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Becoming A Leader of Tomorrow

Becoming A Leader of Tomorrow

November can easily be the most stressful and physically draining months of the season requiring a brotherhood amongst the team that motivates players to play at their fullest potential. Having a group of players that are motivated and ready to make the necessary steps to achieve the next level is essential in a team’s development. [...]

November 30, 2013 Jonathan Irving Best Skate Forward, Inside Edge 0

Life and your mind: Take a three minute break everyday

Life and your mind: Take a three minute break everyday

Whether you’re a parent or player involved in sports, we often find ourselves bouncing from one event to the next at mock speed. In each situation we are asked to gather our energy and put forward our best selves. From these situations we often look back to determine both our degree of growth and success. [...]

June 20, 2013 Lynn Oucharek — Founder, O Vision Consulting Best Skate Forward, Inside Edge 0

So, what do hockey scouts really look for?

So, what do hockey scouts really look for?

So, what do hockey scouts really look for? It’s a question every serious hockey player will ask as he or she approaches Bantam and beyond. Scouts rate players in five main categories: skating, size, game sense, character and skill. Glen Williamson, a former scout with the Los Angeles Kings, tells our players every summer at [...]

March 14, 2013 Nathan Leslie Best Skate Forward, Inside Edge 0

A Fresh View of Success

A Fresh View of Success

Everyone knows how great it feels to accomplish something that we really value and have worked hard at to achieve. The feeling of success is an important component in building self-esteem, self-confidence and a drive to be your best. The question is, who defines what success really is?  Externally, success is often equated with money, [...]

March 7, 2013 Lynn Oucharek — Founder, O Vision Consulting Best Skate Forward, Inside Edge 0

The Secret to Being ‘In the Zone’

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 generate more pressure for players to perform at a higher level. Yet the more players internalize (or feel) this extra pressure, the tighter they tend [...]

February 7, 2013 Ryan Walter — Abbotsford Heat President, Stanley Cup Champion, Coach, Speaker, Author Best Skate Forward, Inside Edge 0

Player Development Insights From a Three-Time Olympian

Player Development Insights From a Three-Time Olympian

After 25 years as a teacher and hockey coach at the prestigious Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, three-time Olympian Terry O’Malley knows his fair share about the development of aspiring elite-level hockey players.  In fact, with the help of his leadership, the Catholic residential and coeducational school for students in grades 9 through 12 [...]

October 25, 2012 Staff Writer Best Skate Forward, Inside Edge 0