Micro Ice was created to mimic a “shinny” or pond hockey type atmosphere. In Europe, many players hone their skills by playing “shinny” with their friends for hours and hours on frozen ponds or lakes. At Micro Ice, we have recreated a small pond, where players develop the most important ice hockey skills like puck possession, stick-handling skills, and skating ability. Young Europeans spend less time on games and more time developing skills, both stick-handling and skating skills. They separate into small groups of 6-12 players and practice specific skills until it becomes second nature. High-quality repetitions done in a fun, creative way is why Finland and Sweden are developing some of the most skilled players in the world. The goal of Micro Ice training sessions is to provide the same opportunity for kids in this area while having fun. Micro Ice has always been on the cutting edge of hockey development. USA Hockey, Hockey Canada, and other countries are all following suit and having their youngest players learn the game by playing on smaller surfaces. If a player is successful at Micro Ice, their skill set easily transfers to a full sheet of ice.
Yes! From learn to skate to NHL players, everyone benefits from Micro Ice. For younger players, Micro Ice is age and size appropriate. Baseball has little league fields, soccer has mini fields and adjustable nets, basketball has reduced height and 3 on 3 with half courts. For generations, six year olds have had to skate on the same size sheets of ice as adults, but not at Micro Ice. For older players, Micro Ice forces players to work on the most critical skills in hockey: small area games and skills, quick acceleration bursts, and developing hockey IQ.
Micro Ice was created by NHL players wiith the idea of mirroring a European style of hockey that teaches skill development with high-speed skating. Sweden and Finland have been teaching these skills in small groups and areas for years and produces a higher number of NHL players per capita than either the US or Canada.
Not only does the smaller ice surface facilitate quick decisions with the puck, but with the high skating pace as you master specific skills, you achieve an intense workout.
Yes, because ice hockey is really played in a series of small areas with limited space. The player who can improve his skills in this area will have a much greater success on the larger ice surface. The smaller surface forces you to get out of your comfort zone, which leads to raised skill level and improved quickness in shots and moves.
Ice Hockey is played on real ice, not synthetic or fake ice. You simply can not develop the speed or gain a real nice experience on the fake ice. The movement is too slow and you cannot do the edge work necessary to improve your puckhandling skills.”If it is not real ice, it is not real”