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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 you 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...
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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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“Teach to Win” Development Philosophy

By: Nick Dellaquila My “Teach 2 Win” – Developmental Philosophy.   A. PRACTICES = TEACHING a. Practices are to Hockey what class lessons are to school. It is an incredibly simple philosophy when you think about it.   b. Practices as outlined below should be well planned and executed to maximize the utilization of ice...
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Three Things to Teach Your Players (Zero are About Hockey)

By: Drew Carlson Coaches, Do you ever sit in bed at night and think to yourself… I feel like apologizing to the players I’ve previously coached the last 3 years because I’m way better now than I was for them. Or… I feel like I’ve done a complete disservice to those kids for not knowing...
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Decades Later; Chicago Youth Hockey Scandal Brought to Light

  This post will be the harshest criticism I’ll give of our youth hockey culture, including an abandonment of values on the part of a few people in leadership positions at USA Hockey. Before I begin, I want to preface by saying that I think there are a lot of really good people at USA...
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Life U

By: Greg Revak Hockey is the most important, unimportant thing most of us will ever do. I repeat, “hockey is the most important, unimportant thing.” Only a small fraction of people make a career out of hockey. That doesn’t mean playing hockey is pointless. We play hockey because it brings joy to our lives. If...
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BACK TO HOCKEY CONFERENCE

By: Topher Scott The hockey world was certainly turned upside down this spring and summer with Covid-19. We saw seasons cut short, rinks closed, and our kids doing “practices” and “workouts” with their coaches and teammates virtually. I think it’s safe to say it’s been a heck of a few months. But if you know...
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