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Sep 29

5 Ways Sports Make You Better at Life

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  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 …

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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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Jun 24

Lawson Crouse:  Beneath the Tar and Feathers

View image | gettyimages.com   With the 2015 NHL Draft approaching fast, the chatter surrounding who will have their name called after Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel is beginning to build momentum.  Of all of the names that swirl around the top 10, no player has received more tar and feathers than Kingston Frontenacs power …

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May 22

Mike Babcock Hiring About Much More Than Coaching

View image | gettyimages.com   With the Babwatch frenzy behind us (Thank God!), the focus has shifted to 360 degrees of scrutiny.   From, “The Leafs are going to win the cup,” to, “Babcock’s an overrated bum,” everybody has a take on the Toronto Maple Leafs record-breaking signing of the world’s most highly coveted coach. Here’s …

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May 20

5 Reasons Why Auston Matthews Should Play in Europe

View image | gettyimages.com   Quietly, amid the excitement of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and in the shadow of McDavid-Mania, Jack Eichel’s huge World Championship showcase and Babwatch, there is a potentially ground-breaking story developing involving the next Connor McDavid—U.S. uber-star, Auston Matthews.  The 17-year-old phenom torched the USHL this season, breaking Patrick …

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May 11

5 Ways to Address Minor Hockey Flaws in North America

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From rising costs to heartbroken children, there are many flaws that currently plague the minor hockey system in North America.  As we transition into a new era of holistic development, how can we help change the system for the better? Here are 5 ways we can address major flaws plaguing minor hockey today:   Change …

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Mar 19

The Great Hamburglar:  A Testament to the Goalie Movement

View image | gettyimages.com   What do Andrew Hammond, Keith Kinkaid, Antti Raanta, Cam Talbot and Martin Jones have in common?  They are all undrafted, overlooked goaltenders who, through a series of interesting circumstances, have found themselves thriving in the spotlight on hockey’s greatest stage.  Throw in the insanely improbable story of Chicago’s Scott Darling …

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Jan 14

Price of a 30-Goal Season:  David Clarkson’s Cross to Bear

View image | gettyimages.com   On July 5th, 2013, the Toronto Maple Leafs made a major splash, signing rugged free agent winger, and Toronto native, David Clarkson to a 7-year, $36.75 million contract.  The signing brought a glimmer of hope to the sagging morale of Leafs Nation.  “Great signing!  Clarkson is going to be our …

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Jan 08

Building Success “Through the Middle”

View image | gettyimages.com   In hockey, there is a lot of chatter referring to “the middle”.  Coaches love to preach about “Backchecking hard through the middle of the ice.”  Defencemen are told to “force plays to the outside and play through the dots.”  The shots that goalies worry most about are “Grade A” chances—shots …

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