A lesson from Thunder Hill Speedway

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Fourth of July night I was out with my friend, John Zweber. John is an attorney by trade. This night, however, he was performing his second job. Well, it’s not so much a job as it is a hobby. He was the “flag-man” at Thunder Hill raceway just outside of Menomonie, Wis. I could not have been at a better venue for a night synonymous for the celebrating of the gaining of our independence as a nation.

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Great teams: The need for active participation, positive dissent and leadership

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

I suspect the very reason many of us have chosen for and believe in team sports for our youth is that our youngsters we love and care about will learn the many important concepts involved in “team.” This includes the concepts of teamwork and the leadership skills needed to be productive and effective team members. Our youth will eventually graduate to “real life” teams of many kinds and the skills they learn will be put to work on these various teams. The teams they will graduate to will include small teams like marriages and bigger teams in corporations, community organizations or even government.

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Olympic observations

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The Olympic hockey venue in Sochi again brought out the best the world has to offer on ice. Like many hockey enthusiasts, I was glued to the TV to watch the drama play out. Following are a few of my thoughts.

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The Law of Jante

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The hockey season is reaching its annual climax. The Minnesota High School Hockey tournament is now over. College hockey is in the heart of its playoff run to the crowning of a new national champion. It is a fun time of year with the NHL just weeks away from the greatest team tournament in sport: the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Reflections on coaching in Norway

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

As of Feb. 7, we here in Norway and the Get Ligaen are on Olympic break. We do not play another league game until Feb. 23, a break of more than two weeks. Once we get back in action, the remainder of the regular season is just five games. We will play those five games over an 11-day span – basically every other day. The playoffs will begin shortly thereafter and again go mostly every other day. The remainder of the season, once started, is going to be a grind and very competitive.

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