Kim McCullough

Four pieces of advice to kick-start summer


By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

I have to admit, my life is pretty hockey-centric. Even when I take things a little slower in May and June, I’m still in hockey mode. What can I say, I love what I do and I’m always thinking of ways to help players get to the next level.

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Three ways to sabotage your season


By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

Players who aspire to play at the highest level of hockey “get it.” They put in the hard work on and off the ice to gain an edge on the competition. But once the summer comes, most players just do what is asked of them by their coaches, instead of going the extra mile. Many of them will not get the payoff they deserve once they hit the ice in the fall because of self-sabotage. So here are three of the most common ways players sabotage their season.

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Dressing room drama


By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

Nothing can derail a team faster than dressing room drama that isn’t dealt with quickly and effectively. I’ve been playing and coaching this sport for almost 25 years, and I can honestly say that I’ve been with very few teams that haven’t had some serious drama in the room. Not surprisingly, those teams are the ones that have had the most success on the ice. I’ve coached teams from PeeWee all the way up to the college level and while the drama may be different at all those age groups, it has the same ability to rip a team apart and cause divisions and problems that inevitably spill over onto the ice.

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Are you focused or distracted?


By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

One of the biggest challenges for all hockey players is being able to stay focused throughout an entire season, game or even practice. Distractions are everywhere and with playoffs and season-ending tournaments upon us, the amount and intensity of these distractions seems to be multiplying. Every player will get distracted by different things and that’s why each player must come up with their own strategy for combating their distractions.

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How did she do that?


By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

The best female hockey players in the world have got all the basic skills down pat – they can all skate, pass, shoot, stickhandle and check effectively. For many young players, being able to execute basic skills at the right time, while under pressure and while moving at high speeds is very challenging, but when you put the best players from across the country together to compete for a spot on the national team, you can see that they’ve all got the ability. So if they can all do the basic things well, what separates the best in this group from the rest?

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