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Mom Mondays: Locker Room Talk – Size Matters!

Most of the lockers rooms in our neck of the woods are quiet this time of the year. The hockey players have wrapped up their seasons and have passed the locker room torch on to lacrosse players for the next few months. 

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From the Press Box: At the top of their game

Back in 2015, when he was a CIH Academy minor midget/midget player and Windsor Spitfires second overall draft pick, Gabe Vilardi was named the HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year. And now, just two years later, he’s coming off an incredible Memorial Cup performance and preparing for a life changing draft day.

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Deflections - Inquiry Based Learning: Part 2

At a coaching clinic, I tossed out examples of how one might use questioning to draw better executed skills from kids. The easiest and most visual one was how to improve crossovers with younger children. 

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Deflections - Inquiry Based Learning: Part 1

Ask a teacher, especially an elementary or middle school teacher, if they use inquiry based learning and heads will nod. At least they do when I bring it up at coaching clinics or workshops. Everyone else sort of sits there looking blankly ahead.

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Deflections - Let’s Assume…

Assumptions. With regard to coaching, minor hockey is guilty of making plenty of them. Sometimes it’s almost standard operating procedure for a lot of reasons, many of which have few viable alternatives.

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Prospect Profiles: Ty Lewis, Maksim Sushko & Ivan Kosorenkov

This week’s prospects include Ty Lewis (Brandon Wheat Kings), Maksim Sushko (Owen Sound Attack) & Ivan Kosorenkov (Victoriaville Tigres).

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Deflections - To Seminar or Not

A coach asked me recently about whether or not it was worth attending a certain coaching seminar. While I’d attended the same one not long ago, I could understand why a young coach would consider going.

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Mom Mondays: A Season in Summary

After the last puck is fired into the net, the final post-game handshake exchanged, one closing locker room speech given by the coach, the game jerseys washed and returned to the association, the hockey equipment sent out for deep-cleaning, and those hockey socks incinerated, there is but one remaining action item on a team’s game plan: the year-end party.

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Prospect Profiles: Matthew Wedman, Marian Studenic & David Noel

This week’s prospects include Matthew Wedman (Seattle Thunderbirds), Marian Studenic (Hamilton Bulldogs) & David Noel (Val-D'Or Foreurs).

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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

We shine a spotlight on 2017 NHL Draft Prospects 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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Most Read:
1) B.C.’s Top Young Players Compete at Pacific Elite Prospects Showcase
2) Prospect Profile: Brendan De Jong, Jonah Gadjovich & Drake Batherson
3) Prospect Profile: Dylan Coghlan, Ryan McGregor & Cédric Paré
4) 2017 Season of Tournaments
5) Prospect Profiles: Matthew Wedman, Marian Studenic & David Noel

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

- See more at: http://hockeynow.ca/minor-hockey/krebs-and-byram-making-strong-case-for-top-round-consideration-in-2016-whl-draft#sthash.3aAd2mSy.dpu
 
 
 
 
 


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