Jack Blatherwick

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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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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An unreported reason to play high school sports

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Several writers have contributed excellent thoughts recently in Let’s Play Hockey regarding the decisions faced by players who are encouraged to leave high school early and play junior hockey – or enroll in (for-profit) AAA hockey 12 months of the year. I will not duplicate their message, but instead will mention a factor that is extremely important, and has not been discussed: recent observations in the neuroscience of adolescent development.

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The Minnesota Wild: A great model for youth hockey

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Watching the Minnesota Wild play keep away from the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning (a 7-2 shellacking on Oct. 25), it was easy to see why folks can get overly enthusiastic about their chances this season. As I sat in a traffic jam the next day (a parking lot in the middle of I-94) I listened to a self-proclaimed expert on the radio, sharing ‘inside information’ on every subject: the Vikings/Gophers’ QB strengths and weaknesses, World Series lowdown, Ebola, ISIS and … “The Wild will win the Stanley Cup.”

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Start fun “strength training” with first-year Mites

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Michael Crowe has spent a lifetime as a speedskater and coach, first in the United States, and now in Canada’s highly successful development program. His dryland workouts are legendary for their creative approach to skating improvement.

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