All posts by Ryan Walter — Abbotsford Heat President, Stanley Cup Champion, Coach, Speaker, Author

You’ve Got To Hit The Net

I was recently re-reading an article by Earl McRae of Sun Media about a friend of mine, Mike Bossy. Mike and I played against each other in the National Hockey League (NHL) during the years that the New York Islanders won four Stanley Cups. In his interview, Earl McRae asked Mike why players in today’s game miss the net so much.

A Victory For All Of Us!

During my 15 year NHL career I had the privilege of participating in two Stanley Cup finals, winning one in 1986, and losing to Calgary in 1989. The feeling on the ice with the Cup was surreal…

Shooting Against a Brick Wall

I find it fascinating to watch great athletes proceed through prolonged scoring slumps. I make a habit of observing the best-of-the-best halfway through their slump because I am keenly interested in understanding the process that puts them back on track.

Common Values a Key to Success

When minor hockey associations work together towards common goals, everyone wins.

Women’s Hockey: Intensity, Passion, Character

Our family is a hockey family. I was blessed to pursue my dream to play (and coach) in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 17 seasons. Something you may not […]

Fail Forward: Failure is Crucial to Future Success

Did you know that in addition to the many honours that have been bestowed on Michael Jordan, including an National Basketball Association (NBA) record ten scoring titles, arguably the greatest basketball […]

The Walter Way: Love and Unconditional Support

I am about to let you in on a little secret that I learned over my career as a professional hockey player; some people have said that I have “Selected […]

The Pros and Cons of Spring Hockey

Spring hockey can be the best of times and the worst of times! It can be amazing or disappointing. It can enhance your player’s skill development or exacerbate your player’s […]

No Excuses

Outcomes are important; we don’t play to lose! Countries do not go to war to tie. Hockey teams do not play to be average. Life is about outcomes. You can […]

The Secret to Being ‘In the Zone’

Playoffs bring with them what I call the “dichotomy of pressure.” As teams continue to win in the playoffs or at a tournament, each coming game brings higher expectations, which […]

The Secret to Being ‘In the Zone’

Playoffs bring with them what I call the “dichotomy of pressure.” As teams continue to win in the playoffs or at a tournament, each coming game brings higher expectations, which […]

All I Really Need to Know I learned in Hockey

As we begin the year, let’s hit the pause button and take a moment to reflect on the positive intangibles that minor hockey delivers to our children. Remember the book, […]