What it Takes to Succeed & How to Learn From Your Losses

Here we are back in full swing of another exciting hockey season. With much anticipation for victories, players will no doubt face adversities. I believe there’s always many lessons to be learned along the way. That’s what I love about sports, they teach kids things they’ll never learn in school. Sports are an incredible means […]

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An Approach to Teambuilding Based on Values: Part 1

Image courtesy Brock University Every head coach is tasked with the responsibility of assembling and developing the best possible team. It’s not an easy task. Assembling the best team doesn’t necessarily mean recruiting the players with the most talent. Talent takes an athlete only so far. Coaches are tasked with selecting and developing players who will fit into […]

VIDEO | Glen Gulutzan: How to Develop the Complete Defenseman

Former Calgary Flames head coach and current Edmonton Oilers assistant coach Glen Gulutzan delivered an ideal presentation for this month’s focus on defensemen. He’s been around the block now, with stops in Vancouver and Dallas, so Glen has seen a clear progression in National Hockey League D-men. So where do we start? “Defense starts at […]

FROM BEHIND THE BENCH: Cool To Be Good by Guy Gadowsky

Guy Gadowsky knows what it takes to be a successful student athlete, from both sides of the bench. As a player, he spent his post-secondary years with the Division I Colorado College Tigers before moving on to his professional playing career. As a coach, he moved into the college level starting with University Alaska Fairbanks […]

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Coaching Minor Hockey Defensemen: 3 Questions to Ask After a Tough Shift

Coaching Minor Hockey Defensemen: 3 Questions to Ask After a Tough Shift This was the summer of asking questions. From the red tide-ridden shores of Naples, Florida for the American Hockey Coaches Association’s convention to Humber College and The Coaches’ Site’s conference and everything in between, one coaching theme was repeated over and over again. […]

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The Regroup | Coaching the Modern Defenseman

Predictions for Stanley Cup champions are starting to roll in all over the hockey landscape and if you pay attention (or you were anything other than a goal scoring forward during your playing days), you’ll notice a common theme amongst all the picks. Defensemen. What do the Nashville Predators have in common with the Winnipeg […]

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6 Mental Approaches to Help Minor Hockey Players Overcome Stress

Stressful thinking creates catabolic energy – an energy that can show up as anger or victim thinking that will create tension, worry, fear and other negative emotions that will significantly limit their performance. Read part 1 of this series here Stress in minor hockey players blocks creativity, intuition, flow, and decreases confidence. They may find […]

VIDEO | Marc Crawford on How to Coach Millenials

There’s a terrifying word for coaches starting their season right at the end of the minor hockey years: millennial. Fortunately for the attendees of this year’s #2018HCC, Ottawa Senators Assistant Coach Marc Crawford brought along his two millennial children. Both perspectives, right? Katie Crawford, a volleyball player at the University of British Columbia, efficiently outlined […]