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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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“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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