Mike Babcock and the 40-second shift

By Travis Yost Mike Babcock has pulled very few punches about the current state of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the work it’s going to take to repair the damage that’s been caused under the old regime. He consistently points out that the Leafs skaters are flush with bad habits. In Babcock’s eyes, these are […]

Early signs point to positive change – Babcock

By Scott Wheeleron Oct 21, 2015 When I sat down to write the 2015-16 SB Nation preview for this year’s instalment of the Toronto Maple Leafs, I was tasked with exploring the team’s “best-case scenario.” In it, I acknowledged that making the playoffs, while obviously every team’s goal, wasn’t and shouldn’t be this team’s goal. Instead, […]

Easy to read diagrams to help you eat healthier

  Including quick and easy dinner recipes, a Paleo shopping list, a guide to portion sizes, and more. Important information for families on the go and how simple foods can be a big benefit for your hockey players. Take a look!   http://www.buzzfeed.com/carolynkylstra/healthy-eating-charts#.fhb2XxG2w  

6 Reasons Parents Should NOT Watch Practice

The idea for this article struck me as I sat in my car after dropping off a carpool of girls to practice last week. I was scheduled to drive the carpool both ways and it made sense to stay at the fields for practice as the fields were 30 minutes from my house. As I […]

7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness

First, the definition: “The ability to work hard and respond resiliently to failure and adversity; the inner quality that enables individuals to work hard and stick to their long-term passions and goals.” Now the word: Grit. The definition of grit almost perfectly describes qualities every successful person possesses, because mental toughness builds the foundations for […]

The Most Important Line on the Ice You’ve Never Heard of…

Scoring goals and preventing goals is the driving force behind every drill created in hockey. Defensive structure, neutral zone play and offensive flow dominate practice rinks across Ontario. Teams that produce and prevent high quality shots win more games. With hockey continually transitioning deeper into analytics, a blueprint has begun to emerge on how to […]

How to Play Gold Medal Defense with Mike Ramsey

Maintaining a tight gap and containing speedy, skilled opponents isn’t easy. Former NHL’er  and 1980 Miracle on Ice defenseman Mike Ramsey knows from experience. After being traded from the Sabres to the Penguins in 1992-93, Ramsey remembered facing off against his old team, which included superstar Alexander Mogilny. Ramsey, like anyone who watched NHL hockey […]

Leadership – David Backes

December 15, 2014 7:15 am  •  By Dan O’Neill   A captaincy in the NFL means calling “heads” or “tails” for a coin flip. Most people probably don’t realize NBA teams have captains. Most big-league baseball clubhouses don’t. But in the NHL, heavy is the jersey that bears the “C.” In hockey, the letter stands […]

Stop Focusing on Your Performance

by Peter Bregman The night before our wedding, Eleanor and I stood awkwardly in the center of a large room, surrounded by our family and our closest friends. There was no particular reason to be uncomfortable; this was just a rehearsal. Still, we were in the spotlight and things weren’t going smoothly. Neither the rabbi […]

A Coach’s Guide to Winning at the Motivation Game

  INTRODUCTION Winners have it, everyone else wants it. Motivation, that critical ingredient to success both in and out of sports. It’s the one element that will allow you to get back up after repeated failures and still achieve your goals. Follow these guidelines/strategies to help develop winning motivation on your team. STEP ONE MOTIVATION […]

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