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Best of the Daily Dish: Parental Obstruction -
Stephen Heisler • 1 hr., 21 mins. ago
Forgive them for they know not what they do...Hockey parents have always been known to hover over the line between what is acceptable and what is not. When emotions ...
Daily Dish: NCDC Bubble Hockey
Stephen Heisler • 1 day, 12 hrs. ago
It looks like the United States Premier Hockey League's NCDC Division is going to move the entire operation to sunny Florida. Well, I'm pretty sure they are not going to let me in. But hey, this is Florida and we ...
Daily Dish: Who's Better? It's Time for a Single Junior National Championship -
Stephen Heisler • 6 days ago
I get March Madness every spring and don't even like basketball. Why not let the bodies hit the floor and do the same thing for junior hockey here in the United States? Do the North American Hockey League and United States Hockey League ...
Daily Dish: The American Gift -
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 0 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 American ice hockey ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Money Changes Everything -
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 4 days ago
Despite popular opinion, I don't have the cool million and a half dollars it would take to acquire a North American Hockey League franchise and fund it for an entire season. That is the kind of ...
Daily Dish: Coach Classless and Clueless -
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 6 days ago
There is not an acceptable reason in existence for a coach to address players from the opposing team during a game. Yelling and screaming at another team's players simply informs all that witness the outburst the true measure of the ...
Daily Dish: The Transition From Prospect to Pro -
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 0 days ago
Talent is a fantastic gift that is often wasted. It takes more than talent to transition from a professional prospect to a full-time professional player. Many athletes rely on natural abilities and downplay the need to work ...
Daily Dish: Family's Loss is Heaven's Gain -
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 0 days ago
The hockey community is mourning again after the passing of 13-year-old Noah Dugas. The North Bay (ONT) Trappers' blueliner captured the heart of the hockey world with his courageous battle against a brain clot earned the ...
Daily Dish: Live, Play, Develop and Be Victorious -
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Victorious is more than just any word and it means many things to many people. So before we get too deep into this thought, let's see what the old dictionary has to say about it. ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Do's and Don'ts of a Law Enforcement Detention -
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 6 days ago
My good friend Jeronimo Gil wrote this last year and it will now be featured every year because the important information never ages. Please share with every player you know. by Jeronimo GilYou had a great game, went out with ...
Daily Dish: Hockey's Biggest Headache Are the Headhunters -
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 0 days ago
After watching another glorious weekend of junior hockey I have come to a serious conclusion; somebody is going to have to die before the game does something substantial to eliminate the headhunters. The game is ...
Daily Dish: Pay-to-Player Retention
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
It's kind of funny when we see coaches squirm. I asked a number of pay-to-play coaches about this topic and could not get a single response. It's a tough subject that we are talking about today. What are some of the major reasons a ...
Daily Dish: My Manifesto 2020 -
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Like everything else in the imperfect world, the game continues to evolve, and my personal vision for the game is going to evolve as well. I can only imagine that it does for most of you too. To keep everything in real-time ...
Daily Dish: Racial Double Standard Ices NHL Prospect -
Stephen Heisler • 4 weeks ago
Warning. I'm fired up and will be shooting from the hip. If you like a lot of sugar in your coffee, this might be a good time to exercise your free agency and back button your way out ...
Daily Dish: Make Individual Player Development Count -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 2 days ago
It has been said it before and I will say it again; the point of junior hockey is to raise each player's individual level of skill in preparation for college or professional hockey. We have seen way too many players actually lower ...
Daily Dish: Zaniboni Ready For the Next Level? Yes!
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 4 days ago
Loyalty is not a word that is taken lightly in the life of hockey coach Bill Zaniboni and his family. As one of pay-to-play hockey's most successful head coaches, the Seahawks Hockey Club (Eastern Hockey League) head coach ...
Daily Dish: Still Trying To Cash In On 2019-20 COVID Interrupted Season?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 5 days ago
Imagine the shock when a parent gets an email from last year's youth team demanding the balance of fees for the part of the season that was never played. These fees were to cover hotel and travel expenses, billeting, practice ...
Daily Dish: Is It Time To Reconsider 3HL Drafts and Tenders? -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 9 days ago
With so many other options to consider, why does the North American 3 Hockey League continue to utilize a draft and/or tender agreements to lock players into teams? I can't stand either system and here is why. Drafts We live in ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Is it Time for the Zero-Tolerance Alcohol Policy? -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 12 days ago
This article was first posted back in 2013 and is now one that get's reprinted every season...it's an important message that every player, parent, billet, coach, and administrator needs to see. Despite COVID, this issue has already been ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Jon Cooper to the NHL Lightning? -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 13 days ago
First Published Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 -- Do you think we were on to something?The Tampa Bay Lightning are struggling and are in need of a spark, could former NAHL & USHL bench boss Jon Cooper provide the ...
Daily Dish: The Anchor -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 16 days ago
Why has climbing the developmental system's ladder become so difficult? Over the last few weeks we've heard about two situations where players have been punished for seeking opportunities at higher levels of play. In one ...
Daily Dish: You Are Not On The Team Yet -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 20 days ago
'My son is heartbroken that he was released after training camp!” Yes, that is happening now, and it will continue for the next several weeks. When it comes to free-to-play junior, college, and pro hockey.... ...
Daily Dish: Is It Time to Bite the Billet?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 25 days ago
In the last week, teams and leagues have been forced to address a number of COVID scares due in part to the system of billeting that the level of play has come to depend on. The age-old thought that "boys will be boys" is now ...
Daily Dish: Catastrophic Consequences -
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 26 days ago
"OK boys listen up, we are going to let you guys get over to Gotham on your own, so carpool up and save your gas receipts, the team will reimburse you," the coach told his players after Thursday's practice. "Hey, no speeding and ...
Daily Dish: Realities of College Commitments -
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 0 days ago
Junior hockey programs have a way of treating college commitments like a badge of honor to influence the decision process of younger prospective hockey players. The truth about college commitments is very simple. Anything thing ...
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