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5 Things You Should Know About Nutrition For Hockey

One of the most common questions I get asked from parents is if I can talk to their child about nutrition. Every team and player I work with gets educated […]

10 tips for the perfect off-season

Mike Pickles shows that the off-season can be just as important as the season in his latest article.

It’s Fine! They Won’t Hurt Themselves…

Is resistance training safe for young athletes, specifically minor hockey players? Yes, it is absolutely safe as long as the trainer is qualified and experience to instruct such a program […]

Summer Workout Routine for Players

Young hockey players need to enjoy summer but some training will be important for tryouts come fall.

Off-Season hockey training guidelines

Summer is here and as much as young athletes are excited for family vacations they can’t forget about getting into game shape for the fall. Strength, power and speed are […]

Why a Hockey Player Needs Summer Camp: The Math

Let’s look at some numbers.  A typical recreation player during a season gets 1 practice per week.  A season runs September to end of February with a short break in December.  […]

How ‘Doing Good’ is Good For YOU!

There was a time when being part of community associations and clubs that did great work or offered camaraderie in a town was a given for most families. Having roots […]

Getting Back On The Horse

I often coach people on taking apart the premier aspects of what they’ve done in order to be able to create an action plan for what they want to do next or gain more of. It’s really looking at the details, and more often than not realizing that you already have what you need to be successful again without having to start from square one.

It’s Fine! They Won’t Hurt Themselves…

This whole non-sense of resistance training (or weight training) is dangerous for kid’s growth plates are absolutely absurd. There is no scientific evidence to support this claim and it’s based on nothing but an assumption. Whether a young athlete performs a squat using only their own body weight or added weight, it’s no more dangerous than doing simple push ups with a ten pound plate on their back, and both are resistance training.

End of Season Reflection: Celebrating the moments that defined your team

The inevitable ups and downs of a season bring a team together and force them to grow. While looking back at the end of the year remember to celebrate all the big and small victories, from individual skill improvement to leadership. Every team has unique defining moments over the course of the season that make them who they are.

Experimental Resolutions

I have nothing against goals and resolutions but I’ve stopped making them… well sort of.  I grew up with a fabulous father who is super goal oriented and who helped […]

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

In 1980 the Cornwall Royals won the Memorial Cup, Canada’s National Junior Championship.
As a result of this victory, the team got to represent Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Fussen, Germany, the following Christmas.