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    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    40,000 More Passes per Year

    by Justin Lewandowski, VP of Hockey Operations, 200 x 85

    Quality Repetitions are Key

    Arguably, the most important skills for a hockey player are his passing and pass receiving skills. 

    And, as with all of hockey’s skills, the key is to have SOUND FUNDAMENTALS.

    Quality repetitions using proper fundamentals must be emphasized.

    During a typical school year, each Bridgedale Academy student-athlete will on average make and receive an additional 40,000 passes above and beyond what occurs during his team practices and games, and at camps and clinics.

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    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Problem Solved

    "We know our son can do better academically"

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    Last year about this time I received a phone call from a hockey couple looking for a solution. This couple, let’s call them John and Mary, said they'd found themselves between a rock and a hard place. 

    The good news was that their son, we’ll call him Junior, was showing promise as a youth hockey player at a local organization.

    But there was a problem: hockey was becoming almost an obsession. 

    He had no interest in any other activities, and he was becoming increasingly disinterested and negative about school.

    There was his phone … and there was hockey.

    John and Mary knew Junior was intelligent but his grades were only “so-so” because, in their words, "he wasn’t engaging at school.”

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    Sunday, December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas from Bridgedale Academy

     

    “May you be blessed

    With the spirit of the season, which is peace,

    The gladness of the season, which is hope,

    And the heart of the season, which is love.”

     

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    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    Bridgedale 9th Grader Jack Silich Commits to Quinnipiac

    On a Hockey Scholarship


    Bridgedale Academy 9th grader Jack Silich has given his verbal commitment to attend the Quinnipiac University on a hockey scholarship. Jack is a top player with the Chicago Mission Bantam Major 03 team, and is also an Honor Roll student at Bridgedale.

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    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    Bridgedale Mourns Loss of Alex Di Pauli

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Beloved husband of Bridgedale's Christina Di Pauli

    The entire Bridgedale Academy Family is extremely saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Alex Di Pauli, husband of Bridgedale Academic Dean Christina Di Pauli and father of Bridgedale part-time teacher Theo Di Pauli.

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    Friday, November 17, 2017

    Pivonka and Stastney sign w Notre Dame

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Sign together during the early signing period

    We are extremely proud to congratulate Bridgedale grads Jacob Pivonka and Spencer Stastney on the signing of their National Letters of Intent to enroll at the University of Notre Dame for the 2018-19 school year.

    Jacob and Spencer are two of the four hockey players to sign with Notre Dame during the early signing period. Both excel academically and athletically. They are now in their second year with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program and will enroll as true freshmen at the academically demanding University of Notre Dame in the fall.

     

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    Friday, November 17, 2017

    2160 More Puck Protection Battles per Year

    by Justin Lewandowski, VP of Hockey Operations, 200 x 85

    Bridgedale training gets it done

    Over the course of a school year, each Bridgedale Academy student-athlete will engage in more than 2160 puck protection battles, above and beyond what he gets in during his team's practices and games, and at any camps and clinics he might attend.

    Sessions dedicated to puck protection skills

    A hockey player today must be able to protect the puck effectively. 

    And so at Bridgedale we use drills designed to improve a player's puck protection skills. 

    Most of these drills involve 20-second battles followed by 40-seconds of recovery time, with anywhere from 6 to 10 battles per drill.

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    Friday, November 10, 2017

    Shoot 20,000 More Pucks per Year

    by Justin Lewandowski, VP of Hockey Operations, 200 x 85

    Bridgedale training gets it done

    Over the course of a school year, a Bridgedale Academy student-athlete will take more than 20,000 shots above and beyond what he takes during his team practices and games, at clinics and camps, and out on his driveway.

    How many shots per session and how many sessions per year?

    We estimate that, on average, each Bridgedale student-athlete will take more than 135 shots per on-ice session. 

    And including our Friday “stick and puck” sessions, each boy can expect to participate in at least 150 on-ice training sessions during a school year at Bridgedale. 

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    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Catholics vs Convicts: An Eyewitness Account

    Notre Dame vs Miami, October 15, 1988

     

    (Editor's Note: This Saturday, Nov 11th, Notre Dame and Miami will play a football game with huge implications for this year's National Championship playoffs. But it won't be the first time these two teams faced off in a high-profile game. This article looks back at the 1988 Notre Dame-Miami game, still considered one of the greatest college football games ever. We reprint this article by permission. And although this article is a bit unusual for our blog page, we post it for three reasons: 1) because of Bridgedale's multiple connections to the University of Notre Dame; 2) because it is a story about excellence in academics and athletics; and 3) because it reflects the same fundamental values of tradition, sportsmanship and respect that we uphold at Bridgedale Academy.)

    By Mike Gearin, Notre Dame Grad and Sports Fan Extraordinaire

     

    The most intensely competitive sporting even I've ever seen

     

    It is still to this day the best sporting event I have ever attended. And I have attended some really good ones, including the famous Notre Dame Basketball "88 and 1" game in 1974 in which the Irish handed Bill Walton his very first loss at any level and broke the UCLA Bruins 88 game win streak.

    But October 15, 1988 was the most intensely competitive sporting event I have personally witnessed.

    It featured two of the most talented teams in college football history in an epic collision of what could not be more contrasting views of the way that college football should be played. ESPN Film’s recent 30 for 30 episode, entitled “Catholics vs Convicts,” documented the game and prompted me to reflect on and record my personal observations of the events of that day. 

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    Monday, October 9, 2017

    We'll Open the Door - But We Won't Carry Your Bags

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Bridgedale Academy Opens Doors

    Every school day, Bridgedale’s Academic Dean Christina Di Pauli and I welcome our student-athletes as they arrive bright and early.

    This daily “ritual” serves a number of purposes:

    • To greet our students with a positive energy as they begin their school day
    • To reinforce to them that every day is another opportunity to excel
    • To show by our presence that we care and have high expectations for them
    • To be available to answer any questions and concerns from parents
    • To hold open the doors as students arrive loaded up with their backpacks, book bags, school uniforms, lunch boxes and hockey equipment

    This last bullet point has both a literal and a symbolic meaning.

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