On Youth Athletes, Pressure, & Using Your VoicePermalink to

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 ConferencePermalink to

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 CulturePermalink to

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 SuperstarsPermalink to

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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Coach Geno Auriemma is Back to Explain the $100 Bill TechniquePermalink to

Coach Geno Auriemma is Back to Explain the $100 Bill Technique

How do we define effort in sports? How do we measure accountability? How do promote and encourage and teach all the key intangibles that make sports so fascinating? We don’t. Just ask my favourite coach. He’s back and this time he’s making things easier than ever for me. For Geno Auriemma, the Head Coach of […]

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Profile: Willie Desjardins & a Life Coaching HockeyPermalink to

Profile: Willie Desjardins & a Life Coaching Hockey

Watching Willie Desjardins’ speak in the excerpt below and the full video on our members’ site was a little conflicting. I’ll be honest – I love hearing what the former head coach of the Vancouver Canucks has to say. He’s laid back, down to earth, relaxed, and quite strong in his philosophies. But it’s difficult […]

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6 Ways to Create a Memorable Summer with your KidsPermalink to

6 Ways to Create a Memorable Summer with your Kids

Summer is here, finally. Can you believe the year is already halfway over? For athletes and the parents of athletes there’s really no break. Summer is just as busy as the rest of the year, if not more so. Going from practices, to summer league games, vacations, cookouts, holiday parties, birthday parties, and hopefully trips […]

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FROM BEHIND THE BENCH: Trailblazer by Jim PaekPermalink to

FROM BEHIND THE BENCH: Trailblazer by Jim Paek

In 2014, Jim Paek was presented with a challenge. After being named head coach of the South Korean national team, his objective was to make the team competitive for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. Korea recently finished the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A in second and ranked 18th in […]

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Coaches: 6 Ways to Keep Your Parent Group HappyPermalink to

Coaches: 6 Ways to Keep Your Parent Group Happy

I read a terrific article on The Globe and Mail website this week dated March 29, 2017 by Alison Belbin called “A coach’s plea to parents”. In it she chronicles the difficulty of coaching youth soccer and the seeming continual dissatisfaction of parents of her athletes. In what is the most telling part she writes: […]

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Geno Auriemma: How to Teach Your Players to Read the PlayPermalink to

Geno Auriemma: How to Teach Your Players to Read the Play

How do we teach our players to think for themselves? Last summer I was at a coaching conference in Kamloops when I had the opportunity to watch a presentation from Serge Lajoie, the head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Serge basically taught every coach in the room what forecheck he was planning […]

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