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    Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Why Goalies are a Special Breed

    Toughest Position in Team Sports

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    Nothing compares physically, mentally and emotionally

    I've never been a goalie.

    In fact, I don't think I've ever even put on the pads.

    Nonetheless, I believe that hockey goalie is the toughest position in all of team sports. So here's my very unscientific analysis of why it's so hard to be a goalie.

    Value to the team is only a part of it

    I've coached hockey for many years and understand the value that an elite goaltender brings to a team.

    Put simply: You can't win a championship without a championship-caliber goaltender.

    Read Insights & Fundamentals for Goalies Sept 2018 Edition

    But other sports have positions that will have a similar value to a team. No team wins in football without an exceptional quarterback. Championship baseball teams need world-class pitching.

    So it has to be more than just that.

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    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Bridgedale Grad Davis Burnside Commits to Ohio State

    On a Hockey Scholarship

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    Bridgedale Academy grad Davis Burnside has given his verbal commitment to play his Division 1 NCAA hockey at The Ohio State University. 

    Davis, an outstanding forward who is now playing for the Chicago Mission U15 team, becomes the 14th Bridgedale grad to have earned his D1 scholarship.

    (Click to see all Bridgedale's college commitments.)

    He was also an Honor Roll student at Bridgedale.

    "Davis, a forward, has elite level speed who is a threat to score anytime the puck is on his stick," says Gino Cavallini, coach of the Chicago Mission U15 team for which Davis now competes. "His stride and ability to generate this kind of speed almost always catches the opposing defenders on their heels. His speed sets him apart; his ability to play 200 feet is why he is coveted."

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    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    Get 37 Weeks of Hockey Camp

    Every Year Parents Scramble to get their sons in Hockey Camps

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    Isn't there a better way?

    Every summer, hundreds of hockey camps are operating all over North America. And no matter what skills your hockey-playing child needs to work on, there are camps out there for you.

    There are camps for speed, camps for stick handling, camps for shooting, camps for checking, camps for “power” skating, camps for defensemen, etc. 

    Most of these camps are week-long camps, and with each camp comes the promise of positive results.

    So my question is: If positive results can come from attending a 1-week hockey camp, what kind of results could you expect from 37 weeks of hockey camp?

     

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    Saturday, August 25, 2018

    Bridgedale Grad Josh Lopina Commits to UMass Amherst

    On a Hockey Scholarship

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    Bridgedale Academy grad Josh Lopina has given his verbal commitment to play his Division 1 NCAA hockey at UMass Amherst

    Josh is an outstanding forward who recently won a USA Hockey National Championship as a member of the Chicago Mission's U16 team. Josh becomes the 13th Bridgedale grad to earn his D1 scholarship, and the first to commit to UMass.

    (Click to see all Bridgedale's college commitments.)

    Josh, who will compete in junior hockey this season for the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League, was also a High Honors student at Bridgedale.

    "Josh has good hockey sense in addition to his strong athletic abilities," says Anders Sorensen, Josh's coach at the Chicago Mission U16s last season. "He possesses a very strong two-way game combined with a great compete level."

    "The more competitive the game becomes, the more Josh excels," added Sorensen.

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    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Thinking inside the box

    Creativity might come from thinking outside the box, but fundamentals come from thinking inside it

    By Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    How do you explain a generational player like Wayne Gretzky?

    The first time I saw Wayne Gretzky play hockey was at the old Chicago Stadium. He was 18 years old at the time.

    I remember thinking how his approach to playing the game was so "unusual."

    Unusual ... and unusually good. 

    Even then he was so unbelievably creative. It was as if he'd learned the game on another planet.

    He seemed to be the very definition of "thinking outside the box."

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    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Bridgedale Grad Jack Devine Commits to Denver

    On a Hockey Scholarship

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    Bridgedale Academy grad Jack Devine has given his verbal commitment to play his Division 1 NCAA hockey at Denver University

    Jack, an outstanding forward who is recognized nationally at the Bantam Major level, becomes the 12th Bridgedale grad to have earned his D1 scholarship.

    (Click to see all Bridgedale's college commitments.)

    He was also a High Honors student at Bridgedale.

    "Jack Devine is on his way to becoming the epitome of a team leader whose play does the talking. A Messier type center, he can play any way you like him to. Skilled, tenacious and gritty, you get the full 200ft from Jack," says Gino Cavallini, coach of the Chicago Mission Bantam Major 03s team for which Jack competed last season.

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    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    An Open Letter to Young Hockey Players

    Your parents sacrifice so you can play hockey

    By Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    To "All you young hockey players out there:"

    Dear hockey player:

    I wanted to give you a few things to think about:

    • Your parents are making sacrifices for you

    1) It takes a lot of effort and determination to do what your parents do. They work hard to be good at their jobs so they can feed you, buy you clothes and put a roof over your head. And you should always remember, and respect, that they work hard to earn their money. 

    2) Some of the money they earn (a lot of it in fact) they put toward your hockey. (Always remember this is money they could have used to pay for other things.)

    3) They also drive you all over the place so you can play hockey (evening practices, early mornings on weekends, travel for tournaments, etc.). This is their valuable time and energy, that they give to you. And it all adds up.

    But here’s the thing: your parents love you and want the best for you (including at hockey), and so they willingly make these sacrifices and are (almost always) glad to do these things for you.

    • Your parents want you to get a good education

    1) As much as you (and your parents) might love your hockey, they know that your academics must come first.

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    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    The Value of the Bridgedale Experience

    What makes Bridgedale unique to parents?

    By Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    Absolute confidence that Bridgedale is delivering on its promises.

    Recently, a number of Bridgedale Academy parents and teachers got together with a marketing professional to conduct what is called a Value Proposition exercise. We talked about what Bridgedale is, and what it could be. 

    Sixteen (16) Bridgedale Academy parents contributed their time and ideas to the exercise, as did most of Bridgedale's teaching staff.

    The purpose of the exercise was to determine not only what made Bridgedale unique, but also what we could possibly do to make the Bridgedale Experience even better.

    Amy Holsinger of Project Enroll, who conducted the exercise, concluded there was “a general sense of satisfaction and happiness expressed by” the Bridgedale parents, noting there was an “absolute confidence that the school is delivering on a number of promises.” 

    Among these promises delivered were “a solid Classical education, exceptional teachers, attentive staff members, the knowledge that their sons are happy and highly challenged, and a high-quality hockey experience.”

    Amy said that what “resonated” for her was that Bridgedale is not just a “hockey school” and that “leadership, tenacity, ownership, accountability and a collaborative spirit are just a few of the many benefits young men will receive from a Bridgedale Academy education.”

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    Monday, June 11, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial June 11th 2018

    Awesome job Bridgedale!

    By Joanne Smith, Bridgedale Academy Mom

     

    He is so happy and thriving thanks to your guidance, help and grooming.

    I have been thinking about Bridgedale and all of our friends there that helped Ryan achieve a goal of his. I wanted to send you a very big THANK YOU!

    Ryan loves Culver. He is in exactly the right place.

    He is so happy and thriving thanks to your guidance, help and grooming.

    It's so nice that he still gets to see (Bridgedale English teacher) Mrs. Kuhl (also a Culver mom) occasionally. He loves to see a friendly “Mom” face when away!  Thank you for being so good to him.

    I thought you might enjoy a picture of our guy celebrating and honoring Culver's 2018 Graduates!! 

    Ryan (on the left in this photo) has his military game-face on and so he doesn’t have a smile.

    But I can assure you he has so much pride and happiness being the stoic Culver cadet.

    (And Mrs. Kuhl, congratulations to you, your husband and of course your 2018 Culver graduate son!)

    AWESOME JOB BRIDGEDALE!!!

    Here he is on his horse!!  

    Thank you again for everything you do!

    This is a heartfelt thank you.  The confidence and happiness Ryan has had at Culver and while at Bridgedale have transformed him.

    I will never forget what you and the teachers have done for him. You are a part of who he is today!

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

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    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial June 7th 2018

    The best decision we have ever made for him

    By Val Rivelli, Businesswoman, Bridgedale Academy Mom

     

    I can't say enough about the education he received.

     
    Deciding to have Dominick attend Bridgedale was the best decision we have ever made for him.
     
    Thank you for all you have done for Dom. I can’t say enough about the education he received.
     
    We are sad to be leaving, but you all have greatly prepared Dom for whatever comes next. 
     
    Thank you again,
     
     
    Val Rivelli
     
     
     
    Val Rivelli appears by permission. She works in the real estate business.  
     
    Val's son Dominick is a highly-ranked 03 AAA forward who recently graduated from Bridgedale Academy. Dominick has competed for the Chicago Mission Hockey Club for the past fo
    ur seasons. 
     

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