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7 Bridges Ice Arena, July 30-August 3, 2018



Just Defenseman Camp Director Larry Pedrie is a former defenseman and played this position his entire career. Larry’s 30+ years of playing and coaching experience gives him the unique background, qualities, and understanding necessary to teach the fine points of the most difficult position in hockey.

This camp will focus on teaching both the skill sets necessary for defenseman development as well as the positional play required for defenseman. 

Why are good defensemen so hard to find?

Good defensemen can be difficult to find because not many coaches truly understand how to teach the position, and young players are challenged to find proper instruction.

What are the characteristics of a good defenseman?

Good defensemen simplified are mobile on their feet, very good 1 on 1 players, and very effective at making the first pass to get their team moving up the ice.

Why are good defenseman so valuable to their team?

The value of a good defenseman cannot be emphasized enough.  They are their team’s first line of defense and the beginning of their team’s offense.  They play a critical role in helping keep pucks out of their own net.  They also serve as a “quarterback”, as they are typically responsible for making that first good pass to get their team out of their zone and moving up the ice.

What skills typify a good defenseman?

Strong defensemen skill traits include strong passing skills, the ability to handle the puck in tight spaces, the ability to use their stick effectively when not possessing the puck, and strong forward and skating backward skills.

What concepts must a defenseman learn to be effective?

Strong defensemen concepts include the ability to evaluate the entire ice surface from both a defensive and offensive standpoint, being able to handle the puck well under pressure in critical areas of the ice, how to create/control proper gap control, how to read a rush, how to defend a one-on-one in all areas, and to know when to add and join offense at the appropriate time.

Camp Focus/Skills….                                                     Camp Focus/Concepts….

Forward Skating agility, quickness, and speed.               Transitioning the puck from defense to offense

Backward Skating agility, quickness, and speed              How to play along the boards

Passing/Shooting/Puckhandling                                    How to create/control a proper gap

                                                                                    How to positionally defend all rushes


Benefits of this Camp

All defensemen at the youth level need to improve in some, if not most areas of their game.  It’s likely a young player has not received specific defenseman positional instruction in many of the areas that are necessary for understanding the position.  The many skills and concepts that playing defense requires are what make it such a challenging, unique, difficult, and fun position to play.  This Camp will provide the instruction for defensemen that too often goes overlooked throughout the course of a normal season.

Camp Format

The Camp will be structured so all players will be matched with and against each other based on common size, age, and experience.  All skaters will receive an off ice lecture, on ice instruction, and an off ice workout.

Camp Schedule

Group 1, 2008-2006                 Group 2, 2005-2003                                        

On Ice              1:50-2:50PM                            3:00-4:00PM

Off Ice              3:10-4:00PM                            4:20-5:10PM

Lunch               4:00-4:20PM                            5:10-5:30PM

Lecture            4:20-4:50PM                            5:30-6:00PM

On Ice              5:20-6:20PM                            6:30-7:30PM

The daily schedule includes 2 hours on the ice, a challenging off ice workout, and a lecture specific to defenseman positioning.    


The cost for the Camp is $495.  I have intentionally priced this camp at a very competitive cost.  You will not find a better value for the cost and product delivered, that is a guarantee.

For more info on all LP Hockey Camps and Clinics please visit  Registration may be completed online at, or by completing the form below and sending payment (checks payable to Larry Pedrie) to: Larry Pedrie      PO Box 9744   Naperville, IL    60567



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Advanced Midget Training 2018

At 7 Bridges



LP Hockey is returning a program introduced last summer targeting midget aged players in the birthyears 2003 through 2000.  The camp is Advanced Midget Training and is recommended for serious players whose goal is to play college hockey.  This is not a recreational camp for the player who is not committed to being the best he can be.  If you are not serious about putting in the time, effort, and commitment that is necessary for success, this is NOT the camp for you.  However, for the players who are serious I promise that you will be challenged every day both on and off the ice.  You are going to be provided the blueprint that can steer you toward success.  Your effort will not guarantee an opportunity in junior and college hockey, but your lack of effort will most definitely eliminate any potential future opportunity.  Get yourself in and get committed, or fall behind and be forgotten!


The Camp’s purpose is very simple…we are going to push you harder than you have very been pushed, demand your best effort, and provide on and off ice instruction that happens on a daily basis at the levels you aspire to play at.  This will include the following:

  1. Educating players on what it takes in midget hockey to get noticed by junior teams
  2. Educating players on what it takes in junior hockey to get noticed by college teams
  3. What to expect in the junior hockey experience
  4. How you need to train off the ice to prepare for both junior and college hockey
  5. Understanding the overall commitment that will be required to be successful in this pursuit


I have been involved in advanced levels of hockey for 40 years dating back to my freshman year of college hockey at Ferris State University in 1977.  After graduating from Ferris in 1981 I began a 15 year Division I college coaching career that included stops at Ferris State, Illinois-Chicago, and the University of Michigan.  This also included 6 years as a Division I head coach at UIC.  During that time I scouted and recruited players from every junior league in Canada and the United States.  These players went on to be successful college players and included All-Americans, league All Stars, Rookies of the Year, League MVPs, NHL All-Rookie team selections, and Stanley Cup winners.  I visited every province in Canada and every hockey playing State in the US to recruit players.  I met every junior coach as well in all of these areas.  I knew what I was looking for in the players I recruited, I knew what it took for them to succeed, and did a very good job of identifying and selecting the right kids that would go on to be very successful.  The recipe for success today is no different now than it was 30 years ago.

Directing this Camp with me will be my son Vince Pedrie who is completing his first year as a pro under contract NHL’s New York Rangers and playing for the Ranger’s top affiliate, the Hartford Wolf pack in the AHL.

Prior to turning professional, Vince enjoyed great success in 2 years at Penn State from 2015-2017.  When Vince turned pro last March at the age of 23 he was definitely considered a “late bloomer”.  Before Penn State Vince endured many challenges and setbacks while playing 4 years of junior in the USHL.  These setbacks included being a repeated healthy scratch as a USHL rookie, getting traded twice, suffering a season-ending injury and watching his team go on to win the Championship and then having the team fold three days after winning the Championship, and being dispersed to an expansion team in Vince’s last year in the USHL.  If not for Vince’s continued focus, determination, and commitment, his career would have been over long ago.  Based on Vince’s experience in both junior and college, and the highs and lows that he has lived, he is in a perfect position to advise and assist in the development of young players that look to mirror his path.

With my extended experience, and Vince’s current experience, we will be able to provide a clear path to achieving success at the junior and college level.


This will be a 5 week program that includes both on and off ice instruction.  Each workout off the ice and practice on the ice will be specific to the needs of midget aged players who want to move on to junior and college.  You will receive daily feedback on the ice and in the weight room.   You will be provided a clear blueprint steering you toward the success you desire.

We will be on the ice and in the weight room 3 days per week for 5 weeks.   By holding this camp beginning in early June we are providing the opportunity for players to start their summer on the right note and carry it through the entire summer.  The camp will be limited to 31 players including goalies, defensemen, and forwards.  Players will be accepted on a first come/first apply basis with the assumption you have the playing background required.

The daily camp schedule will be as follows :

June 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, July 2, 3, 10, 11, 12

ON ICE                     10:20-11:20

OFF ICE                    11:45-12:45                                                             


All of the in-ice training will be conducted by Larry and Vince Pedrie.

All off-ice training will be conducted by Matt Astoff.  Matt just completed his first year as the strength and conditioning coach for Team Illinois and was Vince’s personal trainer last year as Vince prepared for his first NHL training camp.


COST/REGISTRATION:  The cost for the camp will be $650.  This includes all on-ice and off-ice training.  This is the same cost as last year and we have added two extra sessions to this year’s program.

Battle Camp 2018



This summer LP Hockey will be returning the very popular “Battle Camp” for its 6th season.

The purpose of the Battle Camp is to expose, teach, and drill one of the most critical parts of the game of hockey….the ability to successfully battle in all areas of the ice.

Many elements go into the skills and characteristics of the game’s best players; one of those characteristics is the ability to battle and win a majority of your battles.  Success in battles comes from physical strength, mental strength, and simple techniques and tactics that any player can learn, acquire, and use every time he is on the ice.  It is these battle techniques and tactics that I will teach and drill in this Camp.  I will also encourage and foster a mentality to improve the metal toughness of every player.

At all levels of hockey, in every game played, there are battles and puck races that occur over and over.  As players get older, and the overall skill level begins to even itself out, these repeated battles and puck races become more frequent and begin to take on a greater and greater importance.

As young players grow and get physically bigger, open ice decreases, the time to make decisions shrinks, and there is more traffic and confrontation up and down the ice.  If young players are not capable of playing in traffic, winning puck races, and winning puck battles, their overall effectiveness is greatly reduced.  It is not a coincidence when certain players “seem” to have the puck more often than others.  Players that “seem” to have the puck a lot have it because they go and get it!  These players have the ability to pursue and successfully battle for pucks, and that is an extremely valuable attribute that will greatly enhance the performance and success for any player.

The ability for any player to successfully battle for and win pucks cannot be overvalued.  All great players have this attribute and for some it is the one attribute that repeatedly elevates them above more skilled players.  Please view the link below and hear the remarks from renowned NHL coach Mike Babcock on the importance of winning a battle.

In Battle Camp 2018 I will teach battle skills and use a variety of drills to help all players become improved battlers!  In addition to the skills that will be taught, and the confrontation that will be drilled, the mindset that goes part and parcel with battle skills will be fostered and promoted and will be underscored as a critical part of this skill.


Drills of Battle Camp 2018

1 on 1:    corner     short race     net front          angling/forecheck        zone control/puck protection

2 on 2:    corner     tight space   net front

Camp Format

In the Battle Camp players will be matched with and against each other based on common size, age, and experience.  The Camp is open to all birth years.  All players will receive on ice instruction.

Camp Schedule

 Seven Bridges Ice Arena, July 16-20, 2018        On Ice              10:20-11:20M                                                             

The cost for the Battle Camp is $250.

For more info on all LP Hockey Camps and Clinics please visit

REGISTRATION/COST ($250)      Registration may be completed online at, or by completing the form below and sending payment (checks payable to Larry Pedrie) to:

Larry Pedrie      PO Box 9744    Naperville, IL    60567
















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