Coaching Announcement

Welcome to the inaugural Ice Zoo Hockey Club Season

We (Committee Members, Rink Owners, Coaches, Managers, Parents and Players) are all excited to be part of building a new and fresh hockey club and can’t wait to get the season on the way and show off our colours.

In this post:

  1. Teams and Registration
  2. Coaches
    a) Training Crew
    b) Team Crew
  3. Goals and Objectives 2018
  4. Coaching Philosophy
  5. Technical Language
  6. Training Update
  7. Resourceful Videos

1- We are the Wolves!

 We are finalising our teams for the upcoming Winter Season this week. If your child is looking to play Squirts, Peewees or Atoms, we may have a few spots available.

2- Coaches

Training Crew

It’s our pleasure to announce our 2018 coaching crew for Wednesday nights training under the leadership group of

Hugues (Hugh) Deraps

  • Coaching Director
  • Born: Montreal, Canada
  • IIHF Level 2 Coach and Official

Hugh has been coaching and officiating hockey in both Canada and Australia since 1999. He ran numerous player development programs in both inline and ice hockey. More recently, he directed the coaching at Canterbury in 2015-16 also running two hockey camps for coaches and player with his mentors Ron Johnson and Terry Morrison from EHS in Vancouver Canada.

John Havey

  • Senior Coach
  • Born: Sydney, Australia
  • IIHF Level 3 Coach

John has been coaching since 2002 and officiating hockey since 2006. His daughter is a key Sydney Sirens player and he has developed numerous Australian players.

Joerg Schmitz

  • Junior Coach and Club President
  • Born: Cologne, Germany
  • IIHF Level 1 Coach in 2018

Joerg is from the hockey central of Germany where he played juniors and he’s bringing his experience into his new coaching career.  

Our supporting coaches

Logan Russell

  • Born: USA
  • IIHF Level 1

Logan is well known around having ran the Meerkats comp for the players in development as well as other development league and training sessions. He is a key experienced asset for the club.  

Ashley Moore

  • Born: Australia  
  • IIHF Level 1 Coach in 2018

From the love of the game, Ashley decided to volunteer and become a hockey coach this year. He is a student of the game with a great attitude towards coaching. He will learn a lot from our senior coaches and help us at delivering a great experience for the players.

 Orion Lynch

  • Born: Australia

Orion is a junior player wanting to give back to the sport by helping younger players develop their hockey skills. He also, will learn a lot from our senior coaches and help us at delivering a great experience for the players.

Team Crew

Peewee Team


  • Head Coach: John Harvey
  • Assistant Coach: Joerg Schmitz
  • Assistant Coach: Hugh Deraps
  • Assistant Coach: Logan Russell

Manager(s) :

  • Craig Zimmerman
  • Sam Rowe

Squirts Team


  • Head Coach: Joerg Schmitz
  • Assistant(s) to be confirmed


  • Christine Kelly

Atoms Team


  • Head Coach: Hugh Deraps
  • Assistant Coach: Ashley Moore


  • Megan Schmitz

3 – Goals and Objectives for 2018

  • Fun
  • Skill development
  • Game management (Preparation, rules, expectations and executions)

Hockey is fun and learning hockey should be fun as well and that is our primary focus. As much as winning games is fun, skill development is more important. Winning will always be a by-product of good and sound skills of the game.

As mentioned before, intensity and exercise is important but a foundation needs to be attain otherwise you are just reiterating bad habits.

We are following the EHS training program develop by Ron Johnson (Masters Degree in biomechanics for hockey).

Our challenge as coaches this year is to bring up to speed the players that are just starting out while challenging the more experienced players and encouraging them to become good leaders.

4- Coaching Philosophy

Coaching is not just about exercise and skill, it’s also about life, respect and attitude. Attitude being the most important aspect, without a good attitude, one can’t teach, or learn, or grow and or perform at their best.

Fun, free time, pucks, shooting around, drills, games etc all have a time, a place and a purpose that must be carefully crafted together to achieve our goals

  • Life skills
  • Respect
  • Good attitude
  • Fun

5- Language   –   DID YOU KNOW?

Most of the balance and puck control skills we teach can be praticed at home?

Yes most of the exercise we do on the ice beside the actual skating can be re-created off the ice. We encourage all players to continue practicing at home.

Here is some of the language you will hear a lot at the rink that you should memorise and use when practicing.

  • Grip, pinky off or pinky grip (Top Hand)
  • Ok grip (Bottom Measure Hand)
  • Hands in Front with Top Hand’s Elbow up
  • Knee up, toe down
  • Inside or outside edge
  • Sculling and dribbling
  • Wide feat (Puck Protection)
  • Top hand, bottom hand
  • Top hand heavy Concept

Please refer to the glossary of terms attached for reference.

Why is language important?

Any teaching, skill set or industry, always has a specific language to use to facilitate understanding and maximise learning efficiencies.

6- Training Update

This week is the last Pre-Season training which will go as normal.

Our official team training will commence on Wed March 7th 2018 and will be limited to only the players committed and registered with the club.

From March 7th the times will be:

  • Atoms and Squirts 6.30 – 7.30pm
  • Peewee 7 – 8pm 

7- Resourceful Videos

Video Presentation on Basic Offensive and Defensive Tactics

Skating test that we are striving for. Hopefully all our players will be capable of doing by end of season.


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