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Myth of the Parent Coach

By: Dan Arel Coaching youth hockey is no easy task, and rightfully so. Both USA Hockey and Hockey Canada require minimal training, nominal fees, and do this yearly for as long as you plan to coach. That doesn’t even include the fact that unlike other sports, you also need to be able to at least...
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What Do Coaches Produce?

By: Drew Carlson “What do coaches produce?” And I think the best answer for modern coaches is: Systems that build better players and teams. When I talk about coaching systems, you might think about Phil Jackson’s Triangle, Bill Walsh’s West Coast Offense, or Jürgen Klopp’s Gegenpress. But that’s not exactly what I’m talking about… When I...
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Building Relationships

  By: Dan Arel We hear a lot about relationships between coaches and players and how they help build winning teams. Carolina Hurricanes’ head coach Rod Brind’Amour was quoted as saying “I think coaching has become more about the way you relate to players than it is about what you’re actually teaching them.” What is...
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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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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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