Articles

Officially Speaking: Seizing an opportunity

 

By Mark Lichtenfeld

 

As OS readers know, referees loathe the USA Hockey open book and closed book exams. For years, there have been rumblings in the ranks concerning the phraseology, language, grammar and relevancy of the questions asked of us veteran officials. Often, there is no single correct answer. Even seasoned professionals have trouble deciphering what the scope of the questioner’s inquiry is supposed to be.

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The Hockey Doc: Prepatellar bursitis on the front of the knee

By Dr. Rob LaPrade
http://drrobertlaprademd.com

 

Question: I hit my right knee hard into the boards when I was checked. Over the past week, I have developed swelling, like a baseball, over the front of one of my knees. I’ve been told that it is a bursitis -what should I do about it? Should I get an MRI?

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How did she do that?

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

The best female hockey players in the world have got all the basic skills down pat – they can all skate, pass, shoot, stickhandle and check effectively. For many young players, being able to execute basic skills at the right time, while under pressure and while moving at high speeds is very challenging, but when you put the best players from across the country together to compete for a spot on the national team, you can see that they’ve all got the ability. So if they can all do the basic things well, what separates the best in this group from the rest?

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Fantasy camping, Miracle on Ice style

 

By Emily Dennin

It’s no exaggeration to say that since 1980, the U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey Team’s victory over Russia holds a distinct place in sports history, even named the greatest sports moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated.

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QB defensemen: Every team wants them

But their skills are not cultivated, and mistakes not forgiven

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

My friend and former co-assistant coach, John Hamre, wrote an insightful column about offensive defensemen (LPH, Jan. 21, 2016), filled with facts and examples. It cannot be stated and re-stated too often, so I risk some redundancy here. We must train young defensemen for the skills and poise to quarterback the transition from defense to offense.

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