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2017

5 Important Lessons You Should Learn from Being Cut

By Brad MacDonald   As you progress through your hockey career, there becomes less and less available spots on teams that you are trying out for. For example, in minor hockey, you are only competing against 50 odd other players…

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2017

Getting Cut from the Team

Disappointment is as much a part of sports as it can be in life. That’s a fact. In hockey (or all team sports) two teams will face off and one will eventually win. In other sports, like track and field…

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2017

10 Things NCAA Programs Look for in a Recruit

By  Jamie McKinven   Most of the misconceptions in junior hockey today revolve around what NCAA programs look for in a recruit.  Having coached at the Tier II Junior ‘A’ level, I’ve heard them all.  I’ve had kids I’ve coached…

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2017

What Scouts are looking for in a player.

   Kyle Woodlief, special to USA TODAY   How do scouts grade prospects? When scouts look at young players, there are many different facets to be considered when determining each prospect’s relative merits and making final evaluations. There are at…

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2017

5 ways hockey players can stand out in try outs!

by Maria Mountain I was talking to one of the AAA players I train earlier this week and he told me that his team was doing spring try-outs this year, so that will be in the next month or two. …

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2016

Tips from the recruiting trail with UND’s Brad Berry

By Elizabeth Boger Brad Berry knows the recruiting trail can be a grind. The second-year head coach of the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team recalled one harrowing adventure many years ago. In the wee hours of the morning,…

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2016

You gotta have heart: Defining hockey’s intangibles

“You can’t mark (an intangible) on a grade of 1-to-10 with any accuracy,” analyst Ray Ferraro says. “It’s all subjective.” By Sean Fitz-Gerald   (Bill Smith / NHLI via GETTY IMAGES)   John Scott knows you are probably not going…

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2016

How to Prepare for Hockey Camp

By Pearle Nerenberg  The problem with summer camps or pre-season tryout hockey camps is that they are usually a shock to your body.  The gruelling on-ice and off-ice sessions will deplete your energy stores often much more than you have…

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2016

Want to play NCAA hockey? Make sure you know the eligibility rules

By: Ryan Kennedy  Connor Gaarder of Univeristy of North Dakota celebrates a goal at the Frozen Four. (Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)   It takes a lot of work to become an NCAA hockey player and because of the organization’s strict…

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2016

Tips for Ice Hockey Team Tryouts

  Trying out for a new ice hockey team can be an extremely nerve-racking experience! For many players, tryouts are more difficult than actual games. Most of the apprehension surrounding ice hockey tryouts is based on a lack of preparation,…

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