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Watch and learn

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

Video is a fantastic teaching and learning tool for young hockey players. Just think of how often in a given day players are watching videos on their phones or online. As parents and coaches, this technology simply wasn’t available to us growing up, so we might not be as attuned to it as our kids are. Most young people are visual learners, so we need to teach them in a way that they’ll best absorb the information.

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Mark Frankenfeld spearheads growth of NAHL

 

By Chris Bagwell

In less than two weeks, the 12th annual NAHL Showcase Tournament will take place at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. It is one of junior hockey’s largest and most exciting events as it brings hockey talent from across the country under one roof. From Sept. 17-21, all 24 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the arena.

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The Hockey Doc: Early season conditioning

 

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

 

Question: I prepare for the upcoming season, what can I do to avoid injuries?

Answer: Pre-season and early season training programs should focus on mobility (flexibility), stability (muscle coordination and control), strengthening and short interval cardiovascular training to prevent injury. Combining all four of these components are important and should vary in amount of time based on age, skill level, previous injury, and the time of the athletic season (preseason vs. early vs. late).

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Not exactly vacation time

 Summer is the busiest time of the year at the Schwan Super Rink

 

By Barclay Kruse
National Sports Center Chief Communications Officer

Anyone who thinks hockey players spend their summers at the cabin or settle down with a fishing rod will have their minds changed by stopping by the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine during any day during the summer months. The U.S.’s largest ice arena is busy — beyond busy some weekends — during the warmest months of the year.

 

 The Super Rink keeps ice in six of its eight rinks, so it’s critical to fill the ice from a business standpoint, but Pete Carlson, the Super Rink’s Operations and Programs Director believes there’s also a growing demand for summer hockey programs.

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Duluth Heritage Sports Center wins 2014 Hockey Hotdish Tournament

Six-year-old facility voted as the best ambassador for hockey in Minnesota
 

Congratulations to the Duluth Heritage Sports Center (DHSC) on winning the 2014 Hockey Hotdish Tournament. The DHSC was voted by the readers of Let’s Play Hockey as the best ambassador for hockey in Minnesota, defeating legendary coach Herb Brooks in the championship match with 67 percent of the final vote.

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