Clayton Keller’s tips for 14U/16U players
When initially posed with the question, “Has the American Development Model helped you become the player you are today?” Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller’s response wasn’t quite what you’d expect.
“What exactly is that?”
Don’t blame Keller for not being up to snuff on the technical terms of USA Hockey’s sport science-based training and development philosophy. The ADM is basically all he’s known, from youth hockey in Missouri to the USA Hockey NTDP, college and beyond.
To him, it’s simply ‘hockey.’
“It was fun,” Keller said of his youth under the tutelage of 19-year NHL veteran and ADM advocate Keith Tkachuk, who coached the Chesterfield, Mo., native throughout much of his early years. “Every practice was fun. Everyone loved going to practice because we knew we were going to do this game or that game, 3-on-3 small ice, pass to the coach; little things to work on your skills, hockey IQ, being unselfish, little things like that.”
And as Keller now embarks on his second full season in the NHL, those little things he learned within the ADM have helped shape the player he is today.
Keller offered advice to 14U/16U players who are looking to make that next step.