN
Bethlehem, PennsylvaniaWellesley, Massachusetts
Powerskating & Skills Instructor
Former Junior Hockey Player
7 Years Teaching Experience
RYAN DOVE
Woodbridge, Virginia
Powerskating & Skills Instructor
Former College Hockey Player
9 Years Teaching Experience
GARRETT ROE
McLean, Virginia
Powerskating & Skills Instructor
Currently Plays Professional Hockey
(NHL Draft Pick '08)
Hobey Baker Finalist '08 & '09
9 Years Teaching Experience
JP KASCSAK
Springfield, Virginia
Powerskating & Skills Instructor
Currently Plays College Hockey
7 Years Teaching Experience
JAY WILLIAMS
McLean, Virginia
Goalie Instructor
Currently Plays College Hockey
4 Years Teaching Experience