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Daily Dish: Commitment to Development
Stephen Heisler • 1 day, 17 hrs. ago
Here we are, near the end of July, almost every United States Hockey League, Canadian Junior Hockey League and North American Hockey League team has a loaded depth chart of returnees and rookies. Now all the unattached free agents are all ...
DAILY DISH: Chasing The Dream
Stephen Heisler • 2 days, 17 hrs. ago
Pay-to-play coaches from across the country are touring showcase events and North American Hockey League main camps with briefcases full of player agreements. It's truly a sad situation when nine coaches are waiting outside the locker ...
Daily Dish: Ten Commandments of Junior Hockey
Stephen Heisler • 3 days, 17 hrs. ago
There are a decent number of my articles that will appear every season. Why? Because there are new players and families that filter into the site every year. Today's Dish is one of those days. This is my version of the Ten Commandments of ...
DAILY DISH: Hockey Pilgrimage to Las Vegas
Stephen Heisler • 4 days ago
Occasionally, the urge to want to get back to coaching shows its head. After spending a few games working Bliss Litter's bench at the Great Western Futures Super Camp in 2017 and 18, that urge pushed me into seriously considering pulling ...
Daily Dish: What Does the Word Victorious Mean to You?
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 3 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. vic·to·ri·ous/vikˈtôrēəs/adjectiveadjective: ...
DAILY DISH: Screening for Scumbags
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Don't let the title fool you. This is likely to be the most important Daily Dish I have ever written. So important that I've spent almost two weeks putting the pieces together to get it done. I can only hope ...
DAILY DISH: Pay-2-Play Prospect Checklist
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 6 days ago
It's that time of the year again where everybody is in an all-out blitz trying to fill the rosters of pay-to-play hockey teams. In Today's Dish, we are going to talk about a few things that need to be ...
Daily Dish: Racism, Nationalism or just Stupidity?
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Democrat or Republican, racism and nationalism should never be a factor in hockey, regardless of individual political preferences. Hector V. got his first taste of hockey at one of the LA Kings street events when he was just five ...
Daily Dish: Merge Junior and Midget Hockey?
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
There have been a number of discussions in the past concerning the possible merger of the midget and junior levels of play. I feel that such a collective management structure would enhance the developmental system while wrangling a bit of ...
DAILY DISH: In the Parking Lot?
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Pay-to-play teams can become a key component of hockey's developmental system but today we will visit the darker side of the system...the parking lot. Many junior operators treat their programs like a bank treats certificate ...
DAILY DISH: Confidence on Ice
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 1 day ago
Confidence is the most important asset in any young hockey player's toolbox. Confidence is often measured by on-ice success but is more about the individual's belief in his (or her) own ability. The player may ...
Daily Dish: Enough of the Dumb Stuff
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 2 days ago
The differences between the pay to play junior programs of USA Hockey, the United States Premier Hockey League, and AAU's United Hockey Union are becoming few and far between. In reality, the battle between the groups is far off the ...
Daily Dish: Loyalty
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 3 days ago
It was not that long ago when words like integrity, honor, sportsmanship, respect, and loyalty were benchmarks for what it took to be a good teammate and hockey player. The emphasis on ...
DAILY DISH: Don't Let A Lack of Discipline Blindfold Your Career
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 4 days ago
Well I know that this Daily Dish is not going to be popular. Let's face it; the discipline of players at this age is paramount and something that should not be taken lightly. All too often coaches and ...
Best Of The Daily Dish: Meat Market Recruiting
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 7 days ago
We are getting calls every day now. Players are being more selective than ever, and with so many different leagues and opportunities to choose from, it's no wonder that coaches are concerned. And they should ...
Daily Dish: Let 'Em Play
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 8 days ago
At any given time during a season, there is an average of five unprotected players on the ice with each United States Hockey League, North American Hockey League, and Canadian Junior Hockey League club. Should USA Hockey and Hockey ...
Daily Dish: NA3HL Step to NAHL and Beyond
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 9 days ago
Did you read the likely spoon-fed United States Premier Hockey League propaganda that was printed on that other website yesterday? Really now, that's how bad it is on the brownside? Is every article ...
Daily Dish: Gauge of Development
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 11 days ago
There are a number of various opinions in regards to the ultimate gauge of a country's developmental program. Is it the NHL Draft? World Juniors? World Championships? Olympics? I think it is a combination of ...
Daily Dish: Labor Of Love
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 16 days ago
Wenatchee Wild (British Columbia Hockey League) bench boss Bliss Littler is the winningest head coach in USA Hockey history at the Tier I and II levels for a reason…he simply puts in the work. It takes an ...
DAILY DISH: School Ties to Community Support
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 17 days ago
A lot of junior hockey clubs make up a ton of excuses about why their communities don't support the team at the gate. Teams that want support from their communities should do something to support their community. Just about ...
Daily Dish: Can't Miss to Can't Play
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 18 days ago
Choices. We all have to make them; most of us have more than a few that we would like to go back and change. Oh yes, the grand what if can set the mind on a whirlwind of day dreams. The path of least ...
Daily Dish: Which Hockey Player Are You?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 22 days ago
Hockey is more than just a sport; it's a career that has given me the ability to provide for our family. After a lifetime within the game that spans nearly a half century, I've learned to recognize that ...
Daily Dish: Pay-to-Play Mafia is Hindering Development
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 23 days ago
The pinnacle of junior hockey success should be climbing out of the structure and into the collegiate and professional game. Part of that climb should be the ability to freely move up to a higher level ...
Daily Dish: Anatomy Of A Championship
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 24 days ago
Everybody feels like they are a contender at training camp. Sometimes optimism can get the best of us before the hard dose of reality can set in. Every league has a set of favorites before the first puck is ...
Daily Dish: Nine Qualities To Be A Good Captain
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 25 days ago
Hockey is a team game where leadership is essential. Good leadership can be the difference from the team being good rather than mediocre. You may be asking, 'Why does there need to be a leader, when the ...
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