June 01, 2015

No Excuses. Get Out & Train

If you met me today you may be able to clearly see my passion for sports and fitness. However, 10 years ago I was a far different person. I was in many ways a lazy kid; I loved playing sports but never took the time to train on my own time. Sometime in high school I was fed up with...
May 08, 2015

The Playoff Beard: Top 10 NHL Playoff Beards Of All Time

It’s that time of year again where we hockey fans jump in excitement; it is one of the most majestic traditions in all of sports and stirs up an age old question:  who has the best playoff beard of all time? The New York Islanders are credited with starting the tradition during their championship winning years. Few players did it...
May 08, 2015

Anatoli Tarasov: The Father Of Russian Hockey

       Just this past weekend, I found myself checking out the exceptional ESPN documentary called Of Miracles and Men. It was the most in-depth view of the history of hockey in Russia that I had ever seen. I only intended to catch the first few minutes of the film; it was not long before I was hooked.  ...
April 29, 2015

The 4th Line: A Warrior Mentality

      An overlooked element of any winning team is the strength of its 4TH line. Throughout the history of the game the role of the “bottom” echelon of players has evolved. However, even with all the changes to the rules there has been little change to the mentality of the 4th line player. A strong 4th line brings...
April 24, 2015

5 Things You Can Do To Improve Game Day Performance!

Whether you’re a travel hockey player, an adult league rink-rat or a professional hockey player it does not matter; as athletes we share the common goal of always trying to be our best. This blog post discusses the five essential aspects you can implement in your game-day routine.   I am not here to ruin your beloved rituals of taping...
April 15, 2015

Why We Play The Game?

Most of the memories I hold of my childhood reside with me on a sheet of ice. I am no different than any other player; I love hockey more than most things in my life. However I think about it a lot, there are a lot of challenges that come with trying to simply play it. It is not easy...
September 22, 2014

Concussions: The Headache Continues

“Three times it happened and I was never asked any questions. The question was ‘are you OK?’ Yeah, I’m OK. Well, get back out there.’ That was the way it was handled back then.” — former NHL player Mike Bossy on how concussions were treated in the 1970s and 1980s (Brockville Recorder and Times, Sep. 28, 2011) A concussion is...
September 02, 2014

Hockey On The Silver Screen

Ahhh yes, those eternal words that ring inside the head of every kid who adored hockey in the 90's and the rag-tag group of misfits that composed of the District-5 dream team. Gordon Bombay's inspirational speech that ignited the hearts of many has made a staple in the hockey community for generations and has trumped the questionable play and acting...
August 26, 2014

Fighting in Hockey: The Spirit Of The Enforcer

  If you like hockey, you've most likely been asked “what do you think of fighting in hockey?” I am personally for fighting in hockey. Do whatever makes you happy, of course that's just my opinion. In the same breath, hockey has served generations of players knuckle sandwiches and remains a staple in the game today. 4th line hockey believes fighting deserves...