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Myth of the Parent Coach

By: Dan Arel Coaching youth hockey is no easy task, and rightfully so. Both USA Hockey and Hockey Canada require minimal training, nominal fees, and do this yearly for as long as you plan to coach. That doesn’t even include the fact that unlike other sports, you also need to be able to at least...
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What Do Coaches Produce?

By: Drew Carlson “What do coaches produce?” And I think the best answer for modern coaches is: Systems that build better players and teams. When I talk about coaching systems, you might think about Phil Jackson’s Triangle, Bill Walsh’s West Coast Offense, or Jürgen Klopp’s Gegenpress. But that’s not exactly what I’m talking about… When I...
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Building Relationships

  By: Dan Arel We hear a lot about relationships between coaches and players and how they help build winning teams. Carolina Hurricanes’ head coach Rod Brind’Amour was quoted as saying “I think coaching has become more about the way you relate to players than it is about what you’re actually teaching them.” What is...
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A Mental Model in Leadership

By: Drew Carlson What can we learn from the Boston Bruins? A loaded question. A better question might be, what is one idea they are really executing on we could all learn from? They are using a mental model within their team that is yielding sustained success. First some background on their strategy. They use...
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Finding Your Team Identity

  Finding Your Team Identity and Getting Total Buy In By: Dan Arel When our rink was given the go-ahead to open up for training amidst the COVID-19 pandemic we were not able to have fully functional team practices for some time and were not allowed to plan games. This made finding our teams strengths...
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Ralph Krueger & The Sabres

For all of the Sabres fans out there that are calling for Ralph Krueger’s job right now, I’m going to try and give some perspective that can hopefully help you relax.  I’m not in the locker room right now and don’t know exactly what’s going on within the team, but from my outsider’s perspective maybe...
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The “200-Foot Player”

By: Topher Scott The 200-foot player.  The swiss-army knife.  The two-way competitor. A player that a coach can throw out in all situations and feel comfortable.  And whether you’re up or down in the final minute of a one-goal game, that player is your rock.  Coaches, you know who I’m talking about.  And when we...
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Creating A Winning Culture Through Fun

By: Dan Arel It seems no matter what age group you coach there is an expectation to create a winning culture, and for many that seems to come from doing things “the way they’ve always been done” which means practices right out of my 1990s childhood. Bag skates, and full ice drills that leave kids...
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Why is USA Hockey Winning?

By: Topher Scott Team USA won its fourth gold medal since 2010 at the World Junior Championships last week.  Considering the fact that we hadn’t won a single tournament in its first 26 years of existence, I’d say that’s a stat we can be pretty proud of. First off…what a gold medal game.  I mean,...
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