This week's cover: December 18, 2014

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Catching up with Jack McCartan

St. Paul native Jack McCartan fell into the goalie position and turned it into an Olympic and pro hockey career


By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Guest Columnist

Before USA Hockey’s current generation of elite goaltenders, there was a guy from Boston University named Jim Craig. And before Craig there was a youngster from St. Paul and the University of Minnesota named Jack McCartan (born August 5, 1935). A select few have played in goal for Team USA at the Olympics. Each generation has placed the hopes and fate of the U.S. Olympic  Hockey Team ultimately on the shoulders of these individuals. 

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Raising Rink Rats


The Herb Brooks Foundation’s Rink Rats program introduces hockey to a new population


By Barclay Kruse

Joe Baker played for coach Herb Brooks at the University of Minnesota from 1974-79 where he counted as teammates future 1980 Olympians Steve Christoff, Neal Broten, Bill Baker, Eric Strobel, Rob McClanahan, Phil Verchota, Steve Janaszak and Mike Ramsey. So a passerby might have been surprised on a cold day in December to see Coach Joe, as he calls himself, on a basketball court attempting to teach the basics of ice hockey to 30 fifth graders. This was not a team of select hockey players; none of these kids came to Coach Joe with a lick of any hockey experience.

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This week's cover: December 11, 2014

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The most affordable training checklist


By Josh Levine

My general rule is that the most affordable training tends to be the toughest and the most advantages. Like any rule, there are exceptions and certain training – like skating technique work – can be very beneficial for youth hockey players. However, I often find players paying a lot of money to do more glamorized training, but spending little to no time doing the real tough stuff. Below is a checklist of simple, affordable, and incredibly effective training techniques. Are you using them?

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