Hockey Misconceptions

Hockey Misconceptions Sample Chapter from “So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey?” The hockey world is full of misconceptions.  At every level, players, coaches, and parents have misconceptions about what to expect at the current level and the next.  Most people underestimate the jump from one level to the next and it can leave a lot of people unprepared and out of sorts.  As a coach, I have made it my job to prepare my players for the massive jump to t.....

NHL Lockout: Who is the Real Villain?

Depending on who you are and how you look at it, the 2012 NHL Lockout is chalk full of storylines, complete with villains, victims and seemingly no real end in sight.  The one thing that every great story has, that this drawn-out saga is missing, is a bona fide hero and a happy ending.  Before a true hero can emerge, we need to figure out who the real villain is in all of this pandemonium. Is it Gary Bettman, who for years has been the target of public ire and the face of debilitatin.....

The Dilemma: Major Junior vs. College Hockey (Sample Chapter from “So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey?”)

Any family who has experienced having a son play hockey at a high level has been faced with the life-changing decision of whether to choose the major junior avenue or save their NCAA eligibility to pursue the scholarship route south of the border. It is a decision that can derive a great deal of stress and anxiety due to the eligibility rules outlined by the NCAA, stating that any athlete who participates in a Canadian major junior hockey game will be declared as non-amateur and thus ineligib.....

Game Plan Glitch

Hockey has evolved in every way imaginable over the years.  One major evolutionary aspect is the influx of technology into the game.  Coaching staffs spend hours upon hours analyzing and breaking down video of both their opponents and their own team to hone system play and correct mistakes.  Most teams at higher levels even staff a full-time video coach due to the large body of work that is required in this field. When I was playing in the NCAA we had a student-video coach who assis.....