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How to start a Hockey Team

Starting a hockey team, or you’ve taken over the Captain and are now running an existing team? It’s an unforgiving, and sometimes daunting, task. Here’s some hints and tips we’ve learnt on how you can run a team well. League The first most important part of starting a hockey team is figuring out where they’re going to play and the type of play. If you’re lucky to live within an hour of an ice-rink, great! You can usually research the leagues based out of the rinks there (contact the front desk and ask for the league information). Finding rinks near…

Who owns your thinking?

I have been a lucky puppy. Over the course of my 1000+ NHL games, I had the good fortune to play with and against many amazing players, Guy Lafleur in Montreal, Bobby Orr in his final NHL season playing for Chicago, Wayne Gretzky winning Cups in Edmonton and Mario Lemieux in Pittsburgh, to name a few. I also had the great honour to play against MR. HOCKEY, Gordie Howe (who passed away in 2016), as he played for the Hartford Whalers in his 22nd NHL Season. At the time I was 20 years old and Gordie was still playing in…

Elias Pettersson strives to get better every day, here are your 6..

High level performers are always striving to do more and to get better every day, they always feel there is room for improvement.  In this video Vancouver Canucks budding super star Elias Pettersson discusses his get better mindset and the selflessness of his teammates. How does one get better every day?  The answer requires some work but is relatively simple, here is a 6 step approach: Step 1 – Make a list of the areas you want to improve, it can be a physical skill, mental skill, conditioning, lifestyle, school, etc. Step 2 – Prioritize to a maximum of 3…

Akil Thomas – A perfect roll model for all athletes

By Enio Sacilotto Congratulations to the players, staff and everyone at Hockey Canada for bringing home another gold medal at the 2020 World Jr Championship! One of the greatest roll-models for our young athletes of any sport that I have seen in a long time is Akil Thomas of Team Canada’s world junior team.   He is a second round, 51st overall, NHL draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings and captain the Niagara IceDogs (OHL) (he was traded after the WJ tournament to the Peterborough Petes).  Akil is a great teammate, player and a character person, he is a man…

99% commitment is hard, 100% is easy: 4 steps to make a 100% commitment

By Enio Sacilotto Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles, famously wrote, “Successful people adhere to the ‘no exceptions rule’ when it comes to their daily disciplines. Once you make a 100-percent commitment to something, there are no exceptions.” A 99% commitment to something is very hard, a 100% commitment is easy. Here is why, when we are 99% committed to something we are faced with decisions, there is a grey area.  For example, you make a commitment to working out every day, and one of your friends calls you do something else, you tell yourself that you will miss this…

How the NHL draft works

If you’re new to hockey, you may not know how the NHL draft works – this a quick guide to understanding one of the most important times in the year for NHL hockey teams. Draft Order The 14 teams that missed the play-offs during the previous NHL season are awarded the first 14 picks of the best young hockey players between the ages of 17 and 20 from all over the world to play for their team. If a player gets picked in the draft, he has no choice but to play for the NHL team that has picked him…

DFO will contribute more than $1.5 million to youth sports in Ontario

March 2019 Dairy Farmers of Ontario has been a proud sponsor of amateur sports in Ontario for many years now. And fortunately, for those young athletes living in Canada’s second-largest province, DFO extended that commitment to funding last year when they inked a 3-year deal with the Ottawa Senators and MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Group). The partnership agreement – which will see DFO, Ottawa Senators and MLSE (Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Argonauts) combining forces to increase youth access to sports – will be funded by Dairy Farmers of Ontario at a cost of…

Senators coach says, “Milk is an essential drink for hockey players”

Chris Schwarz is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Ottawa Senators, and he likes to get to young athletes early. Why? Because he’s passionate about instilling ‘the fundamentals’ of sport, training, and the importance of play.  Whether we are destined to be an elite athlete or simply want to enjoy a full life, Chris teaches  that multi-sport learning is crucial not only to health and wellness, but to excellence in our sport of choice. He notes that the trend toward focused, single-sport training has had the side effect of diminishing young athletes’ potential.  He observes that society has shifted direction at…

Applying Your Focus To Life

Your Focus in 2019 TIME or ENERGY? January 22, 2019 | Ryan Walter 1986 Stanley Cup Champion Ryan Walter with his wife Jennifer The Big Leadership Decision in 2019!   TIME focus? Or ENERGY focus? The infamous and highly successful NBA basketball coach, Phil Jackson, was once asked about how he won championships. Phil replied with three short words: “I pay attention.” High performance is always activated and sustained by the attention of leadership.  Professional Car drivers have learned that the car goes where the eyes go. They explain that as you ‘round the corner and see an accident, if…

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