The Panthers Prep are the Lower Mainlands Elite Prep Tier 1 Development team’s hosting 1 U12 Elite AAA, U14 Elite AAA , and U16 Elite AAA based out of Langley Sportsplex. The Panthers are an elite tournament/academy team that will begin in early September and will consist of elite level practices weekly, Friday to Sunday. The team will be competing in 40 AAA/Prep level scouted games which includes tournaments and showcases.
All player stats will be added on the team website for scouting purposes. Tournament exposure gives our players the strongest opportunity to be looked at by scouts all over BC and out of the country. Our primary focus is to prepare players and get them signed into the Western Hockey League, as well as provide NCAA scholarship opportunities.
High Performance On Ice Development
The Panthers Prep program takes tremendous pride with their on ice development. The program is designed to push players to their maximal potential through mentorship, experience, and leadership. If selected, all players will be put through high intensive junior level training, and on ice conditioning. Each development practice will include dynamic game type situations, team systems, and individual player development. All team practices will take place from Friday evening to Sunday evening. Coaches will assess player weaknesses and focus on them to improve all aspects of their game. Players and parents will receive monthly assessment reports based on practices and games throughout the month that will need to be signed and sent back.
Off Ice Development
Off ice is a major part in today’s game and this will strongly be focused on. Twice a week the team will be taken to Total Fitness upstairs Langley Sportsplex with Peter Glover, our dryland coach. Peter has over 30 years of experience and currently works with Duncan Keith and Jujhar Khaira of the NHL. Peter strongly focuses on hockey specific weight training, high intensity circuit training , interval bike training and various core and stretching exercises. Timed runs/races will be done and improvement in time will be expected throughout the course of the season. A customized nutrition/meal plan will be given to all players which will be expected to follow.
The Panthers Prep program believes it is crucially important to see game play visually in order for players to fully understand where to be in all aspects of the game. Each game will be video recorded in high quality. The team will be brought to the video room the following day where staff will go over full coverage of the game and where corrections can be made.
Players will receive their own player profile which will hold accurate results of player/goalie stats. Stats will only be posted based on official game sheets. Individual photos will be taken for all player profiles at the beginning of the season.
A professional goalie coach will be brought in to work with both goaltenders. Goaltenders will get the opportunity to work on goalie specific training and drills to improve their game to the
next level which also includes specific skating techniques.
Kim Marfleet and her team at Langley Sportsplex will come in once weekly to work on player and goalie skating techniques. Kim is a Technical Skating Specialist in teaching advanced “Edge, Power and Stride” skating technique, stride efficiency and proper body alignment. By utilizing the ELITE Skating training methods, players of all levels will acquire the skills needed to achieve maximum speed, agility and power. Once corrected and better skating is attained, so too will puck-handling and shooting skills improve. All Elite Skating technique and skating drills are easily transferable into game situations.
Players will have the opportunity to travel to the States to play American teams.
Friday Evening- Team systems/development practice. (75 minutes) Video upstairs following practice.
Saturday Morning- (individual skills/development) 75 minutes. Players will head immediately upstairs to the Total Fitness training facility for 1 hour workout.
Sunday Morning- 75 minute skating practice. Skating coaches will be brought in to work on specific skating techniques to help improve all players to the highest level. Players will head immediately upstairs to the Total Fitness training facility for 1 hour workout.
Weekly games to follow on non training days.
Video sessions will take place following Friday evening practice to correct positioning errors
and game analysis.
The Panthers Prep program was created to give younger players the professional hockey experience and training they would not receive from other associations. This program is designed to give players the strongest opportunity to excel and improve in their game. The Panthers believe that these age groups are pivotal for development and exposure, which is why both areas will be strongly focused on. Phone calls , emails, and video footage will be sent out to scouts throughout the season to give our players the strongest exposure possible. With 225 minutes of ice time a week, highly competitive dryland classes, AAA showcases/ tournaments, play by play video analysis, and junior level coaching, each player will be given the opportunity to succeed to their full potential.