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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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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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