The Detroit Fighting Irish announced today start times and dates for August Open Skates to be held at the team's home arena at Southgate,MI
The Open Skates will be Held on Mondays and Wednesdays and will begin at 7:30 pm. The skates will be conducted by the Fighting Irish Coaching and Training staff Headed by Head Coach David Taylor, Assistant Coaches Dennis Boomer and Jeremy McNulty and Team nutrition and strength coordinator Sam Shaheen.
“This year we are breaking away from the traditional open skating routines which have normally been just an open scrimmage skate. This year due to the many days of missed training opportunities because of the COVID-19 pandemic we are planning to conduct full training and workout sessions combined with small game and scrimmage situation on ice and off ice” Head Coach David Taylor.
“Our aspirations are not just to prepare our prospects and veterans for the upcoming season but we are also hoping to assist some of the areas high school and college bound players in their preparations for the upcoming season”.
The opportunities to train and prepare on ice have become a lot more challenging and will become a sprint once the areas arenas will start to re-open. It has made us realize that we do not have the ability this year to casually get ourselves to high intensity training this year we have to start from day one.
To prepare prospects and returning players the Irish have engaged the services of a nutrition and strength training consultant whom has implemented an at home program for all players to help them in getting prepared for upcoming Detroit Fighting Irish Tryout Camps in July at Mount Clemens Arena. The Irish staff is using several online applications to implement and track each player at home development and individual nutrition and workout regimen.
The coaching staff also is exploring ways to utilize this technology and group communications throughout the season to further enhance the education process
The current state of affairs is affecting all of us in the way we do everything, however our staff has been able to use the time away from the arena to learn how to communicate more effectively and efficiently utilizing some old and some new technologies. I believe that we will realize some positive tools from these very trying times. I am especially pleased in the response we have received from our veteran players and our prospects whom seem to be excited about the changes to our off-season communications and preparation plans.
The Fighting Irish Staff is also busy putting in the recruiting time and miles in browsing coast to coast with staff traveling to Boston for the Chowder Cup as well as Las Vegas, Chicago and utilizing online and virtual recruiting combines to build the 2020-2021 Irish Hockey Club.
All players interested in taking part in the Detroit Fighting Irish Open Skates or if you wish to attend the teams Tryout Camp July 17-18 at Mount Clemens or August 22-23rd at Southgate can register online at the team's website