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...

HEROS Director Trains NHLers

April 19, 2016  HEROS’ is lead by a Board of Directors who are experts in their field. One of the founding Board Members, Barb Aidelbaum is a professional skating consultant […]

HEROS Scores an NHL Hat-trick

April 7, 2016 HEROS is excited to announce that for the third consecutive year, a HEROS participant has been named winner of the prestigious NHL/Thurgood Marshall Scholarship. Prasanthan Aruchunan is […]

Getting Back On The Horse

I often coach people on taking apart the premier aspects of what they’ve done in order to be able to create an action plan for what they want to do next or gain more of. It’s really looking at the details, and more often than not realizing that you already have what you need to be successful again without having to start from square one.

Growing up Canadian

March 24, 2016 Juma Amisi is a young man who has grown up through the Hockey Education Reaching Out Soceity (HEROS) program. When he began with HEROS, Juma was shy, […]

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

This whole non-sense of resistance training (or weight training) is dangerous for kid’s growth plates are absolutely absurd. There is no scientific evidence to support this claim and it’s based on nothing but an assumption. Whether a young athlete performs a squat using only their own body weight or added weight, it’s no more dangerous than doing simple push ups with a ten pound plate on their back, and both are resistance training.

End of Season Reflection: Celebrating the moments that defined your te...

The inevitable ups and downs of a season bring a team together and force them to grow. While looking back at the end of the year remember to celebrate all the big and small victories, from individual skill improvement to leadership. Every team has unique defining moments over the course of the season that make them who they are.

You’ve Got To Hit The Net

I was recently re-reading an article by Earl McRae of Sun Media about a friend of mine, Mike Bossy. Mike and I played against each other in the National Hockey League (NHL) during the years that the New York Islanders won four Stanley Cups. In his interview, Earl McRae asked Mike why players in today’s game miss the net so much.

Video: Chaos in the Pucks Drill

Drills that create chaotic situations and force players to adjust to oncoming traffic help simulate game situations. Even the pros do this simple drill. 

Finding Common Ground

February 17, 2016  Willie O’Ree is a well-known name in the hockey community. The man who broke the colour barrier for professional hockey, Willie’s story has been hailed as a true […]

Video: The Crossover

Smooth and efficient crossovers allow a player to change direction while maintaining speed. Here are the keys: Keep your blades flat on the ice as long as possible. Keep your […]

The Key to “Real World” Organization

I remember the first time I saw a Martha Stewart magazine, pages of organized heaven all bound in one glossy magazine, I was in awe. I knew though, flipping through […]

Goals, Resolutions and Ultimate Success!

Setting goals not only helps young hockey players to stay focused, but also can be a strong life skill for achieving success in future endeavors. Coaches set goals for their team and it should be no different for parents and players.