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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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  • 2019 Christmas Camp – Novice & Atom Divisions

    Click here to register for the 2019 Christmas Camp - Novice/Atom

    Lead Instructors:
    Jordan DeLong, Jeff Lewis and Gusto Staff
    Location: Dr. Bonnycastle Memorial Arena (RNS Arena)
    Dates: January 2nd & 3rd
    Age Focus: Two divisions will be offered:
    • Male Novice (for players born 2011/2012)
    • Male Atom (for players born 2009/2010)
    Max Participants: 30 Skaters for each camp
    Total Cost: $80 (HST Included) for each division (3 total hours of on-ice training)

    Day 1 – Power Skating with our leading edge power skating coach

    Day 2 – This day will feature 2 hours of back to back practices. The first hour will feature Small Area Games & Battle Camp Drills that will teach you the necessary skating techniques and skills to win battles both on the offensive and defensive sides of the puck.  Teaching is done through angling competitions, races and small area games. The 2nd hour will be 3 vs 3 cross-ice hockey with players applying their new skills in game like scenarios.

    Schedule:

    Novice Division (3 hours total)
    Day 1 - Thursday, January 2nd - 11:30am-12:30pm
    Day 2 - Friday, January 3rd - 11:30am-12:30pm AND 12:45-1:45pm

    Atom Division (3 hours total)
    Day 1 - Thursday, January 2nd - 12:45-1:45pm
    Day 2 - Friday, January 3rd - 2:00-3:00pm AND 3:15-4:15pm
  • 2020 Total Winter Skills Development Program

    Click here to register for this camp.

    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 eight 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 and Gusto Staff
    Location: Dr. Bonnycastle Memorial Arena (RNS Arena)
    Age Focus: Four divisions will be offered:
    •     Male IP (for players born 2013/2014)
    •     Male Novice (for players born 2011/2012)
    •     Male Atom (for players born 2009/2010)
    •     Male PeeWee/Bantam (for players born 2008/2007/2006/2005)
    Max Participants: 24-30 Skaters for each camp
    Total Cost: $210 (HST Included) for each division (8 total hours of on-ice training)
    Schedule: See below

    IP Division Schedule
    Ice Time: 5:10pm - 6:10pm, RNS
    Players: Maximum of 24 skaters

    Week 1: Wednesday, January 8th
    Week 2: Wednesday, January 15th
    Week 3: Wednesday, January 22nd
    Week 4: Wednesday, January 29th
    Week 5: Wednesday, February 5th
    Week 6: Wednesday, February 12th
    Week 7: Wednesday, February 19th
    Week 8: Wednesday, February 26th

    Novice Division Schedule
    Ice Time: 4:15-5:15pm, RNS
    Players: Maximum of 30 skaters

    Week 1: Sunday, January 5th
    Week 2: Sunday, January 12th
    Week 3: Sunday, January 19th
    Week 4: Sunday, January 26th
    Week 5: Sunday, February 2nd
    Week 6: Sunday, February 9th
    Week 7: Sunday, February 16th
    Week 8: Sunday, February 23rd

    Atom Division Schedule
    Ice Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm, RNS
    Players: Maximum of 30 skaters

    Week 1: Sunday, January 5th
    Week 2: Sunday, January 12th
    Week 3: Sunday, January 19th
    Week 4: Sunday, January 26th
    Week 5: Sunday, February 2nd
    Week 6: Sunday, February 9th
    Week 7: Sunday, February 16th
    Week 8: Sunday, February 23rd

    Peewee/Bantam Division Schedule
    Ice Time: 6:20pm - 7:20pm, RNS
    Players: Maximum of 30 skaters

    Week 1: Wednesday, January 8th
    Week 2: Wednesday, January 15th
    Week 3: Wednesday, January 22nd
    Week 4: Wednesday, January 29th
    Week 5: Wednesday, February 5th
    Week 6: Wednesday, February 12th
    Week 7: Wednesday, February 19th
    Week 8: Wednesday, February 26th
  • 2020 Winter Power Skating Camp

    Click here to register for the 2020 Winter Power Skating Camp

    Schedule
    : Complete Schedule below
    Camp Fees: $210 (HST Included)
    Age Category: For players born from 2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2011
    Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Quispamsis Memorial Arena
    Players: Maximum of 24 Skaters
    Lead Instructor: Jordan DeLong & Gusto Staff
     
    This camp will focus on teaching the proper skating techniques to increase the players efficiency and effectiveness. We do this by having players practice well within their comfort level. Once we fix their technique we bring them back up to speed so they can feel the effectiveness of skating done correctly. The main areas of focus will be stride mechanics, edge work and balance. This camp will have 8 hours of on-ice instruction.
     
    Schedule:
    Ice Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Quispamsis Memorial Arena

    Week 1: Wednesday, Jan 8th                           
    Week 2: Wednesday, Jan 15th
    Week 3: Wednesday, Jan 22nd        
    Week 4: Wednesday, Jan 29th
    Week 5: Wednesday, Feb 5th
    Week 6: Wednesday, Feb 12th
    Week 7: Wednesday, Feb 19th
    Week 8: Wednesday, Feb 26th
  • 2020 Winter Rise & Grind Program

    Gusto Hockey is pleased to announce that we will be running our Rise & Grind program full time this winter for the 2019-2020 hockey season. This program will be an invite only program and consist of a maximum of 10 skaters. Coach Jordan DeLong will run all ice times at the Novice, Atom, Peewee and Bantam level.

    Gusto Hockey Rise & Grind Program may be one of the most effective and efficient teaching methods for hockey players of any level. Join us for a highly tailored personal on-ice session(s) focused on your specific needs and situations. We are dedicated to ensuring that each player is improving upon their specific weaknesses that will take them closer to becoming a complete player. Drills are designed from game like situations in pattern that are followed by puck skills, shooting and incorporating the power skating skills covered earlier in the session.  We will focus on advanced skill development allowing players to be challenged and achieve their goal of becoming a better hockey player.

    To confirm acceptance please contact Jordan DeLong at Jordan.delong@rns.cc and payment information will be forwarded.

    Program Cost: $210

    Rise & Grind Programs are for the following birth years:

    Novice – 2011 & 2012
    Schedule – Tuesdays (January 7th – February 25th)
    Time: 3:00-4:00pm

    Atom – 2009 & 2010
    Schedule – Tuesdays (January 7th – February 25th)
    Time: 6:00-7:00am

    Peewee – 2007-2008
    Schedule – Tuesdays (January 7th – February 25th)
    Time: 7:00-8:00am

    Bantam – 2005 & 2006
    Schedule – Mondays (January 6th – February 24th)
    Time: 7:00-7:55am

  • Novice AAA Winter Series

    This year, the 2019-2020 Novice AAA Series will feature separate divisions for 2011 and 2012 born players. The most advanced players will be selected and placed on teams based out of different regions in New Brunswick. Scheduling will be geared to avoid any conflicts with the different minor hockey associations Novice schedules to provide maximum training time for our players. The ultimate goal of our program is provide the proper structure and environment to challenge our advanced players in order to prepare them for competitive Atom hockey and beyond. It is important to note that Novice AAA hockey is offered in minor hockey associations in all other Canadian Provinces.
     
    Format: The Novice AAA Winter Series will include the proper balance of high level on-ice training as well as competitive full ice games. The program will include one ice session bi-weekly taking place from October-March.

    This program is by invite only. Please contact Jordan Delong for more information.
  • 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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