Articles

Your kid and my kid are not playing in the pros

 

By Louis M. Profeta MD

I don’t care if your 8-year-old can throw a baseball through six inches of plywood. He is not going to the pros. I don’t care if your 12-year-old scored seven touchdowns last week in Pop Warner. He is not going to the pros. I don’t care if your 16-year-old made first team all-state in basketball. He is not playing in the pros. I don’t care if your freshman in college is a varsity scratch golfer, averaging two under par. He isn’t playing in the pros.

Read more: Your kid and my kid are not playing in the pros

Finding the right pair of skates

 

By Diane Ness

 

As hockey camps are in full swing, I have seen many younger skaters who are in need of a different pair of skates. Buying the proper fitting skate for every skater is essential.

When trying to buy skates, fit, type of skate, stiffness of a boot and sharpening are some things to consider. This is the most important piece of equipment a skater can have. Parents may be able to cut costs on some other equipment, but make sure to invest in a good pair of skates. There are so many choices out there so here are some things to consider.

Read more: Finding the right pair of skates

Catching up with Collins & Glover

 

By Chris Bagwell

In the June edition of Let’s Play Hockey, Jack Glover and Ryan Collins talked about their potential selections in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Both are highly-touted, Minnesota-born defensemen who played the last two years with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Among North American skaters, Central Scouting had Glover ranked at No. 38 and Collins at No. 57. So where did these players end up being drafted and how was their experience?

Read more: Catching up with Collins & Glover

What’s trending?

 

By Chris Pryor

 

Hockey is not unlike society in that periodically there are certain “trends” that arise and are closely watched by the hockey community. This might be size, speed, skill or whatever the case may be.

It’s usually in the equation and overall solution on how to win the ultimate prize – the Stanley Cup. However, this can be dangerous. That team can be seemingly constantly “chasing their tail.” One year they want a big team, the next a fast team and the next they want skill. Most often than not, you find yourself a step behind.

Read more: What’s trending?

The No. 1 weakest skill of girls’ hockey players

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

If you had to guess what the No. 1 weakest skill is of girls’ hockey players, what would it be? A few weeks back, I was sitting in a classroom, alongside elite level coaches from all over the country, listening to a presentation given by a national expert in skill development of female players. One of the coaches asked the presenter what he thought was the single biggest skill deficiency in female players. And I thought to myself, it’s got to be shooting, or the mental game, or the ability to see and use open ice. But that’s not what he said.  Without hesitation, he said “giving and receiving passes.”

Read more: The No. 1 weakest skill of girls’ hockey players