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We are inviting Players, Goalies and Coaches to submit your story for our website. It could be anything from how your team did in a tournament to an exceptional game your team or an individual had. Also, Mom and Dad can always tell a great family hockey story or a family hockey tradition. Remember it's FREE!

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How To Buy Hockey Skates

By Michael Orlotti | December 30, 2020

Hockey Skates are arguably one of the most important pieces of equipment for any hockey player. The right size, style, and fit of your skate will allow you to improve your speed, accuracy, and shots and mastering the art of skating. To help you start your journey toward becoming an excellent skater and highly-skilled hockey player,…

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Simple Drills To Improve Your Skating Stride – With Videos

By Michael Orlotti | November 3, 2020

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid (image above) is the league’s best player and there are so many factors that make him a top NHL talent. What sets him apart from everyone else is his speed and wide stride that helps him to easily fly past his opponents. Playing hockey in the 80’s and 90’s I…

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Skate Sharpening Guide For New Hockey Parents and Players

By Michael Orlotti | August 29, 2020

The Image above is at Toronto Pro Shop. Finding a great Pro Shop with a professional skate sharpener is like finding a great car mechanic that knows your vehicle inside out. Build that same relationship, so they can help you find that edge! Thanks to Dennis & Co. At Toronto Pro located in Vaughan. Let…

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Hockey Parents… I Wish I Knew!

By Michael Orlotti | July 6, 2020

In youth hockey, it’s about laying a foundation for growth both as a player and a person. Yes, there are those parents that will get upset because they think their child is the best and deserves special treatment. Every post-game or intermission talk by the coach will involve some sort of lesson for the players…

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By Michael Orlotti | May 30, 2020

Hockey Canada had canceled the season in early March and the Minor Hockey Communities are eager to learn when or how they will start playing again. Unfortunately, the future is unclear. Now, the Government of Ontario gave permission to reopen in May for professional sports training facilities, provided that sports leagues involved have established health…

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The Hockey Player’s Survival Guide – How To Lower The Risk Of Getting Sick

By Michael Orlotti | January 30, 2020

With all the news focusing on the Coronavirus outbreak, I thought this is a perfect time to write an article on how Hockey Players should always take the proactive measures to counter the probability of contraction and spread around of any type of illness in the arena, dressing room or team bench. For example, the…

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Hockey Parents – How Is Your Child Doing In Hockey?

By Michael Orlotti | November 7, 2019

With all the news regarding NHL coaches amidst allegations of inappropriate comments or controversial motivation tactics, I felt compel to write this article not as a coach/trainer in minor hockey, but as a parent with a son playing his 3rd year and a daughter that will soon be starting her journey in hockey.   As…

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Teaching Creativity and Imagination vs. Systems

By Michael Orlotti | June 12, 2019

Now that tryouts are behind us and Coaches are slowing preparing for the upcoming season, I thought this would be a good time to write this article. Over the years of seeing or attending practices, I started to notice that coaches are teaching or implementing more of a defensive type of system in their practices…

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Rotation, Rotation, Rotation: Tips for a Great Wrist Shot

By HockeyNeeds | April 25, 2019

Guest Contributor and Article By: Coach Ken Yee Coach and Trainer ForHong Kong Academy Of Ice Hockey Kung Pow Kings Hockey For beginner and intermediate level players, most have trouble with their wrist shots. A good wrister has less to do with power or strength than having the proper technique. I often use the following…

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7 Things That Require ZERO Talent

By HockeyNeeds | January 8, 2019

Image of Power Edge Pro – PEP Guest Contributor and Article By: Ken Yee Born in China Raised in Toronto Now Coach and Trainer in Hong Kong As a coach, the players that stick out to me are not those who are the most athletically gifted or the strongest. The players I take the greatest notice are…

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