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Reckless Abandon

I only played AAA hockey with the Agincourt Canadiens until Atom. It was a time when there were many more teams in AAA in the MTHL (now...

Coaches: The Game Needs Your Help

I came across this terrific three part news series on the state of hockey referees in Peterborough, Ontario. It’s a very discouraging...

Hockey Software and My Workflow

This week I had a question about using technology in my regular hockey “workflow”. Now, I am not the kind of coach that tries every...

Offense from Below the Goal Line

I have always had a hockey fantasy of having an application similar to NHL18 that would allow me to control all 10 players on the ice,...

Random Thoughts on Coaching Hockey

I am spending the weekend in Halifax doing some scouting of a girl’s peewee and bantam tournament. The top teams from Nova Scotia are...

The Top 10 (well, ok, The Top 14)

I had to submit an application this week for a Russian visa to travel to the women’s U18 world championships in January. One of the...

When a Player's Parent is Right

I certainly have an open door policy when it comes to talking to my players. I invite them to come to me any time with issues, concerns,...

Integrity and the Hockey Coach

Usually, the Sunday after writing my morning post brings me a feeling of dread. I think “what the heck will I write about next week?”...

Teaching the Art of Anticipation

One of the metaphors (similes? I didn’t do well in English class) I use regularly when talking about defense and pressure is the game...

A 10-Point Early Season Tune-Up

Now that it’s the middle of October, by my calculations, if you started your hockey season in September and end in March you are about...

Make Your Practice Drills Count

I mention this a lot and truly can’t emphasize it enough: if you want to become a better coach, you need to learn from other coaches. I...

Team Discipline Starts Behind the Bench

A coaching colleague of mine was watching a Midget boy’s game this week while her team was getting ready for their game. She was shocked...

Developing Versatile Hockey Players

I watched a team yesterday run a great, simple drill in their practice. Two players started in the endzone faceoff circle, battled and...

The Art of the Fake

When I played at the University of Toronto, we played a tournament in Vancouver one Christmas break. We were in a pool of three teams:...

Coaches: Do You Run Out of Time?

For the past two springs I have had an overwhelming response to my “reader survey”. The answers I receive help guide me on where, when...