Tag Archive: Hockey Culture

Sep 11

7 Ways to Build Confidence Without Entitlement

Drill Sergeant

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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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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Nov 22

Leadership: The Most Generalized and Misrepresented Term in Hockey

#482423391 / gettyimages.com   The term “Leadership” is grossly overused and misrepresented in hockey.  It’s a cute buzzword for the media to use to oversimplify complicated situations and place blame.  “The Toronto Maple Leafs are struggling.  It’s time for a change in leadership.”  See how easy that is?  You can take a complicated situation and …

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Oct 31

There is No “Corsi” for Character

#173588145 / gettyimages.com   The most heavily debated topic in hockey today is “Analytics”.  Some love it.  Others hate it.  Personally, I think any additional statistic we can extract that can possibly help us analyze aspects of the game or a player’s impact, is beneficial.  I just don’t think we can solely rely on statistical …

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Sep 08

Why Playing Experience Matters in Coaching

While playing hockey at high levels doesn’t mean you will make a great coach, it certainly is an invaluable asset. Some say that’s not true, and that coaching has nothing to do with having played hockey and everything to do with being able to mentor, teach and implement a system. These same people point to …

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Jul 30

5 Ways the “Moneyball” Approach Benefits NHL Teams

View image | gettyimages.com   “Moneyball”, a 2003 book by Michael Lewis about the Oakland Athletics and their sabermetric approach to success in major league baseball, produced a new way of thinking in all sports. Athletics GM, Billy Beane, was looking for a way to do more with less. Hamstringed by a small budget in …

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