Too Much, Too Soon

When does too much of something become detrimental?  Moderation over obsession is a phrase to live by with almost everything we can think of.  It applies to eating, drinking, working and sports.  Hockey is no exception. The biggest problem in minor hockey today is “Burnout”.  Kids who grow up playing hockey today don’t have a chance to rest and regain their edge.  It’s hockey 24/7, 365 days a year and it’s unhealthy and counterproductive.  Now I know this sounds.....

Legs Pay the Bills

If food is the key to a man’s heart, then skating is the key to a hockey scout’s heart.  In today’s brand of hockey, if you can’t skate, you won’t be able to compete.  The first thing that immediately jumps out about a player is his or her skating ability. The next time you are at a junior or college game, go seek out one of the many scouts that are sure to be in attendance.  You can’t mistake them.  They will look presentable, usually sporting an overcoat and tie or a .....

Over-Coaching Spawns Mediocrity

Too often, parents and fans have the misconception that a yelling coach is a hard-working coach.  I hear too often that, “So and so is a great coach because he’s always giving instructions to players and he’s tough on them because he knows that the world is a tough place.”  In reality, this line of thinking is as old and outdated as disco. The best coaches are the ones who have a plan, prepare their teams in practice, and put in their time in the video room.  Good coaches ar.....

The Cocktail Leagues (Sample Chapter from “So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey?”)

  On August 9th, 1988 the Edmonton Oilers held a press conference to make an announcement that would change the landscape of hockey in North America. Hockey had existed for years in the southern states but it wouldn’t be until after the “Trade of the Century”, which would land the game’s greatest player ever in Southern California, that the game would really take root in the southern parts of the US. In the decade or so after the Wayne Gretzky deal, eight new NHL franchise.....