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The Keys to Scoring Goals

By: Topher Scott Over the past month or so…I’ve been on a goal-scoring kick.  Not so much on the video front in terms of how teams are scoring goals…but getting into the heads of elite scorers and asking them about their mindset. Admittedly, I was a pass-first player.  My shot was never anything great (I...
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Niklas Hjalmarsson

By Topher Scott One of my favorite things to do is watch players who are under the radar but they’re still…OH SO GOOD.  Guys that don’t get the fanfare like the stars and aren’t consistently on the scoresheet, but they are just as vital to a team’s success as the players putting up the points....
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Be as Tough as Your Mother

By: Topher Scott Tuesday, August 27th.  The day our family became a family of four. When your wife is having a child…there are waves of things going through your mind that are tough to explain.  Countless thoughts, feelings, and emotions that swirl around your head as you try to make sense of the world you’re...
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Timing

By: Topher Scott If you’ve followed me on social media or have listened to our podcast, you’ve probably heard me talk about the pros and cons of “PLAYING FAST.”  I feel like it’s the biggest buzzword of the past decade in the hockey world (although I think deception may take that banner soon). Playing fast...
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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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