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Two More Teams To MWJHL July 17, 2012 6:56 AM

Last week TJHN was made aware that the MWJHL may be adding two more teams to its lineup this season. Although the MWJHL has not responded to inquiries, TJHN has been in contact with Igor Myaskovskiy and Valery Vasilyev who will be running the programs in the Western Upper Penninsula of Michigan.

After speaking with Igor and Valery they directed us to their new website http://www.northernstarshockey.com/ and provided us with tryout information as well as the following background information.

Valery Vasilyev started his hockey carrier as one of the youngest goalies on the Sokol Kiev Junior team, which won National championships five years in a row. He then was drafted to the Sokol Kiev Professional team and, then, continued on to Spartak Professional team, competing in both national and international tournaments. Valery was also on a Ukrainian National team for six years. After finishing University of Physical Education of Kiev where he majored in hockey coaching, he coached and then headed the Kiev Hockey School.

In 1990s, Valery moved to the US and continued his coaching. He was one of the founders of the European Professional Ice Hockey Center. At the Center, Valery organized programs aimed at developing the European philosophy of ice hockey. He had also conducted hockey clinics, camps and various other programs for players from ages 5 to 18 in A, AA and AAA teams. While at he Center, he was invited to conduct a clinic at the Notre Dame University for the First Division hockey team.

As part of his hockey coaching carrier, Valery had also conducted ice hockey development programs for Evanston Youth Hockey Association, coaching Mites through Bantam AA; Evanston High School, coached and conducted conditional programs and tryouts. He then continued on to coaching the New Tier High School, Varsity and Junior Varsity levels. Valery was also invited to coach and conduct development skills on ice and off ice for Chicago Blues and Rolling Meadows Chargers.

In 2008, Valery opened an International Fitness Academy which specializes in training for athletes, focusing on specific skills such as agility, balance and strength so needed for the hockey players of all ages.

Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1962, Igor Myaskovskiy played youth hockey until the age of 18. He followed his passion to medical college, where he specialized in sport and physical rehabilitation. Igor is 50 years old, possessing a sport psychology M.D., and has been Coaching: 30+ years.

While attending college, Igor received the opportunity to coach at the “Golden Puck Tournament,” the largest youth hockey tournament in Russia. After two seasons of successful coaching and competition, his team placed in the runner up position out of over 300 participating teams. As a result, the majority of the players were invited to play at major clubs and sport schools. Igor also moved on, beginning to coach a Moscow college team.

During the same period he also went back to school, attending a college for coaches specializing in sports’ psychology. From 1981-1986, he trained players from the “Red Army” and “USSR” national teams while working at the “BCD ЦСКА" (Central Sport Club of the Army). He had the opportunity to learn from coaching legends like Tarasov and Tikhonov.

Throughout his time in the Soviet Union, he coached many teams, leading them to first and second place positions within their leagues. Over the span of his career, he continually sharpened his coaching skills by attending many educational coaching courses. He continued to work with all levels of hockey teams, ranging from youth to adult hockey.

Igor came to the USA in 1991, where he coached all levels of youth and junior hockey, from mites-house leagues to AAA and juniors.

“Hockey is my life, my love, my work and my hobby. My biggest coaching victory was during the season of 1982-83 when many of the kids on my teams were able to realize their dreams and were chosen to play for sports teams on much higher levels." Said Myaskovskiy "Another proud moment came in the season of 2003-2004, when kids who had been cut from travel teams and high school teams were selected to play on their school teams and even AA-travel teams because of my coaching. My eyes were full of tears for them – tears of happiness and joy."

Igor and Valery are looking for players to attend their tryouts. Dates and times are listed on http://www.northernstarshockey.com/ TJHN will follow up with Igor and Valery as they build their teams and throughout the season.

Joseph Kolodziej

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