One Million Skates (OMS) is the home of HEROS and your go-to hockey resource. OMS features inspiring stories of success, life skills through the sport of hockey, and practical resources to help players, their families, coaches and hockey communities access the information they need to fully experience the joy of hockey. OMS is rooted in a belief that every child should have the opportunity to play the great game of hockey. To that end, OMS is the home of HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society), an organization dedicated to teaching life lessons through hockey to at-risk, inner city youth. Read more...

Why Hockey Players Should Play More Than Just Hockey

With the start of summer approaching, and the weather getting warmer, I can’t help but want to get outside and go for a bicycle ride or rollerblade through a park. […]

From Mentee to Mentor: A HEROS Success Story

The HEROS program (Hockey Reaching Out Society) is an incredible cross-Canada initiative supporting youth in at-risk neighbourhoods, but it is about so much more than just hockey.  HEROS is about […]

Pre-Game Carbohydrates Improve Performance

Although I believe the degree to which proper nutrition can impact a hockey players physique and performance is currently under-respected and under utilized industry-wide in hockey right now – One […]

Healthy and Energetic Superfoods for Athletes

There are certain foods—fruits, vegetables and grains—that are like superheroes for your body. Chock full of nutrients, these superfoods offer incredible health benefits. Move over Superman, Wonder Woman and Hulk, […]

Willie O’Ree Weekend for HEROS

Four of our very own HEROS recently had the great opportunity of attending the Willie O’Ree Weekend in Philadelphia.  This was the 17th consecutive year that HEROS boys and girls […]

5 things you need to know to perform at your best for competition

You’re either still in the playoff race or you’re one and done. Regardless, if you don’t know how to recover from the rigorous energy spent, you’ll quickly find yourself exhausted […]

Why Officials Quit

Attrition rates for youth sport refs and umpires is too high! Recently, I came across some statistics about hockey officials’ attrition rate in Canada.  Did you know that there are […]

How to Build Incredible Confidence for Young Hockey Players

You’re going to want to read this one because I believe it is critical to understand the mind-set of young hockey players. Believe it or not, we all share the […]

These 5 Activities In Nature Will Help You Become A Better Hockey Play...

A mastery of skills is what defines a true hockey player. To have an A-game on ice, you need to capture all the distinct yet inter-related, hockey techniques. Though it […]

How to be a Great Team Parent

Tips For Parent Conduct, Team Trip Organization, and Communication. Youth sports programs often can only run with the help of parent volunteers. Whether your role on the team is crucial […]

Helping Kids Reach Goals

This article is originally published here. What gets lost with many goals, is that teamwork made them happen. With the encouragement of Constable Sue Crawford from the bench, 11-year-old Myrina took […]

A Tribute to Hockey Parents by Blake Orban

Whether you are an elite professional hockey player or someone who plays shinny once a week for fun, we all have one thing in common: a love for the game. […]