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New to Hockey? A quick rundown of the different minor hockey levels

New to Hockey? A quick rundown of the different minor hockey levels

Every hockey player — from the professional to the recreation-league player skating at the local rink — had to get a start on the ice somewhere. And for many players, particularly in Canada, that start came early, often before they even reached elementary-school age.  While there are learn-to-skate classes and other more informal programs for [...]

October 10, 2014 Christi Judson Best Skate Forward, Inside Edge 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

Show Me The Money! 5 ways to save on hockey equipment

Show Me The Money! 5 ways to save on hockey equipment

With the hockey season underway, parents across the country are feeling the strain on their wallets. Let’s face it — minor hockey is an expensive game. You’ve got your enrolment fee to pay, protective gear to purchase, skates and other equipment to buy — the costs tally up, fast. Fortunately, there are several ways to [...]

October 6, 2014 Kristyl Clark — Lifestyle Writer On The Fly, Rink Rats 2

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

Know the Coach

Know the Coach

Try to get to know the coach’s philosophy, attitude and ethics. Finding out where your child’s coach is coming from will help you feel more comfortable with them taking a prominent role in your child’s development. [...]

September 23, 2014 Gary Mossman Special Feature, Ten Rules 0