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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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“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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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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Don’t Chase the Snake

By: Drew Carlson Mistakes… To some they are fertilizer for growth, to others they are fatal. Mistakes are the starting point. It is the choice you make next which puts you on the path to learning from it or being derailed by it. Stop right now and think about what you say to yourself when...
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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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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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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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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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