Words Are Energy and Affect Performance in Ice Hockey

Words are energy. In many of our locker rooms and video rooms across the hockey world, words are often used to inspire, motivate, instill buy-in and correct hockey players. However, often coaches are not fully aware of the energetic consequences that come from using certain words. In their quest for honesty and accountability, they may […]

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3 Things to Say When Your Spring Hockey Team is Getting Obliterated

Some of the articles I’ve been writing lately for The Coaches’ Site are based on the expertise of other coaches. Geno Auriemma and body language, the search for character before stats from Dallas Eakins, the proper way to practice from Pete Carroll, and the inspiring journey of South Carolina Basketball Coach Frank Martin. I’ve learned […]

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The Ten Qualities of a Playoff Difference Maker!

“Momentum favours those with intention” -Walter Aguilar During the hockey playoffs, the games become more intense as the stakes get higher. However, there are certain players who can and do rise up to the challenge. They are the difference makers; the game finishers, game savers etc.! Their ability to score that timely goal, make that […]

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You’re either still in the playoff race or you’re one and done. Regardless, if you don’t know how to recover from the rigorous energy spent, you’ll quickly find yourself exhausted when you least expect it. And that can have a major impact on your performance level, let alone affect your entire team’s performance and ultimately […]

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Solving the Coach vs. Parents Problem

I was very disheartened to read the article H.S. GIRLS BASKETBALL: Braintree coach steps down in The Patriot Ledger this past week (source). To summarize, successful coach Kristen McDonnell, who had coached the team for eight years, winning 2 state championships and compiling a 166-25 record, simply had enough abuse from some parents of players […]

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FROM BEHIND THE BENCH: Finding Identity by Sven Butenschon

Sven Butenschon started playing hockey in 1993 with the WHL Brandon Wheat Kings. After 17 years with stints in the AHL, NHL, and DEL, he decided to make a change. Not long after, Butenschon was behind the bench as assistant coach of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Within a year, he was head coach. […]

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Ten Things You Can Do to Shorten a Losing Streak

In any given season there are highs and lows associated with winning and losing. When a hockey team is winning, there is flow and a feeling like they are on top of the world. However, when that winning streak flips and becomes a losing streak, it can be mentally and physically draining on both coaches […]