Part 1 | The Key to Mental Toughness: Concentration & Focus

You’re playing the first place team in your league. They have the top goaltender and you’re not very optimistic about your team’s chances to win. During one of your shifts, you have a breakaway and the goalie makes a great stop. Your reaction is to tell yourself, “I knew this guy was good, we are […]

Podcast | Hockey & Sons with Troy Ward

When your child’s sport of choice is soccer or baseball or even football, it’s easy to grab the ball and head outside. Some of my fondest memories are of chucking the ball around with my Dad. No, this didn’t turn me into a baseball player in any extent of the term, but it was awesome […]

3 Tips for Young Defensemen to Master Backwards Transitions

Vancouver Hockey School students work on backwards transitions at Rep Prep Camp   As a coach or parent of a young defenseman you watch in agony as your future star continuously gets skated around while attempting to play a 1 vs 1. You hear the coach or parent yelling in desperation “pivot, pivot backwards” without […]

Vancouver Hockey School students work on backwards pivots during skating camp

Minor Hockey Talk | The Playoff Push with Kelvin & Aaron

Are you ready?

The National Hockey League’s trade deadline came and went this week and it was, well, weak. Why did we see so little activity with this year’s edition? Probably because most teams in the league still believe they have a shot to make the playoffs. Peter Chiarelli of the Edmonton Oilers is pretty confident his squad […]

Willie Desjardins – Building the Foundation for a Winning Team Culture

“Champions are made in empty gyms” – Muhammad Ali  Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Willie Desjardins opens his presentation with this quote from Muhammad Ali to emphasize that championship teams are created in practice and that, as a coach, what happens in practice is on your watch. Meaning you’re responsible for the actions, attitude and work […]

Roy Sommer – 20 Years a Shark: Lessons Learned

1996. That was the year Roy Sommers was hired by the San Jose Sharks as an assistant coach. It was also the year his daughter was born. Today he’s still employed by the same organization and his daughter is a junior in University. As Roy points out early in his presentation; time sure flies! After […]