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From the Press Box: Ramping up for spring

Spring is here.

Most people would think that means hockey season is over and it’s time for baseball, tennis, camping or heading to the beach. While we at HockeyNow believe all hockey players would benefit from a break from hockey, we know that many players will play in some very elite and exciting tournaments and championships this spring.

There are so many spring hockey tournaments that we will be out at—it is a tremendously exciting part of the season. All of our print issues over the spring are lined up to be out at most of the big events. Our minor hockey contributors are going to be at rinks taking photos and filing stories on some of the best of the best this spring. By the way, if you are attending or running an event and you want it covered, just let us know.

HockeyNow’s Minor Hockey Player of the Year race is now into the home stretch. Over the next two months, our selection committee (chaired by Dave Babych and comprised of ISS scouts, Major Junior, Junior A and elite minor hockey coaches and scouts) has been busy putting their lists together and ranking the top players.

We are very excited to announce the winners in a couple of months. To stay on top of who is on the list go to our Events page on the navigation bar on HockeyNow.ca and don’t be afraid to let us know what you think. We actually got a letter faxed to us from a GTHL evaluator commenting on the eligibility of one of the players on our list. He made a good point and we looked into it and updated the list. Hockey is a competitive sport and brings out fierce passion in a lot of us and nowhere is that more evident than in minor hockey. Ranking players is a top category where debate never ends.
Over the next few months the player that wins the Minor Hockey Player of the Year will be seen at many of the top spring tournaments and at various championships and evaluation camps. Get out and have a look at the next wave of great Canadian hockey players.

HockeyNow is also very excited to announce that we are a sponsor of the OneHockey Canadian tournament series. Go to OneHockey.com for more info. These guys are tournament experts who are starting in Winnipeg and then rolling out into Toronto and Calgary next year.

Finally on the spring theme, well summer actually, HockeyNow is the power sponsor of the 2014 Hockey Coaches Conference. You can find all the information you need under our Events page by clicking on “Hockey Coaches Conference.” This is year four for the conference and the event is shaping up to be the best yet. There will be world class speakers, fantastic on-ice sessions and some really valuable skills that can be taken away and applied for coaches at all levels.

It really is amazing how much incredible top end hockey takes place this time of year. Since our humble beginning back in January 1999, spring and summer hockey and the focus on off-season training and sport-specific development has exploded.

But like we talked about in a previous issue, don’t forget to take a break too. Many experts and top line players agree that for hockey players, there are major benefits associated with getting off the ice and playing other sports and shifting the mental focus to other activities. Get hiking and swimming and do some cycling and play some baseball; all great things to do when the weather starts to get better.

In the meantime enjoy the top end spring hockey. 

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