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Daily Dish: Perseverance -
Stephen Heisler • 1 day, 2 hrs. 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 fate,” ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Catastrophic Consequences -
Stephen Heisler • 5 days ago
**There are teams along the east coast that feel certain standards are OK to overlook, and force players to sign a waiver in an effort to get around them. Let's set the record straight, forcing these young men to do something like ...
Daily Dish: Respect is Earned -
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 0 days ago
"TAKE HIM OUT," a coach screamed at his bench. The direction was heard across the rink, as the team made the line change, just after an opposing player scored his second goal of the night. Take him out, is that what the game has ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Cancer in the Family -
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 1 day ago
How many times have we heard junior hockey clubs refer to their team as a family? We hear it again and again from coaches as they try to build the team or as the season winds up. How can any junior hockey team model themselves after such a ...
Daily Dish: Should NA3HL Transition to Hybrid Pre-Junior? -
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 0 days ago
It happens all the time in almost every sport, a player dominates at the high school or youth levels of play but can't find the same success in junior hockey. If it was that easy, everybody would be doing it. The fact is that the junior ...
Daily Dish: When Are the Dummies Going to Get it? -
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 1 day ago
'Show your bush,” the animals screamed at the four young rookies in the changing room. 'Show your bush and dance around the room or face the swats!” What in the heck is this, some kind of strange gay porn ...
Daily Dish: Apples to Oranges -
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 5 days ago
There is a battle brewing between a few teams over the services of one particular pay-to-play prospect for next season. One team has the player protected (after playing ten games this year as a fill-in) within a league and the other team ...
Daily Dish: Low Level Pro Hockey or NAHL? -
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Has the COVID epidemic, quarantine, and political weaponry forced minor professional hockey operators to re-think the entire professional model entirely? In an age where small business has taken the blunt of the punishment, is it even ...
Best of the Daily Dish: The Host Family -
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Hosting an athlete is an exciting and rewarding experience. When a family makes the choice to welcome a young athlete into their home, or more importantly, into their family, they have the opportunity ...
Daily Dish: Another Hockey Creeper Cuffed in Colorado-
Stephen Heisler • 4 weeks ago
Jesse Davis has a lot of stamps in his hockey coaching career, but it now looks like the troubled coach's train has derailed itself straight out of hockey and into a Colorado State Prison. As the news of the coach's arrest spread ...
Daily Dish: Respect Your Elders -
Stephen Heisler • 4 weeks ago
'What do you know, you are over 50”, a young man once told me after a frank conversation regarding his lack of commitment. 'Son, it's not what you think you can do, it's about what work you are willing to do to get ...
Daily Dish: The Clueless and Classless-
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 5 days ago
In the past both Hockey Canada and USA Hockey wanted to adopt emergency legislation to remove fighting from the world's best game. I will always feel that is a knee-jerk reaction where sharper, and balanced, enforcement of the ...
Daily Dish: Cancel This Culture –
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 6 days ago
Did you hear the story about the junior hockey coach that has a long history of coaching teams with a nasty tendency to purposely injure the top players from any opposing teams? That same coach has been in the same ...
Daily Dish: Never Compromise Principles -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 13 days ago
Honesty is the basis of every productive relationship. The reality of the situation I'm about to describe is simple; the family refused to face reality. The events described occurred a few seasons back, but the story is just as relevant ...
Daily Dish: Get Control of Emotions -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 17 days 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 becoming the wave of the ...
Daily Dish: Just Say No to Trades to Free2Play to Pay2Play -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 19 days ago
A player is just not a good fit for the Tier II Bigtown Biscuits and the head coach wants to make sure that getting rid of the player does not come back to haunt the team. The best remedy? Trade him for cash to a Tier III team and restrict ...
Best Of The Daily Dish: Six Steps to Becoming a Humble Hockey Player -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 20 days 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 ...
Daily Dish: Hockey's Developmental Advantage -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 24 days ago
A gentleman from one of the NCAA sports recruiting sites was commenting, during a telephone conversation about junior hockey, why hockey is so much different than the other NCAA sports. It was hard for him to understand why it has become ...
Daily Dish: Time is Now for a Pacific Hockey League?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 26 days ago
If we have learned anything from the disastrous impact COVID has had on hockey in the last ten months, it's that we are now prepared for just about anything. The hockey brain trust of the Pacific Northwest is also learning that the ...
Daily Dish: Gem of the Rockies is Phil Oberlin and the Yellowstone Quake -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 27 days ago
It can happen, a cool stroll through the woods can turn up a treasure just by turning over a few stones in the water. One never really knows when a casual conversation (about a goalie none the less) can lead to a ...
Daily Dish: National Team Development Program Keeps Delivering -
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 1 day ago
Did we really believe? When USA Hockey first announced the National Team Development Program back in 1996, I was a bit skeptical, and there were many of us in that same mindset. Maybe it was the constant jabs, from the ...
Daily Dish: Waking Up to 2021 -
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 4 days ago
My biggest fear about the new year is that it's now old enough to drink. The sports media industry has evolved with amazing speed and scope over the last dozen years. Most of the resulting innovations are obvious and fully folded ...
Daily Dish: Anthony DeSilva (Part 3, The Enablers)
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 9 days ago
**THIS SERIES RAN LAST YEAR WITH HOPES DsSILVA WOULD VANISH. WELL, IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER ROUND BECAUSE THE MAN CONTINUES TO STALK PLAYERS COAST TO COAST. WE WILL DO THIS EVERY YEAR UNTIL THE CREEP EITHER CRAWLS ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Anthony DeSilva (Part 2, Back in the Game)
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 10 days ago
**THIS SERIES RAN LAST YEAR WITH HOPES DsSILVA WOULD VANISH. WELL, IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER ROUND BECAUSE THE MAN CONTINUES TO STALK PLAYERS COAST TO COAST. WE WILL DO THIS EVERY YEAR UNTIL THE CREEP ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Anthony DeSilva Story (Part 1, The Handcuffs)
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 11 days ago
**THIS SERIES RAN LAST YEAR WITH HOPES DsSILVA WOULD VANISH. WELL, IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER ROUND BECAUSE THE MAN CONTINUES TO STALK PLAYERS COAST TO COAST. WE WILL DO THIS EVERY YEAR UNTIL THE CREEP EITHER CRAWLS UNDER A ...
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