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Walter, Ty, Keith, Emma and Wayne are all part of the New Gretzky Hockey School.
Wayne is not just one of the world's most famous athletes - he is also the athlete that gives Hockey a real human face - with for instance the 61 different NHL records he held at his retirement 1999.
Someone just said - it is time for Walter (the dad) to share how he taught hockey to his own kids and even if Walter is not the main instructor - well we guess his spirit and attitude is a vibrant factor at the new Gretzky Hockey School.
So doubtless in terms of hockey news it is big news that Gretzky now teach kids how to hockey. From the US point of view it is also interesting that the first Gretzky Hockey school is located in Idaho USA.
Then... beside of the hockey news side of things. The Gretzky Hockey School also works with Generation Floorball. And in the Floorball world this must bee seen as dynamite news of the very highest valor. Ok, we know that some prestigious Canadian Hockey Schools and Camps like PrepCamp and Hockey Canada Skills Academies also blend in Floorball for Hockey Training but in the USA - so far we have only seen some sporadic Floorball activities connected to Hockey thanks to a name like Bonelli on the east coast and Beaudin in the southeast, and we have seen some connections out in California, Arizona and in Texas. Doubtless with the Gretzky Hockey school we will see another large and true ice breaker that will have a lasting impact for the growth of Floorball.
So we checked in with Jonas Laeben at Gfloorball out in Coeur D'Alene Idaho today...
He bubbled of happiness and said this is "insane" before he calmed down and said in a more analytic tone; "doubtless the new Gretzky Hockey School is very good news for Ice hockey even at the global scale. But for us Floorball people to be a part of this - with extensive dry-land sessions each day it must be rated as some of the most important Floorball news ever".
Jonas continued to explain that the Floorball sessions are divided into 4 different sections and as of today, the first sessions was taught with emphasis upon the basic rules as well as improvised scrimmage games... 3 on 3 small nets/area - no goalies. The instructors from Vancouver include Greg Beaudin as the legendary floorball man from BC, Michael Lindgren co-founder of BC Floorball and son of NHL Defenseman and Vancouver Canucks Scout Lars Lindgren and Pavel Barber, a floorball4hockey skills wizard with his own YouTube channel that fast picked up floorball as a skills tools for Ice Hockey. Generation Floorball also have a local Washington State coach David Crawford who is helping to grow Floorball in the Northwest.
Jonas also said, before we had to hang up...
"You know, as these kids were supposed to go to break, they refused to let their Floorball sticks go - and they just continued to intensely dangle around, they are eating it up, and the feedback from the Parents is overwhelmingly POSITIVE. The On-Ice instructors like Keith Gretzky, Dean Malkoc, Mark Caccio are also impressed by the Floorball action, noticing first and foremost, how much the kids are enjoying Floorball, It's been such a great fit for the School, a great component for sure."
The kids at the Gretzky Hockey School are about 9-14 years of age and most of them come from the USA, with quite a number driving down from BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
We will try to have more from the Gretzky Hockey School - tomorrow - lets see what comes out... - we think another video is in the pipeline by the way... so...
#Floorball4hockey - anyone?