Even after some of the toughest battles on ice, players from opposing teams always line up at centre ice and skate across to the other team while exchanging handshakes.
Curtis Clairmont will always have a soft spot for two young Russian goalies, Leo Lazarev and Evgeny Kiselev. As president and director of hockey operations for the Waterloo Siskins, Clairmont signed both goalies to play in the Junior B Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League in back-to-back years, Lazarev in the 2013-14 season and Kiselev in 2014-15.
The opening face-off. You can feel the anticipation in the air as a pair of steely-eyed centres square off on a pristine sheet of ice, ready for the start of a brand new game.
With the middle of August upon us, training camp and tryout season are just around the corner. It may be the most stressful time of the year for hockey players looking to take their competitive careers to the next level.
Practice without improvement is meaningless. Former NFL coach Chuck Knox, to whom the statement is attributed, might have been having a bad day at practice and muttered it in frustration. Then again, perhaps he was in a circumspect mood and the pithy aphorism was suitable at the moment.
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