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Daily Dish: Let's Check Hazing Out of the Game -
Stephen Heisler • 1 day, 3 hrs. ago
In the same manner that society has evolved from smoking on airplanes and restaurants, the practice of hazing in hockey has ran its course and needs to be eliminated. The good old boys will respond with "it helps mold character" and ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Parental Obstruction -
Stephen Heisler • 2 days, 3 hrs. ago
Forgive them for they know not what they do...Hockey parents have always been known to hover over the line between what is acceptable and what is not. When emotions ...
Daily Dish: NCDC Bubble Hockey
Stephen Heisler • 3 days, 13 hrs. ago
It looks like the United States Premier Hockey League's NCDC Division is going to move the entire operation to sunny Florida. Well, I'm pretty sure they are not going to let me in. But hey, this is Florida and we ...
Daily Dish: The American Gift -
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 2 days ago
He skated towards the bench after scoring his third goal of the opening period and could not help but notice the look of disappointment on his father's face. The words whispered into his ear would change the face of American ice hockey ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Money Changes Everything -
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 6 days ago
Despite popular opinion, I don't have the cool million and a half dollars it would take to acquire a North American Hockey League franchise and fund it for an entire season. That is the kind of ...
Daily Dish: Coach Classless and Clueless -
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 1 day ago
There is not an acceptable reason in existence for a coach to address players from the opposing team during a game. Yelling and screaming at another team's players simply informs all that witness the outburst the true measure of the ...
Daily Dish: The Transition From Prospect to Pro -
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Talent is a fantastic gift that is often wasted. It takes more than talent to transition from a professional prospect to a full-time professional player. Many athletes rely on natural abilities and downplay the need to work ...
Daily Dish: Family's Loss is Heaven's Gain -
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 2 days ago
The hockey community is mourning again after the passing of 13-year-old Noah Dugas. The North Bay (ONT) Trappers' blueliner captured the heart of the hockey world with his courageous battle against a brain clot earned the ...
Daily Dish: Live, Play, Develop and Be Victorious -
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Victorious is more than just any word and it means many things to many people. So before we get too deep into this thought, let's see what the old dictionary has to say about it. ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Do's and Don'ts of a Law Enforcement Detention -
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 1 day ago
My good friend Jeronimo Gil wrote this last year and it will now be featured every year because the important information never ages. Please share with every player you know. by Jeronimo GilYou had a great game, went out with ...
Daily Dish: Hockey's Biggest Headache Are the Headhunters -
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 2 days ago
After watching another glorious weekend of junior hockey I have come to a serious conclusion; somebody is going to have to die before the game does something substantial to eliminate the headhunters. The game is ...
Daily Dish: Pay-to-Player Retention
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 6 days ago
It's kind of funny when we see coaches squirm. I asked a number of pay-to-play coaches about this topic and could not get a single response. It's a tough subject that we are talking about today. What are some of the major reasons a ...
Daily Dish: My Manifesto 2020 -
Stephen Heisler • 4 weeks ago
Like everything else in the imperfect world, the game continues to evolve, and my personal vision for the game is going to evolve as well. I can only imagine that it does for most of you too. To keep everything in real-time ...
Daily Dish: Racial Double Standard Ices NHL Prospect -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 0 days ago
Warning. I'm fired up and will be shooting from the hip. If you like a lot of sugar in your coffee, this might be a good time to exercise your free agency and back button your way out ...
Daily Dish: Make Individual Player Development Count -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 4 days ago
It has been said it before and I will say it again; the point of junior hockey is to raise each player's individual level of skill in preparation for college or professional hockey. We have seen way too many players actually lower ...
Daily Dish: Still Trying To Cash In On 2019-20 COVID Interrupted Season?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 7 days ago
Imagine the shock when a parent gets an email from last year's youth team demanding the balance of fees for the part of the season that was never played. These fees were to cover hotel and travel expenses, billeting, practice ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Is it Time for the Zero-Tolerance Alcohol Policy? -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 14 days ago
This article was first posted back in 2013 and is now one that get's reprinted every season...it's an important message that every player, parent, billet, coach, and administrator needs to see. Despite COVID, this issue has already been ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Jon Cooper to the NHL Lightning? -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 15 days ago
First Published Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 -- Do you think we were on to something?The Tampa Bay Lightning are struggling and are in need of a spark, could former NAHL & USHL bench boss Jon Cooper provide the ...
Daily Dish: The Anchor -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 18 days ago
Why has climbing the developmental system's ladder become so difficult? Over the last few weeks we've heard about two situations where players have been punished for seeking opportunities at higher levels of play. In one ...
Daily Dish: You Are Not On The Team Yet -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 22 days ago
'My son is heartbroken that he was released after training camp!” Yes, that is happening now, and it will continue for the next several weeks. When it comes to free-to-play junior, college, and pro hockey.... ...
Daily Dish: Is It Time to Bite the Billet?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 27 days ago
In the last week, teams and leagues have been forced to address a number of COVID scares due in part to the system of billeting that the level of play has come to depend on. The age-old thought that "boys will be boys" is now ...
Daily Dish: Catastrophic Consequences -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 28 days ago
"OK boys listen up, we are going to let you guys get over to Gotham on your own, so carpool up and save your gas receipts, the team will reimburse you," the coach told his players after Thursday's practice. "Hey, no speeding and ...
Daily Dish: Defund the Refs and End Defensemen Inequalities in Hockey? -
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 5 days ago
Much like our society as a whole, the game of ice hockey has never really addressed a glowing issue among skating players; defenseman get less developmental opportunities than forward line skaters. On-ice game officials have a ...
Daily Dish: Attention Developing Defensemen -
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 9 days ago
The modern game of hockey is emphasizing the need for skilled players. As a result of this philosophy, it is now becoming imperative that each player not only master the general skills of skating, stickhandling, passing and ...
Daily Dish: Springfield Down, Jamestown Players Dispersed Today
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 12 days ago
Well, it could have been a lot worse. The North American Hockey League approved the dormancy request of the Springfield Blues and Jamestown Rebels last week. While the Blues' players have already been ...
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