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

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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

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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

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  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 […]

10 steps to becoming a better coach

  Research suggests that coaches tend to rely on a relatively narrow range of professional development practices. It also shows that these practices rarely lead to significant improvement in performance. So, perhaps we need to try something new …   Read the 10 steps Here!

Not drafted? Not a problem!

18 months after being bypassed in the WHL Bantam Draft, Jake Bean has played his way onto Team Canada         It’s not totally unheard of for a player to be passed over at a Canadian Hockey League draft and go on to have a great career. Jarome Iginla, for example, wasn’t drafted […]

Coaches: Play With a Purpose!

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  Internationally, physical education has been critiqued as lacking in educative intent, direction or purpose. The critique stems from two observations of the common practice of PE: Lessons are overly focussed on movement compliance in performance environments where the teacher predominantly uses distinctly directive teaching- in other words, the “teacher says” and the students copy; […]

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