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Closing the Gap

There are two catch phrases I remember from playing hockey with the Varsity Blues at the University Toronto. The first is what was said...

Backchecking (and a new hockey book)

I have spent the better part of the week between Christmas and New Year writing a new book. As a follow up to Torpedo Hockey, I truly...

Coaching Female Athletes

Last weekend, I had the real pleasure of helping host a “NAPHA weekend” here at our school. NAPHA is the North American Prep Hockey...

Are You Under-Coaching Your Team?

We have all watched coaches over-coach. They spend far too long at the whiteboard during practice. They pull out a rink board to diagram...

Dumping the Puck In and Player Development

If you haven’t read my blog from last week (11/12/16) it was titled “Six Reasons Why You Need to Dump the Puck in More”. The premise was...

Mental Toughness through Visualization

Today, we have 1800 high school cross country runners competing for the All-Ontario (OFSAA) championship on our campus. My office is...

Are You Coaching Your Top Athletes Too?

As coaches, we often struggle with having a fairly large gap between our top athletes and our bottom athletes. This is more of a problem...

"LEAFS LOSE AGAIN!" (in overtime)

I wanted to share one of my pet peeves about modern hockey: regular season overtime and shootouts. I remember the old days when you used...

Do You Have a D-Zone Dilemma?

It amazes me how much trickles down to minor hockey from the NHL from a coaching perspective. We watch so carefully how the “Ken...

Confidence and "Earning Your Ice"

I have heard the expression “earn your ice!” a few times this week and it’s brought me back to the conversation I have been having for...

Finding Your True Passion Through Hockey

Mikko Leppilampi is one of Finland’s top movie and television stars. Now in his late 30’s, he has starred in over 25 feature films,...

Coaches: How to Manage the Blowout

I received four tickets for last night’s Blue Jays game for Father’s Day last June. I was really looking forward to both seeing the Jays...

Thinking More About Thinking Less

I had an interesting conversation with the Headmaster of the high school that I work at a couple of months ago. We were talking about...

Team Chemistry and Today's Athlete

We all strive to have team chemistry with our groups of athletes and what chemistry really comes down to in many ways is how tight a...