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Daily Dish: Cancer in the Family
Stephen Heisler • 2 days, 5 hrs. 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: Monday Mash
Stephen Heisler • 5 days ago
Sorry for the abbreviated Mash today, we've been dealing with a family emergency since Saturday. More about that at the end. As much as I love Alaska, it's difficult staying up for the games to finish after a Saturday all-nighter and ...
Daily Dish: Canadian Fake'n
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 2 days ago
"I don't know about your boy there Heisler," the veteran North American Hockey League coach said during one of the league's main camps earlier this year. "His body language and attitude is just horrible." That should have ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Drugs and Hockey Do Not Mix!
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 3 days ago
Former North American Hockey League bench boss Chuck Linkenheld is a good friend and somebody I have a lot of respect for. In light of a number of recent issues regarding marijuana and other various drugs of choice, I thought it ...
Daily Dish: Monday Mash
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 5 days ago
Now that the Mash is back, the flow of information has slowed to a trickle. Trust me folks, that's just a knee-jerk reaction from an otherwise very talkative group that's on their best behavior. That wont last long. Speaking of ...
Daily Dish: Social (Media) Injustice or Stupidity?
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Players hear about it all the time but for some reason the message misses the mark for some players. Don't say something on any social media platform that would upset your grandparents, parents, or future in-laws. When are people going to ...
Daily Dish: Monday Mash
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Now that the 2019-20 season is well under way, it's time to once again fire up the Monday Mash. We are always up for a little fun and adventure so let's get the Mash party started. NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUEI'm never ...
Daily Dish: Pay-to-Play Peanut Brains
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 1 day ago
It's just a few weeks into the young season and we're already hearing about coaches hitting the panic button. You know the one that just now realizes they have come up a bit short. Imagine the frustration of a young player ...
Daily Dish:Independent Junior Hockey
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
There seams to be a ton of interest from prospective operators of free-to-play hockey teams and communities these days. Unlike inquires from years past, the latest trend may actually find itself from the talking stage to ...
Daily Dish: NAHL Simply the Best
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 5 days ago
When it comes to putting on the greatest junior level Showcase on ice, there's not a league on the planet that compares to the North American Hockey League. From day one of their annual event in Blaine (MN) to Amarillo's ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Zero Tolerance?
Stephen Heisler • 4 weeks ago
Today I want to touch on a subject that will not be very popular, but in reality it's very important that everybody involved with junior hockey take notice. There's no such thing as casual drug (and alcohol) use. There's also no ...
Daily Dish:Individual Player Development
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 6 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: Tier III National Championship?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 9 days ago
So tell me, am I the only one that sees right through all these league rankings baloney and would rather see such disagreements play itself out in the most logical venue; on the ice? Since USA Hockey is now really sanctioning ...
Daily Dish: It's Time to Dump Pay2Play Drafts
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 10 days ago
You live in a decent area, and are lucky enough to have the favorite grocery store only a few miles from your house. The chain that your store is a part of has five other locations in the region. One day a letter comes in the ...
Daily Dish: Seat Stuffer
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 13 days ago
Every junior hockey team in America would like to create a larger demand for their product. Below is a concept that not only stuffs your empty seats, but also gives the players a huge sense of responsibility. As a parent, I know the ...
Daily Dish: Major Junior vs NCAA
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 14 days ago
When two completely different levels of play are in competition for the same level of player, the battle is going to be fierce. College Hockey, Inc. was formed to combat the three leagues that make up the Canadian Hockey League and their ...
Daily Dish: Is It Time For A Junior Hockey Revolution?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 17 days ago
Before we get into the meat and potatoes of today's Daily Dish let me say this; the concept that follows is not about raiding teams from existing leagues, it is simply an idea that has a bit of traction with operators across the ...
Daily Dish: Transition From Prospect to Pro
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 21 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 athlete. Many athletes rely on natural abilities and downplay the ...
Daily Dish: USA Hockey Open Cup? Why Not?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 23 days ago
Picture this: A packed Madison Square Gardens in New York City, a junior team from Waterloo, led by a hot goaltender and excellent team play, is set to square off against the New York Rangers in the semi-finals of USA Hockey's Open Cup. A ...
Daily Dish—Have arena, zamboni, and fans…Beaumont just needs a team
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 24 days ago
Happiness, hurricanes, and all the comforts of home, bring your puck to Beaumont. Houston is an hour or so away, but a world apart. Beaumont never had a clue about the frozen game until plans for Ford Park ...
Daily Dish: Individual Player Marketing
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 28 days 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 player (and his ...
Daily Dish: Original Perspective
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 0 days ago
It's amazing! That other guy posts "league rankings" on an annual basis in a biased effort to discourage families from considering one league over others. And every year we get calls and texts from clients in a panic over where ...
Daily Dish: Captain Crunch
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 1 day ago
It's on. We are into the last few weekends 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 already ...
Daily Dish: Guest Disher Cliff Cook
Cliff Cook • 2 mos., 6 days ago
Why Missoula?Well, first let me address something else at the risk of upsetting people in my own league, there is good hockey all over the country in a variety of leagues. There, I said it. Stephen Heisler and I have been friends for many ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Central Hockey League dead?
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 7 days ago
GEM FROM JUNE 2011and they thought I was crazy to suggest such a thing... Earlier this year we got crucified for suggesting that as many as eight teams would be leaving the Central Hockey League this spring and summer. Aside ...
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