Examining the Concept of Paying Major Junior Players

Embed from Getty Images The class-action lawsuit brought forward by former OHL player Sam Berg states that major junior hockey players are in fact employees and should be compensated as such. This lawsuit has created a major buzz in the hockey community, prompting strong arguments from either side of the debate. The lawsuit itself has Continue reading


10 Worst Inventions in Hockey History

In life, and certainly in hockey, there are some ideas that are better left in the back of one’s mind.  Here are 10 inventions the hockey world could have done without:    T-Blades       The T-Blade, or “Thermal Blade”, is a skate chassis/blade combo that was designed and patented by the German company, Continue reading


5 Ways Sports Make You Better at Life

  Most of my articles start with a conversation I’ve recently had that sparks a theme or idea.  The conversation that spawned this piece was one I had with a co-worker about competitive youth hockey (any sport and any level applies), the costs, and eventually the question: “What’s the point?”  This isn’t an uncommon progression Continue reading


5 Simple Tips for Defencemen

Arguably the toughest position to play in the game of hockey is that of the defenceman.  Here are 5 tips to help you take your game to the next level:   1. Prioritize Skating Development   Embed from Getty Images   We all know that becoming a good skater is a crucial to success in Continue reading


The Dreaded Green Jacket

Every team has a post-game ritual or ceremony when it comes to singling out members of the team. When I was at Clarkson, we had a yellow hardhat that one of our teammates, Chris Brekelmans, whose family owned an excavation company, supplied and was given to the game’s hardest worker. I’ve been on teams where Continue reading


Win at All Costs or Live to Fight Another Day?

Embed from Getty Images   The NHL Trade Deadline always brings out some colourful discussions amongst hockey fans.  Which team stole the show?  Who put themselves over the top?  Who dropped the ball?  These are questions that swirl around like the cold, gusty winter winds. Even though teams have 10 months out of every year Continue reading


How Playing Other Sports Makes You a Better Hockey Player

  There is an ongoing debate about the benefits of playing multiple sports as a youth athlete versus focusing all your efforts into one sport.  Advocates of the single-sport specialized approach tend to toss out theories such as Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 Hour Rule.”  In Gladwell’s book “Outliers”, he presents a theory stating that it takes Continue reading


‘Twas the Day After Christmas: Ode to the WJCs

Embed from Getty Images   ‘Twas the day after Christmas, and on TSN The World Juniors were starting, it was that time again; Along the bluelines, players stood with passion in their eyes, Hoping that within ten days, they’d be hoisting the prize; The pundits have bantered for weeks upon days, If we will see Continue reading


Message to the Minor Hockey Grocery Stick

Hey you.  Yep, you, the one who is probably going to play about three shifts today and spend the rest of the game freezing your butt off in the middle of the bench.  Hockey’s not that much fun right now, is it?  Well, I know exactly how you feel.  For three solid years, between the Continue reading