Hal Tearse

Minnesota ice rinks need your help


By Hal Tearse

By the year 2020, 120 ice arenas in the state will be facing a shortage of Freon 22 that they use for their cooling systems and may be required to change to more environmentally friendly refrigerants such as CO2 or ammonia. This conversion process will be very expensive and potentially will create an extreme hardship for a number of arenas in communities that cannot afford the renovations.

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Planning for the offseason


By Hal Tearse
Minnesota Hockey

As playoffs loom and the hope of warmer weather is on the minds of many this year, it is also time to think about and plan for the offseason. There are so many options that it can be overwhelming, but with a few guidelines, families should be able to make good choices.

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Cold, dry hands: The short bench


By Hal Tearse

Hockey is a team game and youth hockey is for the enjoyment and development of all the players. At the college and professional ranks, teams play three lines regularly and often times use the fourth line. In youth hockey, the holy grail of “winning” is too often used to relegate the third line to the bench in many games.

When I coached Bantam teams, our opponents regularly shortened their bench early in the game. We beat a better team in the regional playoffs one year because our opponent only played two of their three lines. We changed our three lines every 30 seconds in the third period and wore them out. When we went through the post-game handshake, there were five cold, dry hands. The last game of the season for them and the third line did not skate a shift. 

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Tips for a succesful midseason review


By Hal Tearse

Here we are a little past the midway point of the season, and it is a good time for each coach to assess their team in relation to their district rivals and determine if the team is on track to meet the goals set at the beginning of the season.

For some, the reality of where their team stacks up versus expectations can be disappointing. For other coaches, they may be pleased with the progress the team has made and are excited about the prospects for the end of the season District and Region Tournaments.

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Parents are responsible for team success


By Hal Tearse

In today’s world of youth sports, parents are interwoven into the fabric of the teams on which their kids play. This is quite a change from 20 years ago when the kids were dropped off at the rink and picked up a couple hours later. 

Because parents are so much more involved in the teams, they also have a significant role in the season outcome. By understanding their roles, parents can help their kids have a great season and achieve more than their kids anticipated.

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