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Perspective

By: Topher Scott Perspective is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal.  Having the ability to take a step back or to walk in someone else’s shoes…it’s amazing how much that can do for our mind, body, and soul. But perspective is also something that you have to seek out.  It’s not just...
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The Overlooked Importance of Player Development

By: Dave Starman Craig Button is a long time and successful hockey executive.  His name is on the Stanley Cup as the Assistant GM of the 1998-1999 Dallas Stars.  Currently he works for TSN, a national sports network as a game analyst for NHL and World Junior games as well as their #1 guy when...
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5 Biggest Takeaways from “The Last Dance”

By: Topher Scott I grew up in Chicago in the 90’s. The Bulls were a HUGE piece of my childhood.  I can remember exactly where I was when Jordan won his first title.  When he had the 3 point “shrug” game against Portland.  When Paxson hit the game-winner.  When Kerr hit the game-winner.  The sick…err…food...
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Connor Cadaret – Stouffville, Ontario

By: Connor Cadaret I write this today realizing and knowing that this pandemic is much, much bigger than me and much bigger than sports. But I thought I could share some feelings now that I am stepping away from the hockey team I have been a part of for the past 4 years of my...
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ACCESS THE HOCKEY THINK TANK VAULT

Dear Hockey Community, Missing the game? Yeah, me too. But we’ve been working behind the scenes to provide some awesome stuff for you.  While we haven’t been able to be in the rinks, we’ve been hard at work putting a ton of content together  to keep everyone active and excited about the game. We started...
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A Magical National Championship Season

By: Topher Scott In previous blogs and on my podcast, I’ve often referenced a magical season while playing for the Chicago Young Americans in the early 2000’s.  It was a year we only lost four games, won the National Championship, and had almost our entire team move on to play at high levels of hockey....
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It’s Not You, It’s Me: Why Parents Aren’t the Problem in Youth Hockey

By: Dan Sutterman Something that I hear often in coaching circles is typically something along the lines of “I hate dealing with the parents” or “The parents are ruining this for the kids”. First, let me lead by saying I am far from an expert.  I’ve had the fortune of coaching in a developing hockey...
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Florence Schelling named First Woman GM of a Top Men’s Team

  By: Topher Scott The hockey world achieved an incredible milestone last week with Florence Schelling being named the first women’s GM of a top level men’s professional team. And I have one thing to say about that… It’s About Time. Hockey is a sport that could use an injection of diversity…and this hire is...
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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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