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A True Hero: Dad, This One’s for You

A True Hero: Dad, This One’s for You

For many years I have worked with kids for a living, however I have no idea what it will feel like when it’s my son I am coaching. Instead, I draw on the experiences and memories of my own father, and how he treated me as a son (at home), as a player (at rink), [...]

June 6, 2015 Nathan Leslie Inside Edge, Pro, Special Feature 0

Want To Become A Champion? Then Lose The Perfectionism!

Want To Become A Champion? Then Lose The Perfectionism!

Who would ever think that the one biggest obstacle to achieving success on the ice and reaching your hockey dreams would be your own frustration and self-directed anger whenever you make mistakes or fail? When you get impatient and upset with yourself for messing up — because you feel that, at your level, you shouldn’t [...]

January 31, 2015 Dr. Alan Goldberg Inside Edge, Pro 0

November: Topping Up The Energy Tank

November: Topping Up The Energy Tank

Everything good this season will result from the energy of your players! When it comes to playing your best game, understanding how to re-energize is every bit as important as mental toughness, or knowing the team system, or game preparation. NHL coaches pay intense attention to the energy of both their individual players and their [...]

November 1, 2014 Ryan Walter — Abbotsford Heat President, Stanley Cup Champion, Coach, Speaker, Author Contributors, Inside Edge, Pro 0

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