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Daily Dish: Racism, Nationalism or just Stupidity?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 26 days ago
Democrat or Republican, racism and nationalism should never be a factor in hockey, regardless of individual political preferences. Hector V. got his first taste of hockey at one of the LA Kings street events when he was just five ...
Daily Dish: Merge Junior and Midget Hockey?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 27 days 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: In the Parking Lot?
Stephen Heisler • 1 mo., 28 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. Many junior operators treat their programs like a bank treats certificate ...
DAILY DISH: Confidence on Ice
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 3 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 ...
Daily Dish: Enough of the Dumb Stuff
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 4 days ago
The differences between the pay to play junior programs of USA Hockey, the United States Premier Hockey League, and AAU's United Hockey Union are becoming few and far between. In reality, the battle between the groups is far off the ...
Daily Dish: Loyalty
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 5 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 ...
DAILY DISH: Don't Let A Lack of Discipline Blindfold Your Career
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 6 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 coaches and ...
Best Of The Daily Dish: Meat Market Recruiting
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 9 days ago
We are getting calls every day now. Players are being more selective than ever, and with so many different leagues and opportunities to choose from, it's no wonder that coaches are concerned. And they should ...
Daily Dish: Let 'Em Play
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 10 days ago
At any given time during a season, there is an average of five unprotected players on the ice with each United States Hockey League, North American Hockey League, and Canadian Junior Hockey League club. Should USA Hockey and Hockey ...
Daily Dish: NA3HL Step to NAHL and Beyond
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 11 days ago
Did you read the likely spoon-fed United States Premier Hockey League propaganda that was printed on that other website yesterday? Really now, that's how bad it is on the brownside? Is every article ...
Daily Dish: Gauge of Development
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 13 days ago
There are a number of various opinions in regards to the ultimate gauge of a country's developmental program. Is it the NHL Draft? World Juniors? World Championships? Olympics? I think it is a combination of ...
Daily Dish: Labor Of Love
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 18 days ago
Wenatchee Wild (British Columbia Hockey League) bench boss Bliss Littler is the winningest head coach in USA Hockey history at the Tier I and II levels for a reason…he simply puts in the work. It takes an ...
DAILY DISH: School Ties to Community Support
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 19 days ago
A lot of junior hockey clubs make up a ton of excuses about why their communities don't support the team at the gate. Teams that want support from their communities should do something to support their community. Just about ...
Daily Dish: Can't Miss to Can't Play
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 20 days ago
Choices. We all have to make them; most of us have more than a few that we would like to go back and change. Oh yes, the grand what if can set the mind on a whirlwind of day dreams. The path of least ...
Daily Dish: Which Hockey Player Are You?
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 24 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 ...
Daily Dish: Pay-to-Play Mafia is Hindering Development
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 25 days ago
The pinnacle of junior hockey success should be climbing out of the structure and into the collegiate and professional game. Part of that climb should be the ability to freely move up to a higher level ...
Daily Dish: Anatomy Of A Championship
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 26 days ago
Everybody feels like they are a contender at training camp. Sometimes optimism can get the best of us before the hard dose of reality can set in. Every league has a set of favorites before the first puck is ...
Daily Dish: Nine Qualities To Be A Good Captain
Stephen Heisler • 2 mos., 27 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, when the ...
DAILY DISH: Hockey Core Fitness
Stephen Heisler • 3 mos., 1 day ago
In the past we spent a lot of time talking about psychological fitness so today we're going to get into the importance of proper physical core training as it relates to the high end junior hockey ...
DAILY DISH: Making the Most of Junior Hockey
Stephen Heisler • 3 mos., 1 day ago
Many players get into junior hockey with the single goal of moving up to the college game. The problem for a large portion of these young men is the ineffective use of time and resources leading up to the ...
DAILY DISH: Friendly Reminder
Stephen Heisler • 3 mos., 2 days ago
One of the most overlooked benefits of being involved in the great game of hockey is the development of lifelong friendships. From mini mites to the National Hockey League, every player can tell ...
DAILY DISH: Five Steps to Being a Better Teammate
Stephen Heisler • 3 mos., 3 days ago
Most of us have played on teams since childhood so we have gotten accustomed to the pre-season when first joining a team and getting to know the other players. It's during this time period when first impressions are ...
Daily Dish: NHL-CHL Agreement is Handcuffing Adult Players
Stephen Heisler • 3 mos., 4 days ago
An 18 year-old is an adult that should have the right to make adult decisions. One of those decisions should include the right to step outside of the amateur developmental process ...
DAILY DISH: Pay-to-Player Retention
Stephen Heisler • 3 mos., 10 days ago
DAILY DISH: Player retention 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 ...
Daily Dish: Career Up in Smoke?
Stephen Heisler • 3 mos., 11 days ago
What is the single word that can force just about any college hockey coach to think again about a prospect? Marijuana. We have confirmation that one junior organization had a ...
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