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Deflections - That First Tournament

What would happen if minor hockey tournaments didn’t exist? Panic in the motel industry? Anxiety among parents having no place and no one to party with on weekends?

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Deflections - Start With This

You’ve got your team. Practices begin soon. What do you start with? Not a drill. Not even a type of drill. Not a particular skill or tactic either. While those will come into play, the number one place to begin is with establishing (pick whichever ones apply): tone, work ethic, routine, teaching approach.

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From the Press Box: Winning Formula

If you’re a frequent reader of HockeyNow, I’m sure you’ve seen one version or another of our description of the Minor Hockey Player of the Year award, namely that it is given to players who “best exemplify sportsmanship, leadership, hockey ability and performance, and school and community participation.”

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Deflections - How to Start…

Who thinks about hockey in the dead of summer? Frankly, only unusual people like me who use the cozy weather to bone up on research, check out who’s doing what, and soldier on in the pursuit of further coaching knowledge.

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Deflections - Teaching Kids Hockey IQ

Unofficial survey. Your answers will not be shared. That’s because you’ll keep them to yourself.

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Mom Mondays - The Hockey Logo Breaks the Ice

“How ‘bout them Leafs?”  Have you ever noticed when travelling that a simple hockey t-shirt or ball cap can be a conversation starter? Of course you have! It happens all the time.

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Deflections - Hockey IQ For Kids

At a workshop, when asked for priorities for next season’s team, a coach tossed out Hockey IQ. It seemed like a perfectly reasonable response, except for the fact he was coaching atoms.

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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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1) Former NHLer Jason York Now Part of Kemptville 73’s Ownership Group
2) Where Are They Now: 2016 Player of the Year Owen Lalonde
3) Justin Sourdif Named 2017 HockeyNow Player of the Year for B.C. 
4) Introducing the 2017 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year
5) Peter Goulet Leaves Pro Ranks To Focus On OJHL’s Kingston Voyageurs

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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