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GUSTO Hockey

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Welcome to Gusto Hockey

Gusto Hockey is a skill-development program committed to helping aspiring athletes to enhance their skill sets and overall understanding of the game of hockey. We provide a positive teaching approach that encourages and allows players the opportunity to work outside of their comfort zones, take risks and make mistakes in a safe and controlled environment to become better, more knowledgeable players.
 
Gusto Hockey offers year round programs for players, teams and associations throughout southern New Brunswick. These include speciality clinics, summer hockey schools, fall conditioning camps, spring hockey programs and coach mentoring.



Current Hockey Camps

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  • Blades Female AAA Series

    Teams:
    U8 Gusto Blades
    U10 Gusto Blades
    U12 Gusto Blades – Blue
    U12 Gusto Blades - Gold
    U14 Gusto Blades – Blue
    U14 Gusto Blades - Gold

    Registration Fee for All Teams
    Total Cost of Program: $645 per player - includes jersey and socks (HST Included)
    Total Cost of Program: $605 per returning player with jersey & socks (HST included)
  • Gusto Summer Hockey School

    Click here to register for this program.

    The Gusto Summer Hockey School will be cutting edge, offering the latest teaching techniques and innovative approaches. We will utilize stations and keep the practices at a high tempo with very little standing around and focus on skill development. The ice times will focus on all skills and tactics, while providing an opportunity for critical ice time and instruction prior to the fall season and upcoming tryouts. This camp will be CHALLENGING AND FUN!

    Our Head Ice Instructors are Jeff Lewis, Jordan DeLong and Kayla Blackmore. Our coaches have enjoyed successful athletic careers and, more importantly, are superb instructors. They have coaching experience at the NCAA and Junior A levels. They have worked many High Performance camps with Hockey New Brunswick, Hockey Nova Scotia, the University of New Brunswick, and Dartmouth College. Each coach has helped to develop many players who have moved on to play at the QMJHL, NCAA, Junior A, and prep school ranks.

    Divisions
    U9: For players born in 2012/2013/2014
    U11: For players born in 2010/2011
    U13: For players born in 2007/2008/2009

    Program Details
    Date: August 24-27th (Monday-Thursday)
    Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    Location: Q-plex
    Total Cost: $420 (HST Included)

    Sample Day Schedule Below
    Monday
    8:00 - 8:30am - Arrival
    9:00-10:00 am - Fitness Testing
    10:00-10:30 am - Ice Prep
    10:30-11:30 am - On-Ice Practice
    11:30 am-12:00 pm - Lunch
    12:00-1:00pm - Ball Hockey
    1:00-2:00 pm - Pool
    2:30-3:45 pm - On-Ice Practice
    4:00-4:30 pm - Depart
  • Mini Riverhawks Spring Program

    This camp is full. Please email Jordan Delong to be put on a wait list should a spot open.

    Program Description
    :
    • Spring Hockey Development Program for players born 2013/2014/2015
    • Very high instructor to player ratio
    • 12 hours of development
    • Practice Jersey
    • On-ice instructors include Jordan DeLong, Jamie Bennett, Jeff Lewis and other top experienced Gusto Hockey coaches.
    This camp will focus on technical skills of shooting, passing, puck control with a strong emphasis on the skating aspect of the game as well as small area and competitive games. This camp will consist of twelve hours of on-ice instruction.
     
    **Please note - this is not a learn to skate program and players must be able to get around the ice on their own.**

    Lead Instructors: Jordan DeLong, Jamie Bennett, Jeff Lewis and Gusto Staff
    Location: Dr. Bonnycastle Memorial Arena (RNS Arena)
    Dates: March 30 - May 6
    Age Focus: Three divisions will be offered: 2013/2014/2015
    Max Participants: 30 skaters for each camp
    Total Cost: $300 (HST Included) per skater for each division (12 total hours of on-ice training)
    Schedule: See below

    Complete Schedule:
    Monday, March 30 - 5:30-6:30pm
    Wednesday, April 1 - 5:30-6:30pm
    Monday, April 6 - 5:30-6:30pm
    Wednesday, April 8 - 5:30-6:30pm
    Monday, April 13 - 5:30-6:30pm
    Wednesday, April 15 - 5:30-6:30pm
    Monday, April 20 - 5:30-6:30pm
    Wednesday, April 22 - 5:30-6:30pm
    Monday, April 27 - 5:30-6:30pm
    Wednesday, April 29 - 5:30-6:30pm
    Monday, May 4 - 5:30-6:30pm
    Wednesday, May 6 - 5:30-6:30pm
  • Tier 1/ Tier 2 Spring Prospect Series

    2020 Prospects Series Tier 1 & Tier 2. This program is by invite only.

    Program includes:
    • 12 games
    • 8 hours of full on-ice training
    • high level clinics for goaltenders
    • game jersey & socks
    • practice jersey
    • medals for all teams
    Registration Fee
    $645.00 per player (includes HST)

    Tier 1 & 2 – Novice / Atom / Peewee / Bantam
    The 2020 Prospect Series Tier 1 program will feature teams at the Atom, Peewee and Bantam divisions. The Tier 1 program has been established to provide the opportunity for players to continue their development in a high level program with the goal of reaching the AAA level of play.

    Objectives
    The basic objective of the Prospect Series is to provide the opportunity for players, male and female, to improve their hockey skills in a fun and positive environment. Our objective will be accomplished by bringing together a group of committed players under the direction of qualified coaches. The coaches will be provided support and resources from the Atlantic Hockey Group, a leading force in the development of young hockey players. As well, our Prospect Series will feature a coaching mentorship program with advanced level coaches responsible for assuring that our players receive quality on-ice practice sessions as well as proper bench management during the games. The program has been designed to find the proper balance of on-ice training as well as competitive games. The ultimate goal is for our players to have fun while learning more about this great game.

    Prospect Series Format

    Games
    The 2020 program will consist of a 12 games schedule with each team hosting a minimum of 4 games to be played at Cody Banks as well as the Pownal Sports Centre. We expect that our Wolverines teams will play 6 games in PEI. Remaining games will be played in the Moncton area taking place on weekends where teams will play two games in one day (3 travel days to play remaining 6 games). All divisions will feature games of two 12 and one 15 minutes stop time periods. The schedule has been geared to reduce travel cost by avoiding any overnight stays.

    Practices
    The Prospect Series will feature a minimum of 12 hours of individual team full ice practices which will take place at RNS and the Q-plex.

    The on-ice training is designed with the objective of improving the players fundamental skills as well as developing team concepts. Individual teams will also have the option of increasing the number of on-ice training sessions by acquiring additional ice times from the Atlantic Hockey Group.

    NOTE: Goaltenders will take part in our exclusive goaltending clinics featuring highly qualified instructors from the Atlantic Goaltending Academy.

    Atlantic Cup
    The Atlantic Cup will feature Prospect Series teams from the provinces of NS, NB and PEI. The tournament will take place in Halifax in early June.

    Note: It is an optional event, therefore not included in the registration fee. A modest fee of $85 per player to play 5 games

    Team Selection
    Players competing at the AA level as well as a limited number of AAA level players will be eligible to participate in our 2020 tier 1 Prospect Series. Team rosters will comprise of 2 goaltenders, 6 defencemen and 9 forwards. The teams will be selected by invitation from the individual coaching staffs.

    New Brunswick & PEI Teams
    • PEI Wolverines
    • Saint John Griffins
    • Miramichi Beavers
    • Moncton Jaguars
    • Summerside Sandsharks
    • Dieppe Lions
    • Bouctouche Bulldogs
    • Amherst Bengals
    • Riverview Tigers
    • Lewisville Panthers
  • 2020 AAA Series Spring Hockey

    Click here to register for 2020 AAA Series Spring Hockey

    Coaching Staff for Jr. Riverhawk Teams
    :
    Super 7 Jr. Riverhawks - Jon Travis, Jason Nelson, Matthew Throop & Scott Wentworth
    2012 - Jay Reid & Chris Hubbard
    2011 - Jeff Lewis  & Derek Doucette
    2010 - Jason Nelson & Serge Cormier
    2009 - Rob Beatty & Mike Allaby
    2008 - Jordan DeLong
    2007 Green - Cory Adams
    2007 Gold - Jason Nelson & Ron Leger
    Bantam Jr. Riverhawks - Bruce Grant
     
    The 2020 “AAA” Series will feature regional teams based out of the four Atlantic Provinces and Quebec. Our teams will have the opportunity to compete against the most advanced players and teams based out of NB, NS, PEI, and NFLD through our league play as well as our series of tournaments. Levels for our 2020 program will include our Super 7 (born in 2013) to our Bantam division (born in 2005/06).
     
    “AAA” Series Format
     
    Novice & Atom Divisions will consist of a 12 game league schedule (including 2 playoff games). Games will take place on weekends with each of our Riverhawks teams hosting 4 games. The scheduling will be geared towards reducing travel and accommodation costs. At the conclusion of League play, teams will have the option to participate in the Atlantic Cup Tournament to take place in Moncton or Halifax. The tournament will feature “AAA” teams from NB, NS, PEI, NFLD and Quebec. note: The Atlantic Cup is an optional event, therefore it is not included in fee. A minimum per player fee would apply for teams taking part in the Atlantic Cup.
     
    Peewee & Bantam Divisions will feature tournament play. The tournaments will take place in Charlottetown, Moncton as well as Halifax. Regional teams from the 4 Atlantic Provinces and Quebec will take part in our 2018 program.
     
    Team Selection
    The final roster, selected by the individual coaches along with the input of independent evaluators, will be comprised of 2 Goaltenders, 6 Defencemen and 9 forwards.
     
    Program includes:
    • minimum of 12 games
    • minimum of 15 hours of individual team full on-ice training
    • game jersey & socks
    • practice jersey
    Registration Fee for Super 7 Jr. Riverhawks
    • $545 (Includes HST) includes jersey & socks

    Registration Fee for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 Gold, 2007 Green and Bantam Jr. Riverhawks

    • $795 (Includes HST) Player requiring jersey & socks
    • $755 (Includes HST) returning player with jersey & socks
  • NB Alliance Spring Elite Program

    Atlantic Hockey Group, Champions Hockey, & Gusto Hockey are joining forces to offer our NB Alliance spring program.   We will focus upon developing an Elite Spring Program that will provide further skill enhancement in skating, puck skills, team tactics, ice awareness, as well as a competitive game schedule program. 
    All practices will be based out of Rothesay Netherwood Arena in Rothesay, NB  and our spring programs are very excited to work together to bring high level players together to create a legacy that will last for years! 
    This Elite program will feature off-ice training, High level practices and classroom sessions at the state of the art Rothesay Netherwood School.  This program will provide an "Academy" experience for all our players and will give them a taste of what it's like to be part of this lifestyle.
     
    For more information and to register, https://www.championshockey.ca/nb-alliance

About Gusto

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  • Guiding Principles

    Mission
    Gusto Hockey Development supports players, coaches and clients by providing unparalleled instruction and services. We focus on youth development and coaching education. In a fun, competitive atmosphere, Gusto breaks the game down to its fundamental components creating a solid foundation for the serious hockey player and|or coach.

    Philosophy
    Each Gusto camp is designed using a progression format. We feel this format is critical in the development of all hockey players. The first half of every ice session is devoted to fundamental skill development (technical skills and individual tactics). By isolating specific movements, we break down these fundamentals creating a solid foundation for any hockey player. During the second half of every ice session the more tactical aspects of the game are covered. Initially, the focus is on more complex individual tactics, but as the camp progresses, more in–depth team tactics and concepts are discussed. By incorporating small area games, team competitions, and high intensity scrimmages, we are able to provide our participants the total hockey experience.The progression, complexity and speed of our practice plans are dependent on the age and skill level of our participants.

    Expectations
    • Hard Work: Listen with your eyes and ears to execute to the very best of your abilities
    • Learning: Take something valuable from every session
    • Application: Apply the concepts learned at the next session
    • Have Fun: An integral part of the hockey and learning experience
    • Be Your BEST: Better. Every. Single. Time.
  • Core Competencies & Objectives

    Core Competencies

    Knowledge
    - Built on quality instruction... All staff members have enjoyed successful hockey careers, more importantly, are superb instructors

    Passion - Our instructors love the game of hockey. It is this passion that fuels us and helps us to understand and to motivate hockey players.

    Dedication - Outstanding qualifications, a strong work ethic and a genuine enthusiasm for teaching hockey skills are all characteristics of the Gusto team.

    Experience - Our staff has a combined 40 years of teaching, coaching, instructing and playing experience.

    Fun - The most important component of any hockey program. All our camps provide students with a curriculum based on structure, competition and fun.

    Results - Our Total Skills Development Training will make each participant a more knowledgeable, confident and skilled hockey player.

    Objectives - To Teach and to Develop

    Technical Skills
    • Hockey Fundamentals
    • Skating
    • Puck-Handling
    • Passing & Shooting
    Individual Tactics
    • More Skilled & Adept Hockey Players
    • Building on Fundamental Technical Skills
    Team Tactics
    • Small Area Games & Team Competitions
    • Read & React... Developing On-Ice Awareness
    Each Gusto practice plan is carefully designed and created for the specific age and skill level of our participants. It is our goal to create drills that challenge our students, effectively utilize the ice surface, build off a progression and are fun!
  • Instructional Model

    Our staff follows a 6-step teaching process designed to ensure that each participant receives the very best individual and team instruction.
    1. Discussion: We introduce the hockey skills concept to our students clearly describing all the individual parts.
    2. Demonstration: All of our instructors posses the necessary skills to correctly and effectively demonstrate the proper techniques critical to students success.
    3. Execution: Our staff members observe and evaluate as students execute the techniques and skills discussed and demonstrated.
    4. Discussion: Our team will provide students positive and constructive feedback on an individual and team level.
    5. Repetition: We believe that perfect practice makes permanent and repetition is the mother of mastery.
    6. Application: We show our students how the skills and concepts we just discussed, demonstrated, and executed are applied to and used in game situations.



  • What the experts say

    Experts from Hockey Canada compiled the following data with regard to a youth hockey (60-minute) practice and game.
     
    Game Numbers
    • Players will have the puck on their stick for an average of 8 seconds a game
    • Players will average 1 to 2 shots per game
    • Players will take an average of 18 shifts per game
    Practice Numbers
    • 1 efficient practice will give a player more skill development than 11 games collectively
    • In a 60 min practice, a player will have the puck on his/her stick for approx. 8-12 minutes
    • Each player will take a minimum of 30 shots on net
    These numbers clearly indicate that practice is where development takes place. If we extrapolate the above statistics, during a 20–game 20–practice season (1:1 game/practice ratio) the best player on the team only controls the puck for 2.67 minutes during the entire season. Conversely, during practice (entire year), every player on the team would have the puck on his or her stick for 4 hours during the year.
     
    Our instructors are constantly on top of the changing trends in hockey. Through many years of experience, hard work, attention to detail and a passion for the game, we have put together a curriculum specific to your age and skill level. The first half of every ice session is devoted to fundamental skill development (technical skills and individual tactics). By isolating specific movements, we break down these fundamentals creating a solid foundation for any hockey player, mite through junior level players. During the second half of every ice session the more tactical aspects of the game are covered. Initially, the focus is on more complex individual tactics, but as the camp progresses, more in–depth team tactics and concepts are discussed.

Contact

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Coaches

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  • Jordan DeLong

    Coach DeLong is a Physical Education teacher and Assistant Coach of the Boys’ Varsity Hockey team at RNS.
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  • Jeff Lewis

    Coach Lewis is the Director of Hockey and the Head Coach of the Boys’ Varsity Hockey team at RNS.
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  • Kayla Blackmore

    Coach Blackmore is the Director of Athletics and Head Coach of the Varsity Girls' Hockey team at RNS. She also teaches History and French at the school.
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