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The New Faces of Hockey

Photograph By Steve Boyle

Will less competition and more fun equal happier young players and a longer shelf life for American hockey? Teams like Michigan's Orchard Lake United, one of four USA Hockey-designated Model Associations that have excelled at developing well-rounded playersare trying to find out. Orchard Lake has adopted the American Development Model (ADM), a program that emphasizes fundamentals, rather than full-ice games, at younger levels and encourages kids to play other sports as well.