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Better Health for Hockey Moms…..it’s all in the SEEDS: Giveaway!

Nov 7, 2016

Better Health for Hockey Moms…..it’s all in the SEEDS: Giveaway!

Hockey Moms, I’m going to tell you about something that after only three weeks is changing my life. After watching the video above, I can totally relate to Colleen. About 95% of Hockey Moms will agree that we are not fantastic at looking after ourselves. Grueling schedules of work, family, and running multiple children to multiple rinks can mean that our health becomes the very last priority. I hate to admit that this has been the case in my own life for the last few years. Add to this a back injury that has been impacting me for about five...

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Rocket Sport Dryer Giveaway – Best Invention for Hockey Moms!

Nov 5, 2016

Rocket Sport Dryer Giveaway – Best Invention for Hockey Moms!

It’s tournament season. That means lots of hockey, and lots of wet, stinky equipment. For those of us who drag the equipment to the hotel room to dry between games or overnight (if the hotel allows it), you know that the room can get both crowded, and smelly, in quite a short time. To top it all off, laying that equipment on the hotel floor could mean absorbing bacteria from the dirty floors onto the gear. (Gross!) That’s why I was super excited to try the Rocket Sport Dryer – UV on the road at our first overnight tournament of the...

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Oneiric and Aegis #EndTheWorry Giveaway for Hockey Moms

Sep 14, 2016

Oneiric and Aegis #EndTheWorry Giveaway for Hockey Moms

I’m all for keeping things simple, especially in the sweltering heat of a dressing room with 15 players and 15 parents (don’t’ forget the strollers, extra siblings, and grandparents). And, I want my kids’ gear to be super safe. A while ago, I talked about Oneiric, a base layer with insert-able shin pads and built in ankle protection. Though different than traditional shin pads with Velcro, it’s high quality, and quite frankly, I wish it was around when my own children were young and learning to get dressed in the dressing room. I’m...

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Oneiric and Aegis #EndTheWorry Giveaway for Hockey Moms

Sep 14, 2016

Oneiric and Aegis #EndTheWorry Giveaway for Hockey Moms

I’m all for keeping things simple, especially in the sweltering heat of a dressing room with 15 players and 15 parents (don’t’ forget the strollers, extra siblings, and grandparents). And, I want my kids’ gear to be super safe. A while ago, I talked about Oneiric, a base layer with insert-able shin pads and built in ankle protection. Though different than traditional shin pads with Velcro, it’s high quality, and quite frankly, I wish it was around when my own children were young and learning to get dressed in the dressing room. I’m...

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Teags & Ry Hockey Stick Duffle Bag for Hockey Moms: Giveaway!

Sep 8, 2016

Teags & Ry Hockey Stick Duffle Bag for Hockey Moms: Giveaway!

I have lovingly been referred to as “The Bag Lady” at the rink. I always have at least one bag, usually more, to carry blankets, snacks, toys, manager stuff including rosters, pens,  and an envelope for collecting money. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I learned about an ACTUAL hockey bag for Hockey Moms. Like, made for me. With hockey sticks on it, and a little rink pattern inside and everything.  And then…I got to TRY one! This bag is meant for me. And probably you. Soft yet decidedly sturdy (this is good quality stuff) the...

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End the Dressing Room Chaos!

May 26, 2016

End the Dressing Room Chaos!

I wish this newest invention would have been around when my children were younger. Would you agree that there are few things more chaotic than initiation/tyke dressing rooms? Fifteen to thirty (if you are sharing ice) little players, plus parents, and siblings, sometimes even a stroller or two, and all the hockey gear in one small space. Add in the excitement, and it can be bedlam. Lost equipment. Arguing with your child to put on their own. A fight breaking out in the corner. A child struggling with the straps on their shin pads. Showing up...

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Tips for Tryouts

Apr 13, 2016

Tips for Tryouts

One of my children recently participated in pre-tryout skates through Game Ready Hockey Development. Founded by current Peterborough Petes assistant coach Jake Grimes, and supported by a number of other coaches including former AHL, IHL and ECHL player Chris Longo, the skates provided the perfect combination of skating, skills, and mental preparation. Tryouts can be an exceptionally trying time for hockey players (and their families!). Following the last skate, Jake shared this email with a few important tips for try-outs with all players who...

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Tips for Tryouts

Apr 13, 2016

Tips for Tryouts

Recently, one of my children participated in some pre-tryout skates through Game Ready Hockey Development. Game Ready Hockey Development was founded by Jake Grimes, current Assistant Coach of the Peterborough Petes in the OHL, and supported by several other skilled coaches, including Chris Longo, who had a long career in the AHL, ICL and ECHL. I thought it worthwhile to share the email they shared following the final skate as it’s filled with positive messages and some simple yet helpful tips for tryouts. This is what they sent. Chris...

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Still the Dividing Line between Leafs and Sens Fans

Mar 24, 2016

Still the Dividing Line between Leafs and Sens Fans

I was contacted recently by Joe O’Connor from the National Post regarding an article he was writing regarding hockey parents. When I told him where I lived, he mentioned he had done a story on my hometown years ago, talking about it as the “dividing line” in Central Ontario separating Leafs and Senators fans. I had never seen the article that he later shared with me, so thought I would share it again for all my fellow Madocians. The article was originally printed in the National Post. Thanks Joe! Love the references to Ace...

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Dear Coach…. Thank you from a Hockey Mom

Mar 21, 2016

Dear Coach…. Thank you from a Hockey Mom

Each year, I get asked for the best ideas for year end coach’s gifts. There are so many gifts out there that can help to thank a coach and his/her staff throughout the year, but perhaps the best way to express gratitude is by simply saying “thank you”, or writing a thank you note. This year I wrote a thank you letter to my daughter’s tyke coach. It was published on ProSmartHockey.com  and I think represents how a lot of us feel towards our children’s coaches at the end of the year. Have a read. Does this capture...

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