10 Sanity Tips for Minor Hockey Parents

When in Doubt, Glass and Out


1.      Hockey is a Fun Game, Period

The number one goal in all youth sports is to have fun.  Hockey, at its purest form, is recreation and nothing more.  When kids begin playing hockey, they don’t know the meaning of the word “Salary”.  They have no idea what a contract is or an agent or why NHL players go from one team to another.  When kids first develop an interest in hockey, it is purely for fun.  Too often this cold hard fact is forgotten and becomes lost amid a tornado of ego, politics and misdirection.  When things become hairy and stress levels escalate, take a deep breath and read that three-letter word over and over again—F-U-N, F-U-N, F-U-N…

 2.      Development is More Important Than Winning

Not too long ago, I had the unenviable task of listening to a parent tell me that their 10-year-old son has been…

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My Goodbye Letter to Hockey

My Life is Hockey

I never thought the time would come.

On Sunday, I took off my jersey and untied my skates for the last time. Sure, there will be beer leagues and drop-ins, but it will never be the same. 

Throughout the last 20 years of my life, I dedicated my life to hockey. Some of my first memories growing up are roller blading around my garage at my old house in Traverse City, Michigan, making up situations in my head. We all did it. It’s the championship game in overtime, and the puck is on your stick.

I remember sitting on my Dad’s lap and watching Pittsburgh Penguins games with him. He would occasionally have a rum and Pepsi with him in a big glass, and when he’d jokingly offer me a sip, I always forgot there was booze in it and would take a drink anyway, only to spit it out…

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Wednesday Drill of the Week: 3v2 One Puck

Coach Chris Hall

3v2 One Puck

A simple yet effective drill. 3v2 One puck starts with three forwards playing below the tops of the circles against two defensemen. Three new forwards and two new defensemen are waiting (F near the tops of the circles, D near the red line) to go. When the D gain possession, they move the puck to the new forwards who then attack the new D on a 3v2 rush. That rush plays out into a down low cycle and three new forwards and two new defensemen step onto the ice. The drill becomes continuous when the puck gets cleared by the D to the new forwards. The next forwards waiting to go can play near the top of the circles and take away any high roll attempt by the forwards cycling in the zone.

This drill is great for working on offensive attack concepts as it begins with a 3v2 rush…

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