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Your Hockey Mom Questions Answered by Kelly McDavid: Skate to Great and Keeping Kids on the Ice

Nov 2, 2018

Your Hockey Mom Questions Answered by Kelly McDavid: Skate to Great and Keeping Kids on the Ice

Sometimes facilitating the Canadian Hockey Mom Community provides me with some extra-amazing opportunities. This was the case when I talked last week with Kelly McDavid (yes, NHL superstar Connor McDavid’s mom) about important work she is doing with Febreze to eliminate odours and barriers to playing hockey. As they say, “You bring the skates; we’ll take care of the stink”. For the third time, Kelly has partnered with Febreze and Skate To Great to help get more Canadian kids on the ice. From now until December 3rd, Febreze is collecting...

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Hockey Mom Will Travel – But are you Insured?

Sep 25, 2018

Hockey Mom Will Travel – But are you Insured?

If there is one thing that Hockey Moms do, it’s travel. We travel to tournaments and camps and play-off games. We travel to the town next door, and to the game five hours away. It’s what we do. Sometimes we even find ourselves travelling out of province or country for hockey, which can be fun, but can keep you on edge with the packing and organizing and making sure you have everything in place. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself if you are covered if something goes wrong? I have. I have found myself travelling on long, lonely, icy...

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Grieving with our Hockey Family – Processing the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy

Apr 8, 2018

Grieving with our Hockey Family – Processing the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy

Like most of you, since learning about the Humboldt Bronco’s bus tragedy Friday, I have been feeling devastated, for the young players and staff who lost their lives, for their families, and their friends. I have also been seeking the words and ideas to express how and why this tragedy has impacted me so fiercely, as well as others across Canada, and the world. Of course, we are all saddened by the initial news. But the sadness turns to grief, and as the news and details sink in, as one friend said to me, you start personalizing it. It goes...

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Taking the Stink out of the Rink – What Works?

Mar 16, 2018

Taking the Stink out of the Rink – What Works?

I can always tell spring is approaching when the hockey equipment starts stinking up my car after a few hours parked in the sun. By the end of the year, even the “new-this-year” hockey equipment is smelly, and it’s embarrassing to have non-hockey people in my car, or in my house where my three kids’ hockey bags are always open and equipment strewn about. A recent national survey by Purex® revealed a shocking 77 per cent of Canadians wash their hockey equipment once a year or less, and more than a third say the NEVER wash it. Of those who said...

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WASH YOUR GEAR and GET FREE GEAR, Courtesy of Purex!

Mar 14, 2018

WASH YOUR GEAR and GET FREE GEAR, Courtesy of Purex!

Ok, Hockey Moms, put your hands up if you have ever experienced smelly hockey equipment. Now raise your hand if you have ever found hockey to be expensive for your family. Hockey is Canada’s favourite pastime, but it can also take a toll on parents’ wallets. For this reason, many families opt for used equipment for their kids. The truth is, sometimes that gear has a very distinct smell, that might be even different than your own kids’ smelly equipment. Don’t let the smell prevent you from taking advantage of high-quality used equipment,...

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Promoting Good Sportsmanship Off the Ice #AllConnected

Dec 28, 2017

Promoting Good Sportsmanship Off the Ice #AllConnected

How important is it to you that good sportsmanship extends off the ice? Have you seen examples where children or parents say things online that they would never say in person? And how has this impacted you or the ones you care about? It’s still shocking to me that over 40% of Canadian kids are cyberbullied every month. We have all seen examples of it, and many of us have seen the impact. Cyberbullying can impact anyone. Watch Jordan Eberle’s Story, where Jordan shares his experience with cyberbullying as a professional athlete and...

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#AllConnected through Good Sportsmanship Online and At the Rink

Dec 26, 2017

#AllConnected through Good Sportsmanship Online and At the Rink

As you all know I’m not just a Hockey Mom, I’m a hockey fan as well. Back in 2010 when the Canadian Hockey Moms community was developed, a main goal was to promote good sportsmanship and positive experiences for players and families both on and off the ice. I knew first hand how the whole hockey experience could be less than positive, and I felt that there should be a venue to discuss the positives, and the trials and tribulations amongst Hockey Moms. Many don’t know that Canadian Hockey Moms was also developed so that I personally could...

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HockeyShot Christmas Giveaway 2017

Dec 8, 2017

HockeyShot Christmas Giveaway 2017

  Again this year my favourite online hockey supply store is partnering with us to provide Canadian Hockey Moms a chance to win some fantastic prizes in our Hockeyshot.com Christmas Giveaway! I love HockeyShot.com because of their fantastic selection, quality products, and quick delivery. Each year I stock up on hockey items both small and large. They have a great selection of stocking stuffers as well as skill-building products. This year you can choose from the HockeyShot Line-Up. This line provides hockey aids to help improve shooting,...

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Rocket Sport Locker Christmas Giveaway 2017

Dec 1, 2017

Rocket Sport Locker Christmas Giveaway 2017

How would you like to receive your very own ROCKET SPORT Locker? This holiday season, Rocket Sport will be giving away one ROCKET SPORT Locker, valued at $575 in our Christmas 2017 Giveaway. What is the ROCKET Sport Locker UV? The ROCKET Sport Locker UV commonly know as ROCKET Locker is the home for all the athlete’s equipment in the family.  This locker easily fits two or three sets of sporting equipment allowing an optimal and rapid drying time.  A combination of heat, UV Light  and vented air dries most sporting equipment and clothing...

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Rocket Sport Locker Christmas Giveaway 2017

Nov 29, 2017

Rocket Sport Locker Christmas Giveaway 2017

How would you like to receive your very own ROCKET SPORT Locker? This holiday season, Rocket Sport will be giving away one ROCKET SPORT Locker, valued at $575 in our Christmas 2017 Giveaway. What is the ROCKET Sport Locker UV? The ROCKET Sport Locker UV commonly know as ROCKET Locker is the home for all the athlete’s equipment in the family.  This locker easily fits two or three sets of sporting equipment allowing an optimal and rapid drying time.  A combination of heat, UV Light  and vented air dries most sporting equipment and...

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New RBC/Petro Canada Program Saves Hockey Families Money on Gas

Nov 1, 2017

New RBC/Petro Canada Program Saves Hockey Families Money on Gas

As Hockey Moms, it can feel that we spend half our lives on the road. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all worth it, and those car rides with our kids provide some of our most precious memories. But the number one comment I get from people without children in hockey is, “Wow, that’s a lot of driving”. Yes. It is. And that’s why I’m so excited to share with you an innovative new program being launched by RBC and Petro-Canada that could save Hockey Families, big time. Starting on October 31, 2017, Canadians will be able to save 3¢ per litre on fuel...

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Feel better with Vasayo and Giveaway for Hockey Moms

Jul 30, 2017

Feel better with Vasayo and Giveaway for Hockey Moms

It’s time for another giveaway, Hockey Moms, and this time it’s for another product I’ve tried and loved. Fellow Hockey Mom, Karrie Kirton, introduced me to Vasayo, a company that produces products made for those with busy lifestyles (is that you?). I tried Sleep, and Energy. I found Sleep to be an interesting product, because I didn’t find it made me groggy, but I did find when I awoke in the morning I felt exceptionally well rested, like my sleep had been deep and uninterrupted. Energy gave me a slight boost in the afternoon when my energy...

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Be Safe this Hockey Season with Oneiric Base Layer and Aegis Neck Guard – Giveaway

Jul 27, 2017

Be Safe this Hockey Season with Oneiric Base Layer and Aegis Neck Guard – Giveaway

With August approaching it’s time for many of us to get our kids suited up in protective hockey gear that both fits and keeps our kids safe. As you may know I’m a big fan of Oneiric Hockey, creating easy to use base layers that also save time in the dressing room (did you catch that busy mom? Less time spent bent over in the hot dressing room searching your child’s bag for pieces of equipment that are probably in the bag of the kid who sat beside them at the last practice.) Oneiric Hockey is giving away their amazing base...

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Stick Handling the Financial Costs of Hockey with World Champion turned Financial Advisor, Brent Tully

Jul 4, 2017

Stick Handling the Financial Costs of Hockey with World Champion turned Financial Advisor, Brent Tully

Along with the end of a hockey season comes a need to “clean house” so to speak and get things in order. This is especially true this year as I personally make a transition which includes purchasing a home on my own for myself and my three children for the first time, and moving into it (if you can avoid it, don’t to this the week before the end of school). When I ask you what you worry about most in a hockey season (and I ask every year), along with “my child having fun” and “how to fit it all in”, the most common response is “how to...

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When the Hockey is Over…

Mar 19, 2017

When the Hockey is Over…

A friend recently posted this on Facebook. It touched me, and I asked if I could share it with you. Thank you Leslie McCoy-Bronson. It’s been a pleasure to watch your children play. 😉 —————— As I sit here thinking sadly this could be my last season as a hockey mom, I think back on all the years and the memories. My family has been so blessed, hockey has introduced us to so many great people and given us so many wonderful memories. Over the years my kids have played on different teams and we have met...

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Oneiric Giveaway! Youth or Adult Sizes Now Available!

Jan 23, 2017

Oneiric Giveaway! Youth or Adult Sizes Now Available!

Back in September 2016, I talked about a new product that both keeps things simple and keeps players safe! Oneiric is 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, durable, and makes getting dressed for hockey just that much easier. I’m a big fan of the Oneiric for both for ease of use and functionality. It really is a great product. The Oneiric is also now available in adult sizes! Once again, I am pleased to announce the Oneiric Giveaway....

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AEGIS Impact Protection Giveaway ~ For Hockey Moms!

Dec 18, 2016

AEGIS Impact Protection Giveaway ~ For Hockey Moms!

When our children play hockey, we want them to be safe. In, fact, that’s a priority for most Hockey Moms. I love Aegis Impact Protection’s approach to do just that, protect our children with their innovative technology. Aegis Impact Protection recognized that while protecting against lacerations, most neck guards were entirely ineffective at dissipating impacts. That meant that a puck to the throat could pose a serious threat, or even death (scary, but it’s happened!). Current neck protectors are also typically uncomfortable,...

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Aegis Impact Protection Neck Guard Giveaway ~ for Hockey Moms

Dec 13, 2016

Aegis Impact Protection Neck Guard Giveaway  ~ for Hockey Moms

When our children play hockey, we want them to be safe. In, fact, that’s a priority for most Hockey Moms. I love Aegis Impact Protection’s approach to do just that, protect our children with their innovative technology. Aegis Impact Protection recognized that while protecting against lacerations, most neck guards were entirely ineffective at dissipating impacts. That meant that a puck to the throat could pose a serious threat, or even death (scary, but it’s happened!). Current neck protectors are also typically uncomfortable,...

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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 a big fan...

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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 a big fan...

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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 duffle...

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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 can it...

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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 with a big...

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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 unreliable,...

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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 sign up...

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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 dry...

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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 regard...

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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 submit: http://theamazingracecanadacasting.com WHAT:...

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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 answers.           Happy Hockey! 😉 Comments...

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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 Junior...

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Fundraise Effortlessly with FlipGive

Oct 9, 2015

Fundraise Effortlessly with FlipGive

It’s hockey season! One of the most time-consuming things we do as hockey moms (and dads) is fundraise for our teams and associations. And, indeed, questions about “good fundraisers” are the most common I receive from all of you. So, when I latch onto a good one, I’m happy to tell you about it. This year, my minor hockey association is trying FlipGive in addition to the other, regular fundraising activities we do throughout the year in order to keep registration costs down, replace equipment, pay for ice time and referees, gatekeepers,...

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How do you keep younger siblings entertained at the rink?

Sep 25, 2015

How do you keep younger siblings entertained at the rink?

Hockey Moms know that one of the biggest challenges in the earlier years of organized hockey is packing up, carting around, and entertaining younger siblings during games and practices. Though I am almost out of that stage, I remember it as sometimes exhausting, and requiring an extra level of organization, and patience. I am often asked how to keep younger siblings entertained at the rink, so I asked all of you on our Facebook Page. Thanks to everyone who contributed, here are some of your answers. Technology (iPad, Leapster, Leappad, etc....

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Max Domi – Powered by Accuracy Giveaway

Sep 2, 2015

Max Domi – Powered by Accuracy Giveaway

We all know someone impacted by diabetes. You may even have a teammate on your child’s team affected by the disease. But did you know that more than three million Canadians have diabetes, and a whopping one in three people are estimated to be affected by 2020? Despite it’s overwhelming widespread impact, a recent study found that regardless of the high prevalence of diabetes in Canada, there are many misconceptions around the disease and how to properly manage. A couple weeks ago we talked about Max Domi. Remember him? Won the top forward and...

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Max Domi is Powered by Accuracy

Aug 7, 2015

Max Domi is Powered by Accuracy

  Who could forget how rising superstar Max Domi enamoured our nation last year during the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. In addition to bringing home a gold medal for Canada, his on-ice enthusiasm not to mention his scoring prowess earned him the tournament’s Best Forward award as well as a spot on the All-Star Team. But there is something you may not know about Max. He has Type 1 Diabetes. For many children and parents alike, being diagnosed with diabetes has been considered a barrier to living a normal and healthy life, let alone...

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Play in Spenser’s Name, Keep his Memory Alive, and Kids Playing Hockey!

Jun 26, 2015

Play in Spenser’s Name, Keep his Memory Alive, and Kids Playing Hockey!

I believe strongly in supporting Hockey Families across the country. So when I became aware of Spenserskids.ca, an organization created by a Hockey Dad to keep alive the memory of his son,  I knew I had to share it with you. Dave McFayden created Spenser’s Kids in the memory of his son who was killed in a tragic head on collision on his way to a hockey game in Orangeville, Ontario. To honour Spenser’s memory, his love for hockey and his compassionate soul, the organization provides kids in unfortunate financial situations the opportunity to...

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FlipGive ~ Easy Fundraising for Teams, Associations, and Hockey Moms

Jun 23, 2015

FlipGive ~ Easy Fundraising for Teams, Associations, and Hockey Moms

What is the number one question I get asked by Hockey Moms across Canada, and the world? “What are some good fundraising ideas?” This year, I am proud to partner with FlipGive, a fundraising program that provides hockey teams, associations, and athletes with a fast, easy, and free way to raise money by shopping online!   Having been a Hockey Mom for a number of years now, I’ve been involved with many  fundraising campaigns and have seen ever more options through this site. I have signed on to work with FlipGive because I think FlipGive...

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Keep Your Hockey Players Healthy with 1st Star Vitamins

Dec 10, 2014

Keep Your Hockey Players Healthy with 1st Star Vitamins

Staying healthy during the regular hockey season can be a daunting task for Hockey Moms. On top of trying to eat healthy and get plenty of sleep, I also try to get my kids to regularly take their vitamins. When I was asked to try 1st Star Vitamins, hockey themed children’s vitamins, I thought it could be a good fit for my family! I received two types of vitamins to try. The red bottle is 1st Star Multivitamins, the blue bottle is 1st Star Multivitamins with Minerals. Both came in attractive packing with NHL players on the box (rated as “very...

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Great Christmas Gifts from HockeyShot

Nov 24, 2014

Great Christmas Gifts from HockeyShot

Every year it gets harder and harder to find time to shop for Christmas, and to find the perfect gifts for my hockey playing children and families. That’s why I am thanking the dear Lord again this year for www.hockeyshot.ca I have learned that HockeyShot.ca is the perfect place to find both common and unusual hockey related skill-building products that your hockey playing kids will eat up. 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 loves...

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Keep Your Mini Sticks Organized With Sticky!

Oct 27, 2014

Keep Your Mini Sticks Organized With Sticky!

I love this product. Have you ever been heading out to a tournament and rushing around because you don’t want to forget the mini sticks? Or, walking through the hallway or basement and trip over the things that have been left EVERYWHERE? If so, then Sticky is for you.   I was fortunate enough to learn about Sticky, invented by Langley when she was 11 years old. With the help of her brother, 8 year old Macquire, they got to pitch Sticky on Dragon’s Den last November. You can see their pitch here (they come on at the 8:40 mark).   Since then...

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6 Steps for Hockey Team Fundraising with Crowdfunding

Oct 20, 2014

6 Steps for Hockey Team Fundraising with Crowdfunding

  Hockey Moms do a lot of fundraising and gathering money for one reason or another. And both of these things can be a real challenge. Keeping track of cash, chasing people down who agreed to help or still owe, lists, spreadsheets and making change gives me nightmares. Recently I found a way to make my life (and yours!) a lot easier when it comes to team fundraising. It’s going to help me stay sane this season. A crowdfunding app called Tilt recently came to Canada, and I can say that this might be the easiest way to fund raise or simply...

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Equipment 101: Tips for Buying Hockey Equipment

Oct 6, 2014

Equipment 101: Tips for Buying Hockey Equipment

Last week I ventured into one of my favourite stores, Pro Hockey Life. I don’t play hockey, but I buy enough equipment to be fascinated by a store dedicated solely to…hockey equipment. Normally when I hit PLH I have at least one of the kids in tow. But this time, I was buying a birthday present: a hockey stick, for my middle child. I’m already breaking rule #1 – have your child with you when buying their equipment. I figure this time it was ok because a) it was his birthday, and b) I knew what he wanted. Thank goodness, because in any...

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Chat with Club Hockey Canada

Sep 22, 2014

Chat with Club Hockey Canada

It’s time to rally the troops and get your hockey team on TeamHub  – Hockey Canada’s official team management tool. And to help get you motivated, we’ll be hosting a Facebook Chat this Thursday, September 25 at 2pm, and giving away some Club Hockey Canada Swag, and an autographed Rick Nash stick! Be sure to bring your questions for Club Hockey Canada about Team Hub. Speaking of Team Hub, check out some of the cool new features available to you this season: •   Join a team on TeamHub without being an activated Club Hockey Canada member;...

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Tips to Help Hockey Moms Stay Organized this Season

Sep 15, 2014

Tips to Help Hockey Moms Stay Organized this Season

It’s the start of another busy hockey season, and many Hockey Moms can feel both the excitement and the panic, anticipating the feat of juggling it will take to hold it all together through another winter season. Yes, we as Hockey Moms are a busy breed, somehow managing to fit it all in (or not) with the added pressure of making it on time (well…ahead of time) to the rink countless times a week with all necessary equipment in each player’s hockey bag. I asked you earlier how you prepare and stay organized for the season, and you all...

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Hockey Moms Describe “Hockey” in One Word

Jul 21, 2014

Hockey Moms Describe “Hockey” in One Word

How do you describe hockey? Yesterday I asked you to describe hockey in just one word. Within a couple of hours over 100 of you had participated with the word that sums up hockey for you and your family. The results, though maybe not surprising, are telling and are captured in the Wordle below. Those words mentioned most often are found in larger print. So, how do you define hockey? Comments or questions? Email us at contactus@canadianhockeymoms.ca or leave a message on our Facebook Page....

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Younique Giveaway for Hockey Moms!

Jun 8, 2014

Younique Giveaway for Hockey Moms!

Well, Hockey Moms, I have a new giveaway to offer you that I think you will appreciate, because it is awesome. Though it’s not necessarily hockey related, in some ways it is, because in several conversations with hockey moms at the rinks we have talked about how much you care (or not) what you look like when you get there. I have heard many times that “I only wear mascara”. Well, for those of you who ONLY wear mascara, or who wear mascara plus whatever else…do I have the BEST MASCARA EVER FOR YOU!!! I learned about...

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The Book “Hockey Mom” is a Great Read for Hockey Moms!

May 5, 2014

The Book “Hockey Mom” is a Great Read for Hockey Moms!

Any book with the title “Hockey Mom” of course grabs my attention. I have spent the last four years talking all things hockey mom on this website and with thousands of moms across Canada, and the world. So when I met Jane Lushington Daly and learned that she had four sons, all of whom had played hockey, and on top of that, she had written a book called “Hockey Mom”, of course I was intrigued. I curled up with “Hockey Mom” on a rare free Saturday afternoon once my own kids were done with playoffs. From the...

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Should parents know better? Or is hockey becoming a “soft sport”?

Apr 4, 2014

Should parents know better? Or is hockey becoming a “soft sport”?

The debate about aggression in hockey sparks some ongoing debates about what is just part of the game, and what pushes things too far. Should fighting be allowed? Should we be of the mentality “what happens on the ice stays on the ice”, sometimes meaning acts of aggression or violence that would be punishable by law off the ice are allowed on the ice all in the name of hockey? Recently Josh Maguire of the Peterborough Petes, an Ontario Hockey League junior team, received a five game suspension for fighting (with an opponent who...

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Club Hockey Canada Facebook Chat

Mar 25, 2014

Club Hockey Canada Facebook Chat

Club Hockey Canada Facebook Chat & Giveaway  How do you wear your Canadian Pride? And would you like to win a little Canadian Pride? I am super pumped because Club Hockey Canada is partnering with us for a Facebook Chat on Monday, March 31st at 1:00pm EST. We’ll be talking about all things Club Hockey Canada, and we’ll be giving away some great Club Hockey Canada gear, and…wait for it…a signed and autographed Dion Phaneuf  hockey stick! How do you enter? 1) Well first, you have to be registered to Club Hockey...

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Twitter Party and Hockey Mom Survival Kit Giveaway!

Mar 23, 2014

Twitter Party and Hockey Mom Survival Kit Giveaway!

We are wrapping up the regular hockey season in most areas, and getting ready for spring hockey, hockey camps, four on four, tryouts….or all the other sports and activities that our kids get into once hockey is over! Hockey Moms don’t get a break. This is why we are happy to team up with P & G to celebrate The House that Mom Built. Go to The House that Mom Built website where Canadians Hockey Moms can be celebrated by virtually raising their name to the rafters! Send one (or more) of your favourite hockey moms a personalized...

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Help P&G Honour “The House That Mom Built”

Mar 16, 2014

Help P&G Honour “The House That Mom Built”

Hockey Moms! You don’t need me to tell you that Hockey Moms make the hockey world go round, especially for our Canadian minor hockey players. This is why I am so excited to tell you about a fantastic opportunity that P&G is offering  that honours Hockey Moms for their dedication, their commitment, and their ongoing efforts to keep their kids in hockey and their households running smoothly! Whether it’s driving to 6AM practice. Cheering in frigid arenas. Washing smelly equipment. No one does more for minor hockey both at home...

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Twitter Party with Meghan Agosta and P&G

Feb 28, 2014

Twitter Party with Meghan Agosta and P&G

Hockey Moms! I am super excited to tell you about an upcoming event that you don’t want to miss! This Wednesday, March 5th at 7:00EST I will be hosting a Twitter party with one of our very best and most successful Canadian Hockey Players, Meghan Agosta! She is returning to Canada from Sochi on Monday and joining us on Wednesday night! As one of the most decorated women to ever play hockey for Canada, I’m sure you will have lots of questions to ask her about her training, her childhood, everything that has made her such a huge...

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Courageous Boy Takes a Stand

Feb 28, 2014

When the entire team and coaching staff leave the ice after a game without shaking hands, Matthew Marotta is being lauded as a hero and a shining example of courage and sportsmanship. Congratulations Matthew! You must have one proud Hockey Mom! Read now Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets This plugin requires intervention by this site’s administrator. To display the widget for this post, please click...

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Winter Classic About More than Just Hockey

Feb 27, 2014

From a Hockey Mom: “Here is another great example of how hockey should be…..it was our goalie who was hit…..classy move by an opposing player.” Read more

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Watch the Best Goal Ever – “Yes I Can” at Special Hockey International

Feb 26, 2014

This is hockey at his best. Watch one player help another in the true spirit of hockey. Read more

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Happy 4 Year Anniversary Canadian Hockey Moms!

Feb 21, 2014

Happy 4 Year Anniversary Canadian Hockey Moms!

Happy Anniversary Canadian Hockey Moms! Can you believe that it was exactly four years ago today that we launched our first webpage, then called “Hockey Mom in Canada” along with our Facebook page and Twitter. It seemed timely to launch in February 2010 because it was during the Vancouver Winter Olympics, just before we went for Gold in the men’s game. We launched the page expecting that it could become big eventually. In the first week we had 120 members. In the first year, 1,200. And 4 years later, we have over 17,000 fans...

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Goodyear Receives 2013 Women’s Choice Award

Feb 11, 2014

Goodyear Receives 2013 Women’s Choice Award

Canadian Hockey Moms do a lot of driving….in the snow. Many of you know that for the last two years I have been fortunate to work with Goodyear, a company I believe in, because I have felt the difference that Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Tires have made on my winter drive. I trust Goodyear tires and I have confidence that they will help me get my family to, and from the rink safely. That’s why I am so pleased, but not surprised, that Goodyear has been awarded the 2013 Women’s Choice Award for Best in Automotive Premium Brand...

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Hockey Moms – Keep Those Questions Coming!

Jan 25, 2014

Hockey Moms – Keep Those Questions Coming!

I am amazed that we are coming up on our four year anniversary of our Facebook page and website www.CanadianHockeyMoms.ca. As a community of Hockey Moms, we have grown our site from the first day, 22 Fans, to over 15,600 across the world. There are few subjects that we have not touched on with our best questions coming directly from you, the moms. Last night I posted a question, “Is it appropriate to cheer when the other team gets a penalty? In an atom game? Or at any level?” This was not a new question and similar to one that I...

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Enter Your Stories for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada!

Jan 18, 2014

Enter Your Stories for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada!

Today is Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada! And if you are a Hockey Mom, chances are that today you are involved in some type of hockey – in a rink, on a pond, or volunteering somewhere across Canada. For me, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada has become a chance to celebrate with hockey families and the hockey community the great bond that we have developed through the game we all love, and to reflect on the great memories we share, and all of those who work so hard to make hockey happen for our kids. This year, Scotiabank Hockey Club is...

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Sending Hockey Mom Vibes to Victim of Arena Assault

Dec 31, 2013

Sending Hockey Mom Vibes to Victim of Arena Assault

Most Hockey Moms think of arenas as safe places. Places where we take our children to play hockey, where our hockey families keep an eye on siblings running around the lobby, and where our community comes together to celebrate wins and losses. So when incidents happen – like the random violent attack on a Hockey Mom in a parking lot in Surrey, BC happen –  it sends a collective shudder through hockey types across Canada. According to a report in the Vancouver Sun,  Julie Paskall was attacked outside an arena while her son refereed...

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12 Days of Christmas Integral Hockey Stick Repair Giveaway

Dec 13, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Integral Hockey Stick Repair Giveaway

  It is  not uncommon on our page to hear Hockey Moms discuss the expensive price of a good stick, or the excruciating frustration when an expensive stick breaks leaving the parents emptying their wallets for another, and the child heartbroken that their favourite stick is gone to the dump. Integral Hockey offers a promising solution to the frustrations of a broken stick by providing a state of the art repair process on broken shafts, blades, and their own quality stick design. Integral Hockey currently has over 50 stick repair locations or...

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2013 HockeyShot.com Christmas Giveaway

Dec 3, 2013

2013 HockeyShot.com Christmas Giveaway

  Again this year my favourite online hockey supply store is partnering with us to provide Canadian Hockey Moms a chance to win some fantastic prizes in our Hockeyshot.com Christmas Giveaway! I love HockeyShot.com because of their fantastic selection, quality products, and quick delivery. Each year I stock up on hockey items both small and large. They have a great selection of stocking stuffers as well as skill-building products. This year you can choose from the HockeyShot Line-Up. This line provides hockey aids to help improve shooting,...

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10 Tips for Canadian Hockey Moms on CTV Ottawa Morning Live

Nov 26, 2013

10 Tips for Canadian Hockey Moms on CTV Ottawa Morning Live

Did your tip make the “10 Tips for Hockey Moms?” Last week we asked for  your Best Tips for Hockey Moms  and hundreds of suggestions came in! We have gathered your tips together and selected some of the most common and best tips to create “10 Tips for Hockey Moms” that were shared on CTV Ottawa Morning Live yesterday. Did your tip make the list? Can you use one of these tips to make your hockey-life better? Check out the Canadian Hockey Moms segment on CTV Ottawa Morning Live here!   Do you agree with the tips or do...

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Facebook Chat with Goodyear and ILR Car Control Experts tonight at 7:00EST

Nov 19, 2013

Facebook Chat with Goodyear and ILR Car Control Experts tonight at 7:00EST

Tonight at 7:00EST we will have a Facebook chat with experts from Goodyear and Ian Law of ILR Car Control School to learn more about winter driving and keeping Hockey Moms safe on the way to and from the rink. Every Hockey Mom should have winter tires, so be sure to join us as we will be giving away two sets of Goodyear Ultra Grip tires, and two passes for two to the ILR Winter Driving School! If you have not already, you can join the Facebook Chat with Goodyear and ILR Car Control School HERE. Until then, happy hockey! Comments or questions?...

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Martin Brodeur answers your questions!

Nov 14, 2013

Martin Brodeur answers your questions!

This fall Canadian Hockey Moms has once again partnered with Goodyear to talk to you about the importance of good winter tires. I can get behind this partnership 100% because I have experienced firsthand the difference that winter tires can make on your winter drive (and my van has felt the effects of NOT having winter tires on when I should…but that’s another story). I am also super pumped about working with Goodyear this year because so is one of my all-time favourite players — Martin Brodeur. For those of you who...

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Labels make Hockey Moms’ lives a lot easier

Nov 7, 2013

Labels make Hockey Moms’ lives a lot easier

One of the most irritating things that can happen is when you purchase your child that new item that they have coveted for months, and somehow they lose it in the first week. Or, you put out big money for those new hockey socks, and after the first game one is missing (NOT, of course, that this has ever happened). LabelDaddy.com may have the answer. LabelDaddy.com offers personalized Washable Peel ‘n Stick labels to help identify your child/children’s items and differentiate from others. And, Label Daddy offers official licensing...

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RBC Believe in Kids keeping Kids in Hockey

Nov 6, 2013

RBC Believe in Kids keeping Kids in Hockey

As an ex-figure skater, hockey sister, rink-rat, and current full-time hockey mom, I have this (perhaps irrational) belief that every child in Canada should have an opportunity to learn to skate, and if they choose – play hockey. But as Hockey Parents we know that the cost of hockey is constantly increasing and is possibly the biggest barrier to kids starting or staying in the game. This is why it is easy for me to get behind the RBC Believe in Kids  Pledge that has dedicated a $100 million (yes million) commitment to improve the well...

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Hockey Moms Can Shop and Save Money at the Same Time!

Oct 31, 2013

Hockey Moms Can Shop and Save Money at the Same Time!

Three of my favourite things are shopping, saving money, and receiving things in the mail. I’m serious. So, when I can combine all three of those things I am especially happy. Today I wanted to share with you some shopping I recently did, how it helped me save money, and something I received in the mail (= triple happiness!). Recently, because I shop at Sport Chek all the time, I went to the Club Hockey Canada website and purchased two $50 Sport Check gift cards. Just by making these purchases, I saved $20 in Puck Bucks that can be used...

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Fundraising Ideas for Hockey Moms

Oct 22, 2013

Fundraising Ideas for Hockey Moms

The number one questions I get from Hockey Moms is “can you PLEASE give me some fundraising ideas?” Well, I asked all of you to contribute your own ideas. You have provide some great ones, and we’ve updated our fundraising ideas for your association page accordingly. Check out our fundraising ideas (and the ideas you have suggested) HERE. Don’t forget in your quest to raise/save money that Club Hockey Canada offers an amazing program where you can shop in an online store for everyday items and hockey products and earn...

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Ottawa Senators: Women in Sport Day!

Oct 9, 2013

Ottawa Senators: Women in Sport Day!

I LOVE when I see girls active in sport. As someone who was active growing up, I can honestly say that sport was important to me in terms of  building confidence, socializing with others, and helping me learn to work as a member of a team. That’s why I love fully support a new event hosted by the Ottawa Senators. This November 17th, the Ottawa Senators will host a “Women in Sport Day”  to celebrate women of all ages competing and promoting active participation in sport. The Senators are encouraging women of all ages to...

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Want to watch the Maple Leafs home opener at the Scotiahockey Viewing Party?

Sep 20, 2013

Want to watch the Maple Leafs home opener at the Scotiahockey Viewing Party?

With the start of the new hockey season less than two weeks away, I was invited to the 2013 NHL Face-Off season opener on Tuesday, October 1st, hosted at the iconic former Maple Leaf Gardens, courtesy of Scotiabank and the ScotiaHockey NHL VISA card. So what happens at a ScotiaHockey NHL viewing party? I’m going to be watching the Toronto Maple Leafs battle it out with their classic rivals – the Montreal Canadiens – while munching on gourmet game fare, and have the chance to win some exciting prizes throughout the night...

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Hockey Moms can use TeamHub – A Free Online Team Management Tool!

Aug 22, 2013

Hockey Moms can use TeamHub – A Free Online Team Management Tool!

“Are there things you can suggest for helping to manage my child’s team?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions I receive from Canadian Hockey Moms, and from Hockey Moms across the world. This year, Hockey Moms will have one more excellent tool to help keep organized and keep communication flowing, two of the most important jobs of the team manager. I am super excited to be helping Club Hockey Canada launch TeamHub, a 100% FREE online team management tool that has been developed and supported by Hockey Canada....

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Sports Poster Warehouse Giveaway

May 12, 2013

Sports Poster Warehouse Giveaway

I love posters. Growing up my room was covered with posters, as my kids’ rooms are now (Go Sens!). Each year in university I would purchase at least one poster to decorate my room, and I have been known to give posters…when I can find them…as gifts to both adults and children. My issue, however, has always been that I have not been able to find that perfect poster for the person in question, because I have found that many of the readily available posters are cheap looking, all for the same team (not all of the people I know...

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True Sport – Survey on Concussions

Apr 23, 2013

True Sport – Survey on Concussions

Passing on some information on behalf of True Sport. Participate and you could win an iPad! ——————————————— Concussions have become a very important issue in all sports. We are seeking your involvement in this project because your opinions about concussions are important, and will help to shape and evaluate national programs to raise awareness about sports-related concussions. This is the second phase of a national project around concussions. You may...

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Future Sens Program Loads of Fun!

Apr 22, 2013

Future Sens Program Loads of Fun!

Has your child dreamed of playing in the NHL? Today my middle child will feel like an NHL superstar when he takes part in the the Future Sens Program. This will be the third time one of my kids’ teams has participated in this program where the team selects another to play before a Senator’s game at Scotiabank Place. The Future Sens game gets broadcast on the big screen, the teams get some Senator’s paraphernalia, and then everyone gets to stay for the real NHL game later that night. Today we have two teams going from our...

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Hockey Moms – Yes I Can

Mar 21, 2013

Hockey Moms – Yes I Can

This is a video that every Hockey Parent, or parent who is considering having their child in hockey, should definitely see. In the arguably busiest month of the year for my family, I’ll admit I am exhausted –  from the pace, from the snowy weather, from trying to keep my family healthy, and even from those parents who lose it just a little bit during hockey play-offs. That’s why I am especially grateful to T. Paquette for sharing this video with me initially, and to Dale Lowe, who wrote the article where the video was...

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Hockey Moms should check out the Hockey IntelliGym in the off-season!

Mar 16, 2013

Hockey Moms should check out the Hockey IntelliGym in the off-season!

For many hockey moms the season is winding down, but already we are looking ahead to what next season may hold. I get asked a lot about off season training programs and hockey camps which can be great ways for kids to hone their skills, learn new things and stay connected to the game. However, there is another tool that can help your kids this off-season and make them safer on the ice. Sometime ago I posted on a product called Hockey IntelliGym. It’s a cognitive training tool that’s been used by USA Hockey for several years and more recently...

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Advice for Hockey Moms from a Sports Dietitian

Mar 12, 2013

Advice for Hockey Moms from a Sports Dietitian

Remember a week ago you had a chance to ask questions to Linda Staal and Sports Dietitian, Pearle Nerenberg? Read below, Pearle gives you some advice on your player’s nutrition and answers some of your questions, too! Enjoy! A Hockey Nutrition Tour with Linda Staal By:  Pearle Nerenberg, Sports Dietitian for the Cambridge Group of Clubs in Montreal This winter I have been helping Quaker Oats spread the message that oats are the ideal hockey food.  I owe a big thank you to Quaker Oats for organizing the opportunity to meet hockey fans...

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Q & A with Canadian Hockey Mom Linda Staal – Quaker Up!

Feb 27, 2013

Q & A with Canadian Hockey Mom Linda Staal  – Quaker Up!

Quaker Canada has teamed up with Canadian Hockey Mom of four professional players, Linda Staal and Registered Sports Dietician, Pearle Nerenberg to inspire Canadians to Quaker Up and start their day with  the whole grain goodness of 100 per cent Canadian Oats. With hockey season in full swing, thousands of families are seeking convenient breakfast solutions to give them the nutritious energy they need. Linda and Pearle are hoping to spread the word about the importance of a nutritious breakfast and goodness of wholegrain oats! Last week I...

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Do you think we should stop keeping score in hockey?

Feb 21, 2013

Do you think we should stop keeping score in hockey?

What would minor hockey be like if we all stopped keeping score? According to an article at theStar.com  there is a new trend in minor sports based on a research-supported and holistic approach to development that calls for leagues to STOP keeping score in games for kids under 12 years old. The Ontario Soccer Association is planning to stop keeping score in games for those under 12 and is phasing it in, by 2014 “no score keeping” will be mandatory across Ontario for all competitive players. What would hockey be like if minor...

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Happy Valentine’s Day to All My Hockey Wives!

Feb 13, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day to All My Hockey Wives!

It’s Valentine’s Day and many of us are finding ways to be romantic with our significant others, if we can fit it in around games, practice, and exhaustion. In conversations, at the rink, however, many of the Hockey Moms I know feel that today should also be celebrated as “National Hockey Wives’ Day”. A friend (and hockey wife of mine) created this “Ode to Hockey Wives” to share with you. Thank you to all the “Hockey Wives” who help us keep each other’s kids safe, happy, and healthy,...

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Do you have your winter tires?

Jan 9, 2013

Do you have your winter tires?

Hockey Moms, do you have your winter tires? Over the past month, we have had a lot of winter weather in my neck of the woods. It has meant a fair amount of driving to and from hockey games on snow and slush covered roads, slipping around in arena parking lots, and crossing my fingers that we can get up the hill and into my driveway in winter weather. Hockey Moms do a tonne of driving in winter weather. And, to keep our families safe, we need to have winter tires. Over the past few months we’ve been working with Goodyear and talking about the...

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What are your hockey wishes for 2013?

Dec 30, 2012

What are your hockey wishes for 2013?

What are your best, and worst, hockey memories from 2012? As 2012 comes to a close and 2013 begins we can think back on all the time we spent in the rink, or dealing with hockey, in the past year, while also looking forward to what hockey has in store for us in the future. For me, 2012 was a bittersweet year, with more sweetness than bitterness when it is all said and done. For my own kids, 2012 brought almost as much success as possible, with two OMHA championships and an International Silverstick Championship in the early part of the year,...

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Winter Driving School for Canadian Hockey Moms

Dec 21, 2012

Winter Driving School for Canadian Hockey Moms

Do you feel prepared for winter weather driving? Hockey Moms drive a LOT in winter weather, and I am thrilled to announce that on Sat. February 9th, there will be an exclusive Canadian Hockey Moms day at the ILR Winter Driving School. This will be a full day of theory, practice, and FUN exclusively for Canadian Hockey moms where you will have a chance to practice driving on a course on ice. The session includes lunch, a handbook, pens, certificate and in car instruction in your own vehicle on the iced facility in  Minden, Ontario. AND, for...

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SuperJock Christmas Giveaway

Dec 17, 2012

SuperJock Christmas Giveaway

‘Tis the season for giveaways! Did you miss out on our recent SuperJock giveaways? Well, it’s not too late to win something before Christmas! You might recall that we were giving away cool SuperJock mouthguards for the last three weeks. This week, you could win one of three dry-fit performance shirts in our SuperJock Giveaway! Be sure to SIGN UP HERE! SuperJock gear is currently available across Canada in Canadian Tire, most Source for Sports, many independent shops and arena pro shops, and they are also online at www.hockeysupremacy.com. The...

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HockeyShot.ca has Perfect Christmas Gifts for Hockey Players!

Dec 13, 2012

HockeyShot.ca has Perfect Christmas Gifts for Hockey Players!

  I have to admit that this year, I am the world’s worst Christmas shopper. Between hockey games/practices, work, and family illness, I have barely started. That’s why I am thanking the dear Lord again this year for www.HockeyShot.ca HockeyShot.ca t is the perfect place to find both common and unusual hockey related skill-building products that your hockey playing kids will eat up. Looking for shooting mats and pads? Shooting tarps and targets? Pucks and balls? This is the place to get it. AND, it’s not too late to order in...

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The Hockey IntelliGym Improves “Hockey Sense”

Dec 11, 2012

The Hockey IntelliGym Improves “Hockey Sense”

If I told you that there is a training tool to develop “hockey sense” that was originally developed to train Air-Force fighter pilots, would you believe me? And what if I told you that really is true, and it’s actually pretty cool? I was recently contacted by representatives of The Hockey IntelliGym about this software-based training tool originally developed to train Air-Force fighter pilots, yielding a 30% improvement in performance. Based on this technology, The Hockey IntelliGym product was then developed to help players develop hockey...

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Can you drive more safely to the rink? Winter Car Care Dos and Don’ts

Dec 10, 2012

Can you drive more safely to the rink? Winter Car Care Dos and Don’ts

Like many of you, I have been known to clear off my windshield with a hockey stick. Kind of does the trick, but not great for getting the snow and ice off of the hood and roof of the vehicle. Also like many of you, I have been known to drive with under half a tank of gas in the winter. Not a bad thing if you are going to a local rink close by, but we all know that some of the rinks we drive to in the winter are far from local, and can often be pretty remote. When I attended the ILR Advanced Driving School on behalf of Goodyear, I learned lots...

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20% off great gift idea – ODR Gear

Dec 10, 2012

20% off great gift idea – ODR Gear

[nggallery id=6] Chatting with other Hockey Moms at the rink, I’ve realized that it gets tougher buying gifts for children as they grow older. If you are looking for a GREAT gift idea for your teen this christmas, why not try ODR gear?  Now your kids can wear the coolest hoodie with their buddies and you will be happy that it keeps them warm on the outdoor rink (ODR) This uniquely designed hoodie/jersey com­bines a stretch weave outer shell and inner fleece lin­ing. This combination creates a wind resis­tant, breath­able layer, keep­ing...

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Racism in Minor Hockey – Rarity or Common Practice?

Nov 28, 2012

Racism in Minor Hockey – Rarity or Common Practice?

I came across this article today “Peewee player suspended for racism: Goalie targeted Jewish, biracial teammates”  (thanks, @wyshynski, editor at the PuckDaddy blog, for tweeting). The article tells a tale of racial slurs being bantered about on a Peewee team.  St. Albert Minor Hockey in Alberta has suspended a player after multiple reports of racism were reported. You will have to read the article for a fuller picture, but basically: 1)      An 11 year old player was allegedly targeted by a goalie on his team for being Jewish, called a...

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How Are Hockey Moms Coping with the NHL Lockout?

Nov 23, 2012

How Are Hockey Moms Coping with the NHL Lockout?

As Hockey Moms, your family’s regular activities have undoubtedly been affected by the NHL Lockout. Maybe you are a family who regularly bunkers down to watch Hockey Night in Canada, maybe you had planned to take your family to a game, or maybe, like Kraft Hockeyville winner Stirling-Rawdon you had your home town NHL pre-season game cancelled. The question becomes, how are you coping with the NHL lockout? To get a handle on these issues bloggers at The Flight Network ran a survey asking users how they plan to cope with the NHL lockout, and...

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