Hockey’s Great Debate: Analytics vs Eyeballs

It’s interesting how slow the hockey industry is when it comes to adopting new tactics to improve your team. I’m not old enough to remember Roger Nielsen re-inventing hockey by literally cutting video tape for hours on end in order to show his players what he was seeing. I’m also not old enough to to […]

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3 Tips for Playoff-Altering Last Minute Plays

There’s 1 minute and change left in the third period. You’re down a goal. It’s the deciding game of the conference finals, and your rivals from across town are already beginning to celebrate. Big mistake. You call a timeout and pull out the big guns – a clever yet effective offensive zone 6 on 5 […]

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A Coach’s Most Important Function: Every Player, Every Practice

PHOTO CREDIT: SERGEI BELSKI-USA TODAY SPORTS via Oilersnation You never know when that extra bit of attention in practice is going to pay off. It’s a dark Tuesday night in Vancouver. I’m sitting in a coffee shop watching the Edmonton Oilers beat up on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Naturally I’m watching the game a few […]

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Burnt Out Ice Hockey Coaches

Hockey in Canada takes on a whole new level of intensity during the holidays. The World Junior Tournament has become an annual tradition in households from The Soo to Chilliwack and all the way back to St. John’s. It’s a celebration of the Canadian game, and this year will no doubt be another classic as […]

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Ray Ferraro: How to Build Up Young Hockey Players

He’s back! Ray Ferraro is a local legend here in Vancouver, though I’m not sure it’s because of his ridiculous junior hockey prowess or 400+ goals scored for six National Hockey League teams. Those items are part of it, sure, but I think one of the reasons Ray has endeared himself to the local market […]

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Pucks Touches & The Key Advantages of Cross Ice Hockey

Minor hockey in Canada is wrestling with an important balancing act. Hockey Dads are volunteering their time in arenas from Kitsilano to Tipton in North Edmonton to Halifax, Nova Scotia and everywhere in between. I’ve yet to hear a negative word regarding these Dads, and for good reason. They’re putting their skates on at 7 […]

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3 Super Secret Prescouting Tactics for Busy Hockey Coaches

At this point last year I was flying to Lethbridge and writing about mortgages, seaplanes, and residential drainage solutions. I’d recently accepted a role as assistant coach with the UBC Men’s Hockey Team, but prior to that, it was a juggling act to keep my hockey dream alive. I suppose that juggling act never really […]

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