Jack Blatherwick

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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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 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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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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