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Why is USA Hockey Winning?

By: Topher Scott Team USA won its fourth gold medal since 2010 at the World Junior Championships last week.  Considering the fact that we hadn’t won a single tournament in its first 26 years of existence, I’d say that’s a stat we can be pretty proud of. First off…what a gold medal game.  I mean,...
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Decades Later; Chicago Youth Hockey Scandal Brought to Light

  This post will be the harshest criticism I’ll give of our youth hockey culture, including an abandonment of values on the part of a few people in leadership positions at USA Hockey. Before I begin, I want to preface by saying that I think there are a lot of really good people at USA...
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BACK TO HOCKEY CONFERENCE

By: Topher Scott The hockey world was certainly turned upside down this spring and summer with Covid-19. We saw seasons cut short, rinks closed, and our kids doing “practices” and “workouts” with their coaches and teammates virtually. I think it’s safe to say it’s been a heck of a few months. But if you know...
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Being a #GIRLDAD

By: Topher Scott “I am stronggggg” “I am beautifulllll” “I am kinddddd” “I. Love. Myself.” This is my 3 year old’s “Special Phrase” that she says with my wife before bed every night.  It’s their little moment together before parting ways for bedtime.  And when I can hear it from the other room…I melt. When...
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Perspective

By: Topher Scott Perspective is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal.  Having the ability to take a step back or to walk in someone else’s shoes…it’s amazing how much that can do for our mind, body, and soul. But perspective is also something that you have to seek out.  It’s not just...
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5 Biggest Takeaways from “The Last Dance”

By: Topher Scott I grew up in Chicago in the 90’s. The Bulls were a HUGE piece of my childhood.  I can remember exactly where I was when Jordan won his first title.  When he had the 3 point “shrug” game against Portland.  When Paxson hit the game-winner.  When Kerr hit the game-winner.  The sick…err…food...
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ACCESS THE HOCKEY THINK TANK VAULT

Dear Hockey Community, Missing the game? Yeah, me too. But we’ve been working behind the scenes to provide some awesome stuff for you.  While we haven’t been able to be in the rinks, we’ve been hard at work putting a ton of content together  to keep everyone active and excited about the game. We started...
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A Magical National Championship Season

By: Topher Scott In previous blogs and on my podcast, I’ve often referenced a magical season while playing for the Chicago Young Americans in the early 2000’s.  It was a year we only lost four games, won the National Championship, and had almost our entire team move on to play at high levels of hockey....
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Florence Schelling named First Woman GM of a Top Men’s Team

  By: Topher Scott The hockey world achieved an incredible milestone last week with Florence Schelling being named the first women’s GM of a top level men’s professional team. And I have one thing to say about that… It’s About Time. Hockey is a sport that could use an injection of diversity…and this hire is...
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