The Stanley Cup finals between the Chicago Black Hawks and the Philadelphia Flyers are housing a few of the
Turcotte Stickhandling Hockey School graduates. Above photo shows two of them competing for the Cup.
Congratulations to both teams for their outstanding performances.
Newsletter April 2010
The importance of Stickhandling (Turcotte Hockey School)
Rocco Grimaldi is rated 6 overall in the 2011 NHL draft.
Testimonial from Rocco Grimaldi:
Turcotte Stickhandling has been a big part of my game since I started hockey at 4 years old. I attended my first Turcotte Stickhandling Clinic in Westminster, California and continued attending them every Monday night from the time I was 4 until I moved to Michigan when I was 12 years old.
Two of the most important aspects of a hockey game are skating and puck control, and Turcotte Stickhandling taught me nearly everything I know today and helped me to become consistent in both of these areas. Performing and repeating the drills every Monday night helped with muscle memory, my consistency, and became a natural part of my game. As I improved with the moves and drills, I also became more confident and began trying different things that I had learned during games. Pretty soon, I was able to use the different moves in games and shoot outs.
In fact, my family and I believe in Turcotte Stickhandling so much that when we moved to Michigan, we contacted Real Turcotte to help us to find a Turcotte instructor in our area. We were very blessed to have found Michael Nodler, who had worked for Turcotte Stickhandling for over 15 years. For the next 3 years, we ran stickhandling clinics out of the Detroit State Fairgrounds Hockeytown Arena so that I could continue working on stickhandling skills and so that kids of all ages from all over Michigan could gain the same benefits that I had.
Not only did the drills help my stickhandling, but they greatly improved my overall skating, improved my puck possession, puck control, confidence with the puck, strength on the puck, especially along the boards, and my shooting and overall creativity with the puck during games.
I WILL FOREVER BE THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL FOR TURCOTTE STICKHANDLING SCHOOL AND ITS GREAT INSTRUCTORS FOR HELPING ME TO ACHIEVE MANY "GOALS":
Three time Michigan State Champion (Bantam Major in 2007, Midget Minor in 2008, and Midget Major in 2009)
Three time Michigan State Championship Most Valuable Player (2007, 2008, and 2009)
Qualified for 3 consecutive trips to the U.S.A. Hockey Tier 1 National Championships (2007, 2008, and 2009)
Back-to-back USA Hockey National Champion in the Midget Minor and Midget Major years (2008 and 2009)
Selection to the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in 2009
2009 - 4 NATIONS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS with the U.S. U17 NATIONAL TEAM in Trnava, Slovakia
2009 - 4 NATIONS TOURNAMENT TOP FORWARD Trnava, Slovakia
2010 - WORLD U17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE GOLD MEDAL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS with the United States U17 National Team (Timmons, Ontario, Canada).
2010 - WORLD U17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE LEADING POINT SCORER
2010 - Named to the WORLD U17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE ALL STAR TEAM in Timmins, Canada
2010 - United States Hockey League (USHL) All Star
2010 - Promoted from the U.S. U17 National Team to the U.S. U18 National Hockey Team January 25, 2010
Thank you Jeff Turcotte, Shawn Pitcher, Jack Bowkus, and all of the Turcotte staff. The foundation you have provided me has been awesome! I will never forget you and all that you have done for me!