One Million Skates (OMS) is the ultimate online resource for hockey families. 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...

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.

Planning for Success

I have always been a huge believer and practitioner of the Stephen Covey habit “begin with the end in mind,” the premise being; know where you want to go and […]

Video: Winning Face-offs

There are many different strategies for winning face-offs. In any of these, body and stick positioning are very critical in maximizing stability and strength. Watching the referee’s hand is the key to timing the face-off as well. This simple short video gives just a few tips to increase your chance of winning a face-off. Good luck!

Spice Up Your Life!

As the holidays, often full of indulgences, wrap up and you start the New Year with a new set of resolutions or goals, motivation runs high and many Canadians start […]