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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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Mom Mondays: Namebar Needlework

If you thought hockey is a rough sport, you should try sewing namebars to the back of game jerseys! That is one of the toughest jobs I have as a hockey mom, and is one I struggle with every single season.

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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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Mom Mondays: Giving Thanks for Hockey!

Happy Thanksgiving to all the hockey moms out there! We have so much to be thankful for as hockey moms in Canada. While I definitely put the health and safety of my family and friends above all for which I’m grateful, I do have a few more thanks loading up my plate today!

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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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Mom Mondays: Keep Calm and Party On

“Ok Team, who’s ready for some fun? It’s time for party games! Yay!” The reaction to this question asked by any parent at the team icebreaker will probably be as follows: Novice and Atom kids will immediately begin jumping up and down screaming as if Santa Claus just arrived; Peewee and Bantam kids will feign interest but then take over with their own game that’s like, way better; Midget kids will pretend they didn’t hear you.

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From the Press Box: A Buzz In The Air

Just like that, the puck is dropping or about to drop on regular seasons across the country. With that comes a fresh pool of talent to shake up predictions, and of course some great new content in print and online from yours truly.

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Mom Mondays: Party Protocol

It’s late September, your kids’ teams are set, Coach’s welcome email received, and league play is about to get under way. There is still one significant hockey activity that needs to be organized: the team icebreaker party. To me, this event is the real home opener.

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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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Mom Mondays: Sorting Out for Sort-Outs

House league sort-outs are this weekend for us, how about you? Are you ready? Some associations seem to drag out the sort-outs over several weekends. They rebalanced the teams and scrimmage again.

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Mom Mondays: The Hockey Mom – She’s a Top Prospect!

If you are a new hockey mom this season, welcome to the team! You’ve probably been wondering what you’ve signed up for but don’t worry; you’ll learn as you go, so just have fun. Of course, you’re also probably thinking about what kind of hockey mom you’re going to be.

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Mom Mondays: Hockey Mom New Season Resolutions

I don’t make any New Year’s resolutions in January. What’s the point? All I really want to do in January is curl up under a blanket and wait for the snow – and ice – to melt. 

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From the Press Box: Gearing Up

There’s something in the air. With tryouts and preseason action underway across the country, we’re finally days away from the regular season officially beginning. 

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Deflections - What to Eliminate

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” - Sherlock Holmes. Now we apply this to minor hockey practices.

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Deflections - Finding Resources

Everyone wants drills. It’s 4pm on practice day and you need to be at the rink for a 7pm 50-minute session. You have a good idea of what you want covered but work, family, and a car needing a tune-up have interrupted hockey planning.

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3) HockeyNow: CRAVE Scout Zoo
4) Oilers Assistant Coach Jay Woodcroft on Creating Offence from the Cycle
5) Alberta Team to Beat after Two Days of 2017 WHL Cup

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

- See more at: http://hockeynow.ca/minor-hockey/krebs-and-byram-making-strong-case-for-top-round-consideration-in-2016-whl-draft#sthash.3aAd2mSy.dpu
 
 
 
 
 


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