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Adam Fox

July 31, 2020

Growing up I spent hours and hours playing roller hockey in the basement of my house. My dad had built a rink especially for me so I could play with my older brother, who played hockey as well. My dad was inspired to build the rink because of my love for the game of ice hockey. This ultimately led me to love the game of ice hockey as well and became my passion. I was determined to be a great player and was instrumental in helping the teams I played on (most of my life I was on the Long Island Gulls) win high profile tournaments. My next challenge was to be invited to the USA NTDP tryout and to make that team. I attributed my skating time with Jacki Munzel instrumental in making that team. She knew what I needed and was passionate and dedicated as I was. Jacki takes pride in what she does and will work to get you to your next level.

Growing up I was never the best skater. I always relied on my skill and hockey IQ to produce offense. Once I started skating with Jacki, she brought my skating to the next level and now it is one of my best attributes. Every summer when I come back home from my season I skate weekly with Jacki. She is very creative and always comes up with new drills every time I skate with her. She is also passionate and cares about her students and wants to see them succeed.

Jacki is an amazing skating instructor who helped me take my game to the next level. Without her I would not be able to compete at the level that I need to. She is a hands on instructor focused on every detail of your skating stride in an effort to perfect it. Skating means everything in today’s game and her record of players she has helped moved to the next level speaks for itself.

Jacki has not only made me a better skater but she has completely changed my stride. I’ve only been working with her for a year now and coaches and family members haven’t stopped telling me how much better it looks. She is an amazing teacher and focuses on little things that no one else focuses on. Eventually combining those concepts into one which made my stride into what it is today.

In today’s game at the college level nothing is more important than skating. Being able to skate powerfully in all directions gives a player a huge advantage in games. After just one full summer with Jacki I noticed a tremendous difference in my skating and overall play. Jacki taught me how to position my body and use all of my edges to get as much power as possible into every stride and crossover to make me both a faster and more powerful skater. Thanks to Jacki and Skate to score this has been my best summer of on ice training.

This was my first summer skating full time with Jacki and I can already say that I have seen tremendous improvements in my skating, which have also translated into my overall game. It did not come easy, but I enjoyed going to the rink and learning new things everyday about skating. Jacki really showed me the importance of the little details in my stride, like applying pressure, dropping the knee, using all of my edges and much more. This is only the beginning; there is so much more to learn from Jacki, and I am excited to continue to work with her.

I started with Jacki the Summer of 2014 and I couldn’t be more thankful for what she has done for my skating/development. I always needed to work on my skating to get to the next level and she did just that for me. She pushes me to be the best every time I’m out there on the ice , allowing me to become the best skater/player I can possibly be. Thank for everything Jacki.

Jackie’s coaching helped me bring my skating to the next level. Without her dedication and discipline, I wouldn’t be the skater I am today. Her training brought a whole new aspect to my game.

I have been a part of many different training programs, both on and off the ice, but none that have compared to skating with Jacki. She’s adjusted my stride to get me faster and more explosive while improving my conditioning at the same time…I felt a drastic change in my game after skating with her. Even at the college level, I find that working on my skating with Jacki is just as important as anything else I work on during the off season. She provides the personal attention necessary to get her students to the next level and she customizes drills and lessons that are tailored to their needs. I started skating with Jacki when I was about 8 years old and my only regret is not doing it more often throughout my career.

• U-14 National Champion (Mid-Fairfield)
• N.Y. High School State Champion (St.Anthony’s)
• New England Prep School Champion (Avon Old Farms)
• EJHL Rookie of the Year (Boston Jr. Bruins)
• 2 time ECAC Cleary Cup regular- season Champion (Quinnipiac)
• ECAC Whitelaw Cup Champion (Quinnipiac)
• NCAA East Regional Champion (Quinnipiac)
• NCAA Frozen Four (Quinnipiac)

It is a real privilege to work with Jacki. She really understands the fundamentals of the stride breakdown from edge control, the proper use of hips, stride recover and other techniques in order to get that perfect glide. What I learned the best lesson from her is that my speed/power really came from working on the stride technique, not just from all the weight training. I wish I could start working with her as a kid and not wait until my freshman year of college.

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