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Anneke Linser & Gabbie Hughes Named to USA's Women's Select U18 Team!


Skate to Excellence is thrilled to announce the selection of Gabbie Hughes and Anneke Linser as part of the 2016 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team that will compete in a three-game series against Canada from August 18-21 at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.

Hughes and Linser, who both skate with STE's U19 team and the Centennial High School team, are among the twenty-two players chosen after participating in the 2016 USA Hockey Women's National Festival in Lake Placid, NY.

Anneke, Gabbie and the rest of the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team are currently training in Calgary.

"What a great way to cap off an amazing summer for our girls" said STE Founder Terry Hughes.  "These two are leading the way for all of the girls in our organization, and I'm so proud - as both Gabbie's Dad and as a coach - of what they've accomplished.  These two girls are everything we want our skaters to be.  They're smart, driven, passionate about the game, and are great kids.  I can't wait to watch them play in Calgary and see where they go next!"

More information on USA Hockey's Selects Program and, specifically, the U18 Women's team can be found here.

    About Skate to Excellence

    Skate To Excellence was created in 2002 to help young skaters improve their stride and increase speed, along with developing their individual skating, shooting, passing and puck handling skills while getting ready for the upcoming season.  Over the years, as the participants skills have improved and the mite level players have developed into squirt and pee wee hockey players, our mission for Skate To Excellence has not changed.  It doesn't matter what age or level you compete at, all players can improve on their stride, puck control and hockey sense.

    Skate To Excellence's goal is to have all participants have a fun and positive experience while learning and improving their own individual and game situation hockey skills.

    Skate To Excellence clinics are offered year-round.  They give players a chance to work on power skating, edge work, shooting, passing and puck handling through repetition and over speed, and also provide time to emphasize teaching hockey sense and the understanding of more hockey strategies.

    Skate To Excellence is committed to expanding our clinics and continuing to grow to teach and instruct hockey skills to develop the complete hockey player.


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