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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!

HockeyNeeds is proud of the efforts the Minor Hockey Communities for knowing the values of respect in their community and sharing your experiences with us!

Below Are Just Some Of The Submissions We Have Received 

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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…

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5 Essential Brain Booster Tips to improve your Mental Health

By HockeyNeeds | November 10, 2018

Guest Contributor and Article By: Chris Tauriello, C.H.N. Beating the blues and remaining at the top of your game is of the utmost importance. Here are some tips to staying healthy throughout the year, and your life. Here are 5 Essential Brain Booster Tips to Improve your Mental Health 1. Blood Glucose. A disorder of…

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A Few Simple Ways to Start Getting Scouted

By Michael Orlotti | October 29, 2018

If you are playing hockey at any level, then you are probably trying to figure how you can take your game to the next level. Being scouted for hockey for higher levels can be a very challenging task, especially if you do not know what to do. The only way scouts or even coaches will…

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Ice Hockey in Hong Kong: Growing despite its obstacles

By HockeyNeeds | September 21, 2018

Guest Contributor and Article By: Ken Yee Standing inside of a hockey rink, you’d expect that it’d be cool and brisk, if not downright cold. But as a hockey coach here in Hong Kong in the middle of May, this is surely not the case. It is 33 degrees Celsius outside (which feels like 39…

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Hockey Canada – Full Ice vs. Half Ice Debate

By Michael Orlotti | September 18, 2018

Hockey Canada had mandated last March for the upcoming 2018/2019 season at the Initiation Program level across Canada. Games will be on a cross-ice or have-ice, where the rink is divided in half and teams play across the ice rather than the full length of the rink, is now mandatory. The Mandate encompasses all players…

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The Challenges Of Being A Parent Coach

By Michael Orlotti | July 24, 2018

These days it is very normal for the head coach of your child’s hockey team to be a Parent/Coach. I will say majority of the time these coaches that are parents provides a great experience for their child and team. However, there are times being a parent in charge of a team can have potential challenges…

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The Awesome Practice Hockey Player and How To Make Them All Around Successful

By Michael Orlotti | June 13, 2018

The players who do not Battle and/or Compete in a game, but at practices. The ones that you always see doing amazing skillful moves in practice, but not at games. They just don’t play the way they practice. Basically, the ones you call The Awesome Practice Player! Believe me, I have felt your frustration with…

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Tryouts… Parents Are We Talking About Hockey Tryouts!

By Michael Orlotti | April 3, 2018

Tryout… Are We Talking About Tryouts! I figured this was a perfect time to write this article, since coaches, players, organizations and parents are getting ready for tryouts starting mid-April in the Toronto – GTA regions. Tryouts have always been a hot topic to discuss, because of the silly behaviours that go on during this…

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7 Traits For Successful Hockey Coaches

By Michael Orlotti | February 24, 2018

I think we can all agree that Coaching can be a very stressful and rewarding at the same time. As Coaches winning and losing outcomes can become all too consuming and this can cause a coach’s performance to be negatively affected by their inability to manage their stress reactions. Especially, when focusing on losing!  …

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When Your Player Loses Their Confidence

By Michael Orlotti | January 30, 2018

Confidence is one of the paramount tools a parent, coach, or teacher can teach a child. On the flip side, a person who lacks confidence will be hesitant to try new or challenging things because he or she is scared of failing and the feeling of disappointing others.   This can definitely confine them later…

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