The Metro Jets are a Tier III Junior A hockey team based in Waterford, Mich., now in their 25th season of operation and fourth in the NA3HL. The Jets, national Junior B champs in 2002, play their home games at Lakeland Arena. This blog will follow the Jets through their 48-game NA3HL season and league playoffs.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Pure As Pond Ice group features ex-Jets at the helm
instructional hockey clinics and then there is Pure As Pond Ice.
Started in 2009 in the lakes area of OaklandCounty with a group of passionate hockey
players from the surrounding communities, the group saw an opportunity to make
a change and spread the joy of pond hockey to Detroit by bringing their passion for the
game to underprivileged inner-city kids.
involved with the organization is in their early 20s and played hockey either
at the high school or junior level in metro Detroit.
this spring, Pure As Pond Ice had a free clinic at the Jack Adams Arena in Detroit that was well-received by the
players and parents.
loved it and the parents were thoroughly impressed with our hockey knowledge,”
said Pure As Pond Ice founder and director of executive operations Timothy
Hooker. “We brought a professional and fun attitude to deliver a superior
product for no cost. We teach fundamentals and Individual skills to build
strong team players. We hope to continue developing our programs and host a
variety of camps teaching different skills building character in the youth of Detroit.”
played junior hockey in Waterford for the Metro Jets along
with instructors David Merkle, Jonathon Elliott and Morgan
James, said Pure As Pond Ice is a way to give back to the game that gave
him so many opportunities.
“We see the
joy of kids learning to play hockey just like our instructors taught us,” said
Hooker. “We’re basically passing down the game of hockey like our former
coaches and instructors did for us.”
ahead, Hooker sees a bright future for his group, especially south of 8 Mile Road.
of Pure As Pond Ice is limitless in Detroit,” Hooker said. “We have developed
strong partnerships with the Detroit Hockey Association and Think Detroit PAL
and together, we are the Grassroots Hockey Coalition of Detroit. We plan to
build a sustainable youth hockey presence in the inner city and plan on hosting
several clinics throughout the summer and developing a large house hockey
league at Jack Adams Ice Arena next season.”
February, Pure As Pond Ice will be hosting the first annual Pond of Dreams
Championship, a major fundraising event to be played on CooleyLake and hosted by the Cooley Lake