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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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Hockey Moms and Cell Phones on Rural Travels

Mar 2, 2016

Hockey Moms and Cell Phones on Rural Travels

If you play hockey anywhere in North America, chances are at some point you are going to do some rural driving. And, chances are also that you will be doing some driving in the snow, freezing rain, fog, and other unsavoury weather. For many Canadian Hockey Moms, that’s actually just what we do, what we’ve become accustomed to, and what we try to prepare for. Recently I was driving in a very rural area, some would even call the area “remote”. While that point is debateable (as a local argued, there is an airport, there are highways, how...

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Hockey Moms: Why Does Your Network Matter? Verizon Can Help.

Feb 11, 2016

Hockey Moms: Why Does Your Network Matter? Verizon Can Help.

Staying in touch with our phones is part of the Hockey Mom lifestyle. Texting to confirm game and arena locations, practice times, who is picking up and dropping of what child, sending play-by-play game scores to moms at other rinks, or even posting that game winning goal on Facebook. We take pictures and videos of our kids, snap shots of the trophies, celebrations, and we post and share them far and wide. When it works, it’s awesome. When your network fails, it can add to the chaos that can sometimes overwhelm us. I’ve had a few terrible...

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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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