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Daily Dish: Loyalty
Stephen Heisler • 15 hrs. 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, but ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Cougar on the Prowl
Stephen Heisler • 2 days, 15 hrs. 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 ...
Daily Dish: Money's Overwhelming Influence
Stephen Heisler • 3 days, 15 hrs. ago
Hey coach listen, I have plenty of money and will throw $100,000 into the club, but you have to play my kid every game. Sounds like something from a Demi Moore movie right? Unfortunately, it is not. The epidemic of financial influence has ...
Daily Dish: Is It Time to Eliminate 18U AAA Hockey?
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 1 day ago
There have been a number of discussions in the past concerning the possible merger of the midget and junior levels of play. I feel that such a collective management structure would enhance the developmental system while wrangling a bit of ...
Daily Dish: What Type of Player Are You?
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 3 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 ...
Daily Dish: Hockey's Asymptomatic Social Dingbat
Stephen Heisler • 1 week, 4 days ago
Before getting started, let's say this; the only reason this is a hockey story is because the person we are about to toss under the bus does his thing in the name of hockey. His company also specifically targets younger hockey ...
Daily Dish: Dreamers
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 1 day ago
"My son has played his backside off for you in each of the last three seasons," the angry hockey mom told the junior hockey team's head coach. "I can't understand why other players are getting to school while my boy has not had a ...
Daily Dish: What Does the Word Integrity Really Mean to You?
Stephen Heisler • 2 weeks, 2 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 reputation, is being ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Guest Disher Cliff Cook
Cliff Cook • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
As I found myself suckered into a no-win conversation the other day regarding Tier III junior hockey, really my own fault, several things began to occur to me; some I've thought about for years and ...
Daily Dish: What's the Rush?
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 1 day 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 American Hockey ...
Daily Dish: Is it Time to Just Say No to 4th Liners?
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 3 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 the United States. Let's ask the game's ...
DAILY DISH: Ignorance of Profanity
Stephen Heisler • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
There is no place in the game of hockey for the use of profanity. Coaches with a high degree of respect for the game, and themselves, refrain from profanity. Those that do use it are reverting back to youthful ...
Daily Dish: Janesville's Lennie Childs is the Lenergizer -
Stephen Heisler • 4 weeks ago
Lennie Childs (Silver Springs MD) was never going to be a prototypical hockey player or coach. In fact, the Janesville Jets associate head coach has been breaking molds and barriers since his first days on the ice ...
Daily Dish: Plant the Seed and Get the Green
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 0 days ago
No, money does not grow on trees. That much is certainly true unless we're talking about fruits and nuts. Hockey teams do have the opportunity to plant a different type of seed that can go a great distance to bringing in the green. It is ...
Daily Dish: Time to Update Antiquated Alcohol Laws?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 2 days ago
Everything about the United States stands for freedom, the image of our young soldiers and athletes parading victoriously has been embedded into the world's consciences. Well that same world is laughing at us because we have the ...
Daily Dish: Get Noticed
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 6 days ago
There is much more to the player identification game than just statistics. Players that strive to be more than just a number, size, or numerical performance should pay close attention. Those that feel they have mastered the game need not ...
Daily Dish: Coyote Ugly
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 9 days ago
Coyote Ugly Definition:1) Waking up from a drunken stupor to find that your sexual partner of the previous night is not only ghastly, but is sleeping with his/her head resting on your arm. The only way to escape, without waking the beast, ...
Daily Dish: ECHL Teams Considering the COVID Crossover to the NAHL?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 14 days ago
ECHL teams are braced for a sequence of major changes due to the consequences of COVID-19. Professional teams from Kansas City, Allen, Wichita and Tulsa are in a prime position to join a number of former ...
Daily Dish: Strange State of the Game
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 15 days ago
With the month of June just a few days away, and thinking the 60-day extended weekend might be coming to an end, maybe it's time to talk about the strange state of the game. The plan here is to steer ...
Daily Dish: Beating the Odds
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 20 days ago
Let us go ahead and say this first, today's Dish is not going to be necessarily about hockey. In fact, the only link to the game is in regard to my personal health and battle with a forever ...
Daily Dish: Are You in the Parking Lot?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 22 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. As this COVID-19 event continues to take bites out of the game, and junior hockey, ...
Daily Dish: Supercharge Your Game
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 23 days ago
Confidence is the most important asset in any young hockey player's toolbox. Confidence is often measured by on-ice success but is more about the individual's belief in his (or her) own ability. The player may have all the physical ...
Daily Dish: Perfect Time for the Deregulation of American Junior Hockey
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 27 days ago
How did the purest sport on earth get so complicated and dirty? The simple answer is pure greed. The current COVID-19 situation has turned the hockey world completely upside down, maybe now is the time to shake it up. There's never been a ...
Daily Dish: All Mouth No Cash
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 30 days ago
In the old days it was customary to see somebody's house getting blown up on this column. Those days are behind us, for the most part, but once in a while I'll fire up the furnace for an encore performance. This could be one of ...
DAILY DISH: Don't Let A Lack of Discipline Blindfold Your Career
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 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 ...
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