Jack Blatherwick

Jean Béliveau: Le Gros Bill

The antithesis of hockey development today

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Jean Béliveau, or “Le Gros Bill” in Quebec, played on 10 Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Canadiens teams, and as if that wasn’t enough, he joined management to win seven more. Because so many in Canada are memorializing him as a person and player after his recent death, I’ll write for a different purpose.

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Learning to skate ... off the ice

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Helping beginning skaters learn the feeling of an efficient stride is about as complicated as playing a simple game like Follow the Leader. I watched a Russian coach do it … off-ice.

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Want to be a strong, explosive skater?

 

Study the photos from Diane Ness’ column from last week’s edition of Let’s Play Hockey

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Diane Ness’ column and three photos last week (LPH, Nov. 13) are so profound, I’m taking this week off. The best thing I can do is ... well … do nothing. If you want to be a great skater, study her column: “The load, the push, the extension.”

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The way you practice skating ... is the way you will skate in the future

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Neuroscience in 2014 offers visible evidence through MRI scans that when young folks (defined as all ages up into the early 20s) lie on a couch all day or play soccer with quickness and agility, read books or solve math problems, sprint fast or jog slowly, practice piano improvisationally or by reading the notes on paper, memorize answers for an upcoming test or challenge the basis of those answers with creative thinking, whatever they do repeatedly is what they become – or, at the very least, it will require moving a mountain to change the course of this repetition.

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A Christmas gift

The BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation is for EVERYONE with spinal cord injuries

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Having just seen the TV ad in which players are tapping their sticks in salute, I thought everyone should understand the purpose of the BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation. None of the proceeds go to Jack Jablonski or his family, but it is their idea to support the dreams of everyone with spinal cord injuries (SCI). All proceeds go to research projects around the country and therapeutic exercise programs like the advanced ABLE program at Courage Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

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