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What evaluators look for during try-outs

March 18, 2015 Hockey Blogs, Players No Comments
I've been asked a lot over the years what I look for in a player during evaluations.  After watching my son during various AA & AAA Ice try-outs, I've been thinking more about this topic and wanted to share a bit of what I look for and some other information that I've found or has been shared with me.

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You Get What You Give!

August 8, 2014 Hockey Blogs, Players No Comments
I've always been a big believer in you get what you give.  The harder you work, the better things will work out for you.  I've talked with my players in the past about the work they put in off the rink will make them better players on the rink.  I've always tried to get them to realize that they are playing for something bigger than themselves too.  For those days when you don't feel like pushing anymore, think about the players that share the room with you, the coaches behind the bench and the Parents/Fans that come to watch.  They expect more. They want more.  So do you.

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You Get What You Give!

August 8, 2014 Hockey Blogs, Players No Comments
I've always been a big believer in you get what you give.  The harder you work, the better things will work out for you.  I've talked with my players in the past about the work they put in off the rink will make them better players on the rink.  I've always tried to get them to realize that they are playing for something bigger than themselves too.  For those days when you don't feel like pushing anymore, think about the players that share the room with you, the coaches behind the bench and the Parents/Fans that come to watch.  They expect more. They want more.  So do you.

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What evaluators look for during try-outs

April 30, 2013 Hockey Blogs, Players No Comments
I've been asked a lot over the years what I look for in a player during evaluations.  After watching my son during various AA & AAA Ice try-outs, I've been thinking more about this topic and wanted to share a bit of what I look for and some other information that I've found or has been shared with me.

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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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Exercises To Increase Speed

February 5, 2013 Hockey Blogs, Players No Comments
Since the NHL lockout of 2005 came to an end, there were a few rule changes that brought about a new game of hockey.  Less clutching, grabbing, and getting rid of all the unnecessary stick work made the game faster.  All of a sudden, speed became even more important than it originally was.
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A Beginners Strength Training Workout

January 13, 2013 Hockey Blogs, Players No Comments
Hockey players are a unique bunch of athletes, as they're one of the few athletes out there that aren't wearing shoes during their sport. Skating, in itself, is a unique skill that takes a lot of time to get good at. It's not like running, as in order to skate with power, you have to push back and out. It's a different motion all together.

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Strength Training Benefits For Hockey Players

December 21, 2012 Hockey Blogs, Players No Comments
We’ve reached a point in time where training for hockey off the ice is a must if you’re looking to go places in your hockey career. Sure there’s the odd exception to the rule, where a phenom comes along once every 10 or 15 years that just seems to have the natural ability and skills that were meant for big time hockey. But if you have any fantasies about playing big-time hockey, I wouldn’t count on yourself being that exception.

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Goal Celebrations: Please make it stop

November 13, 2012 Coaches, Hockey Blogs, Players No Comments
I've been coaching and watching a lot of youth hockey lately and it's killing me to watch these kids celebrate.  It's a TEAM game.   For the love of all things that are right in this world, please celebrate with your team and don't make a spectacle of yourself.  It's not cute, it's not cool.  Congratulate the guy who sent you the puck and move on.  It's not about you.  This weekend I watched a kid after scoring his umpteenth goal, try to flip his stick over and and shoot it while on one foot and face plant directly into the ice.  My first thought was, well, never mind on that.  I was stunned at the amount of people watching that thought it was great.

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