Give the gift of love ... and free time

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The holiday season brings many of us back home to share in the love and joy of family. It is a great time of year. I cannot think of anything more important.

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“Play, work, have fun and see where it all leads.”

Longtime strength and conditioning coach Kevin Ziegler teaches lessons beyond the physical

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

This holiday season I want to talk about one of the finest hockey people I have ever known. He is also one of the finest people I have ever known. Kevin Ziegler played college football at Iowa State. He studied and trained to serve others in the service of personal well-being physically. Kevin also knew the weight room well. Back in the day, he along with a couple of partners, started a weight training facility – Youth Pro Training in Bloomington.

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A call for some new hockey stats

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Most teams keep statistics. Many of these stats give us information we can use. It is common for teams to record and know face-offs won, hits, shots on goal, and of course, the ultimate stat – the score. Some of these stats have been kept for ages, some are newer. The information provided in these stats can tell us lots of things. I, for example, often look at a forward’s stat sheet at the end of a night and look at the S column, which stands for “shots” on goal. I look not only at the individual, but also his/her entire line.

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What does good coaching look like?

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Every so often a kind soul would pass my way and say something like, “You’re doing a nice job with your team, Hartz.” It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the kind words, but I was always left to asking myself, “Nice compared to what, compared to who?”

Really, how does a coach really know? I wondered what another coach would be doing with my team. What talents might they pull out of my team that I was not? Would my team with a different coach develop an alternative identity for better or for worse?

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The dinosaur and the wooden stick

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

I haven’t been around much the past number of years, so there is lots I have to catch up on. I had some time last Friday afternoon, so I decided to visit a hockey superstore. I looked about the store at just about everything. Beautiful store, I thought to myself. I took an extra special look to see if/and or how many wood sticks make up the stick rack inventory in today’s world.

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