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Veteran broadcaster Mike Toth is a freelance journalist in Toronto. He currently serves as the sports insider on the Global Television Morning Show and was a longtime sportscaster on TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, The Fan 590 and Newstalk 1010. Coaching and watching his two sons in the minor hockey ranks, Mike writes for HockeyNow about his views on the game and his life behind the bench and up in the stands in his weekly "The Cornered Coach" blog.    


 

Cornered Coach: Reading the Play

At 10 and 12, my two lads are entering that next phase of independence, but there are still a few childhood traditions they're not quite ready to give up.

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Cornered Coach: The Long Shot

My little guy blew it. I know that sounds harsh but, unfortunately, it's true. The lad played goal for his Atom AA team in last month's Platinum Cup hockey tournament, a fantastic event sponsored by PlayStation and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Cornered Coach: Pigskin Puck

I love watching the Grey Cup – the crowning glory of the Canadian Football League. But playing hockey against CFL players? That's a different story.

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Cornered Coach: The Peanut Gallery

"Players play; Coaches coach; Parents watch." It's a common catch phrase and a motto used by numerous minor sports organizations. But it's the third part of the equation that usually presents the biggest challenge.

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Cornered Coach: The Shot Clock

What's the perfect number of shots for a goalie to face? If you ask me, I say zero. As I've mentioned in this blog before, I was a goaltender in my younger days; not a great one, but good enough to play some junior and college hockey, mostly as a back-up.

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Cornered Coach: The Wall

There was a huge explosion on the other side of the wall. Two of them, in fact. The source of the combustion? Two quick goals by the home team, followed by ear-splitting cheers from the local fan base. 

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Cornered Coach: Quiet in the Crease

Goalies should be seen and not heard. And that goes for goalie parents, too. Recently, Toronto Maple Leafs netminder Frederik Andersen questioned his team's passion and work ethic. True, after a lightning quick start to the NHL season, the Leafs have come crashing back to earth.

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Cornered Coach: Changing Lines

A lot of people love to stick their nose in other people's business. I should know. For over 30 years, that's how I've made my living. As a broadcaster and writer, I actually get paid to shove my proboscis in other folk's affairs. 

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Cornered Coach: Puck Luck

My two sons are a pair of puck heads. And I mean that literally, as they both love to sniff out black rubber jewels at all the many hockey games we attend. As I write this blog, I take a quick peak to the book shelf on my right and view a virtual puck pedestal.

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Cornered Coach: Little Big Men

You know the old saying. "Good things come in small packages." But in hockey, you can change the first word of that statement to “Great." As I've mentioned a few times in this blog, my two little lads and I spend a lot of time hanging out at historic St. Michael's Arena in Toronto watching the Jr. A. Buzzers strut their stuff.

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Cornered Coach: Stand on Guard for Thee

It's one of the best memories of any hockey parent's life. The first time your little Gretzky or Wickenheiser-wannabe stands at attention for "O Canada.” A lot of Canadian kids first strike the pose in the basement – the prelude to chasing a tennis ball around with a mini-stick.

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Cornered Coach: The Human Touch

Why is the NHL community such a big bunch of cry babies? And now that I've stirred the pot in a blatant attempt to capture your undivided attention, allow me to explain.

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Cornered Coach: Puck-Stopping Partners

It's a strange relationship. Two goalies on the same team – partners playing a unique position, and yet competing against each other at the same time. But before we delve into the specifics of this fascinating dynamic, here's a point for goalie parents to ponder.

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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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Cornered Coach: A Discourse on "Dart Guy"

I can't relate to "Dart Guy." For one thing, I'm a non-smoker. And for another thing, as a long-time member of the media, I've been trained to be nonpartisan when it comes to professional sports.

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