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Late Bloomers

2016

Record 66 NCAA Players Sign NHL Deals

Influx of NCAA talent continues to flow to NHL ranks. 2015 NCAA champion Mark Jankowski signed an entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames (Photo by ESPN Photos).   A record 66 players from NCAA hockey have signed NHL contracts this…

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2016

Help, My Child is a Late Bloomer: 5 Tips for Overcoming the “Relative Age Effect” in Youth Sports

  by John O’Sullivan “Here is my question,” a mother concerned with her 10 year-old son’s sports experience recently wrote me. “I am not afraid that my son will quit sports by the time he is 13.  I am afraid…

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2016

Message to the Minor Hockey Grocery Stick

by Jamie McKinven   Hey you.  Yep, you, the one who is probably going to play about three shifts today and spend the rest of the game freezing your butt off in the middle of the bench.  Hockey’s not that…

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2016

The “Matthew Effect” and The 10,000 Hour Rule

By David MacDonald   Working with young players and helping them get to the next levels in their hockey and academic careers, I am often reminded of the book, “Outliers: The Story of Success”, a non-fiction book written by Malcolm…

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2015

Air Force hockey player stuns all, makes lineup

By: Joe Paisley Air Force’s coaches didn’t want Tyler Rostenkowski anymore. The junior forward appeared to be a recruiting misfire when his time to join the Atlantic Hockey Conference program neared. He wasn’t strong enough and was too slow to…

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2015

Show Them

By Martin St. Louis   We were losing to Pittsburgh three games to one in the second round of the 2014 playoffs and were flying into Pittsburgh for Game 5. As we were beginning our descent, my phone rang. In…

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2015

Undersized St. Louis always made big impression

By Adam Kimelman – NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor   Nearly two decades later, Craig Ramsay still remembers the smallest player on the ice at the start of Ottawa Senators training camp in 1997. Ramsay was an assistant coach, and there among Alexei…

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2015

Why You Might Be a Late Bloomer

By USAHockey.com   So you didn’t make the A Bantam team or you missed the cut for the high school varsity squad. Maybe you have to play another year of Midget Major hockey because no junior team will give you…

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2015

56 NCAA Players Taken in NHL Draft

27 schools represented among selections of current and future NCAA stars Boston University sophomore A.J. Greer was the fourth of nine current NCAA players selected in the NHL Draft.     Fifty-six current or future NCAA players representing 27 schools…

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2015

Does Birth Month Affect Success in Hockey?

by Jamie McKinven The debate about whether being born in the first few months of the calendar year poses a significant advantage for a hockey player over being born in the latter months of the year isn’t new.  The argument…

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