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2023 Swords Spring Hockey Infomation and Schedule

By Jennie Tiemeyer, 01/23/23, 11:45AM EST


Spring Hockey Schedule


U8/Mite 2015-2017                                     Coach Metz & Staff

Tues USA rink 6:15-7:30pm

March 14, 21, 28

April 25

May 2, 9, 16


U10/Squirt 2014 and 2013                         Coaches Francis, Trueb & Staff

Thurs CAN rink 6:00-7:15pm                      Sat CAN rink 8:15-9:30am

March 16, 23, 30, April 27                           March 18, 25, April 1, 29, May 6

May 4


U12/Peewee 2012 and 2011                      Coaches Francis, Gjestvang, and Keough

Thurs CAN rink 7:15-8:30pm                      Sat CAN rink 9:30-10:45am

March 16, 23, 30, April 27                           March 18, 25, April 1, 22,  29, May 6

May 4


U14/Bantam 2010 and 2009                      Coaches Andreae, Bogard and Tetzlaff

Wed CAN rink 6:00-7:15pm                       Sat USA rink 8:00-9:15am

March 15, 22, 29, April 26                           March 18, 25, April 1, 29, May 6

May 3


U18/High School                                          Coaches McDonald, Tetzlaff, Sample & McQuade

2008-2005 (2009-Rising Freshman)          Sat USA rink group 1 9:15-10:30am Group 2 10:30-11:45am

Wed CAN rink 7:15-8:30                              March 18, 25, April 1, 22, 29, May 6

March 15, 22, 29, April 26              

May 3


PDF Schedule - Click HERE

Spring training will soon be underway and registration for 2023 is now open!  We will continue the program with an emphasis on tryout preparation including practice with the small area battle drills.  The program will be split between individual skill development, small area battle drills and scrimmages.  Each age group will have a curriculum which includes skating skills, puck fundamentals, introductory and enhanced checking (age appropriate) and team play.  Activities will include stickhandling, passing, shooting and team concepts.  Small area battle drills and scrimmages will be used to reinforce the learned skills in a game environment.

Our spring training will be held over five weeks.  Coaches will be working with the skaters to keep their skills sharp and their legs moving in the weeks leading up to tryouts.  The goal of spring hockey is to keep skaters on the ice and working to become a better hockey player and prepared for the 2023-2024 Tryouts.

We are excited to offer a significant discount to those skaters that register early for our spring program.  Please be sure to read all the details so you don't miss out.

Program Format

Sessions will meet twice a week for 65 minutes on ice (one time during the week and one time on Saturday morning) beginning Tuesday, March 14 and concluding Thursday May 6.   There will be a break in the middle for tryouts.  Additional tryout details will be sent at a later date.

Checking Basics & Technique Clinic
We are looking for a date to hold a checking clinic to all age-appropriate spring participants and is mandatory for first time Bantam players (2009) and any player 2008 birth year or older who is a first-time hockey player.  Goalie attendance is optional. The clinic provides an excellent environment for the players to transition into this important skill.  More information will be coming on this clinic.

Goalie Price Reduction
Goalies have a separate registration as we reduce the price for goalies.  We will accept goalies on a first-come basis.  The fee for our goalies is $175 if registered by the early registration deadline and $225 thereafter.

U8/Mite Spring Program

The Swords has reviewed our ADM program and while we feel it is very important for kids at this age to participate in a variety of sports program, we also realize the value of having the players not lose their current skill level.  We also appreciate the higher costs of participating in hockey.  We will be adding a once-a-week ADM style program for U8 players (both current and new).  The program will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 7:15pm at Sports Plus-CAN for 7 weeks (March 14, 21, 28, April 25, and May 2, 9, 16).  The cost of this program is $200 with early registration (prior to Feb. 15).


Age Levels
USA Hockey age levels for 2023-24 will be used in the Spring Program.

U8/Mite (2015-2017 birth years)

U10/Squirt (2013-2014 birth years)

U12/Pee Wee (2011-2012 birth years)

U14/Bantam (2009-2010 birth years)

U18/High School (2005-08; 2009 Freshman).  Note:  if a 2009 player is a rising freshman for the 2023-24 school year, they can participate in the HS or the BT session. 

Online registration is by session so please be sure you are registering for the correct session.  To register please go to and click on register online on the left hand side of the Swords home page. 

Coach Staff

U8/Mite (2015-2017)                           Ellen Metz & Staff

U10/Squirt (2013 and 2014)               Matt Francis, Greg Trueb & Staff

U12/Peewee (2011 and 2012)           Matt Francis, Zach Gjestvang, & Tracee Keough

U14/Bantam (2009 and 2010)            Dale Bogard, Kirk Andreae & Greg Tetzlaff

U18/High School                                Danny McDonald, Kevin McQuade & Staff
(2005-2008) and 2009 rising freshman


Important Dates
February 15:                End of early registration discount
March 11:                     Registration cutoff
March 14:                     Season begins

 Fees Based on Full Registration AND Payment ON or BEFORE:   

Early Registration by 2/15/23

U8/Mite                                                 $200 Early Bird Rate (After Feb 15, 2023- $250)
U10/Squirt & U12/Pee Wee                  $275 Early Bird Rate (After Feb 15, 2023 -- $325)
U14/Bantam                                          $325 Early Bird Rate (After Feb 15, 2023 -- $375)
U18/High School                                   $325 Early Bird Rate (After Feb 15, 2023 -- $375)
Goalies                                                  $175 Early Bird Rate (After Feb 15, 2023 -- $225)

CLICK HERE to see dates/times of sessions