ASK A COACH – Kris Mallette of the Kelowna Rockets

  Kelowna Rockets Assistant Coach Kris Mallette has seen a lot in his career. From playing junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets to coaching the Western Hockey League powerhouse, Kris played for nine teams in five leagues in under a decade. You could say his apprenticeship has been fulfilled and then some. Throughout his career, […]

ASK A COACH – Sven Butenschon UBC Men’s Hockey

Sven Butenschon is entering his second season as the head coach of the UBC Men’s Hockey Team. Sven had tours of NHL duty with the Pittsburgh Penguins (more on that in a minute), the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, and Vancouver Canucks before packing up his family to play a few more years in Europe. […]

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Inspiration Through the Eyes of Craig Cunningham

You could lose everything and never see it coming. That’s the best thought I came up with to introduce Craig Cunningham’s talk from this year’s Coach’s Conference. Not because I want to scare anyone, but it’s because it’s the truth. When he woke up that morning, the former Vancouver Giant thought he was simply preparing […]

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3 Things to Help Create a Positive Team Culture

With the arrival of each new season comes new players, tests, challenges, triumph, and defeat. It’s part of what makes our job as coaches so exciting. Each season is a new challenge and opportunity. As coaches, a lot is thrown our way and it can be overwhelming at times. Head coaches have a lot of […]

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Three Disciplines You Can Practice to Keep from Being “That” Hockey Dad or Mom!

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day” Jim Rohn In hockey arenas, there seems to always be “that” hockey parent. The one who yells and screams at the referees, coaches and even their own kid. They are often over attached, takes things personal, is very self righteous as their version […]

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What Principles Guide Your Coaching Philosophy?

There’s a disconnect between minor hockey and professional hockey. In pro hockey we often hear about athletes who are difficult to play with on and off the ice. The same is true of minor hockey, from initiation all the way up through atom, peewee, bantam, and junior. Here’s the difference: professional hockey players get paid […]

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How To Understand What Makes Your Player Tick

Have you ever struggled trying to get your player(s) to do the little things you know that can help them be successful? I’m not just talking about helping them be better on the ice but also in school and around the house (like doing simple chores for mom or dad). Every year I have parents […]

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Why is Teambuilding So Important for Hockey Teams?

It just is. Oh great, thanks! Article complete, let’s go for a beer! … but seriously, why is teambuilding so important for hockey teams all the way from university through junior and into peewee and atom? It’s an area of training camp in which I’ve admittedly never been terribly strong. Sure, I can run an […]