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Mike Toth

Mike Toth

Veteran broadcaster Mike Toth is a freelance journalist in Toronto. Mike was a longtime sportscaster at TSN and Rogers Sportsnet, and also served as Sports Director at Newstalk 1010 Radio. In his free time, Mike can often be found coaching his two sons in the minor sports ranks. Mike shares his thoughts on sports, coaching and family life in "The Cornered Coach" blog.     

Articles

  • Leading the Charge (Between the Pipes): Our Q & A with World Junior Team Canada Goaltending Coach Fred Brathwaite

    Leading the Charge (Between the Pipes): Our Q & A with World Junior Team Canada Goaltending Coach Fred Brathwaite

    We All know that famous insurance advertisement: "You're in good hands with Allstate." Well, it turns out young Canadian hockey goalies are in good hands with Brathwaite. 44-year-old Ottawa native son Fred Brathwaite is Team Canada's goaltending coach for the upcoming World Junior tournament, which is being cohosted by Toronto and Montreal.

    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: December 21, 2016

  • Hockey, The Stepping Stone to Success  [PART 2]

    Hockey, The Stepping Stone to Success [PART 2]

    In the last edition of HockeyNow, we introduced you to a pair of unique individuals who have used hockey as a stepping stone to success (Read Part 1 here).
    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: December 01, 2016

  • Hockey, The Stepping Stone to Success

    Hockey, The Stepping Stone to Success

    It's not difficult to find successful people in the game of hockey.  Sidney Crosby is coming off one of the best year's of his hockey life, capturing a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe trophy, a World Cup and a tournament MVP award. 

    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: November 22, 2016

  • Let the Games Begin

    Let the Games Begin

    The opening face-off. You can feel the anticipation in the air as a pair of steely-eyed centres square off on a pristine sheet of ice, ready for the start of a brand new game.

    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: September 01, 2016

  • And the 2016 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year are…

    And the 2016 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year are…

    Three Impressive young hockey players, with a trio of interesting backgrounds. Bowen Byram (Alberta), Owen Lalonde (Ontario) and Josh Williams (B.C.) are the 2016 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year.
    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: July 18, 2016

  • Owen Lalonde named HockeyNow's 2016 Ontario Minor Hockey Player of the Year

    Owen Lalonde named HockeyNow's 2016 Ontario Minor Hockey Player of the Year

    If you're looking to define 16-year-old defenceman Owen Lalonde, the 2016 HockeyNow Ontario Minor Hockey Player of the Year, all you need to do is ask him about his favourite player. Lalonde, after all, grew up in Windsor cheering for one of the true legends of the Ontario Hockey League.
    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: July 18, 2016

  • Bowen Byram named HockeyNow's 2016 Alberta Minor Hockey Player of the Year

    Bowen Byram named HockeyNow's 2016 Alberta Minor Hockey Player of the Year

    A 15-year-old teenager moving 300 kilometres away from home to play hockey? It's not easy but, then again, piling up big numbers on the odometer is old hat in Bowen Byram's family.
    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: July 18, 2016

  • Josh Williams named HockeyNow's 2016 B.C. Minor Hockey Player of the Year

    Josh Williams named HockeyNow's 2016 B.C. Minor Hockey Player of the Year

    Josh Williams might be the answer to a hockey trivia question one day. “Who is the 15-year-old forward from Langley, B.C. who won the 2016 HockeyNow B.C. Minor Hockey Player of the Year award, before becoming a scoring star with the Western Hockey League Medicine Hat Tigers?”
    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: July 18, 2016

  • Alex Nylander keeping it in the family

    Alex Nylander keeping it in the family

    It's not easy coaching your own kid. In minor hockey, for instance, if a coach has a child on the team they'll often delegate another member of the coaching staff to relay instructions to the player. After all, most children accept constructive criticism from other adults far more readily than from their own parents. 
    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: June 21, 2016

  • Let's Go (To) Buffalo!

    Let's Go (To) Buffalo!

    For the third time in hockey history the NHL Draft is shuffling off to Buffalo, with the big show slated for June 24th and 25th. In 1991, "The Big E" hit "The Big B,” as Eric Lindros was selected first overall at the first-ever NHL draft in Buffalo.

    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: June 20, 2016

  • Growing up with Mr. Hockey

    Growing up with Mr. Hockey

    "Hockey... Here's Howe!" That was the title of a 1963 book that I took home from the school library dozens of times. It was an instructional guide written by Gordie Howe that contained a bunch of great hockey tips from Mr. Hockey himself.

    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: June 10, 2016

  • HockeyNow Stanley Cup Flashback - San Jose Sharks

    HockeyNow Stanley Cup Flashback - San Jose Sharks

    I've got all the time in the world for Peter DeBoer. Prior to becoming a talented NHL bench boss, DeBoer had a tremendous run in the OHL, highlighted while serving as coach and general manager of the Kitchener Rangers when they captured the Memorial Cup in 2003. 

    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: June 09, 2016

  • HockeyNow Stanley Cup Flashback: Pittsburgh Penguins

    HockeyNow Stanley Cup Flashback: Pittsburgh Penguins

    Does he have a steady girlfriend? What are his hobbies and interests away from the rink? Would he vote for Donald Trump? These are some of the questions about Sidney Crosby, a notoriously private hockey superstar, that we don't have definitive answers for. 

    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: June 09, 2016

  • Beating Hockey Burnout

    Beating Hockey Burnout

    A football, a few baseball gloves and a pile of tennis balls. Not the collection of sports paraphernalia you might expect at a typical minor hockey practice. But with a lengthy season that seems to get longer every year, a coach sometimes has to shake things up to prevent tired young players from suffering a case of “hockey burnout.” 

    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: March 24, 2016

  • "Rocky Hockey": Late bloomers still punching for a shot at the pros

    "Rocky Hockey": Late bloomers still punching for a shot at the pros

    At first glance, Rocky and hockey don't seem to have a whole lot in common. Rocky is the iconic film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1976, launching a franchise that made Sylvester Stallone richer than Sidney Crosby.
    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: February 24, 2016

  • The modern age of hockey scouting

    The modern age of hockey scouting

    In modern hockey, high-end prospects such as Connor McDavid are used to having millions of eyeballs tracking their every move. In addition, there are tons of fancy new statistics (Corsi, Fenwick, etc.) to help underline the fact that number 97 is a "generational" player.
    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: January 28, 2016

  • 5 Questions with Team Canada Head Coach Dave Lowry

    5 Questions with Team Canada Head Coach Dave Lowry

    In his fourth season as head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals, Dave Lowry developed his coaching chops in Calgary. He worked as an assistant and head coach with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen and as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Calgary Flames.

    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: December 17, 2015

  • The World Junior Hockey Tournament: A Warehouse of Memories

    The World Junior Hockey Tournament: A Warehouse of Memories

    A 16-year-old Wayne Gretzky lighting it up in Montreal, leading the 1978 tournament in scoring with an amazing 17 points in six games. John Slaney, firing home the "shot heard 'round the country", as Canada beat the Russians to claim gold in Saskatoon in 1991.

    By: Mike Toth
    Posted: December 17, 2015


 

    

Cumberland Grads netminder making the most of CCHL opportunity

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Krebs and Byram making strong case for top-round consideration in 2016 WHL Draft

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