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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. Coaching both of his sons in the minor hockey ranks, Mike writes for HockeyNow Magazine about his life behind the bench in his weekly "The Cornered Coach" blog.


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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Cornered Coach: Being a Frontrunner Can Be Fun

Everyone loves a winner. And nowhere is that more true than the big city of Toronto. The mighty Maple Leafs are in the playoffs for the first time since 2004, (I don't count the lockout year of 2013 because, in my books, a half season of hockey just doesn't cut it) and the entire city is about to go bonkers.

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Cornered Coach: The (Olympic) Rings are the Thing

To a lot of people, it's big news that NHL players won't be participating in the 2018 Olympics. But to me? I say, "Big deal" and, yes, I'm saying that sarcastically

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Cornered Coach: Earning Your Stripes

I broke one of my own rules last week. As a passionate young coach in my early-20's, I developed a bad habit of "critiquing" referees; a nice way of saying that I sometimes went a little over the top. "Hey ref! Give your head a shake… Your eyeballs are frozen up!" Witty gems such as that.


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Cornered Coach: The Ice of March

When you're primarily a "stay at home" dad, (or mom) March Break is one of the most challenging times of the year. Much like a hockey team peaking for the playoffs, a March Madness parent needs a solid game plan to have any shot at success and, around our digs, hockey plays a huge part in the program.

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Cornered Coach: The Meanest Man in Hockey

Wally Shawnigan is a hockey player's worst nightmare. His vocal cords are coated with sandpaper. His right eye is crunched up in a permanent squint and, when he gets angry, it twitches to a sadistic beat.

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Cornered Coach: Scattered Thoughts

When you're stuck in traffic desperately trying to get your tiny hockey player to the rink on time, you have lots of opportunity to think. So, with that in mind, here are a few of the scattered thoughts on various puck proceedings that have been bouncing around my little old brain.

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Cornered Coach: It's a Small (Hockey) World, Part 2

In my last blog post, we took a stroll down memory lane, reflecting on a few of the Top 100 players recently released by the National Hockey League to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

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Prospect Profiles: Nick Henry, Conor Timmins & Shawn Boudrias

This week’s prospects include Nick Henry (Regina Pats), Conor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) & Shawn Boudrias (Gatineau Olympiques).

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Cornered Coach: It's a Small (Hockey) World

Last week, the NHL celebrated its 100th anniversary season by naming the 100 Top Players in league history. It was a marketing gimmick ripped right off the "no brainer" page, but an effective exercise nonetheless.

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Cornered Coach: Memories of The Great One

Happy birthday, Wayne. Yes, Wayne Gretzky was born on January 26th, 1961. That means "The Great One" is 56 years old today; another chapter in the "It's funny how time flies by" story that impacts many of our lives.

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Cornered Coach: The Fame Game

Disneyland is often referred to as "The Happiest Place on Earth". But for true blue hockey fans? The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto can definitely give old Walt a run for his money.

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Cornered Coach: The Best Present

Computer bugs that drove me batty put the boots to last week's blog. However, we're back on track this week with belated Happy New Year wishes and the hope that you had a festive holiday season.

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Cornered Coach: A Holiday Hockey Greeting

Happy Hockey Holidays. Or, in much more simple terms, Merry Christmas. Actually, with minor hockey tournaments, the World Juniors and the Spengler Cup, hockey and the festive season go hand in hand.

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