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.
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.
"Hockey... Here's Howe!" That was the title of a 1963 book that I took home from the school library dozens of times. It was an instructional guide written by Gordie Howe that contained a bunch of great hockey tips from Mr. Hockey himself.
I've got all the time in the world for Peter DeBoer. Prior to becoming a talented NHL bench boss, DeBoer had a tremendous run in the OHL, highlighted while serving as coach and general manager of the Kitchener Rangers when they captured the Memorial Cup in 2003.
Does he have a steady girlfriend? What are his hobbies and interests away from the rink? Would he vote for Donald Trump? These are some of the questions about Sidney Crosby, a notoriously private hockey superstar, that we don't have definitive answers for.
The 2016 Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) Championships get underway on Wednesday, March 9 in Penticton, B.C. Thirty-nine teams will be in action as champions will be crowned at the Midget Prep, Midget Varsity, Elite 15s, Bantam Prep and Bantam Varsity levels.
The Canadian Sport School Hockey League inaugurated in 2009, but it was in 2013 when the league went through major expansion and also introduced the formation of the Elite 15s Division that it really took off.
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