FROM BEHIND THE BENCH – Giving Back by Joe Curry

Head coach Joe Curry was honoured at the 2017 Ontario Minor Hockey Association AGM this year when a player from his Norwood Hornets novice team wrote a grand prize winning essay. The topic: “My hockey coach teaches me…” Sheldon Bolton wrote, “My hockey coaches teaches me teamwork. This means we work together and support each […]

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How to Handle Your Releases with Tact

“Ok, it’s time for the easiest part of any coach’s job. The cuts.” Classic Homer Simpson. But what was a hilariously simplified process in the mid-90’s for a fictional parent football coach is anything but a fifth of the way into the 21st century. These days coaches agonize over releasing kids for a variety of reasons. […]

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Six Things a Hockey Coach Can Remember to Perform at Their Best!

“You can’t be common, because a common man goes nowhere. You have to be uncommon.” -Herb Brooks USA Hockey Coach 1980 Being a hockey coach can be an amazing and fulfilling experience. However, it can also be a very stressful and difficult experience. Coaches are required to lead the team strategy, work the bench during […]

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On Youth Athletes, Pressure, & Using Your Voice

Do you use your voice? I’m writing this article in direct response to a submission in The Athletic written by Matt Clune, younger brother of former National Hockey Leaguer Rich Clune. Read Recovery: The Rise, Fall, & Redemption of the Clune Brothers. But as Matt describes, the fact that his older brother played in the NHL […]

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Ray Ferraro at the 2017 TeamSnap Hockey Coaches Conference

There are a few reasons why Ray Ferraro is one of the most recognized names in hockey. His playing career spanned nearly two decades, and his broadcast career now sees him analyzing some of the biggest games in the league. But what we appreciate most about Ferraro is his approach to the game. He’s spoken […]

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How to Build an Indestructible Team Culture

I’m about to break a cardinal rule of blogging by introducing the conclusion of my article right now. That’s how important this particular element of team culture is. People. Sometimes I have a hard time remembering exactly how the teams I’ve coached performed over the years, but I never have trouble remembering the people. We’ve […]

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Bill Belichick: Humble Legends, Modest Superstars

Bill Belichick can make anything sound epic. Even a Barbecue place in Anapolis, Maryland. Some have called him the greatest coach of all time. Some have called him some other colourful phrases, some that can’t be repeated here in this space. For football fans and fans of sports in general, Bill Belichick is the mastermind […]

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