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Mind Games: Using your brain to improve your game

Developing Skills Between The Ears Can Be As Important As Mastering Skills On The Ice By: Jim Leitner     Grant Standbrook sounds more like a martial arts instructor than one of the most successful assistant coaches and recruiters in the history of NCAA Division I...

How To Handle Being Cut From A Team The Right Way

From SpongeCoach . Unfortunately, after learning about being cut, sometimes players make mistakes by having negative reactions, poor body language, or by talking terribly about the team that they were just cut from.  As an athlete that was cut and traded multiple...

I’m Not Connor McDavid

By Ben Meisner, Originally published in The Player's Tribune on Aug 14 2018 . . All I had to do was step off the chair.That was it. Literally. Everything else was taken care of.I’d gone out to the local hardware store and bought the rope.I’d made the noose. Tied it to...

The O’Brien Family Legacy

Athletics and education run in the O'Brien family by Bill Meltzer   Like many NHL prospects, Flyers 2018 first-round pick Jay O'Brien comes from an athletic family. In his case, a dual commitment to education and sports runs strong in his family.    A star at Thayer...

College proved to be best route for Pope

from NHL.com Forward now has a chance to make Red Wings out of training camp this fall   DETROIT -- Every year there are a few players who are ready to jump from the draft right into the NHL as 18-year-olds. That was definitely not the case for David Pope, the Detroit...

“Hope” is not a strategy

  Within the past 48 hours, I have spoken to several parents who have (basically) told me the same thing. They have said that they are sending their sons to various camps, with the "hope" that something will wok out. I had one mother tell me that she sent her son,...

Great Draft

A couple of days ago, I received a message from a young hockey player. In the note, he said "Great Draft". I responded, "What was great about it?". He responded, "Seven of my friends were drafted". He was referring to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft,...

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