Jack Blatherwick

Creative minds are developed ... but not by requiring disciplined robots

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Adam Grant is a Wharton School professor of management and psychology (University of Pennsylvania) and New York Times contributor. He offers some interesting thoughts for parents, teachers and coaches (“How to raise a creative child. Step One: Back off.” NYT, Jan. 30, 2016).

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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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It’s important to remain an individual

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

In dominating the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii last weekend by 10 strokes over his nearest competitor, Jordan Spieth became only the second golfer in history to get to 30-under par in a 72-hole PGA tournament. The world No. 1 isn’t the longest hitter in a sport that is becoming a long drive-pitch-and-putt contest.

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Sometimes it’s like a morgue at Mariucci Arena

But the coach can’t be blamed for all of it

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

To lay all the blame on Don Lucia or his players for the discontent surrounding the University of Minnesota men’s hockey program (City Pages, Jan.13, 2016) is naive, at best. Having struggled as a head coach myself to win a handful of high school football and hockey games out of a thousand, I don’t pretend to be an expert on someone else’s program.

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Interdependence

Building SYNERGY with creative passing attacks

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

I was lucky to see a game the other day, and wished that every American coach could have seen the passing. One play was typical of several in this game. It started like many breakouts: The right D stepped out from behind the goal and passed to the centerman who was still moving toward the defensive end. The next pass was a quick saucer in the opposite direction to the right wing, accelerating up ice. One second later the puck was rocketed to the left wing who crossed the offensive blue line at top speed and dropped the puck to the left D.

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