Archive for March 2015

I joined a team, but they ditch the games

I joined a team, but they ditch the games
There will come a time in your adult novice ice hockey career when you look into your hockey bag and realize you have a cheap jersey with a lousy, generic iron on vinyl design. Congratulations! You are now on a team. In my case, I have a spot on the “Detroit Red Wings” are we’re... Read more »

Four Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Hockey Lessons

Four Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Hockey Lessons

Hockey lessons aren't cheap and ice time is at a premium. You might take an hour-long lesson, but how much learning do you do during that hour? You take your turn in drills and try your best, but what else can you do? I've thought of four ways that I've tried to maximize my time spent on the ice during my hockey classes...

Scrimmage is the Study Hall of Hockey

Scrimmage is the Study Hall of Hockey

I have grown to resent too much scrimmage in my hockey lessons. Sure, a short scrimmage at the end of a hockey class is an ideal time to apply what you learned that day in a low-stakes, game-type situation. But too much of a good thing quickly becomes a bad thing. I am a college professor, and giving my students some time to work in class to practice what they learned is helpful. Were I to make 90% of the class time "study time" each week, you can bet there would be complaints. Why? Because you don't learn anything new in a scrimmage, just like you don't learn anything new in study hall. And scrimmage is the study hall of hockey...

Advertisement:

On the Disabled List: The Best Hockey Game I Didn't Play

On the Disabled List: The Best Hockey Game I Didn't Play

Last week, I had to make a hard decision and decide to not play hockey. My Heartland D-League team, Blades of Steel, was going to play for our league's championship for the first time since June 2014. After earning a first-round bye as the best team in our division, we had to claw our way back from a 3-1 deficit in the semifinal game. With six minutes left in the third period, we scored two goals to force overtime, played a scoreless overtime, then won in the fifth round of the shootout. For the third time in four seasons, we were going to the finals. And by we, I mean my teammates. I had to sit this one out...

Fund to help local hockey fan Brittany Hyde

Fund to help local hockey fan Brittany Hyde
If anything can help a bad situation right now, it is the reality of the hockey community being deeply connected. I am asking everyone to please help raise money to cover expenses for Brittany Hyde who survived the car crash that took the life of her boyfriend, local player Josh Kaye. She sustained serious injuries... Read more »

I scored a goal and it wasn't a lucky bounce this time

I scored a goal and it wasn't a lucky bounce this time

I set a goal for myself at the start of my current hockey season: score one goal. Just one.  And it took me four months, but I finally scored a goal in a game last week...

Advertisement: