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Hit the ice with the Lightning Made Girls Hockey program

 

The Lightning are gearing up to create a whole hockey program dedicated just for girls. The program will have many steps to help your daughter reach her full potential in her game and include different levels of competition. She will be placed at the correct level based on her skill and playing ability. She will not need to travel through all the steps before competing, leap frogging is permitted.

Lightning Made will continue to have various free street hockey and try ice hockey for free events throughout the season so be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for those updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that your daughter may be competing at a higher level against higher skill level players and we do not want to deter you from that choice. That is of course your decision to make.

However, let us ask you how much of a leadership role does she have on that team? Is she able to lead her line and teach those less skilled than her? Does she have an established role on that team or is she told to simply the boys and do what they do? What we found with this first year of our program was that these girls are developing into leaders and finding their own voice on the team. They are surrounded by their teammates in the locker room and not missing out on that team bonding experience. She will learn more about the game and given clear expectations for how she can help the team improve and succeed as well as given her own individual goals to grow and develop.

The reality is that girls and boys play a very different skilled style of game. Girls are required carry the puck more, complete more passes and typically be skilled on their feet. Since they cannot use their body to force their opponent off the puck, they must use their hands and feet while using quick decision making and a swift style. The game becomes faster for them and they learn more about the positional side of the game. The earlier she is able to learn this style of play, the more successful she will be later down the road when it comes to her future in girls' hockey.

Since the program is all in different steps, the price tag is as well.

Step 1 - Learn to Play ($85 for 8 weeks) *may only participate one time

Step 2 - Rookie League ($100 for 8 weeks) * may participate for two seasons

Step 3 - Lightning girls rec team ($800) *yearly, two seasons of rec play and two tournaments

Step 4- 12U SFHL ($1,000) *includes a full season, jerseys and socks, two tournaments

Step 5 - 16U Tournament team ($1,500) *includes 3 out of state tournaments, 3 in-state, jerseys, socks, tournament admission and warm-ups. Does not include airline travel or hotel.

Learn to Play & Rookie League - TBL Alumni and other Lightning Made coaches   

Rec teams

TBSA/CIA - Lee Zerfass

Lee started his hockey experience playing in youth recreational, travel, High School, Division 3 Club college Hockey, and still competes today . He has been teaching rec league hockey for the past 4 yrs for ages 8U, 10U, 12U, 14 U and 16U. This past year he joined the Lightning Made girls program as an assistant coach instructing 10U, 12U and most recently a 10U coed tournament team. He is currently certified by USA Hockey as a Level 2 coach. He continues to develop his coaching experience and sharing his passion with the kids to drive sportsmanship, position play, performance while having fun playing this great game.

Brandon ISF - Kristin Folch

Kristin was first introduced to hockey at the age of 9 in West Palm Beach, FL as a roller hockey player. Soon after she moved on to playing ice. She played on a few co-ed teams before moving to all girls travel teams in the southeast. At the age of fifteen she decided to go up north and play prep school hockey. She landed in Tilton, New Hampshire at the Tilton School. It was in her senior year at a college showcase in Prince Edward Island, Canada that she met the coach of the University of Southern Maine's Women's team. The school and the program stood out to her and she decided she would play hockey there major in Business. After graduating from college she found her way back to Florida and started focusing on hockey as a career.

She is currently the co- publisher of Florida Hockey Life Magazine as well as a hockey trainer which includes camps, clinics and private lessons. She has a passion for hockey and working with kids to help grow the sport. "Hockey has been a big part of my life and helping others enjoy the sport is very rewarding".

FHCI - TBD

Ellenton - Alli Murdoch

Alli started skating at three years old. She played for the Team Florida Girls for three years which included two trips to Tier 1 USA Hockey National Championship tournaments. Alli played two years for the TPH Thunder in the Midwest Elite Hockey League and also played two years for the St. Louis Lady Blues in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. Alli has helped Lightning Made with various camps and clinics and is on the Lightning Ice Crew full time while working at the Ellenton Ice and Sports complex.

12U SFHL - Sara Bustad

16U Tournament team - Jennifer Danowitz  

Jennifer is a USFSA, ISI, ProSkaters, and USA Hockey member. She has 20 years of skating experience in both ice hockey and figure skating. She skated professionally with the internationally touring show Disney On Ice for four years, and she was also Captain of the University of Connecticut ACHA Division I/II ice hockey team. At UConn, Jennifer was nominated to the All-American Team (2010), and additionally received the ACHA National MVP Award (2010), UConn Outstanding Athlete Leader Award (2009), and Academic All-American Awards (2009, 2010). Previous to UConn, Jennifer played on the Chelmsford Girls hockey team in Massachusetts. Jennifer has coached figure skaters, as well as hockey players of all ages and abilities-from beginners to camps for high school and Junior's level players. Jennifer has a Master's in Education and Curriculum Design from Boston University, is a Teach for America alum, and is currently a high school English teacher in Hillsborough County. Jennifer also helped to coach the Durant high school hockey team last season.

Head goalie coach - Chelsea Love

Funny you should ask! We try to make this program so much more than just hockey. We want our girls to learn about all aspects of the game, including character development and leadership. They will be able to earn for the opportunity to be the Lightning Thunder Kid, play during the first intermission of an NHL game, learn from TBL alumni and other fun activities that always happen to pop up when you're affiliated with NHL team.

As long as you can skate, any parent is more than welcome to help support our teams. We simply ask that you are registered with USA Hockey as either a level 1 or higher coach or a volunteer. Safesport clearance will also be required. Please be sure to receive the green light from your daughter's coach first.