Tag Archive: Minor Hockey

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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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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Oct 22

Hockey Sense Can Be Taught

  #125140733 / gettyimages.com   Most will agree that the best hockey players in the history of the game were special because of the way they thought the game two steps ahead of everyone else.  They had incredible “hockey sense” and this set them apart from the rest of the pack.  We can all agree …

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Sep 23

Less Games, More Practices Key to Kick-Starting Development in Canadian Minor Hockey

View image | gettyimages.com   A debate in hockey today that is like a pesky mosquito focuses on the claim that Canada, as hockey’s best development factory, is starting to deteriorate. Personally, I believe more credit should be given to other nations who have made major developmental strides in hockey, but I do agree Canada …

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Aug 22

5 Reasons Why Kids Lose Interest in Hockey

View image | gettyimages.com   Being in a position to work in player development has allowed me to focus on what’s best for a particular player at a specific time. In this role, I often get questioned by parents about my thoughts on development. Here is a common one: My kid doesn’t seem as interested …

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Feb 20

10 Sanity Tips for Minor Hockey Parents

  1.      Hockey is a Fun Game, Period The number one goal in all youth sports is to have fun.  Hockey, at its purest form, is recreation and nothing more.  When kids begin playing hockey, they don’t know the meaning of the word “Salary”.  They have no idea what a contract is or an agent …

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Feb 03

Don’t Be That Guy: 7 Attributes of Bad Minor Hockey Coaches

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I recently wrote an article entitled, “10 Reasons Why I Would Never Coach Minor Hockey” that was posted on my blog site, glassandout.com.  People had been asking me for years why I don’t coach minor hockey, so I figured I might as well map out my reasons.  Not long after I posted the article, it …

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Dec 20

10 Reasons Why I Would Never Coach Minor Hockey

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Since the end of my playing days, I’ve had many requests to coach minor hockey in my hometown.  It’s always, “Come on Jamie.  This is a great opportunity for you to give back to the community.  The kids could learn a lot from you.”  I always politely decline and thank them for keeping me in …

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