Rousseau's Hockey Clinic was born of a French Canadian
father's love for his sons and a desire to share
with them a life long passion for the game of hockey. The earliest Clinics
were, in fact, summer scrimmages organized by Coach Guy Rousseau
specifically to teach his own sons how to play and love the game.
Since it's inception in 1986, Rousseau's Hockey Clinic
has evolved to become Maine's largest and most highly regarded program for
Ice Hockey instruction.
The clinic currently serves nearly 1,000 hockey players
from throughout the state each year and our range in age from 3 through 72.
We employ more than 50 instructors and counselors.
1986 marked the first official year of open enrollment.
Coach Rousseau and his oldest son, Gary, offered a program focused
specifically on Power Skating to 40 squirt and pee-wee players from the
Lewiston, Maine area. The first sessions took place at the Kennebec Ice
Arena, the official home of Rousseau's Hockey Clinic in the Central Maine
then, the program has experienced many changes....
1991 - We expanded the program to Bantam and High
School Age players - We are invited to conduct our first Private clinic to
Mid-Coast Youth Hockey
1994 - We offered our first clinic in Southern Maine
at the Portland Ice Arena
1997 - We are invited to conduct a Private clinic to
Waterville Youth Hockey
1998 - We expanded the program to 4 to 7 year old
Beginners - We offered our first clinic at the University of Southern
Maine in Gorham
1999 - The Family Ice Center in Falmouth becomes our
official home in Southern Maine - Our Southern Maine programs are expanded
to include all divisions in both the spring and summer - We offer our
first Fall "Training Camp" clinic in Lewiston - Rousseau's Hockey Clinic
Staff was asked to conduct "Try-Outs" for the Lewiston Area Travel Teams
and Maine State Select teams
2000 - We expand our youth clinics to include a
"Select Bantam" division. Our Fall "Training Camp" clinics are offered in
Auburn - We were invited to conduct private clinic for Skowhegan High
School - We introduced its first ever "All Girls" Clinic
2001 - We added the Girls Clinic as part of our Core
Programs - We were invited to conduct private clinic for Lawrence High
2002 - We added a "Dry-Land training program to our
curriculum, making us a complete hockey training program - We are invited
to conduct a "Checking Clinic" for Gorham Youth Hockey - We are invited to
conduct a power skating clinic for Scarborough Middle School
2003 - We expanded our Goaltender programs to include
"Goalie Only" practice sessions. We conducted our first Adult Men's
2004 - We expanded our Adult clinics to both Men and
Women in Southern Maine. We expand our "Select Clinic" offerings to
include a "Select Pee-Wee" division.
2005 - We further expanded our Adult clinics, offering
clinics in the early spring and fall at both the Family Ice Center and
Kennebec Ice Arena.
2006 - Our 20th anniversary. We expanded our
"All Girls" division to the Kennebec Ice Arena.
2007 - We conduct Goalie clinics for Casco Bay Youth
Hockey and "Training Camp" clinics for Maine Coast Youth Hockey.
2008 - We expand our "Select Clinic" offerings to
include a "Select Squirt" division.
2009 - We introduce both Adult and Youth clinics at
the newly renovated Ingersoll Arena in Auburn. We welcome back
coach Shawn Rousseau to our staff.
2010 - We introduced our first "Goalie Clinic" with
great success. We expanded our Adult clinic curriculum to include
a "Puck Skills" clinic.
2011 - We celebrate our 25th Anniversary running
hockey clinics. To date, we have trained nearly 5,000 Maine hockey
players. We conducted our first clinic at the Midcoast Rec Center
in Rockport, Me.