Playing Consistent Hockey

I remember watching the movie The Boys On The Bus over and over again when I was a kid—almost as if it was a Disney movie. The movie is about the Edmonton Oilers in the early and mid-1980s. I still remember one clip in which Mark Messier explains how he plays every game like it’s his last. It’s a great and—I argue—the only attitude to have when approaching each game. Read more

Hockey Training During the Adolescent Growth Spurt

Body changes during the Adolescent Growth Spurt (AGS) can temporarily diminish a player’s overall skill and speed and increase vulnerability to injuries. The effects of AGS and its effects on core strength, postural control and performance—coordination, skill, speed, quickness, agility and technique—can be enormous while athletes struggle to adjust to their rapidly changing bodies. Read more

Ranking End-of-Season Party Options

I used to hate those bowling alley/laser tag/pool parties that masqueraded as end-of-season hockey parties. (In case you can’t tell from Fido with the Frisbee, I prefer a park.) Hectic, noisy and expensive events, pool parties and the like are designed for the pleasure of the players—not the parents who spent all that time and money carting them around to an activity they love in the first place. So one year I volunteered to plan the party…and ended up pressured into planning a bowling alley party. And granted it offered a lot of options in food, space and entertainment; they even gave us a room for cake and trophy presentations. But it wasn’t the party I envisioned—a party where you can talk and hear other people talk, sit on something other than plastic, eat things you actually want to eat, say things other than “Stop dropping that ball!” Read more

5 Ways for Officials to Control the Game

“Fights desecrate hockey. They distort the essence of the sport as a noble competition in ingenuity, speed, skills, and shrewdness” —Anatoly Tarasov, world-famous coach and father of Russian Hockey Read more

Hockey Training for Different Age Groups

In recent years sports scientists have spoken out emphatically about the harmful effects of premature and over-intense athletic training of young children. Many complain that hockey programs for youngsters are too intense, competitions too many, seasons too long, emphasis on winning too great. Young children are pushed by parents and coaches to choose and specialize in the sport way before they are mature enough to do so. Read more

Weight Train with PowerBlade

A weighted hockey stick such as the PowerBlade allows hockey players to incorporate weights into their stickhandling and shooting training and help strengthen the muscles involved in sport-specific movements. The PowerBlade is designed to add weight to a hockey player’s stick without hindering technique. The stick is evenly weighted so that a hockey player can just pick it up and use it. The purpose of the weight is to over-train the muscles. By using a stick that is much heavier than normal to practice, a player will be able to move a regular weighted stick a lot faster, and with more power. Read the full review here.

How to Manufacture Intensity: Faceoffs

The hockey season is a marathon of games, full of sprints that can be broken down into individual shifts. Every game is an important two points, but sometimes because of travel, injuries, mental fatigue and any number of other factors, your intensity level just isn’t there. That’s why pregame rituals and preparation is so important. (It’s so important that Score100goals has a 230-page book on it titled 7 Pre-Game Habits of Pro Hockey Players). But if you find yourself in the middle of the game and your energy level isn’t there, a good way to manufacture that necessary intensity is to bring it on during faceoffs. Read more

Playing Through Frustration

I recently read a book about the top mountaineer in the United States. He has climbed all 14 mountains taller than 8,000 meters (that’s 26,246 feet to you Americans) in the world. What absolutely amazed me is that these expeditions take one to three months—and at least three times he got within as little as 300 feet from a 29,000-foot summit and turned around because the conditions were too dangerous. If you don’t reach the summit then you can’t check it off the list. Imagine the frustration—but calm headedness—it must take to turn around that close to the top. Better to retreat then reach the summit and die on the way down. Read more

10 Tips for Team Dinners Out

Hockey tournaments will teach you something about restaurants. Some welcome 12–15 sweaty/rowdy players, their 20+ tired parents and the assortment of siblings and grandparents. They accommodate your group with pitchers of soda, pre-orders and separate checks. Other restaurants … not so much. Read more

What’s That Call? A Whistle After the Save

At a tournament this weekend, the opposing team’s parents were quite sure that the referee was blowing the whistle “too early” when their players were scrambling in front of our net. (One belted out, “How can we ever score if you keep stopping the play?!”) The parents on our team, of course, were sure the referee was trying to keep control of the game by keeping players from hacking at our goalie. Other times it seems like players are allowed to whack away in front of the net until the puck finally goes in. So what’s going on? Read more

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