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2017

Why College Hockey?

By Mr. G For more than 100 years, college hockey has been a breeding ground for outstanding hockey players and people. Today college hockey players make a bigger impact in the NHL than they ever have, with more than 30%…

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2017

The Prep School Option

  With the emergence of Shattuck-St Mary’s over a decade ago as arguably the best hockey development program in North America, almost everyone knows that the prep school option is out there. Too many hockey families, however, dismiss the option…

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2017

Leaving home to pursue hockey tough on families

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Jonathan Toews still remembers the conversation with his mother well. Just a few weeks after leaving home at the age of 15 to attend school and play hockey at prestigious Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minneapolis,…

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2017

Overbearing parents scare off college recruiters

By Kevin Hoffman Parents have a tendency to meddle in their children’s high school teams, lobbying for playing time and preferential treatment. It’s typically part of a campaign to earn a college scholarship for their young athletes, but their efforts…

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2017

My Brother Dave

By: Paul Holmgren Team President / Philadelphia Flyers When I was 12, I asked my parents to send me to a week-long hockey camp at Bemidji State University. The school is three hours away from where we lived on the…

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2016

Family Advisors: What you don’t know can hurt you

This is an article that originally appeared in a 2011 issue of our newsletter, and I am often asked about some of the points raised by attorney, David Bradley Olsen, in his excellent article. In many instances, players and families…

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2016

A Great Christmas Idea For The Young Hockey Player

Over the past few years, we have had reasons to have conversations with Isabelle Hampstone, regarding the game of hockey and some of our players, with whom we work. Isabelle has recently written a book, called “Hockey Confidence: Train Your…

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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

The Pros And Pitfalls Of Playing Up

Development Experts Urge Players And Parents To Avoid The Rush And Enjoy The Process By: Brian Lester It can be easy for parents to push the envelope with their children when it comes to youth sports. They believe their child…

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2016

The great offside: How Canadian hockey is becoming a game strictly for the rich

By James Mirtle, The Globe and Mail   Karl Subban knows the cost of being a hockey parent in Canada. The patriarch of one of Canada’s most successful hockey families – his boys P.K., Malcolm and Jordan have all been…

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