What does it take to be a Champion?

Champions come in all shapes and sizes. They can be tall, short, fast, fancy, rough or even lucky. No matter what they look like, they all have one thing in common. They win with a unified team effort. Champions don’t care about the number of points they have on the scoresheet, the highlight reels or…


East Coast Ice Featured Coach: Kenny Kyle – Fredericton Flames Atom Minor

I grew up in Salisbury, NB and played my minor hockey in Petitcodiac, NB.  As a child, I did not have the opportunity to begin playing organized hockey until I was approximately 11 years old.  Having missed some significant development years is the obvious reason I did not have a career as an NHL Superstar. …


East Coast Ice Little Leader of February

SIMON GALLANT – OWNER & OPERATOR OF “SIM’S POPCORN STOP” “Sim’s Popcorn Stop” came to life when 9-year-old Simon Gallant, from Cocagne, New-Brunswick, decided he wanted to become an entrepreneur.  He spent all summer 2015 researching the type of business to get into.  Finally, he came up with the idea to sell popcorn; simple and…


East Coast Ice Little Leader of December

Annie Audet – #22 on 2006 Belledune Storm, Owner of “Wheeler’s Waffles” Annie started her business in August 2015.  We all clearly remember when and how the idea came to her. Our family was heading home after the kids had spent a week at Andrews’ Summer School.  Annie and her brother Jansen both said they…


Simple exercises to develop an efficient skating stride

  We all know the importance of speed in today’s game. You just have to look at all the recent champions to validate the skating argument. Team Canada’s World Cup squad suffocated opponents with their skating, taking away time and space at both ends of the ice. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup this…


East Coast Ice Featured Coach: Marc Bourque – NB Ice Novice Major

I am a Dieppe native from a prominent hockey family. I am currently coaching 4 teams (2008 NB Ice, novice major, and 2 ringette teams) and truly enjoy every minute of it all. Highlights from my playing days include international play in Germany and the Canada Winter Games. As a teenager ( a long time…


2016 East Coast Ice Holiday Classic Media Recap

The gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends and the most anticipated hockey tournament of the year. Can anyone guess what time of the year it this is? Of course, we are talking about the most wonderful time of the year. The…


Little Leaders Scholarship Program

We are excited to announce a new aspect of our Little Leaders Program! The Little Leaders Scholarship Program will recognize a Little Leader from each region by awarding them with a free ECI 2017 Spring Hockey registration, or a regular Andrews Hockey Camp of their choice! Here is how it works: Please have the player…


The Importance of Proper Stick Length

One of the most important developmental tools for any young player is to have a hockey stick that suits him/her. A stick of proper length will enable players to handle the puck close to their body, make backhand passes, help them control the puck when moving laterally and develop more power and control in their…