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Deflections - Where are you heading?

I work with an association as its lead mentor and we have spring tryouts, a new experience for me. But rather than delve into its pros and cons, let’s look at one aspect of it that is a clear benefit to coaches.

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Mom Mondays: Tournaments by the Ages

Why didn’t we go to the Cornwall tournament this year, Mom?” asked my daughter, as she and I prepare for her team’s year-end hockey party.

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Prospect Profile: Dylan Coghlan, Ryan McGregor & Cédric Paré

This week’s prospects include Dylan Coghlan (Tri-City Americans), Ryan McGregor (Sarnia Sting) & Cédric Paré (Saint John Sea Dogs).

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From the Press Box: Highlight Reel Performances

Earlier in the season, it seemed an almost sure thing that the Otters, Sea Dogs and Pats would be joining the Spitfires in Windsor to compete for the 99th edition of the MasterCard Memorial Cup

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Deflections-We talk too much

Coaches talk too much. I doubt there are many who really truly believe their words hold great import for teams. If I ask a coach how much time is spent on the ice showing a drill or teaching, they nearly always say something akin to, “As little as possible.”

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Mom Mondays: Happy Hockey Mom’s Day!

By the time you read this, Mother’s Day will just have passed. My own Mother’s Days have evolved over the years. My earliest ones were largely planned by my husband – a gift and a card signed as best possible by all the kids.

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Prospect Profile: Brendan De Jong, Jonah Gadjovich & Drake Batherson

This week’s prospects include Brendan De Jong (Portland Winterhawks), Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack) & Drake Batherson (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles).

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Deflections - Process? Or Product?

So, how’d it go? To which the respondent, a perfectly typical minor hockey coach who, like nearly all of them, has his heart in the right place, says, “Pretty good. We got into the finals of two tournaments.

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Mom Mondays: The Carpool Car Chats

Of all the wonderful things a hockey mom does day in and day out, it’s safe to say that “driving” probably tops the list. I don’t even want to think about the amount of time I have spent in a car driving to or from a hockey arena.

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Prospect Profiles: Dylan Ferguson, Macaulay Carson & Leon Gawanke

This week’s prospects include Dylan Ferguson (Kamloops Blazers), Macaulay Carson (Sudbury Wolves) & Leon Gawanke (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles).

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Deflections - Behold, the trainer!

Hockey team trainers are overworked and under-appreciated. We say thanks at the end of a season though I wonder how many coaches realize just what these people have been doing all year.

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Mom Mondays: The Playoff Brackets for a Hockey Mom

Every year, our friends and neighbours put together a playoff hockey pool. The brackets are distributed as soon as they are made known by the league, we make our picks, and all chip in five bucks to the pot.

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Prospect Profiles: Jordy Bellerive, Kirill Maksimov & Denis Mikhnin

This week’s prospects include Jordy Bellerive (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Kirill Maksimov (Niagara IceDogs) & Denis Mikhnin (Rimouski Oceanic).

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Cornered Coach: See You in September

It's easy to get sucked into spring and summer hockey. I think one longtime Toronto Triple A coach put it best. "Mike," he once told me. "It's like the nuclear arms race. You might not believe in bombs but if the other guy is storing them up, you have to do the same thing."

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Deflections - Cross Ice - Part 4: But finally, this…

Our minor hockey paradigm for the last century had mostly stayed the same. Rule changes, age shifts, coach training and other components were standard fare. Now, with Hockey Canada’s leap forward into mandating cross ice in I.P. and then novice, brains will need rewiring.

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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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