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After 7 overtimes: No title, no trip, now what?

 

By Jonathan Lindahl
Head Coach, Wayzata Jr. Gold A

The time showed somewhere around 10:30 p.m., and the abandoned players’ bench told much of the story. As I grabbed my notebook and whiteboard and finally tossed the crinkled Ice Mountain bottle that I had finished sometime back in the second overtime yet for some reason had still been clutching off and on, I found myself taking mental note of all that had been left behind – everything etched in a scene of unmistakable proof, that what we had experienced this evening was different from any hockey game any of us had ever been a part of before …

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This week's cover: April 16, 2015

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April hockey thoughts

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

This is certainly one of my favorite times of the year sports wise. Spring brings with it the Masters Golf Tournament, one of the best tournaments of any kind in the world which also signals the start of the golf season for us up here in the north. Spring also brings the Stanley Cup Play-offs, THE greatest tournament of all. Increasingly I must say I get bored at times with the NHL regular season. I appreciate the great skill in the game and the grind the players go through, but when the postseason starts, it is a new grind altogether.

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Do NOT keep it simple ... at least not in the offseason

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The color commentator sounded as if he’d just seen the greatest athletic achievement in history. He was ecstatic to explain that the two teams sharing a 0-0 tie after one period “kept it simple.” This wasn’t a playoff game, where winning might arguably be the only purpose. This was regular season college hockey where one might expect improvement to be part of the long-range plan. What is it about SIMPLE that drives coaches and commentators to convince us that safe, vanilla hockey is the path to greatness? In other sports, it’s about complexity and deceptiveness, and “going for it.”

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Moving on up

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

Even though spring is finally in the air and summer is right around the corner, many of us have already started to think about next season. So I wanted to share a little bit of advice for those of you who are moving up a level next season. Whether you are making the jump from A to AA, house-league to travel, midget to junior, or minor hockey to college hockey, the same advice applies: What brought you success here won’t guarantee you success there.

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