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What is Your Why?

By: Topher Scott This weekend was rewarding in so many ways.  Through our charity hockey game, we raised over $130,000 for the special needs community.  We had a hell of a time on the ice with NHL players all the way down to people who work in local businesses.  2,000 people packed the stands, the...
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The St. Louis Blues Two Secret Weapons

By: Topher Scott Last week, the St. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup in team history.  It was a throwback playoff run that I’m sure Don Cherry was proud of.  It was an old school, backyard-street-hockey type win….A battle of attrition with each team that stood in their path. But in this post, I...
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How Power Play Goals are Scored in the NHL

By: Topher Scott & Brandon Naurato We’re going to get right after it here.  No bells or whistles… In this post we are going to bring you the trends, tendencies, and story of how ALL Power Play goals were scored from the 2017-2018 NHL season. Over the course of the past year, we dove deep...
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Congrats to a Coaching Mentor

By: Topher Scott It doesn’t always happen on our time. In fact, it rarely ever does.  If things that we wanted always happened on our time…we would miss out on the struggle that makes our eventual accomplishments that much sweeter. And I have to imagine that newly hired St. Lawrence Head Coach, Brent Brekke is...
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Team of Teams

By Topher Scott I’m currently reading the book “Team of Teams” by General Stanley McChrystal.  I love reading about the military, as I think they do it better than anyone when it comes to “team building”.  Those men and women literally take bullets for one another.  It doesn’t get much closer than that. One of...
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A Special Goalie Relationship

By: Topher Scott Never having played the position, I’m not sure I’ll ever truly understand the relationship between two goalies on a team.  There are a lot of factors that could affect the relationship based on talent level, opportunity to play, and coaching philosophy on rotations…just to name a few.  But even when there’s competition...
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HUMBOLDT STRONG

By: Topher Scott Best friends. Thousands of miles. Great stories. Incredible bonds. UNBELIEVABLE times. Poker tournaments ending with someone throwing their cards and screaming obscenities while the rest of the boys howl with laughter.  A victory song blaring after a big win.  Euchre games lasting late into the night.  Bonds that are formed forever. That...
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CONFABULATION

By: Topher Scott I recently learned of a word that has given me a whole new perspective when it comes to conflict and self-awareness.  That word is CONFABULATION. What a goofy sounding word, eh? I had never even heard of it before, but in listening to a podcast with Brené Brown (a world class leader...
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THE COST OF AAA HOCKEY

  By: Topher Scott As the youth hockey season comes to a close, I am reminded almost every day that this is the most chaotic time of year for hockey parents.  It’s that crazy stretch where stress, anxiety, and the fear of unpredictability casts a dark shadow onto our sport at the youth levels. So...
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