Dear DuPage Stars Families,
My name is Jon Woodring, and I wanted to introduce myself. I will be joining the DuPage Stars this spring as the new Hockey Director and Varsity Head Coach. I am honored to be given this opportunity to work with the DuPage Stars organization and look forward to meeting all the hockey families.
I started playing hockey out of the Downers Grove Ice Arena at the age of 9 and have been involved with hockey, either playing or coaching, ever since. Forty-plus years of hockey has taught me a lot about the game, life lessons, and has introduced me to a lot of great friends and families. I still have a lot of love and passion for the game, and my goal is to create a positive and encouraging atmosphere for your player and family. Through true dedication to the Stars hockey program and taking advantage of all the club has to offer, your son or daughter will become a better hockey player, creating some great memories and friendships along the way.
After meeting with the DuPage Stars Board Members, I can see that they put in a lot of time and work for the organization. I believe that all those involved want to grow the program into something special and create an atmosphere for success for all players and families. There are a lot of pieces to this equation for success, but I feel communication is a key ingredient. This can be challenging, especially with three teams involved, but our goal is to maintain clear communication with players and families.
Coaches will communicate more directly with players and involve the players in setting goals for individual growth. I also would like to see similar on-ice systems in place for all three teams, so that when players move up to the next level, they already know what to look for and are comfortable doing so. With three teams, there will be a wide variety of skill levels. All teams will be working to increase their skill set to improve and move on to the next level. I'm a big believer that wins/success will come with hard work, dedication, being a great teammate, and at the same time having fun.
Returning players and families, please note I will be meeting with last year's coaches to discuss previous seasons and player history. I will also be observing players throughout the spring season and making my own observations on each player.
New players to the program are a vital part to any club. I want to welcome all new players to the club and invite them out. All 7th and 8th graders are encouraged to come out and meet the team.
Once again, I look forward to meeting everyone and creating a great experience on and off the ice for all involved. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or stop and introduce yourself at the rink.
Our Varsity team plays in the Illinois West Hockey League (www.illinoiswesthockey.com). Our Junior Varsity team will compete in both the Illinois West Hockey League and the Hayes Suburban Division (www.ishl.us) during the 2019-20 Season. League standings and player statistics can also be found at www.ahai2.org. Our website also has a link for www.arenamaps.com, which gives addresses and directions to all rinks in the Chicagoland area.
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Thank you and go Stars!
DuPage Stars Hockey Club
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