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Hockey Dad’s Love-Handle Saves the Game

January 25, 2015 Coaches No Comments

by Eric Miller

We lumbered inside the locker-room and grimaced as hockey bags slid down our shoulders.  I hadn’t seen my Blazer teammates for over a month.  Inside, the guys slouched like dough-boys, suffering from extended tryptophan hangovers.  None admitted to exercising over the holiday break.  Crazy Eddie maintained his same pear shape.  He’s a tough goalie but outside the arena the man’s hide is thinner than tomato skin (it’s rumored that Pampers commercials make him cry).  Blaze shrank since I last saw him, from hunching over golf clubs instead of hockey sticks.  Curly braided his beard into dreadlocks. Mick grew his side-burns from ear to ear, which wrapped around his jaw.  The holiday break suited my teammates.  The guys appeared relaxed except for Stretch, a 6’ 3” beanpole who weighs 135 pounds.  With a Body Mass Index of 15, the same as a starving coyote, Stretch is a bag of bones held together by a string of tattoos.  I noticed new artwork. … Continue Reading

Hockey Mom’s Excuse Scores Hat Trick

October 21, 2014 Coaches 1 Comment

by Eric Miller

The five of us frowned as we tied our skates. We were down two players and knew the next 45 minutes would test our lungs and legs.
“Where’s Blaze?” Swifty asked.
“At a Raider game,” I answered.
“Good excuse. Better than when Chuck got lost hunting or when Lefty had his vasectomy. Those guys had the lamest excuses.”
“Yeah, how did Chuck get lost hunting birds? I heard he fell asleep in a duck-blind. I can understand Lefty skipping work but it’s unforgivable to miss a game. So what if he was sore? My tomcats hunted gophers an hour after getting neutered. ”

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Losing Sucks, No Matter How Old You Are

January 9, 2014 Coaches 3 Comments

By Eric Miller

Seven percent isn’t bad.  It depends on your point of view.

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Hockey Dad Plays Field Hockey Daughter in Annual Parent Game

August 16, 2013 Coaches, General 2 Comments

To understand a sport you need to play it, even if it’s against your own kid.

I watch her play, rain or shine.  I want to know how good she and her teammates are, and I’m curious as to how I match up.  Kate is unaware that I secretly practice.  The annual parent—daughter field hockey game is an unusual way to bond, but family bragging rights are at stake.

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Coach and players motivate before a big game

June 4, 2013 Coaches No Comments

Head-manning the puck means passing it down the ice…not at your own guy’s head.”

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The Final Whistle

March 15, 2013 Coaches, Hockey Blogs No Comments
Last week was the last official practice I held for a team that was 4 years in the making.  It was sad standing at the door of the rink moments before my team went on.  I was set to prepare them for the biggest game of their young lives, Game 3 of the Finals, yet my heart was heavy. I knew in just a short hour and a half I'd blow the last whistle with this team.

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This Game We Coach and Play

There is a passion amongst hockey players unlike any other I've ever seen or played.  It's different.  It's hard to explain to someone who hasn't played it or been around it. As much as we want to tell the kids go out and play for fun, it's so much more than that.
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Aging Hockey Player Can’t Eat Like He Used To

One hour after I made my food choice I realized it was a bad one.
I’m almost 50 and fall under the old-guy category. Bobby Orr and Brad Park were my hereos. I cheered when Team USA beat the Russians in 1980. Many of my teammates weren’t yet born and ESPN was barely five months old.

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6 Ways to Make your Hockey Practices More Effective

November 30, 2012 Coaches, Hockey Blogs No Comments
IHD partner Jeremy Weiss over at Weiss Tech Hockey recently wrote a great article on making your practices more effective.  I couldn't agree more with his thoughts.  Be sure to read the full article but the 6 points are:

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