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Daily Dish: NAHL Grades After Two Days in Blaine –
Stephen Heisler • 1 day, 22 hrs. ago
After watching a handful of games, some of these teams could not compete in our league. – Canadian Junior Hockey League coach And it's true. There's a lot of rust to be worked off the generally well-oiled North American Hockey ...
Daily Dish: Captain of the Crunch -
Stephen Heisler • 3 days, 22 hrs. ago
It's on. We are closing in on the second half of September, and the pressure is on for coaches to fill the remaining holes in the roster. Some bench bosses have lost a lot of sleep trying to scratch and sniff for scraps while the smart ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Muckers, Grinders, & Pantydroppers -
Stephen Heisler • 4 days 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 physical ...
Daily Dish: Coaches Bill of Rights -
Stephen Heisler • 5 days ago
It is time. Players are better protected, owners are always out for number one, and coaches are often 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: Vaping is Increasing COVID Cases and Crushing Hockey Dreams –
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 3 days ago
**This Dish ran last fall. We are doing it again for the new natch of incoming players that have brought the vape with them.** How did vaping become an issue for junior hockey players? These young men are risking the ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Hockey Reality -
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 4 days ago
Len Lesser is an education and career consultant based in London, Ontario. The following article is one of his that has caused a stir in Canada. I have to go along with what Lesser is saying here, and I believe, so ...
Best if the Daily Dish: Career Up in Smoke?
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 6 days 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. ...
Daily Dish: Remember When?
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Growing up in Alaska, one of the fondest memories was the endless supply of ice time. The Anchorage School District and city had outdoor rinks with boards set up all over the area, Elementary ...
Daily Dish: Don't Let the Lack of Discipline Blindfold Your Career -
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Well we already 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 ...
Daily Dish: Owners' Integrity -
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 3 days ago
We often talk about integrity as it pertains to players and coaches. Today we're going to get after the owners. There are two types of team owners; the hobbyist that does it for the love of the game, or in many cases, ...
Daily Dish: Nine Qualities To Be A Good Captain -
Stephen Heisler • 3 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, ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Cougar on the Prowl -
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 6 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. ...
Daily Dish: Individual Player Marketing -
Stephen Heisler • 4 weeks 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 ...
Daily Dish: August Rush -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 2 days ago
It happens every year; pay-to-play teams start to get anxious about filling those last six to nine roster spots. These are the times that poker player coaches love the most. The good teams with excellent reputations will hold onto ...
Daily Dish: Loyalty -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 4 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, ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Ten Commandments of Junior Hockey -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 7 days 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 ...
Daily Dish: Where's the Press?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 10 days 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 very interested in promotion ...
Daily Dish: The Host Family -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 11 days ago
We ran this article years ago and have been asked to run before every season. Host families are one of the most important elements of the junior hockey developmental experience. Hosting an athlete is an exciting ...
Daily Dish: Cash Can Buy Class -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 14 days ago
It's that time of the year again as players are making plans and attending camps with hope of upgrading their development to higher levels of play. Just as any family transitions from one home to ...
Daily Dish: Captain Crunch -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 16 days ago
It's on. We are now going into the first weekend of August, and the pressure is on for coaches to complete the recruiting process. Some coaches have lost a lot of sleep trying to scratch and sniff for scraps while the smart guys are ...
Daily Dish: What Type of Player Are You?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 17 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 ...
Best of the Daily Dish: What Does the Word Integrity Really Mean to You? -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 21 days ago
In life there are few things that are as important as one's integrity. That also rings true in the game of hockey. Players and coaches alike are constantly facing situations where one's character, and ...
Daily Dish: Just Say No to 4th Liners -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 22 days ago
The goals of junior hockey are to promote, develop, and administer the domestic USA Hockey program for junior-aged players, teams and leagues. The above is the stated purpose of junior hockey in ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Hockey Players Know Who Not To Hit -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 23 days ago
Outside of boxing and martial arts, ice hockey is arguably the most violent among major sports. So why do so many more National Football League and National Basketball Association ...
Daily Dish: What's the Rush?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 28 days ago
The pathway to college hockey has never seen so many differences of opinion and detours. Make no mistake, what I am about to say is an absolute certainty. The United States Hockey League, North ...
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