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The Best Exercises for Hockey Players

Feb 6, 2016

The Best Exercises for Hockey Players

I asked NHL athletic therapist Jon Geller to answer a question I often get asked, “what are the best exercises for hockey players?” Here is his response.   The Best Exercises for Hockey Players Guest post by Maple Leafs athletic therapist Jon Geller Sorry, I tricked you. Well not really, but just in the way you think. Let me elaborate. I have been extremely fortunate over the past seven years to have worked for two of the proudest franchises, and largest hockey markets in the NHL. I am a Certified Athletic Therapist and Strength...

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Sioux Lookout – A reminder of why hockey matters in communities

Feb 5, 2016

Sioux Lookout – A reminder of why hockey matters in communities

I had never been to Sioux Lookout, or Northwestern Ontario, for that matter. Yet here I was, working away in my hotel room when a friend posted a link on my Facebook Wall. “School hockey program in northern Ontario keeps kids in class and out of trouble: A school in Sioux Lookout Ontario has integrated hockey into it’s phys-ed curriculum, and attendance improved.” “Did you know I was in Sioux Lookout when you posted this for me?” I asked my friend. “No….why are you in Sioux Lookout?” She did not know. Just a strange coincidence...

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Hockey Moms Can Rely on Verizon to Stay Connected

Feb 4, 2016

Hockey Moms Can Rely on Verizon to Stay Connected

Times have changed, and as Hockey Moms, we need to stay connected.  With families on the run and often in different rinks, we stay connected with our spouses, our kids, and with Hockey Moms who are working or at other kids’s games, often with our other kids on tow. We send updates to extended friends and family. We text, call email, and post about what’s going on in our hockey lives. We do it at the rink, on the road, at the hotels, and at restaurants between the games. And we all know that when your network connection is down, or...

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Great Hockey Gift Ideas from HockeyShot.ca

Dec 15, 2015

Great Hockey Gift Ideas from HockeyShot.ca

I’ll admit ~ I’m behind with my Christmas shopping this year. Fortunately, I have a trick up my sleeve, and it’s buying all my unique hockey training gear at Hockeyshot.ca. HockeyShot.ca  is the perfect place to find both common and unusual hockey related skill-building products that your hockey playing kids, friends, and coaches will love. Looking for shooting mats and pads? Shooting tarps and targets? Pucks and balls? This is the place to get it. And because www.HockeyShot.ca is always good to Canadian Hockey Moms so much, you can...

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Think Board – Christmas Gift to Keep Siblings Busy and Creative

Dec 7, 2015

Think Board – Christmas Gift to Keep Siblings Busy and Creative

With younger kids in tow, Hockey Moms are always looking for ways to keep siblings occupied at the rink. I’m always looking for new ideas to try with you, so I tried out the Think Board. Think Board Think Board lets kids, coaches,  parents and teachers, write about anything on a clear, reusable, removable vinyl adhesive film that they can use on a desk, wall, table, refrigerator, or any other smooth surface. Unlike stationary, heavy white boards, Think Boards can be used anywhere, with no nails or drilling. “I wanted an inexpensive...

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Dear parents: I want your kids to fail (???)

Nov 25, 2015

Dear parents: I want your kids to fail (???)

Dear parents: I want your kids to fail. That’s the title of the article sent to met this morning.  Written by Josh Levine and posted on LetsPlayHockey.com. I wanted to be sure to share the article with you, it’s worth a read, so check it out. The article addresses some interesting perceptions and views on failure, and reflects on the value of losing games as opposed to winning all season long.  And, the article reflects on the value of having coaches who are unfair, demonstrated here: “At some level, whether it is in...

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International Silver Stick Tournaments – Minor Hockey At Its Best

Nov 24, 2015

International Silver Stick Tournaments – Minor Hockey At Its Best

The first International Silver Stick Tournament took place in 1958 at one of the only indoor rinks in Richmond, Ontario. Inspired by a friendly exhibition game between an Ottawa West, Ontario team and Potsdam, New York Bantams, the tournament philosophy was aimed at helping the boys develop “Citizenship and International Goodwill through hockey”. Now, almost 60 years later, the Silver Stick Tournaments are still going strong. With regional qualifiers and the International Finals in all levels, hundreds of thousands of minor hockey players...

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Will the next The Amazing Race Canada winners be Canadian Hockey Moms?

Nov 11, 2015

Will the next The Amazing Race Canada winners be Canadian Hockey Moms?

It’s casting call time again for the Amazing Race Canada! Do you think you have it in you to win it all? I’m convinced that a team of Hockey Moms will have what it takes to cross the finish line first. You need think about this, and here are some basics for casting: WHO:     Canadians/permanent residents aged 19 and up (as of April 1 2016). in teams of 2 WHEN:     Deadline to apply: MONDAY NOVEMBER 23 2015 @ 11:59PM ET HOW:     All application info is online and that is where to...

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Julie Whelan Photography – Keeping it Positive

Nov 11, 2015

Julie Whelan Photography – Keeping it Positive

I’ve been a follower of Julie Whelan Photography for a while – Julie does a great job of combining her background in hockey and her love of the game with her passion for photography (and she does great work). When I was asked to chat with Gerald Dinkel from Julie Whelan Photography about what this page is all about and where it came from, I was more than happy to oblige. Check it out. I had to think deeply about some of the questions I was asked. Maybe you will disagree with some of my...

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A review of “Breaking Away” by Patrick O’Sullivan with Gare Joyce

Oct 22, 2015

A review of “Breaking Away” by Patrick O’Sullivan with Gare Joyce

“It would be easy to not tell my story, to just get on with the rest of my life. But I feel like I have to open up this one time. There were hundreds of nights when I felt like the loneliest kid in the world. I was alone, but I know now that I wasn’t the only one going through what I did. By telling my story, I’m telling others’ as well.” (Patrick O’Sullivan) ~ Breaking Away. I think it’s initially hard to feel sorry for a person who has played hockey or experienced success at such an elite level. Someone who has won a World...

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