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NGB News USA Hockey & U.S. Figure Skating 50 / MARCH.APRIL.2019 USICERINKS.COM USA Hockey to hold a Hockey Director Certification Program at NARCE , The Hockey Director Certification program is designed for hockey directors and hockey program administrators. Participants will learn how to implement advanced, modern player development techniques while also using USA Hockey programs to maximize the growth and sustainability of their hockey programs. Participants will also learn how to develop and conduct age-appropriate practice plans using ADM principles. This class will include classroom and on-ice components so participants will need to bring their skates, helmet, gloves and stick. Topics will include: • Best practices for running an exceptional hockey program • Role of an effective Hockey Director • Proven and effective ways to best develop youth hockey players • Age specific details of the ADM & LTAD • Learn to use the Player Activity Tracker • Teaching better body contact and body-checking • Goaltender development • Details of USA Hockey Coaching Education Program • Best practices for recruiting new players & growing your program For more information please contact Kevin McLaughlin at kevinm@usahockey.org. , The 2019 Geico U.S. Figure Skating Championships were held in Detroit Jan. 22-27 at Little Caesars Arena. The top U.S. athletes arrived to compete for the title and a chance to represent Team USA at the World Championships in March. Alysa Liu made her senior debut at the 2019 U.S. Championships with record- breaking programs. Thirteen-year-old Liu landed three triple Axels during the competition—one in her short program and two in her free skate, making her the only U.S. woman to do so. She also became the youngest American woman to win the U.S. Championships. "When my score came out, I still thought it isn't over because there was still one more skater," Liu said. "I was just happy I beat my personal record and did a clean long program." Bradie Tennell, the 2018 U.S. champion, finished second, and Mariah Bell secured the bronze medal. Nathan Chen won his third consecutive title in Detroit after a short program and free skate full of quadruple jumps. The Yale freshman has been training on his own in Connecticut while pursuing his studies. Vincent Zhou earned the silver medal, and Jason Brown grabbed the bronze. Tomoki Hiwatashi made the U.S. Championships podium for the first time in his career with a fourth-place finish. Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc finished at the top of the podium in the pairs event despite Cain recently coming off a concussion injury suffered at Golden Spin in Zagreb, Croatia, in December. Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier, also off for much of the season due to injury, finished second, and Deanna Stellato and Nathan Bartholomay secured the bronze medal. Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea finished fourth overall. The pair won the short program, but missed a lift at the end of their free skate. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue repeated as champions in the ice dance competition, accompanied on the podium by Montreal training mates, Madison Chock and Evan Bates (second) and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean- Luc Baker (third). Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter made their senior debut a memorable one by grabbing the pewter medal. Liu Makes History , 13-year-old Alysa Liu became the youngest American woman to win the U.S. championships.

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