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Geno Auriemma: Why Body Language Matters

In Leadership by Kelvin Cech

This is perhaps the most important video I’ve watched this year as it pertains to my coaching career. For the past few years as I’ve worked with players ranging from 8 years to 18 to 26, I’ve struggled to answer a simple question. Why does body language matter? I mean, as coaches we know it matters, we know bad body language …

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5 Tips to Get Recruited: An Insider’s Look Into College Hockey Recruiting

In Leadership by Brian Keane

Here is the number one question I was asked as an Assistant Coach at Cornell: What are college coaches looking for when recruiting players? Most people give the simple, easy answer. It’s the 5 S’s:  Speed, Skill, Smarts, Size, and Spirit. Although true, these components of your talent only tell half the story of the process coaches go through in …

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Ice Hockey Success: 5 Steps to Help You Stick With It

In Drills, Leadership by Enio Sacilotto

If you want to be successful at anything you must accept that your success will not come overnight. The most successful people have spent many hours of practice, dedication, and hard work to reach their level. Instant gratification and overnight success are few and far between. Many people are motivated by a great idea and decide to go for it. …

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Dallas Eakins – My Coaching Journey

In Leadership by The Coaches Site

The path to employment in most professions is usually fairly straightforward. You go to University, College or a trade school, complete the course to a certain standard, and then seek employment. That’s generalizing a bit but the point is that if your child wanted to become a lawyer you could paint a fairly accurate path that illustrated the steps required …

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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 …