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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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Deflections - Interviews: Be Ready!

Some years ago, I assisted in the creation of a document to outline the selection process for elite coaches in a minor hockey district. A major part of that process involved the interviews. 

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Mom Mondays: Playoff Advice for Newbie Hockey Moms

If you’re a new hockey mom, you are this close to the end of your very first year of hockey. Congratulations! It’s been exciting hasn’t it? You’re on the home stretch now and playoffs are underway. It’s a cake walk, right? Not so fast.

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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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Deflections - Coaches! Read.

Reading will make us smarter, or so went the mantra of one of my teachers in a Montreal private school. It came on the heels of our whining about having to read three novels each summer then return in September to write book reports on each one.

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Mom Mondays: The Tape Ball, The Pet Rock of Minor Hockey

What’s the story with kids and their hockey tape balls anyway? Honestly. I know that I’ve often joked about all the miscellaneous junk lurking at the bottom of a hockey mom’s handbag. 

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Deflections - What do parents say?

Is what parents say about the coach important?

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Mom Mondays: Hockey Mom Hawk Talk

All the speculation and rumours churning about before the 2016-17 NHL trade deadline are now old news. The deadline has passed and the playoff hopefuls and their teams are set. But the player trades are not the only ones worth debating in hockey circles.

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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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Deflections - The ladder to… where?

How do you know when it’s the right time to aspire to coach at a higher level? First, consider the definition of higher level. In the minds of some, a higher level simply means older players. In the European club model system, the best technical coaches work with the younger children. 

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Mom Mondays: Hockey Angels

Are you a hockey mom without a mom or dad yourself? My father passed away several years ago after a very long illness. During my parents’ visits to Ottawa in healthier times, he would occasionally accompany me to my boys’ 6:00AM practices, because who else but a grandparent would go to a 6:00AM practice? 

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Prospect Profiles: Morgan Geekie, Jacob Paquette & Simon Le Coultre

This week’s prospects include Morgan Geekie (Tri-City Americans), Jacob Paquette (Kingston Frontenacs) & Simon Le Coultre (Moncton Wildcats).

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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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From the Press Box: Just Getting Started

Once again, we went from counting down the days to the puck dropping in the fall, to wondering where the time went as the regular season winds down. 

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Deflections - Talkin’ Like the Big Boys

Whoever says the media or the pros don’t influence us hasn’t spent much time talking with minor hockey coaches. Every now and then, I have to give my head a vigorous shake when I hear a coach talk about his team or approach as if they’re adults being paid a couple of million to play.

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Most Read:
1) Road to the RBC Cup: Steinbach Pistons Hoping to Win First National Title
2) 2017 OHL Cup Top 10 Rundown [Week 11]
3) Whitby Wildcats Win 2017 OMHA Minor Midget Championship on Home Ice
4) AMHL Division Finals Kick Off
5) Stouffville Spirit Vying for Playoff Upset (Sort Of)

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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