Think Tank

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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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Hockey Habits

By: Topher Scott Habits are everything when it comes to individual and team development.  Below are five essential hockey habits that will produce success on the ice, both for individual players and for teams. These are qualities that should be stressed during daily practice, and we have broken them down into Team (Offensive), Team (Defensive),...
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Offsides

By: Denny Kearney As an eight year pro player there is something that I have to vent about that bothers me in the game: Players going offside. A lot more has been made of offside plays in the past few years, namely due to the NHL’s new review rule. A goal can be overturned due...
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Senior Night

By: Topher Scott Last Saturday was senior night at Cornell, and I have to say that I got a little emotional as I watched each player take their celebratory lap around the ice after a big win against a really good Union team.  It brought back so many great memories of my time coaching at...
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Shot Quantity vs. Shot Quality

Special Contributor – RJ Weise RJ Weise of puckpossessed.com is back for another edition of his incredible statistical breakdowns…with a twist.  This edition focuses on Shot Quality vs. Shot Quality and what they mean for the teams in the NHL this season. Below are the great breakdowns, and if you’d like more information from RJ’s...
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