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DAILY DISH: Get Stronger Between the Ears
Stephen Heisler • 2 hrs., 12 mins. ago
'How did he do?” That's the question being asked by one parent or another after the son has completed a prospects or open camp. As a result, I find myself asking that exact same question to ...
DAILY DISH: Parental Interference
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 4 days 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 become part of the equation, ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Long-Term Effects of Brain Injuries
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 5 days ago
Today's Dish is going to be a little different. Brain Injuries and hockey have gone hand-in-hand from the early stages of the game. As the players and game have evolved, the protection and ...
DAILY DISH: Checking Reality
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 0 days ago
Hockey is a contact sport. Is there an element of danger to the game? Certainly. Is the risk of injury warrant a change to the game? I don't think so. What we do need is better enforcement of the existing rules on the ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Perseverance
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
About an hour away from their destination, a junior team was on the way to a playoff series when the coach addressed his players. 'We are going up here to face the Mavericks, and we can not let the hostile atmosphere seal our ...
Daily Dish: This IS Junior Hockey, Discussion Group Helps Players Get Home
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 6 days ago
The love from within the game of hockey is often talked about but maybe not always exercised... just ask the referees. But in times of crisis, the family circles the wagons and is unified. In response to all the league ...
Daily Dish: The Reset
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 0 days ago
Despite popular opinion, the world is not coming to an end. Not even the hockey world. Of all the sports on the planet, none have shown the perseverance of hockey. The game, and that is the players, coaches, staff, ...
DAILY DISH: Psychologically Fit?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 1 day ago
It's often said that on-ice success depends more on a good attitude than physical ability. By the time the player reaches the junior level play, his attitude in regards to the development of his talent is what separates the ...
Daily Dish: Checking Game
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 5 days ago
Hockey is a contact sport. Is there an element of danger to the game? Certainly. Is the risk of injury warrant a change to the game? I don't think so. What we do need is better enforcement of the existing rules in the book and maybe a bit ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Prospect or Pretender?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 10 days ago
There are two types of players in the game. The prospect generally has a grasp on reality and the vision of what it is going to take to get to the next level. The pretender talks a good ...
Daily Dish: Commitment Means Something
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 11 days ago
Commitment. Some feel it is a dirty word. Others take the word to heart and make it one of the foundation principles of their lives. Most of us are somewhere in the middle. For junior hockey, we hear the word often used in relation to an ...
Best of the DAILY DISH: Hard Realities of the Bantam Draft
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 18 days ago
'He is only fifteen, how are we suppose to make the right decision?” A concerned parent once asked me in regards to the Western Hockey League's Bantam draft. 'The numbers don't lie.” I responded. 'Players selected ...
Daily Dish: Monday Mash
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 19 days ago
All but three North American Hockey League teams have turned the corner into the fourth quarter of the 2019-20 season. The interesting part of that reality is the fact that only four teams are 'out of it” when we start talking ...
Daily Dish: Did Owner Cross the Line?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 26 days ago
Unfortunately, what I am about to tell you is a shame. We are not going to disclose the names of the team, league, player, or coach with hopes that the situation will correct itself and this article serves as a reminder of what an owner ...
Daily Dish: The Host Family
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 0 days ago
We ran this article years ago and have been asked to run it again. Host families are one of the most important elements of the junior hockey developmental experience. Hosting an athlete is an exciting and rewarding ...
BEST OF THE DAILY DISH: Six Steps to Becoming a Humble Hockey Player
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 1 day ago
Hockey is a team sport that has a tendency to glamorize numerical achievements. The fact remains; there is nothing worse than a 60-point forward that ends the season with a plus/minus ...
Daily Dish: Waste Management
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 7 days ago
'About this weekend's games, sorry to say this but the team does not have the finances needed to make the trip.” A league commissioner had to tell the coach of the home team. 'You will need to pay for all their expenses if you ...
Daily Dish: Monday Mash
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 10 days ago
Today's going to be fun. Somebody asked our private discussion group about which team is the biggest spoiler in the North American Hockey League. In my not so infinite wisdom, I voted for Maine. I think it's fair to say that ...
Daily Dish: The Talent Race
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 14 days ago
Hockey is a great sport, so why is it that the game has slipped so far, in terms of relevancy, in the United States? It was not that long ago when the NHL and NBA were pretty much running head to head in the race for the #3 spot behind the ...
Daily Dish: It's Time to Eliminate the Import Restriction
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 15 days ago
With an excess of 300 junior hockey teams across the continent, is there any reason to keep import restrictions in the rule books? That's the question many struggling junior operators are asking themselves this season. It has always been ...
Daily Dish: The Dawn of Alaska Junior Hockey
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 17 days ago
"Rob, we really need to put a team into Fairbanks," I said to (Fairbanks GM) Rob Proffitt, at Anchorage's Ben Boeke Arena, back in the spring of 1997. Jack Knue, Dave Childers, and I had started ...
Daily Dish: Anthony DeSilva (Part 3, The Enablers)
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 21 days ago
This series regarding the situation with Anthony DeSilva has somewhat soured my impression of the hockey community. We are supposed to be protecting these kids. Don't get me wrong, I love the game, but I can't understand ...
Daily Dish: Anthony DeSilva (Part 2, Back in the Game)
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 22 days ago
Criminals often suffer from the illusion that certain laws do not apply to them, that targeted restrictions can be worked around, and that they can reach their goals regardless of the means. It is my opinion that Anthony ...
Daily Dish: Anthony DeSilva Story (Part 1, The Handcuffs)
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 23 days ago
This is going to be a multi-part series regarding disgraced hockey coach Anthony DeSilva, his case, and attempt to return to the game. Before getting started, the idea of this series is not to pass judgement, it is to ...
Daily Dish: Monday Mash
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 24 days ago
Let this be a warning to you…I'm not in the best of moods this week. Why is that you ask? One of the nastiest predators in junior hockey history has tiptoed back into the game. Let's put the smile back on for the day before ...
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