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Originally published by USA Hockey on ADMkids.com, by Jayson Hron, USA Hockey
The search for Western Michigan University’s new director of player development netted a familiar face in a familiar place.
Former Broncos assistant captain David Killip was the face and Kalamazoo was the place.
It was an ideal fit for Killip, who spent last season pursuing his master’s degree at WMU and coaching youth players in the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association. The British Columbia native was KOHA’s American Development Model skills director, a specialized coaching role that put him on the ice with every player in the USA Hockey Model Association. He’ll continue to help at KOHA this season, but now he’ll also lead player development for NCAA Division I student-athletes at WMU.
“Coach (Andy) Murray is good at listening to people on his staff and we’ve had plenty of conversations about what I did at KOHA with the ADM,” said Killip. “I expect to see it this year with our guys at Western.”
Killip was part of a skill development team at KOHA that worked once a week with each 10U, 12U, 14U and girls team, and then spent weekends with 6U and 8U players. Brian Tulik, KOHA’s program director, offered high praise for Killip.
“David’s knowledge and understanding of the game and his commitment to player development is a huge asset to KOHA,” said the former ECHL defenseman. “He’s a bright young man with an exceptional ability to understand the ADM and implement it with our players and coaches. We’re very fortunate to have him.”
Even though the ADM was new to Killip, he grasped the concepts quickly.
“It’s not something I had in hockey at that age, but I saw some of the principles in other sports,” he said. “I grew up playing soccer and I saw some of the concepts there. It’s a great way to use ice, maximize player reps and expose players to more individualized coaching. It’s huge for their development.”
And as a former NCAA Division I player, Killip easily embraced ADM core tenets like cross-ice hockey and small-area games.
“I’m a big fan of cross-ice,” he said. “It’s always been part of hockey at the upper levels and it’s even more valuable today because the college game has become all about speed, skill and making plays in small areas. For kids, cross-ice makes it more challenging for the advanced players and it gives the other players more puck touches and also more engagement, which adds to their development on both sides of the ice.”
As for his view on small-area games in practice, Killip not only enjoyed them as a player, he also liked how they transferred into games on Friday and Saturday nights.
“Small-area games are more competitive,” he said. “They always amped things up in practice, got the competitive juices flowing and heightened the speed of everything, so on the weekends, you could slow things down a little.”
His weekends – and weeks – will be anything but slow this season, with MBA classes and coaching duties aplenty, but Killip is ready for the challenge and eager to learn. With KOHA kids, college players and a mentor coach whose resumé includes 333 NHL victories, he’ll have no shortage of study material.
In 1980, Tim Walbridge and his wife, Cecelia, moved to Kalamazoo, MI. Immediately, they enrolled their boys in hockey. Tim dedicated his weekends as a KOHA coach for his boys and 100's of youths for over 15 years. He too continued to play hockey for 40 years in various adult leagues satisfying his love of the game. He enjoyed the camaraderie and competitiveness. There hasn’t been a winter that’s passed without playing pond hockey at the cabin unless the weather didn't cooperate, like last winter when it was too warm. There is nothing he enjoys more than spending time with his family and friends!
In June 2016, Tim was diagnosed with terminal Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Currently, there is no cure for ALS but Tim is determined to do what ever it takes to battle this horrible disease. Tim plans on participating in a clinical trial at Harvard. This will take the support of all of our friends and family. For this reason his family is hosting, Five for Fighting Against ALS.
Five for Fighting Against ALS will incorporate Tim's love of hockey, his family, his friends, and his determination to battle ALS. This event is being held to raise awareness and funds to assist in the cost of treatments and transportation associated to participate in the study at Harvard. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences in Grand Rapids, MI.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR...
Five for Fighting Against ALS
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
5076 Sports Dr
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
The first hour of the event will consist of a pond-style hockey game. The second hour of the event will be an open skate.
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The Meijer State Games of Michigan is a non-profit, Olympic style event with over 50 sports and events offered to some 7500 total participants. The Hockey tournaments consist of 12U Boys, 14U Boys, 16U Boys, 19U Women and High School Divisions.
Eight, tryout-chosen, geographically based teams in each division will come together June 23-26 in the Metro Grand Rapids area to compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
Each team will play a minimum of four (4) games beginning Thursday evening, with one game Thursday, one game Friday (plus State Games Opening Ceremonies Friday evening), two games Saturday, concluding with the medal games on Sunday. All players are asked to attend the State Games of Michigan Opening Ceremonies at Fifth Third Ballpark on Friday evening, and walk in the Parade of Athletes.
All games are played to a conclusion with a guaranteed winner through an overtime formula. There are NO ties. The top two teams in each division make the semi-finals to determine who will play for the Gold Medal, however, all semi-finalists are guaranteed to play on Sunday for a medal.
All Michigan Residents (USA Hockey Registered) and/or MAHA registered players who played on a C, B, A, or AA team during the 2015-2016 season are eligible to tryout for the team that will represent their geographical area. Anyone who played AAA(Tier I) during the 2015-16 winter season in NOT eligible to try out for this tournament.
TRYOUT INFORMATION (YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER, LINK BELOW):
12U Boys (2004 and under) Tryouts
Tuesday April 26 - 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday April 30 - 5:00-6:30pm
Walker Ice and Fitness Center
CONGRATULATIONS KOHA PeeWee B Black Bronco
2015-16 Adray PeeWee House B State Champions!
Front (L to R): Michael Grassl. Zach Hufford, Ryan Osinski, Nolan Tribu
Middle Row: Noah Sidell, Owen Hobson, Griffin Ward, Ian Blair
Back Row: Tyler Jackson, James Onderlinde, Carson Westbrook, Alex Luce
Coaches: James Tribu, Kevin Sidell, Mark Osinski (HC), Bruce Westbrook, Todd Hufford
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