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Being a Swiss Army Knife!

February 14, 2019 1:06 am Published by

Being a Swiss Army Knife – The ultimate compliment!Simply, this is a player’s ability to carry and excel at many skills. Sure, being very good at specific traits helps catch an early eye… However, the players that stand the test of time in their careers and ultimately “make it”,are the ones who have the capacity to bring many quality traits to the table at the same time that better their team. These (positive) shape shifting, utility players are ready and able to contribute however they’re called upon.

 

Swiss Army Knife Players are…

  • Good at a number of skills. Versus only dominating one or two.
  • Not hung up on what role they play on that team.
  • Great teammates. Prioritizing how they can help the team.
  • They can do a little bit of everything!
  • Necessary on every successful roster.

 

Swiss Army Knife Player are NOT…

  • Selfish
  • Worried about their “role” or “place” on a team.
  • Single skill focused.

 

Sure, every team can use a star… Never forget for every star on a team there’s 2-3 Swiss Army knife players that fly under the radar, that are an invaluable piece to that team’s success!

Enjoy the Ride

January 31, 2019 3:49 am Published by

One of the greatest tip’s I wish I could go back and tell my younger self: Enjoy the ride! Hard to believe we’re rounding out the final month of the season. Rest assured the upcoming tryouts, (all that go into those; good and bad) and future opportunities are on their way… But, before you punch the gas to the finish line, take a moment to let the gratitude of this year’s experiences soak in! All the hard work your athlete and their teammates have put in! Some of the great families you’ve shared memories with this year! The highs, the lows and everything in between…

 

Speaking from the heart on my experience, the ride was 10x greater than any destination I ever arrived at! Here’s to a great final month of the season! Make it count!!!

Hockey gear doesn’t have to STINK!

January 14, 2019 5:08 pm Published by

Let’s face it… Hockey gear can flat out stink! I used to love the negative comments made by friends and family about my hockey aroma. I would always respond with a simple, “that’s the smell of hard work and commitment, You’re Welcome!”

Here’s some great tips that will go a long way in preventing long term nasal damage from your athlete’s hard work and commitment:

  • Wash the “Soft Gear”
    • Little known fact: The majority of your hockey gear can go in the washing machine. Of course, underwear gets the regular wash…
    • Gloves – Elbow pads – Shin pad liners – Shoulder Pads can be washed on a gentle setting using warm water with little to no detergent.
    • NEVER USE THE DRYER, simply hang to air dry.
  • Disinfect the “Hard Gear”
    • Items that missed out on the bath get the regular disinfectant shower: Helmet – Skates – Pants
  • AIR IT OUT
    • Be sure your athlete is hanging their gear so it fully dries! Fun fact: removing the insoles of your skates greatly increases the longevity and durability of your skates, plus greatly aides in killing bacteria!

Here’s to a stink-free hockey future!

Being a Leader

December 3, 2018 3:46 pm Published by

One of the many incredible “life skills” hockey teaches us, is leadership. As we know there’s many types of leadership; from the vocal captain encouraging teammates, to the silent, more reserved player just consistently going about their business in order to help team success. Leaders do not have to be Captains, or the most talented player on the team. Anyone and everyone has the opportunity to take steps to becoming a leader! Leadership ultimately comes from a few simple acts:

  • Action
    • Whether you’re up on the bench shouting words of encouragement, or you’re quietly putting in the work. Leadership always starts with the DOING!
  • Accountability
    • The absolute BEST leaders are the most accountable players on the team. You’ve got to put in the work and be a role model with your actions.

Remember leadership never ends! Take the same desire to lead from the ice and locker room and apply it everywhere; the classroom, your nutrition and off-ice preparation habits, even among other social groups or amongst siblings!

 

The “Positive” Power of Frustration

November 13, 2018 4:49 pm Published by

Feeling frustrated is inevitable. Throughout your hockey journey the root itself may change from season to season, however, dealing with frustrations and setbacks is one of the unique, challenging keys to team success. As hard as this concept is to fully appreciate, remember frustration means you care – which is a great thing!

With frustration always comes action! Embrace the frustration, then from that motivated state of mind, think of one immediate step you can take in a positive direction. Working harder, communicating clearer, acting more selfless, etc. We all make the choice to either let challenging times bring us down – OR – reveal what our true character holds!

We can’t wait to watch you take your challenging times and make them in to positive turning points for your future!!!

Finding the Right Size

November 1, 2018 5:42 pm Published by

Is your athlete growing like a weed! Rest assured you’re not alone! With some prime holiday shopping opportunities right around the corner, here’s some simple, helpful reminders when sizing up replacement equipment.

  • Sticks
    • Once you’ve determined your preferred brand/pattern. Prioritize a stick’s flex. When your athlete leans on it, make sure it bends. When cutting it down to size think “chin to nose” in skates as a rough measuring stick! I always think top lip is a good guide.
  • Skates
    • As painful as this big expense can be… Skates are the most important part of the equation. You don’t need to buy top of the line… BUT, whatever skates you do select for your all-star they need to fit appropriately otherwise agility and stride quality are greatly compromised. Your athlete should be able to wiggle their toes in their skate, and very gently feel the inside tip of the toe cap with their big toe. Remove the insole and have them stand up in their socks. You should see about a half inch of space at the end of the insole.
  • Protective Gear
    • Pantsshould be right about knee cap to the top of the knee.
    • Shoulder padsshould be form fitting, but avoid going too large as this will greatly hinder stick control and limit upper body movement.
    • Elbow pads should fully cover the elbow and go to mid upper arm and mid forearm. Often times you’ll find better luck looking for an elbow pad that’s a 2-part construction along the under arm, versus a 3-part construction with a moving cap just on the elbow.
    • Shin padsBe sure there’s no major space from the bottom of the shin guard to the top cuff of the skate. 

Best of luck in the equipment search! Remember, especially for the younger athletes out there, saving a few dollars here and there with recycling gently used gear is always a great play!

Getting in the “Zone”!

October 1, 2018 3:10 pm Published by

The “ZONE” also known as finding your rhythm or playing your “A” game. When you’re able to channel this mental edge and mindset you’re capable of taking your game to great heights! Here’s a few simple tips that will get you to the zone and help you to consistently elevate you game play!

  • Pre-Game Mental Session
    • Focus your concentration on what YOU need to do to be great! What are your strengths? How are you going to contribute to the team? What do you love about the game? Take 5-10minutes to get your mind prepared for a great game!
  • Positive Self-Talk
    • Throughout your pre-game routine, as well as throughout your games and practices remind yourself either through mental thoughts or actual verbal cues of positive self-talk. Hold on to the positive and forget about the negative and mistakes. You’re a great player – Remind yourself!
  • Live in the present
    • Don’t worry about past mistakes, or future challenges. Live in the moment and enjoy the ride as you’re living it!

Best of luck as you work to consistently find your “A” game and get in the zone this season!

3 Things that should be in every hockey bag!

September 13, 2018 3:13 pm Published by

Condense the clutter! Hockey bags can quickly turn into storage lockers on wheels. However, there’s a few items that should be a must pack for any hockey bag outside of the usual equipment, jersey, and socks!

 

  1. Small Accessory Tote

This should hold tape, helmet screws and parts, stick handling ball, multi-function tool or scissors. Maybe even a few quarters for bubble hockey.

 

  1. Healthy Snacks

A must! You’ve got to feed the machine. Keeping a reserve of a few preferred snacks is always a smart play!

 

  1. Athletic Shoes

Nothing fancy, but having an old pair athletic shoes for the pre-game warmup is a very smart preparation plan.

 

Happy packing!

The Right Start!

September 5, 2018 3:44 pm Published by

A new season! A fresh start, a clean slate! You only get one first impression – Make the most of it! Start the year off the right way:

  • Set Goals!
    • Some short term, easily attainable, others, big picture and months away from achieving.
  • Set the Tone!
    • What better time than TODAY! You control your individual focus level, effort level, coachability, and attitude. It’s all about the action!
  • Develop the routine and game plan
    • Success will always follow detailed preparation. Set your athlete up to be as successful as possible this season!

 

Let your off-season training take over this fall! We’re so excited to watch everyone’s growth and goal crushing efforts this season!

Off-Season Goals

June 1, 2018 1:55 pm Published by

Your approach to the off-season is everything for your athlete’s development. Long-term strides of improvement and achieving your goals are ultimately made during the off-season! Here are a few key points of emphasis to work through as you move into your off-season:

  • Develop your game plan
    • Devise a plan of attack in exactly how you’re going to help your athlete make the necessary gains during the off time. Raw skill development & improvement, off-ice performance training, NUTRITION habits, balancing other commitments. Many of these topics should be discussed, and a plan needs to be established.
  • Set your goals
    • What specifically are you going to improve? How are you going to accomplish it? Small more easily attainable goals lead to larger more lofty accomplishments!
  • Commit to the “process
    • Once you’ve built your game plan and set your goals, commit to whatever it takes to achieving your goals! If it was easy, everyone would be playing in the NHL. Stay Determined. Stay Hungry. Stay Humble. Never lose sight of the fun!

 

 We can’t wait to support you in a rewarding off-season of work and accomplishments!!!