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7:00 AM practices…need I say more? When your hockey buddies come over and raid the pantry…she’s the reason there are groceries to raid. There is not a person in the rink experiencing more anxiety during your games than your mother. She is not driving an 18.5’ Suburban because it parks... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2012 at Hockey Life Lessons
Although country music may not be the best pump-you-up lockerroom music, there is something about a great country song that can inspire you. As I was in the midst of our Saturday morning routine today, I had country music on in the background and Boondocks came on by Little Big... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2012 at Hockey Life Lessons
On one of many car rides to an early morning hockey practice, I asked my 4 year old son what type of book he may like for a Christmas present, he said he wanted a hockey book and a superhero book. I replied that he’d have to choose one or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2012 at Hockey Life Lessons
As I sit in the midst of the Stanley Cup playoffs, I have great admiration for these athletes who are so committed to pursuing victory. They’ve trained for many years to become the best at what they do. They’ve travelled a difficult and challenging road with many sacrifices made along... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2011 at Hockey Life Lessons
2010 was an eventful year for ice hockey in our house. Here are the Top 5 in no particular order: My oldest son, Charlie, starting Learn to Skate and beginning his journey with hockey Flying across the pond to play 4 games in Germany, tour and spend time with a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
The stage is set and it doesn’t get any better than this. Your hockey family together. The best hockey players in the world gathered on one sheet of ice. A nation’s bragging rights at stake. The Gold medal game. Overtime. Now imagine Team USA and Team Canada playing a mean... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
There is much controversy surrounding a youth hockey coach who was recently suspended for leaving a game mid-way through due to a racial slur directed at one of his players. Through all of the articles, blogs, and discussions everyone seems to be calling this a ‘principled stand’ and calling for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
Once I began coaching, I developed a different perspective than I had as a goalie. When you play the game, you tend to focus on the battle at hand. It’s one game at a time, one period at a time, one shot at a time. Coaches see the big picture.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
As a goaltender, I recall several very specific goals that I allowed during my playing career. One goal in particular sticks in my mind. I don’t remember who it was against. I don’t remember the score or even whether we won or lost. I just remember letting in a goal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
Many who read this article, think the losers are the kids who can't play hockey anymore or maybe some have pity for the couple being vandalized. The real loser in this neighborhood is the game of hockey to which all involved have brought disgrace. Based on the facts presented in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
“It’s all your fault. It’s all your fault. It’s all your fault. Sieve. Sieve. Sieve. Sieve. Sieve. Sieve. You just suck. You just suck. You just suck.” Such was the chant coming from the student body after each home team goal at a recent college hockey game. After getting scored... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
Several years ago, my youth hockey team was playing game-one of a three-game preliminary round in a very competitive tournament. It was against a tough opponent and we were battling with all our might to come out on top. Our goaltender at the time had given up two goals in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
Vladislav Tretiak said “There is no position in sport as noble as goaltending.” From a mental toughness perspective, being an ice hockey goaltender is one of the toughest positions in all of sports. Every game, a goalie must deal with failures. Some are minor, such as giving up a low... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
After watching a thrilling end to the Michigan State - Notre Dame game yesterday, I commented to my buddies how much more exciting college football is compared to the professional level. They agreed. There is something special about watching high level athletes compete for nothing more than the love of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
I came across an interesting article on MSN which suggests 6 skills that parents should teach their teen children, including laundry, cleaning, car maintenance, making appointments, cooking and managing money. Learning these fundamental skills is important. No doubt about it. Every young adult needs to know how to do all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
At eleven years of age, I learned an important lesson that I still carry with me to this day. It was the start of ice hockey season…not House hockey anymore, I had made a travel hockey team. During the previous year in House hockey, I played in goal for almost... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
Welcome to Hockey Life Lessons! A blog dedicated to sharing the many lessons that hockey has taught me about life and also a blog dedicated to sharing the many lessons that life has taught me about hockey. It is designed for hockey players, parents, coaches and others who may be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2010 at Hockey Life Lessons
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