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NHL Coach Returns to Aspen for Clinic

By Staff, 08/05/17, 11:30AM MDT


Columbus Blue Jackets Assistant Back with the Leafs August 7-10

The Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) Assistant Coach Kenny McCudden returns to Aspen to run a hockey skills mini-camp this week (August 7-10).   Coach McCudden has been a part of the Aspen Junior Hockey family for many seasons.  We are thrilled to have him back at Lewis Arena this summer to help guide our players for a week power skills training.  The mini-camp is open to players ages 9 - 14 (2008-2003 birth years).  Each participant receives four hours of advanced instruction on the ice plus one off ice session for only $140.  

To register, please contact Jackie Ayers (970) 920-7081.  


Monday, August 7

2006-2008 -- 5:15-6:15 on ice 

2003-2005 -- 6:30-7:30 on ice

Tuesday, August 8

2006-2008 -- 3:45-4:45 on ice, 5:00-5:30 off ice

2003-2005 -- 5:30-6:00 off ice, 6:30-7:30 on ice

Wednesday, August 9

2006-2008 -- 4:00-5:00 on ice

2003-2005 -- 5:15-6:15 on ice

Thursday, August 10

 2006-2008 -- 5:15-6:15 on ice

2003-2005 -- 6:30-7:30 on ice

About Coach McCudden

Kenny McCudden is busy preparing for this third season with the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets.  He  joined the Blue Jackets after spending 16 seasons as the skating and skills coach of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.

The Chicago native, who originally joined the Wolves in 1994, spent three seasons with the club from 1994-97 and then returned prior to the 2002-03 season. He was a part of teams that qualified for the former International Hockey League Turner Cup Playoffs three times and the American Hockey League Calder Cup Playoffs on eight occasions. He helped the Wolves advance to the 2005 Calder Cup Final and capture the Calder Cup championship in 2008.

McCudden has worked with numerous NHL players and instructed at prospect camps for the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Thrashers, as well as the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves and the Ontario Hockey Association. He was the skating and skills coach for the United States Women’s National Team from 2011-14. His stint with Team USA included serving as a scout for the silver medal-winning squad at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The operator and owner of Ice Company Hockey Schools, he has worked with thousands of youth and amateur players in the Chicago-area since 1990. McCudden began his career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1979 as a 17-year-old stick boy and was the team’s assistant equipment manager when he left the organization in 1985.

For many years, Coach McCudden has been coming to Aspen in fall the to kick off the AJH season with his week-long Power-Skills camp.  This season he returns for a late summer version of the same mini-camp.