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A player’s team may change over the years, but they will always belong at Motor City Hockey. We develop elite athletes who grow into exceptional people. The physical and mental strengths instilled in each player echo on and beyond the ice and into their life.
We train our players to operate and collaborate at the highest levels of physicality, functionality and mentality. Every skill, lesson, and challenge presented is intended to shape, push and forge our players into all we see they can be.
We bring players from different organizations together into a unified force of Michigan’s most notable athletes. Every hockey player is already a leader. We extract and enhance the impactful qualities within our players, so they go on to win and influence within their own hockey worlds.
Our Motor City Hockey values fuel the performance of our players, as well as our team of professional trainers.
Do it right from the start.
We set the foundation for your success on day one. From technique to precision, body and mind muscle memory is developed for excellence. There is always room to improve.
Every challenge is an opportunity to learn who you are.
Tough trials are an invitation to meet a new version of yourself. Self-mastery lies on the other side of the edge, go there. Want it more than you fear it.
Confidence comes from consistent, committed choices.
Work until a weakness becomes a strength. Your future depends on each decision made today. Confidence is not given, it’s earned.
You’ll never regret trying harder and giving more.
A true warrior rises to the occasion, every time. Do not let “I wish I did more” haunt you. Glory always follows and belongs to those who give everything they’ve got.
The only one who can stand in the way of your dream is you.
Your biggest competition lies within your own reflection. What you believe is possible will become what’s probable. Trust your vision and believe in it fully.
Keep close to those who want the most and best for you.
Cherish the people who cheer for you when the lights are low and the arena is empty. Be grateful for the love, support and sacrifice others provide, so you can be extraordinary.
All facets of our training program are taught solely by professionals with intensive hockey backgrounds.
All Learning Levels
Our skill development program is tailored for all levels of experience from youth up to the National Hockey League. Our players are trained to master the key fundamentals of hockey along with complex skill development methods.
Well-Rounded Skill Development with Advanced Weekly Programs
Every dimension of the sport is embedded into our training style. It’s always day one here at Motor City Hockey. We run each of our experiences with freshly crafted and customized plans written by Rich Mihelic.
Our innovative drills are designed to consistently evolve our players. We are forever students of the game. Our staff is constantly learning and studying material to give our players an edge on competition as they continue to hone their:
From those just beginning their hockey journey to advanced skating techniques currently used by professionals at the highest levels, we focus on basic to advanced edge work and stride mechanics.
We teach how to carry the puck and make plays. Our detailed stickhandling execution translates to quality, controlled gameplay.
Our beginner players learn to shoot the puck correctly. Our advanced players get trained on the elite edge of shooting, from changing angles to adding more power and dynamic depth.
Our checking programs are extremely detailed. It’s a priority for us to protect our players and keep them safe, but also give them a distinct advantage for puck protection and takeaways.
Our summer camps are extremely fun and instructional. Players are busy from start to finish working on true hockey development.
We provide a reliable, open communication, professional training staff to aid first-class goaltending development. MCH goalies get regular opportunities to join team practices while receiving attentive, on-ice goalie training.
Individual Development Plans
Motor City Hockey’s professional trainers also offer individually written development plans and organization consulting for teams.
Motor City Hockey is a training organization designed to motivate and teach our players to be successful both on and off the ice. We offer a full-range of skill development programs for all experience levels. Our professional trainers have extensive hockey backgrounds and have been directly trained by our founder, Rich Mihelic.
Motor City Hockey was founded by Rich Mihelic, upon returning home to Michigan after working as a trainer with the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins in the American Hockey League (main affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins). Coach Rich has worked with U.S. Olympic Head Coaches, NHL coaches and Stanley Cup champions. He has built Motor City Hockey to be the place where eager and dedicated players come to learn, grow and belong.
Our organization has expanded to include more professional trainers and program availability, in order to reach even more of Michigan’s athletes with our specialized methods.
Coach Rich honors that he wouldn’t be where he is today without family. He’s forever grateful for the support of his parents, who spent long hours at the rink and financial resources for his own hockey dream. Behind every Motor City Hockey player is a family who is supporting them. We are grateful for the integral role that committed families play to make the MCH experience a possibility for their player.
We will continue to push the edge and deliver the most elite and elevated hockey training development. We will always provide optimized material and attentive instruction that helps our athletes practice and perform at the peak level of their potential.
To create more opportunity for more athletes, we’re excited to expand the Motor City Hockey programs and methods throughout the state of Michigan. Our professional trainers share a love of the game as strongly as our athletes. We are dedicated to the players and families that we are fortunate to have within our hockey network. Through great times and tough times, we will always be there for our hockey family.
Hockey teaches its athletes invaluable ambition that reaches far beyond the sport. We are proud to have alumni that are not only excellent hockey players, but who went on to also become college students, entrepreneurs, and well-established professionals. If we are doing our job right, we will not only develop successful hockey players, but we will build successful individuals in life.