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Jim Montgomery – Puck Possession

In Coaching Hockey by The Coaches Site

Trends in the game come and go. In the 90’s we experienced the Left Wing Lock (hopefully we never see it again). In the 80’s the run and gun Oilers were the toast of the NHL. For a period it was cooler to win 7-5 than 2-1 (we digress). And in the early to mid seventies you could punch your …

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ASK A COACH – How do you Prepare your Team For Practice?

In Leadership by The Coaches Site

If there is one thing we’ve learned in the six years since we founded The Coaches Site, it’s that the games top coaches LOVE practice. In fact, to an individual, it’s fair to say that they value preparing for and running practice as the most important part of their job. It’s where a team’s identity is created, habits are reinforced …

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Hockey Development Isn’t Immune to Adversity

In Leadership by Kelvin Cech

I ran into a parent I hadn’t seen since the season ended the other day. He’s one of the good ones, there’s no question. His son received a junior A commitment last November and is a strong NCAA scholarship candidate. And his kid nearly quit hockey three years ago. Awhile back I was researching video of the athlete in question …

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Five Ways to be a Great Sports Parent

In Leadership by Kyle Elmendorf

Is there anything better than watching your child run or skate around with a smile on their face? Kids will tell you the number one reason for playing a sport is fun. Seeing your child find enjoyment while playing sports is extremely rewarding for parents. However, would it surprise you to know 70% of youth athletes quit playing by the …

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Creating the Mindset of the NHL Top Scorer

In Leadership by JasonYee

We can all agree that having more scorers on your team would be great, right? What if every time one of your players got the puck in the slot, you knew it would be a dangerous shot? Rather than hanging your head when your sixth defenseman somehow gets a breakaway then pumps it into the goalie’s chest. I played most …

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Video: Sean Bacon – A Warrior Mentality

In Leadership by The Coaches Site

What is mental toughness and how do we define it? Sean Bacon is a retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces and has developed a Warrior Mentality system to help players be mentally tough for the game. During his 12 years of service, Sean was a military policeman, paratrooper and at the end of his career, taught interrogation psychology. Today, …

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Eight Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness in Hockey!

In Leadership by Walter Aguilar

Competitive and professional hockey players have a multitude of challenges that can create stress reactions and fear in their lives. The following are just some the issues athletes will experience throughout their careers: Injuries/playing hurt Performance expectations Performance slumps Money/contract issues Sport/personal relationship issues Politics of  sports Transitioning out of their hockey career -Mindfulness – Choosing to be in the present experience on …

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Coach Joel Quenneville’s Secret to Success

In Leadership by VictoriaAndrew

Coach Joel Quenneville’s secret to success is driven by an insatiable desire to win, as he yells and screams on the bench and radiates with energy and passion to see his team succeed. Coach Quenneville is already creating a legacy by having coached the Chicago Blackhawks to the 2010 and 2013 Stanley Cup Championships. In his 454 regular season games, …