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Daily Dish: Time to Dump the Draft?
Stephen Heisler • 13 hrs. ago
Everybody is up in arms about the recent North American Hockey League Draft. OK, I'll say it; I've never liked these drafts because it's more about limiting options than creating developmental opportunities. We all understand how ...
Notes From A Hockey Mom: Compete Level -
Michelle Anderson • 3 days, 14 hrs. ago
So there was recently a comment about some team's camp that had 14 teams of kids competing for spots. How can anyone look at that many kids? It must be a money grab! Let's assume 20 kids per team, at 14 teams that's 280 ...
Daily Dish: Major (Junior) Dilemma
Stephen Heisler • 4 days ago
"You gotta keep 'em separated" The Offspring's Come Out And Play It's a whole new world for junior hockey leagues, teams, coaches, and players. The turmoil is being felt coast to coast and there is no apparent end in ...
Daily Dish: College Commitments -
Stephen Heisler • 6 days ago
Junior hockey programs have a way of treating college commitments like a badge of honor to influence the decision process of other young hockey prospects.The truth about college commitments is very simple.Anything thing before their senior ...
Daily Dish: Career Up in Smoke?
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 1 day ago
What is the single word that can force just about any college hockey coach to think again about a prospect? Marijuana. There are even junior organizations with players toking up on the funny weed courtesy of the resident head coach. In the ...
Notes From A Hockey Mom: In Your Control
Michelle Anderson • 1 week, 4 days ago
To be successful in anything, not just hockey, you need to understand which things are in your control and which things are not. We all have the same 24 hours each day, so if you are spending time worrying about things ...
DAILY DISH: Five Steps to Being a Better Teammate
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 4 days ago
Most of us have played on teams since childhood so we have gotten accustomed to the pre-season when first joining a team and getting to know the other players. It's during this time period when first ...
DAILY DISH: Hockey Core Fitness
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 5 days ago
In the past we spent a lot of time talking about psychological fitness so today we're going to get into the importance of proper physical core training as it relates to the high end ...
Daily Dish: Nine Qualities To Be A Good Captain
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 5 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 ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Anatomy of a Championship
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 7 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: Individual Player Marketing
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 1 day ago
The player is always #1 at JuniorHockey.com. Because of this, we often get attacked for carrying out a certain agenda. Our agenda is simple. We look out for the player and try to present accurate information to assist each player ...
BCHL Pushes 2020-2021 Start to December 1st
JuniorHockey.com Staff • 3 weeks, 3 days ago
BURNABY, B.C. – The BC Hockey League announced today that it is planning to start the 2020-21 regular season on Dec. 1, pending approval from the Provincial Health Office (PHO). 'We've been having discussions with the Ministry of ...
Notes From A Hockey Mom: Time management for Online Schools
Michelle Anderson • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
As I said last week, the biggest hurdle my son had to overcome when switching to online school was the time management piece of it. If you are going to an online school because you need flexibility in your schedule, this ...
Daily Dish: Hands off the Panic Button
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Why? What is the benefit from falsely reporting COVID-19 test results to any state's Department of Health? Why would any laboratories not report ANY negative test results at all, and report that every person tested was positive? ...
Daily Dish: Where's the Gym Coach?
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 7 days ago
North America is fat. We are in the worse shape in the 300+ years of our existence. A number of factors have contributed to this problem, like TV, computer games, and maybe even fast food. McDonald's is not the blame. We had them when I ...
Daily Dish: Floater in the Punch Bowl
Stephen Heisler • 4 weeks ago
Today's Dish is going to travel down a somewhat unpopular road. There's a good chance the powers that control JuniorHockey.com may pull it down before noon. I even expect to hear from a lawyer or two before the ...
Notes From A Hockey Mom: Online School
Michelle Anderson • 1 mo., 2 days ago
Schooling is a question that comes up a lot for potential junior hockey parents, especially online schools. It wasn't an option for most of us growing up, so it can be a huge unknown for us. You may think you got a little ...
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 those five words may have been eroded for many, but ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Cougar on the Prowl
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 5 days ago
**This Dish first appeared back in 2011**"Oh no, she found me, that woman has been blowing up my phone!" The junior coach was cornered as his friend scurried away. In ...
Daily Dish: Money's Overwhelming Influence
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 6 days ago
Hey coach listen, I have plenty of money and will throw $100,000 into the club, but you have to play my kid every game. Sounds like something from a Demi Moore movie right? Unfortunately, it is not. The epidemic of financial influence has ...
Notes From A Hockey Mom: Too Much Salt
Michelle Anderson • 1 mo., 9 days ago
I should probably preface this by saying that I'm grumpy because it's hot and muggy, and I had to mow the lawn which is my second least favorite chore behind washing dishes, but seeing the same comments repeatedly about camps, ...
Daily Dish: Is It Time to Eliminate 18U AAA Hockey?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 10 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: What Type of Player Are You?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 12 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 almost every player can be ...
Daily Dish: Hockey's Asymptomatic Social Dingbat
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 13 days ago
Before getting started, let's say this; the only reason this is a hockey story is because the person we are about to toss under the bus does his thing in the name of hockey. His company also specifically targets younger hockey ...
Notes From A Hockey Mom: Marketing Your Team
Michelle Anderson • 1 mo., 16 days ago
I'm going to be honest here. Some teams out there already do a great job at this, but there are also a bunch who need some help. I'm going to throw out a whole bunch of ideas for you here to help you get some butts in ...
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