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The Authentic Coach

This summer allowed me to look at hockey with a slightly different lens. Having decided to move back to our boys’ prep school program for...

The Nuts and Bolts of Accountability

I just finished Ken Dryden’s new book Game Change. If you haven’t read it you must. As always, Dryden brings great insight and research...

Risk and the Artist's Advice

Enough can’t be said for seeking out different perspectives and new ideas. I often encourage coaches to read books and articles about...

The Electronics Free Team

Although I have not had time to post for the past two Saturdays, it’s been a busy time on the hockey front. Moving backwards, last...

Growth Mindset and Your Athletes

Sometimes I feel the need to go back a re-read a book or article, or watch a movie that I remember I really enjoyed. Last week I sat down...

The Coach and the Village

In one of those indelibly etched memories, my son was playing rep baseball in our small town. He was probably 10 or 11 years old and...

Positivity and the Power of a Smile

The word “positivity” has been rattling around my head for the past couple of weeks. It started with an e-mail I received from Tim...

The Colourful Game

I was watching a weeknight playoff game the other day. It’s amazing to me how much these games bring out the best in players - and...

Team Culture is Hard Work

When I played hockey for the University of Toronto, we had a fairly old team. Some players were back from playing a few years of pro...

The University Commitment Game

There has been a lot of press/posts about youth sports lately - much of it terrific by the way. From specializing too early, to the...

6 Ways to Help Your Team Fail

We all seem to be terrified of failure. Coaches don’t want to ever lose any games. Players never want to make a mistake. Heaven forbid a...

As Requested: My Current Bookmark List

After posting some of my “Bookmarks” a few weeks ago, I have received a number of requests for a more fulsome list. There is some great...

The Extra Attacker Advantage

The last two evenings I got out of Port Hope to see some great hockey games played in. Friday, I travelled three hours down the 401...

Coach Norman Dale and your Power Play

I watched one of my favourite sports movies last night. Nothing like seeing the Hickory High School basketball team come together and get...

The Hockey Coach as Disruptor

I read an interesting article this week about being a “disruptor”. It followed an entrepreneur who started a new business but, her...