2016-17 has been an incredible season for Power Edge Pro and its athletes. Joe and the PEP team would like to take a moment to outline some of the major accomplishments of PEP athletes and teams throughout the past 10 months.
First and foremost, a huge congratulations to Connor McDavid on his 3 major awards won last night at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Connor took home the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the Players Association, the Hart Memorial Trophy for the player judged most valuable to his team, and the Art Ross Trophy for leading point scorer during the regular season. He was also unveiled as the EA Sports NHL 2018 cover player. Although Connor was gracious in accepting these awards, he implied that his ultimate goal remains winning a Stanley Cup. We have no doubt you will be there soon, Connor! Connor has been training with PEP for over 10 years, and continues to actively use the program to this day.
We would also like to recognize two major team accomplishments. The Nashville Predators won the Western Conference Championship for the first time in its history, and was just two wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup. PEP began working with Scott Nichol and Nashville’s player development team during the 2016-17 season. We would also like to congratulate the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL on their Calder Cup Championship. PEP began working with Shawn Horcoff and the Detroit Red Wing‘s player development team, including working with the AHL-affiliate Griffins, during the 2016-17 season. PEP will also be training with Nashville and Detroit’s top prospects this summer, running multiple sessions throughout both teams’ rookie camps.
Finally, the PEP Team would like to congratulate Nolan Patrick on his 2nd overall selection to the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Nolan has been training with PEP for the past 2 years during his time with the Brandon Wheat Kings, and has an incredibly promising NHL career ahead. Keep up the great work, Nolan!
Looking to the future, a number of PEP athletes are showing incredible promise as they make the next step in their hockey careers. Specifically, Connor McClennon of the Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep went 2nd overall in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft to the Kootenay Ice. For a great interview with Connor, please see our blog post from April 4th. Moving East, despite declaring he would be joining the USA Hockey development program for the 2017-18 season, PEP athlete Jack Hughes still went 8th overall in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection to the Mississauga Steelheads. Jack is described as one of the most exciting players in this year’s draft and as, “an excellent skater that uses his edges well and is very elusive and hard to contain.” Trademark elements of the PEP skillset which the PEP Team is very proud to have helped Jack develop. Congratulations to you both; undoubtedly incredible hockey futures ahead!
Despite these tremendous accolades, what the Power Edge Pro team values most is seeing the improvement of its youngest players over the course of the season. From the PEP Academy in Toronto, to the countless camps and clinics run by our certified instructors across North America, to the players using PEP at every team practice through PEP Association Partnerships, the growth and development we have seen amongst our young PEP athletes is truly remarkable, and is a testament to the effectiveness of the PEP system when coupled with the hard work of determined young athletes.
Keep up the great work, PEP Nation!