Full Throttle Defense @Darien Ice House (Birth Years 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)
Monday June 26th - Friday June 30th // 8 am to 1 pm - Early Bird Price $855

Full Throttle Defense @Darien Ice House (Birth Years 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)

Regular price $950.00

21 in stock

Full Throttle Defense
Darien Ice House
55 Old Kings Hwy N, Darien, CT 06820

Monday - Friday
6/26, 6/27, 6/28, 6/29 & 6/30

8 am to 1 pm

Open to:
Birth Years 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Travel players only 
Players will be divided into small groups by skill/age

Lead Instructors:
Kurt Nichols - President/Founder KNPS
Connor Jones - NHL scout, Former NHL player

  • Limited to 24 players
  • 5 to 1 ratio – small group training
  • 10 hours on ice/week
  • 5 hours off ice - video analysis & review, slideboard, stickhandling
  • 2012 and older will undergo mobility screening with NY Rangers PT Kevin Cota (via Performance Optimal Health) – athletes will be provided feedback on performance and an initial exercise program

Skills Taught - Major Focus:
  • Gap control – ** major focus **
  • Transitional skating with puck & w/o puck
  • Backwards skating
  • 1st 3 steps & quickness
  • Opening up passing lanes with lateral movement
  • Steering opponents
  • Shot angling

Other Skills Taught:

  • Initiating breakouts
  • Winning battles along the boards
  • Protecting the net
  • Overall quick decision making and situational control
  • Scoring

Price: $950

Summer Early Bird Sale!

Price:  $855
To Register, Email to: kurtpowerskating@gmail.com
Payments must be made with Zelle or by check. Payments must be received by April 7th. Registration confirmed after payment and waiver acceptance. See you on the Ice!

Sale Ends April 7th, 2023

2023 Spring Selects

The Machines

Must email:  kurtpowerskating@gmail.com for application 

Machines Spring Select Academy 2023

Powered by Kurt Nichols Power Skating, the Machines Spring Select Hockey Academy is back for Spring 2023. Our goal is simple: Challenge, develop and elevate each player to the next level. 

The Spring 2023 program will consist of 7 weeks of intense, high-tempo practices and off-ice sessions focused on pushing players outside their comfort zone and giving them the tools needed to reach new heights in their young careers.  

Potential tournament team option:  If there is interest at the conclusion of the 7 week training program, players will be invited to tryouts for selection to play in a tri-state area tournament.  Not all players are guaranteed a spot on the tournament team.  There will be additional fees for the tournament bound players.


Program Training Dates: 
Mondays – 4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22
Wednesdays - 4/5, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24

Practice Schedule:
1 Practice a week consisting of:

  • 80 minutes on-ice instruction
  • 50 minutes off-ice instruction (shooting, stick handling and dryland training)

Mites:(2017, 2016 & 2015)
Wednesdays 6 pm to 8:20 pm – World Ice Arena
Peewee & 2nd year Squirts:(2011, 2012 & 2013)
Mondays 6 pm to 8:20 pm – World Ice Arena



  • 2 Training Jerseys
  • KNPS swag

Application Fee:  $50Price: $1,450


To request an application or an additional questions, please email: kurtpowerskating@gmail.com


Do you hold tryouts for the Machines Academy?

No. There are no tryouts for the Machines Academy training program.  Interested students must submit a player application.  We draw from a mix of highly motivated and driven AAA, AA and A level players of all ages. 

Do you hold tryouts for the Tournament Teams?

We select our teams from Academy players and outside tryouts.

What can my player expect from a Spring Machine session?

The Spring Machine Select Hockey Academy will provide players the opportunity to hone their skills both in on-ice and off-ice training sessions each week. Off-ice training will help reinforce skills practice on the ice and provide technical instruction from experienced coaches. Each on-ice practice will be high-tempo, competitive and fun. Practices will be a mix of station based training and small area games with a focus on a high number of puck touches, application of skills, and recognition of hockey scenarios in a fun, competitive environment. 

Is this just another skating camp?

No. In fact, while we reinforce the importance of skating in all we do, the Spring Machines program will focus primarily on hockey skill development outside of skating, including technical skills like skating with the puck, stickhandling and shooting, situational play, offensive creativity, and proper defensive play.

What do you expect from the players?

The program seeks driven athletes and will create an extremely competitive training atmosphere. We  believe that competition spurs development, so each practice will push players to compete and give maximum effort each drill. The program will be composed of athletes that bring creativity, work ethic, and individual drive that represents what KNPS strives to develop in our students.  

Contact KNPS for an application: kurtpowerskating@gmail.com