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...

Aviva Community Fund: Vote For HEROS

HEROS has the great opportunity of being one of the organizations in the running in the Aviva Community Fundraising competition.  Our hockey program for marginalized youth across the country needs YOUR […]

Exclusive Q&A With Renowned Skating Coach Barb Aidelbaum

Barb Aidelbaum is a devoted member of the HEROS family, as a co-founder and part of the HEROS Board of Directors.  Her dedication to not only coaching but to every student she’s […]

5 Things You Should Know About Nutrition For Hockey

One of the most common questions I get asked from parents is if I can talk to their child about nutrition. Every team and player I work with gets educated […]

10 tips for the perfect off-season

Mike Pickles shows that the off-season can be just as important as the season in his latest article.

It’s Fine! They Won’t Hurt Themselves…

Is resistance training safe for young athletes, specifically minor hockey players? Yes, it is absolutely safe as long as the trainer is qualified and experience to instruct such a program […]

Summer Workout Routine for Players

Young hockey players need to enjoy summer but some training will be important for tryouts come fall.

Off-Season hockey training guidelines

Summer is here and as much as young athletes are excited for family vacations they can’t forget about getting into game shape for the fall. Strength, power and speed are […]

Common Tight Turn Mistakes

As I’ve been focusing this week’s skating instruction on various types of tight turns, I’ve seen three common mistakes pop up at every level we teach.

Why a Hockey Player Needs Summer Camp: The Math

Let’s look at some numbers.  A typical recreation player during a season gets 1 practice per week.  A season runs September to end of February with a short break in December.  […]

How ‘Doing Good’ is Good For YOU!

There was a time when being part of community associations and clubs that did great work or offered camaraderie in a town was a given for most families. Having roots […]

Aeroplan Member Donation Program supporting our HEROS

Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) has teamed up with the Aeroplan Member Donation Program as a great way for our supporters to contribute to the HEROS program. The Aeroplan member […]

Training Tips for Spring

If minor hockey players aren’t physically and mentally exhausted after a long regular season, now they are driving their bodies further into exhaustion, creating more physical imbalances and in some cases, which I’ve seen, mentally burning out from hockey. Aside from the experience playing in highly competitive tournaments, spring hockey eats up the most valuable time of a young player’s development.