Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky developed their "hockey sense" and puck-handling skills in unrestricted environments, where kids were allowed to experiment and repeatedlypractice creative hockey skills. Playing on the pond allowed them to develop ice hockey skills because they were able to play a more skilled game, emphasizing puck possession, puck skills and lateral skating ability.
Young Europeans spend less time on games and more time developing skills, both stick-handling and skating skills. They separate in to small groups of 6-12 players and practice specific skills until it becomes second nature. Repetition, repetition, repetition done in a fun, creative way is why Finland and Sweden are developing some of the most skilled players in the world. The goal of "Micro Ice" training sessions is to provide the same opportunity for kids in this area, while having fun.
Remember practice does not make perfect, only a "perfect practice makes perfect" and will provide the skill work you can only achieve at Micro Ice. Today there is frequent reference to the New Hockey Rules, which will promote a game where "Hockey Skills" are consistently demonstrated and rewarded. This is evident from youth to NHL Hockey games. Micro Ice promotes the "New Age Hockey" by providing the opportunity for both young and older players to develop the necessary skills to play successfully in "New Age Hockey" games.