Steve Knuble's Hockey Skills Clinic


"The Perfect Clinic for Beginning Men and Women Hockey Players"

Contact Bill with any Questions
(734) 395-0745


Q: Is full equipment required?

A: Yes, full equipment is required. There are a couple of good places to get equipment. If you're looking to get away as inexpensively as possible you can try Play-It-Again Sports for used equipment. If you want new equipment try Advantage Sports in Ann Arbor on Stadium Blvd. or Perani's located at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Try not to go cheap on the skates though. A good pair of skates will help dramatically.  If you'd like some help answering equipment questions give me a call.

Q: I am a total beginner, is this clinic right for me?

A: Yes, this is the perfect clinic for beginners and also players who have some experience. What I have found best is, at a minimum, if you can get up and down the ice in a timely fashion you'll do fine. You definitely don't want your first ever skating experience to be in this clinic though, so try to get to at least a dozen open skates in order to get comfortable on the ice. Also, if you have never worn equipment before try it on at an open skate before the clinic. We do a lot of skating skills the first day, I don't want you to be distracted by equipment issues. The first 5 classes are devoted to individual skills, so it doesn't matter what the other people are doing. These individual skills are beneficial for total beginners and experienced players.

Q: Will I be the only lady out there?

A: No, we average about 20%-30% lady hockey players.

Q: What is a typical class like?

A: A typical class will involve three things. When we get on the ice we will skate and loosen up, then we'll get right into our review. We will review our skating skills initially without pucks, then later with pucks. The review is usually about 15 minutes. The second part is the skill-of-the-day, like stickhandling or shooting. This part usually lasts about 45 minutes. The final part is the scrimmage. We will split into two teams and scrimmage the last 20 minutes of every class in order to practice what you've just learned.

Q: I have been playing in leagues for awhile already, will this class really help me?

A: I have had a lot of people who joined league teams before they'd ever been coached in hockey. We will cover numerous team concepts during the clinic. For example, you might be a defenseman on your team, but has anone taught you how to play a 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 situation, or how to start a breakout, or set up for a power play? Those are just a few of the many fundamental concepts you may have seen before but that you'll learn here.

Q: Do I have to wear a facemask?

A: Facemasks are not required, but recommended. At a minimum I recommend a half-shield.

Q: How do I register?

A: You can print out the registration form off the website, you can pick up a brochure at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube or you can call me and I will send out a brochure to you.