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Mike Johnston on Building A Winning Team And How Parents Can Help

Mike Johnston on Building A Winning Team And How Parents Can Help

When the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks’ owner, Bill Gallacher, wanted to revamp the Hawks’ hockey operations in 2008, he turned to Mike Johnston — a sought-after coach who knows there’s a lot more to hockey than what goes on after the puck drops. With nearly 10 years of NHL experience, Johnston has an impressive track record [...]

October 17, 2014 Christi Judson Inside Edge, Pro 0

Three Ingredients For A Great Team Culture

Three Ingredients For A Great Team Culture

My wife, Jenn, and I really enjoyed the 19 seasons of minor hockey that our three boys played. Our oldest son, Ben, who now plays professional hockey, was a Novice player during the last season that I played in the NHL. So, while I was having my first experience coaching minor hockey, I was finishing [...]

October 13, 2014 Ryan Walter — Abbotsford Heat President, Stanley Cup Champion, Coach, Speaker, Author Contributors, Inside Edge, Pro 0

Is Weight Training Safe For Kids? A doctor and a strength coach weigh in on the dos and dont’s for youth hockey players

Is Weight Training Safe For Kids? A doctor and a strength coach weigh in on the dos and dont’s for youth hockey players

No matter what the sport, every young athlete who is fully committed and focused on the improvement of skills will look to gain every competitive advantage available, whether it means putting in a few extra hours of practice, eating right or soaking up tips and tricks through television, books or the Internet. And for many [...]

October 8, 2014 Christi Judson Inside Edge, Pro 0

9 Ways Parents Can Help Alleviate Hockey Tryout Stress

9 Ways Parents Can Help Alleviate Hockey Tryout Stress

For many minor hockey players — and their parents, too — the hockey tryout process can be both exciting and unnerving. When players are working hard to make a top team, the added pressure to play their best can often lead to jitters and, worse, self-doubt — a combination that ironically leads to underperformance. Add [...]

October 3, 2014 Kristyl Clark — Lifestyle Writer Inside Edge, Pro 0

Game Ready — Understanding motivation and the relationship between player mindset and ability

Game Ready — Understanding motivation and the relationship between player mindset and ability

Another hockey season is upon us, and I’m sure parents and players have entered it with feelings of both excitement and anxiousness. As a strength and conditioning coach who is dedicated to developing young athletes for long-term success, I’m often asked by parents about the best ways to prepare and motivate young hockey players for [...]

October 1, 2014 Mike Pickles, CPT, D.FHP — Founder, MyAthletic Performance Inside Edge, Pro 0

Enjoy the Ride

Enjoy the Ride

When I was a young hockey player, back in Belleville Ontario I use to love this time of year. I loved the feeling of the crisp autumn air. The smell of freshly falling leaves, and most of all, the fact that hockey was back in full swing. Whether it was at school, at home, or [...]

October 22, 2013 Marc Crawford Inside Edge, Pro 0