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A Grassroots Thank You

By: Anonymous Hockey Director Dear Topher, I am a hockey director in the US and have been excited to read the blogs and listen to the podcasts. The Hockey Think Tank has a lot of great information and resources. I am writing you today to express my sincere gratitude to all the volunteers who make...
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Brian Daley – Atlanta, GA

  By BRIAN DALEY  Working with my coaches and our U16 players, we established four pillars that define our Team Culture. Everything we do and say is driven by and supports one of these pillars.  We play ‘4C Hockey’. COMMITMENT   CHARACTER   COMMUNICATE   COMPETE I know this isn’t a new or unique concept.  I know many...
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JJ Santagata – Woodbridge, VA

By JJ Santagata A year ago I would have been on the other side of this writing a letter about how I appreciate the game more than anything as a player.  Yet after unforeseen events, my playing days ended shorter than I would have liked.  It was heart-wrenching to step away from the game as...
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RJ Grimshaw – Oswego, NY

  By RJ Grimshaw I’ve been blessed to have the game of hockey in my life for 44 years, either playing, coaching, billet dad or watching. I take a different approach when spectating this wonderful game as I enjoy watching the coaches on both teams and how they interact with the players. Overtime I have...
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Ian Leier – Fargo, ND

  By Ian Leier I would like to start off by saying I never knew I would be a coach. I never felt the “calling” people talk about. To be honest, I lucked into the whole thing and could not be more grateful to be coaching hockey for a living. With that being said, here...
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Dan Cassano – Deer Park, NY

  By Dan Cassano When I think about the game of hockey, I think about being part of a team – something bigger than myself.  My first season as a player was way back in 1996, when I was eight years old.  I played every year until 2014 when I was done with college.  As...
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Tucker Penning – Farmington Hills, MI

  By Tucker Penning When this coaching journey began for me 7 years ago, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I just wrapped up my playing career and had a lasting desire to still be part of the “boys.” The team I had aged out of had fallen short of our goals the season...
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Eric Ormson – St. Louis, MO

  By Eric Ormson First, I want to thank The Hockey Think Tank for the opportunity to contribute to their mission of helping hockey people share their ideas and experiences. Or as Mike Babcock would say “rob and do”. I have coached at Chesterfield Hockey association for the past 8 years and specifically with the...
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Pete Montana – Cornwall, ON

  By Pete Montana I had the absolute pleasure recently of meeting Peter Van Buskirk, Head Coach at College Of The Holy Cross. Their Female Program is NCAA DI. They’re located in Worcester, Mass. I was attending Alberta’s recent U16 Identification Camp in Camrose. Sitting in the stands, the only scout in the building, I...
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