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Top 10 Ingredients of Championship Teams

By: Topher Scott I’ve always been really interested in the “why” of winning.  What is it about certain teams that really make them special?  It’s so hard to win a championship, or win consistently…it takes a lot of people pulling in the same direction and a lot of things going right to be able to...
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Finding Appreciation In a Time of Uncertainty

By: Topher Scott It’s a crazy time right now in the world.  The way this Coronavirus continues to spread through our communities makes for a lot of uncertainty…and hopefully I’m wrong but I think we’re going to be strapping in for a new-normal for quite some time. On the flip side (sorry I have to...
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Thoughts from Ken Baker’s Podcast

Former College and Professional Goalie Turned Author Ken Baker Talks About His Hockey Memoir and Lessons Learned From a Life in Hockey Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-95-ken-baker/id1441154730?i=1000467864294 Acclaimed author Ken Baker recently sat down with The Hockey Think Tank Podcast not to talk about X’s and O’s, but rather the life-long lessons everyone can learn from playing the...
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Sitting in Someone Else’s Shoes

By Topher Scott “You don’t sit in someone else’s shoes.” It’s an incredible saying that gets to the root of a lot of issues that we have with one another.  At times it’s easy to sit up on our high horse and heave accusations about what other people do…but at the end of the day...
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Just Do the Right Thing

By: Topher Scott Diving into the depths and educating myself on youth hockey over the past few months has been quite the EXHAUSTING process. And then using that information to change the culture of my new organization has been equal parts exhilarating and frustrating all at once. The exhilarating part? There is so much opportunity...
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Handling Fear in Youth Hockey

By: Topher Scott It has been about a month since I took over as the Hockey Director of a AAA program here in Central NY.  It has been an interesting process to say the least, and I feel like I’ve learned more about the youth hockey industry in the past month than I have in...
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Parent and Coach Communities

By: Topher Scott The premise of building the Hockey Think Tank was centered around one word: Community. It was about building a community of passionate hockey people that wanted to share ideas, learn from each other, and make a positive impact on the hockey world. That has been the mission of the Hockey Think Tank...
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RIP Kobe

By: Topher Scott Like many others on Sunday afternoon, I scrolled through Twitter to read the news that Kobe Bryant and his daughter tragically died in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles.  While I was scrolling through my phone…I was holding my five month old daughter. Let’s just say I held on a little tighter....
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Hockey Think Tank Youth Hockey Organization

By: Topher Scott 2020 is shaping up to be an incredible year for the Hockey Think Tank.  And quite honestly, I have never been more excited about where this train is headed. I’ve hired my first full time employee.  Our social media presence is booming.  The podcast is one of the fastest growing hockey podcasts...
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