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 ( 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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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 […]

Practice is Everything: Learning From Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks

Hockey coaches have a special opportunity at the beginning of every practice. Unlike football, soccer, or baseball; sports where the coaches basically run onto the same field as their players, hockey coaches get to strap on their skates and re-live, if only for a few blissful moments, the feeling of exhilaration accompanied by stepping onto […]

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What a Ride – 20 Years in Minor Hockey

In terms of minor hockey twenty years is a long time. An uncomfortably long time. And I say uncomfortable because at the beginning of the past twenty year period I was a young parent, with young kids and I had absolutely no idea how any of the hockey gear was supposed to be worn except […]

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FROM BEHIND THE BENCH: Old School by Doug Crashley

Doug “Crash” Crashley is the president of Crash Conditioning, a hockey performance centre in Calgary, Alberta. He’s seen big changes in the industry in nearly 20 years as a strength conditioning coach. He’s learned what it takes to develop young players into pros. In our newest instalment of FROM BEHIND THE BENCH, Crash gives us […]

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Five Reasons Why Playoffs Are Unique!

Hockey players who have played in the playoffs know that the energy and intensity behind games becomes different. They fight all year to get there, but only one team can be the champions. These are five things that make the playoffs games unique: 1. The overall intensity is higher because of the importance of each […]

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Sanity in a Storm: Unpacking Another Season of Minor Hockey

“Your article was perfectly timed for my son to read. Sanity in a storm.” A couple weeks back I received a reply on twitter following the re-release of an article I wrote last year during minor hockey playoff time. Jennifer thanked us for the article, the timing of which made it important to her son. […]

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