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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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Deflections - Cross Ice - Part 4: But finally, this…

Our minor hockey paradigm for the last century had mostly stayed the same. Rule changes, age shifts, coach training and other components were standard fare. Now, with Hockey Canada’s leap forward into mandating cross ice in I.P. and then novice, brains will need rewiring.

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Mom Mondays: Sunken Treasure SOS!

It’s been a tough season for hockey nets. As my family and I drove back to Ottawa from the Collingwood area last weekend, we decided to take smaller two-lane highways in an attempt to avoid all the long weekend traffic along the 400 series of highways.

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Deflections - Cross Ice - Part 3: Then there’s the coaching

Cross-ice is on the horizon for every five- to eight-year-old in the country. Initiation Program (IP) next year; novice the year after.

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Mom Mondays: Hockey Bribes and Ultimatums

According to parenting experts, you’re not supposed to bribe your children to get them to do things. It makes them believe there’s no value in doing anything unless they’re rewarded for it. 

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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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Deflections - Cross Ice - Part 2: It’s not just the rink

The axiom says, “Everything is easy before it becomes hard.” Any coach will agree that when you teach something new, players may find it challenging, even hard.

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Mom Mondays: What’s in a Name(bar)?

The minor hockey season is winding down and we are in the throes of preparing for the grand finale – which is of course the year-end team party! Before the year-end party can take place, there are a bucket load of little ‘jobs’ that need to be taken care of.

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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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Deflections - Cross Ice - Part 1: IP, then Novice

In a country where any minute change to our beloved game is looked upon with suspicion, Hockey Canada’s recent pronouncement that cross ice games are now to be mandated in the Initiation Program would seem to be grounds for a parliamentary investigation.

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Mom Mondays: Holy Holey Hockey Socks!

Every hockey season, my kids would receive a brand new pair of hockey socks from their association. This annual offering generally takes place when game jerseys are distributed for the season, which generally follows the passionate deliberations over who is wearing what number.

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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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Deflections - Time to reflect…

Time for a debrief into the mirror. What did you learn from this season? You can choose to criticize the parental groups or bemoan the fact your players couldn’t turn both ways.

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Mom Mondays: The Hockey House for Sale – Caveat Emptor!

I was telling my husband the other day that we needed to fix the dents in the wall in the rec room. My frequent declarations about ‘no playing sports in the house!’ have fallen on deaf ears due in large part to any meaningful consequences on my part. 

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From the Press Box: Peak Time

As we all know, March is huge in hockey and once again, there have been a ton of great stories coming out of the game this month. We’ve seen champions crowned in university and female NCAA hockey, plus some stellar games and upsets in the final playoff and provincial rounds of minor and school leagues. 

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1) Top 5 Most Improved Draft-Eligible CHLers
2) John Dahlstrom Pulls Out All The Stops in Medicine Hat’s Final Days of the Season
3) Cobourg Cougars Prepare for RBC Cup after OJHL Elimination
4) Well-Traveled Junior Player Hoping To Conclude Career With Championship
5) The Modern Age of Minor Hockey

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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