Category Archive: Tips, Teachings & Tribulations

Tap into this category if you are interested in developmental themes surrounding hockey and growth within the game.

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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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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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 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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Nov 02

How to Care for Your Gear During Hockey Season

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The equipment strapped onto your head, elbows and knees whenever you take to the ice is specifically designed to take a beating and still provide ample protection. Ice hockey gear can only handle so much of a pounding, however, before straps start to fray or screws start to wobble. At this point, damaged equipment becomes …

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Sep 30

The Hierarchy of Pro Hockey

There is a certain mental picture that pops up when people think of professional athletes. Most people immediately think of fancy cars and flashy jewelry draped upon an egotistical jerk, flocked by bodacious bimbos. At least that’s what I pictured when I made it my dream to become one. In reality, being a professional athlete …

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Sep 11

7 Ways to Build Confidence Without Entitlement

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In sports there is an ongoing debate about which style of coaching works best.  Some think you need to be tough on players while others think you need to give them a bit more freedom and allow them to motivate themselves. In other words, on one end of the spectrum we have this guy:   …

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Jul 10

A Day in the Life of a Minor Leaguer

Playing in the minor leagues comes with the prestige of being deemed a professional athlete. That prestige ends with the title. Once the contract is signed, you become a soldier at the bottom rung of the ladder. My dreams of flying first-class charters and staying in five-star hotels were quickly dashed when I boarded a …

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Jul 02

Hockey Equipment Tips and Tricks

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Guest blogger Erin Wozniak informs readers about some helpful tips to tailor your hockey gear to perform and endure the rigors of the hockey season and beyond.   Once you’ve spent a good chunk of change on skates, sticks, gloves, pads and a helmet for hockey, players need to be able to get the most mileage …

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