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Mike Toth: The Cornered Coach


Veteran broadcaster Mike Toth is a freelance journalist in Toronto. Mike was a longtime sportscaster at TSN and Rogers Sportsnet, and was also the Sports Director at Newstalk 1010 Radio. Currently, he serves as the "Sports Insider" for  The Morning Show on Global Television in Toronto and also provides on-air segments for "Outlaw Sports" at Coaching both of his sons in the minor sports ranks, including hockey, Mike writes for HockeyNow Magazine about life, on and off the bench, in his weekly "The Cornered Coach" blog.     

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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Cornered Coach: Pride in the Uni

In my humble opinion, black and gold are the most gorgeous colours in the hockey rainbow. My nine-year-old lad plays for a Minor Atom AA team in Toronto and, yes, black and gold happen to be the primary colour scheme of their jerseys. 

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Cornered Coach - Misery of a Little Masked Man

I knew we were in big trouble. Last weekend, my nine-year-old lad's Toronto Minor Atom AA hockey team had a tournament tilt against a squad with a ton of talent. 

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Cornered Coach: It's in the Cards

"I'll trade you Nic Petan for Connor McDavid!" Nothing against Nic. He's an excellent young hockey player and, like McDavid, Petan was part of Canada's star-studded squad that captured gold at the 2015 World Junior Tournament.

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Cornered Coach: Avoiding the Hockey Parent Trap

It's supposed to be easy. Sure, being a hockey parent comes with an equipment bag full of challenges; not the least of which is arriving at the rink to discover your little player has forgotten to pack something inside that equipment bag.

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Cornered Coach: The Leafs: A Sick Team on the Road to Recovery

"The Leafs make me barf!" That was the rather graphic message delivered in a tiny, cute voice from the back seat of our family sedan on the way to hockey practice last winter. 

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Cornered Coach: The Man Who Cut Bryan Trottier

My dad was the best coach I ever had. Was he the "World's Greatest Father?” Well, like most of us in the "dad game,” he had his ups and downs. Dad was a hard worker and good provider for the family.

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Cornered Coach - Painful Lessons

I finally hit the wall. Last weekend, I was busy coaching my eight-year-old lad in the playoffs of the Withrow Park Ball Hockey League in Toronto. We also drove back and forth from Wayne Gretzky country in Brantford, Ontario, where Theo was also involved in a baseball tournament.

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Cornered Coach: Blowing Up and Bouncing Back

A million splinters. That's one of my personal minor hockey memories. As a young goaltender, I recall one game when I gave up a late goal that cost us an important win and smashing my stick into smithereens over the crossbar.

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The Cornered Coach - The Kessel Conundrum

Phil Kessel is having a Stanley Cup playoff for the ages— goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins and just two wins away from wearing a championship ring. Those are pretty impressive numbers for a guy who was run out of Toronto carrying a bad reputation as a lazy hockey player with a lousy attitude.  Read More

The Cornered Coach - Having a Ball!

When "The Cornered Coach" last left you, it was early April and I'd just finished coaching my 10-year-old lad's Atom squad to a championship in their local Toronto house league. Read More



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