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Daily Dish: The Clueless and Classless-
Stephen Heisler • 3 mos., 8 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 • 3 mos., 9 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 • 3 mos., 16 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 • 3 mos., 20 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 • 3 mos., 22 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 • 3 mos., 23 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 • 3 mos., 27 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 • 3 mos., 29 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 • 3 mos., 30 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 • 4 mos., 4 days 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 • 4 mos., 7 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 • 4 mos., 12 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 • 4 mos., 13 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 • 4 mos., 14 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 ...
Daily Dish: NCAA Opportunity Crunch –
Stephen Heisler • 4 mos., 20 days ago
College hockey players and prospects are experiencing a time period like no other in history. With every current NCAA player getting an extra year of eligibility, the developmental system is trying to crunch two years of players into a ...
Daily Dish: USA Hockey Needs to Ice Non-Sanctioned Recruiting -
Stephen Heisler • 4 mos., 21 days ago
There is a dirty little secret being circulated regarding the prospect recruiting practices of many pay-to-play junior hockey teams from both sides of the sanctioned/non-sanctioned border. Would it really be a big ...
Daily Dish: Reality of Consequences -
Stephen Heisler • 4 mos., 25 days ago
It's interesting to see folks use the that's what insurance is for in response to theft, looting, and vandalism. That is ...
Daily Dish: Vaping is Increasing COVID Cases and Crushing Hockey Dreams –
Stephen Heisler • 4 mos., 28 days ago
How did vaping become an issue for junior hockey players? These young men are risking the hopes and dreams of hockey success for an instant of coolness. Junior players have a history of vices that have had catastrophic impacts on ...
Daily Dish: More Mouth Than Money? That's a Serious Hockey Problem -
Stephen Heisler • 5 mos., 2 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 those ...
Daily Dish: Time for the Reset -
Stephen Heisler • 5 mos., 5 days ago
Let us all face the ugly truth about 2020; we cannot wait for it to end. There is one thing that we CAN do to make the lost year memorable and that is to take back control of the game. Today, the players ...
Daily Dish: Let's Check Hazing Out of the Game -
Stephen Heisler • 5 mos., 11 days ago
In the same manner that society has evolved from smoking on airplanes and restaurants, the practice of hazing in hockey has ran its course and needs to be eliminated. The good old boys will respond with "it helps mold character" and ...
Best of the Daily Dish: Parental Obstruction -
Stephen Heisler • 5 mos., 12 days 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 • 5 mos., 13 days 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 • 5 mos., 18 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 • 5 mos., 19 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 ...
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