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Best of the Daily Dish: Cougar on the Prowl
Stephen Heisler • 5 mins 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 walked a ...
DAILY DISH: Emotional Control
Stephen Heisler • 1 day, 0 hrs. ago
Like everything, the game of ice hockey continues to evolve. Behavior that was acceptable twenty-years ago is ancient history today. Players and teams that have the proven ability to play a disciplined game are ...
Daily Dish: Muckers, Grinders, & Pantydroppers
Stephen Heisler • 2 days, 0 hrs. ago
Role players are part of the game. Nothing excites the fans faster than a big hit that results in a quick goal. It is like a double-shot of excitement. Everybody is happy at the post-game party after a team effort win. Mucker - A ...
Daily Dish: Use my own money? That's crazy talk
Stephen Heisler • 5 days ago
Newsflash... it takes actual money to operate a junior hockey team. Despite popular opinion that pay-to-play junior hockey is a sure bet path to millions of dollars, teams require a large amount of liquid capital to ...
DAILY DISH: In the Parking Lot?
Stephen Heisler • 6 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 of ...
DAILY DISH: Hockey's Advantage
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 0 days ago
A gentleman from one of the NCAA sports recruiting sites was commenting during a telephone conversation about junior hockey and how it is so much different than the other NCAA sports. It was hard for him to understand why ...
DAILY DISH: Never Too Young To Install Academic Values
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 1 day ago
We often talk about older players that do not help themselves through the NCAA Eligibility Center process and setting realistic expectations for their post-junior college career. Today we are going to talk about another ...
DAILY DISH: Pay-2-Play Prospect Checklist
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 2 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 covered ...
Daily Dish: Engaging The Hockey Player Identity
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 5 days ago
There is an ambitious trend among national governing bodies of Olympic athletics to re imagine youth sports, prioritizing health and inclusion. This is not the first time national interests have overlooked the ...
Daily Dish: Stagger the Roster Deadline Dates
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 6 days ago
Junior hockey prospects, and their families, have been getting the run-a-round this time of year since the early 90s. Why would it be so difficult for the United States Hockey League to set their rosters by the ...
Daily Dish: My Brother Is Honoring Our Fallen Heroes
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 0 days ago
Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, a flag was gifted to my brother Christopher Heisler by the Texas House of Representatives. Like many Americans, Heisler felt ...
Daily Dish: Nine Qualities To Be A Good Captain
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 1 day 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 coach is ...
Daily Dish: Anatomy Of A Championship
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 2 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 dropped. ...
Daily Dish: We Want You!
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 5 days ago
JuniorHockey.com has come a long way in the last eight years and we look forward to continuing that progress into the 2018-19 season and we need your help. We want to blow this thing up and let's face it, content ...
Daily Dish: Coaches Bill of Rights
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 6 days ago
It is time. Players are better protected, owners are always out for number one, and coaches are left somewhere in the middle. Just to be a coach is challenging enough, an extreme amount of time, energy, blood, passion, and luck is ...
Daily Dish: Where is the P.E. Coach?
Stephen Heisler • 2 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. ...
Daily Dish: Get what you pay-to-play for
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Now that tier I and II junior tryouts are winding down, it is time for players to start looking at Canada and the various pay-to-play options that provide a strong development program. Players need to get past ...
Daily Dish: Pay-to-Play Mafia is Hindering Development
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 2 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 without the ...
Daily Dish: The American Gift
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 5 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 ...
Daily Dish: Long-Term Effects of Brain Injuries
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 6 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 awareness of the dangers has ...
Daily Dish: Which Hockey Player Are You?
Stephen Heisler • 4 weeks 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: College Commitments One Sided?
Stephen Heisler • 4 weeks ago
Junior hockey programs have a way of treating college commitments like a badge of honor to influence the decision process of young hockey players. The truth about college commitments is very simple. Anything before their senior ...
Daily Dish: Prospect Exposure
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 1 day ago
JuniorHockey.com gets a number of emails each week from players and parents asking why their team (or league) does not get coverage on the site. The answer is simple, the team or league is not that interested in ...
DAILY DISH: Don't Let A Lack of Discipline Blindfold Your Career
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 3 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 ...
Daily Dish: Veteran's Dilemma
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 4 days ago
Mason is a nineteen year-old, 2nd line NAHL defender. He has been playing junior hockey since he was sixteen and living away from home for hockey since he was twelve. Mason has seen more than his fair share of coaches ...
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