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 Continue reading


NHL All-Time Mustache Team

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 Continue reading


Journaling: A Successful Tool for Athletes

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 Continue reading


How to Care for Your Gear During Hockey Season

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 Continue reading


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 Continue reading


Hockey as a Second Language

Learning to speak “Hockeynese” In hockey, like a lot of sports, there is a totally different language used. Just like the military has different lingo for words or phrases, the nation of hockey goes by its own dialect. The first thing that becomes immediately altered in the hockey world is everyone’s name. This is usually done Continue reading


7 Ways to Build Confidence Without Entitlement

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:   Continue reading


Minor League Bad Habits

Playing in the minors is hard on the body and mind. Teams often play back-to-back nights while travelling hundreds of miles between games. The pay is low, the food is bad, and team priorities are geared towards thriftiness rather than comfort for the players. Playing in such conditions often breeds bad habits. Other bad habits Continue reading


10 Coolest Style Trends in Hockey

  1)  The Gretzky Tuck Wayne Gretzky, for obvious reasons, is the Godfather of cool style trends in hockey.  From the enviable lifestyle to the unbreakable records, there isn’t much this guy hasn’t done.  If Gretzky is the Cool Whip of hockey, then the “Gretzky Jersey Tuck” is the cherry on top.  A simple top Continue reading


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 Continue reading