Aug 29

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 …

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Jun 19

Stick Tap to the Hockey Dad

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Here is a piece i wrote for the beauties over at Gongshow – Lifestyle Hockey Apparel to celebrate all the great hockey dads out there.   There he is, “The Hockey Dad.”  He’s loyal, strong, and sure he’s a little bit grumpy (You would be too if you had to stand in a freezing cold …

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Apr 05

The Dreaded Green Jacket

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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 …

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Feb 25

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 …

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Jan 10

How Playing Other Sports Makes You a Better Hockey Player

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  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 …

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Dec 26

‘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 …

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Nov 25

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 …

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Nov 20

Being a Healthy Scratch Sucks

There is nothing more frustrating or humiliating in all of professional sports than being a healthy scratch. Getting healthy-scratched is like having the most important person in your life tell you that you suck, kick you in the balls, and then laugh at you as they walk away. Unfortunately, throughout my career I was all …

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Nov 19

NHL All-Time Mustache Team

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It’s that time of the year again…  That’s right, it’s November, the month where men proudly grow and flaunt their mustaches, all in the name of raising support and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and overall men’s health.  It’s also that time of the year when you’re either beating ‘em off with a stick …

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Nov 03

Journaling: A Successful Tool for Athletes

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Being a high-level athlete is chaotic.  As a budding football, baseball, basketball or hockey player at the ages of 15 and 16, you’re dealing with huge amounts of change and pressure.  Your body and mind are changing rapidly and your hormones are all over the map.  Challenges are bigger, decisions are more impactful and you’re …

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