Skating Treadmill: Is It Worth It?

Hockey is a sport that is enjoyed by people of all ages. It is a fast-paced and exciting activity that can be played on any type of surface. However, hockey is a sport that is often played on ice. This means that players need to have access to an ice rink to play and train.…

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The Difference Between Hockey Coaches And Trainers

Coaching and Training minor hockey players are two different but equally important aspects of developing young athletes. Both play a crucial role in helping players improve their skills and reach their full potential.     At times, I will get into some debates with my colleagues and friends about the roles of a coach or…

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Hockey Parents – Save Your Money!

Many Canadians have an emotional connection to hockey and a financial one too. Every year, parents and players spend hundreds of dollars on equipment, and sometimes that equipment only lasts one season.     I wanted to follow up with my last article – Is Minor Hockey In Trouble? with an article to help many…

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Is Minor Hockey In Trouble?

Is it a sign of changing preferences in minor hockey due to the pandemic, rising costs, competition from rival unsanctioned leagues, or a little bit of everything? It seems like minor hockey is shifting – towards the downwards     I will be the first one to tell you that having a kid and maybe…

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PARENTS – TIPS FOR YOUR CHILD WHO “GOT CUT”

Your favourite player didn’t make the team. He/she gave it all they could. There was nothing more left in the tank, for whatever reason, it just wasn’t their day, and got cut. At some point, parents are going to have to learn – Being cut from a team it’s part of playing “Rep” hockey. The…

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NCAA Hockey – Another Pathway To The NHL

When I was playing minor hockey (in the late 80’s to the 90’s), my main pathway to the NHL was only through Canada Hockey League (CHL), under the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) banner at the time. Today, minor hockey players can choose another path, which is the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) hockey program. In…

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Bad Coaching Characteristics to Watch Out For

For the most part, there are tons of great, amazing, and awesome coaches in the minor hockey community. Unfortunately, there is a hand full of coaches that needs to be removed from the bench. This is the main reason why (not only as a person that has a hockey background but as a fellow parent)…

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Minor Hockey Parents Overestimating Their Child’s Abilities

I’m sure most of us have heard parents when they’re at the rinks for tryouts, practices, games, or training, and you can hear their voices full of frustration, “What’s he/she doing? He/She’s capable of handling him/herself better.” Sound familiar? Does to me, too. Every parent is biased when it comes to their child’s hockey abilities…

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