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13

October

Learning From The Best

Posted by Greg Carter

Youth hockey players have a great opportunity to learn this season from the NHL greats. Alex Ovechkin enters the 2021-22 season with 730 goals. Wayne Gretzky scored 894 goals, leaving the Washington Capitals superstar 165 away from surpassing The Great One as the games greatest goal scorer. 

It’s worth noting (or reminding) that Gretzky also had 1,963 assists totalling 2,857 total points. Those numbers were long believed to be carved into the record book in stone, and untouchable!

While the NHL superstar is beyond the peak of his career, and would need to score at a record pace for an older player, there are plenty not only cheering for him, but firmly believing he can accomplish the once unimaginable.

What can youth hockey players learn from this pursuit of greatness?   

Listen to how the superstar is approaching it all: 
“Let’s don’t look too far,” Ovechkin said. “Game by game, step by step.”
This is something all great coaches tell great players and great teams!

Listen to his teammates:
“I absolutely think it’s realistic,” said Nicklas Backstrom. “If anyone can do it, it’s him. That’s the kind of hunger he’s got, and that’s the kind of goal-scorer he is.”
Great players have confidence and those around them develop that confidence. Great players always remain hungry. 

Listen to The Great One:
“He’s definitely got a legitimate shot,” Gretzky said. “I’m one of his biggest fans, and it’s only good for the game if he can break the record. He just has to be relaxed, and it’s going to take two, three, four years but eventually he’s probably going to break the record.”
How many youth, prep, college or professional players would be a cheerleader for someone chasing their record? Respect in the highest regard and something all players should emulate! 

Humility:
“I’m going to try (my) best,” said Ovechkin. “That’s why I want to play five more years. To have a chance to catch the ‘Great One,’ why not?” “If I’m going to be second, it’s a pretty good number, as well.”

For the record, Ovechkin needs 72 goals for second place.

NHL All-Time Goal Scoring Records

Wayne Gretzky – 894
Gordie Howe – 801
Jaromir Jagr – 766
Brett Hull – 741
Marcel Dionne – 731
Alex Ovechkin – 730
For a full list, click here.

Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy the NHL season. There is a lot to be learned from the game’s greatest! Good luck with the start of your youth hockey season. For more articles, check out our Player Tips!

29

September

Let The Games Begin!

Posted by Greg Carter
Greg Carter

We hope that the start of your season goes as planned, whether that is tryouts which will start soon in many parts of the country, or first practices which is the case here in our home state of Massachuesetts. 

In our last article we talked about 3 Reasons for an Awesome Season including preparedness, desire and the band of brothers and sisters! Chasing Your Hockey Dreams and not being afraid to take chances (on the ice creatively) as well as pushing yourself outside your comfort zone with training and new opportunities often can lead to great things. Never be afraid to chase your dreams!

With the NHL preseason starting in a few days, it’s always a good idea for youth hockey players to watch what the best players in the world are doing on the ice. We like to say that The Great Ones Make It Look Easy and all of the most skilled hockey players have a hero or heroes that they look up to and try to emulate.

You might recall that a year ago we were in the midst of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Yes, hockey playoffs in September due to the pandemic! Our player tips talked about great teams winning one goal games, the fact that great players make great plays when it counts the most and that shuffling lines is not the end of the world. Keep this in mind as you start the 2021-22 youth hockey season! 

We wish you the best of luck with the start of your hockey season and hope that the skills you worked on at summer hockey school get you off to a great start. There will be ups and downs, highs and lows and remember to Focus On What You Can Control versus worrying about what you can’t.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you at the rink soon!

15

September

After a hockey year like no other and a long summer, it’s time we drop the puck on a normal youth hockey season. Players are ready to get back to a fresh sheet of ice. And, so too are parents, grandparents, friends and family who have missed watching youth hockey!

As you prepare for the start of the year, here are 3 great reasons you will have an awesome hockey season:

Preparedness

You and your coaches are prepared! If it’s one thing we know from last season, it’s that everyone is chomping at the bit to get back on the ice in a normal way. Coaches had plenty of time to think about drills, skills, practices and game strategies. Players had more time than ever to train, shoot pucks and work on every facet of their game. We know from past articles about the 6 P’s of preparation and this season everyone is roaring and ready to go!

Desire

Absence makes the heart (and passion) grow fonder. We saw this at our summer hockey schools. Players missed hockey and when they got to the rink, the smiles were bigger! The work ethic was higher! The desire to succeed and improve was awesome! You missed a lot of hockey last year, and this year it’s going to show just how much, along with how much your skills have improved!

Band of Brothers (And Sisters!)

Teamwork makes the dreamwork. We know that championship teams are tight on and off the ice. We also know that players miss their teammates and miss having the social dynamics. Getting to the rink with buddies and teammates is going to be more special than ever, which means that teams will gel and play together better than ever!

We hope you are as excited as we are for the start of the season and wish you nothing but the best as you lace up the skates. For more articles like this check out our Player Tips from our Pro Staff. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you at the rink soon! 

01

September

Chase Your Hockey Dream!

Posted by Greg Carter

“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.”

Our 27th year of hockey camp was, in a word, awesome! We trained so many talented and hard working youth hockey players with dreams of playing at the next level. For some, that meant making the top team this winter. Some talked about winning the league championship this season. Others talked of playing prep hockey, college hockey and even in the NHL!

Whatever your hockey dream, now is the time to chase it. The skill level of youth hockey players is better than ever. Skating is faster, shots are harder and dreams are bigger! This season take what you learned at summer hockey school and continue to work on skills in all areas of your game. The best players with the biggest dreams never quit training and working on skills. When other players stop practicing shooting, they shoot another 100 pucks. They are the first to the rink and last to leave.

A coach once told me that what makes great hockey players is when raw talent intersects with an insatiable work ethic. 

This season get out there and chase your dream. Work hard to make it happen. Apply what you learned at summer hockey school and focus on skill areas that need improvement. Keep your eye on your dream and don’t ever give!

Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you at the rink soon!

17

August

We are wrapping up another successful summer – our 27th! – of teaching youth hockey skills to players across the country, and what a summer it’s been! We have seen some incredible work ethic from players in all age and skill categories, all skating hard to become better hockey players.

It seems like with each passing summer the skills of youth hockey players continue to improve. Shot speed and accuracy. Edgework. Speed. Agility. Powerskating. Passion! 

And now with the 2021-22 youth hockey season just around the corner, it’s time to reflect on all of the skills you improved on over the summer. And, it’s time to put them to work!

For some players this means having the best tryouts you can. For others who are already on a team for the season, it means showing up the first day of practice primed and ready to go.

A few key questions to ask yourself prior to the season:

  • What skills did I need to improve on over the summer and did I achieve my goals?
  • What did I learn at summer hockey school that can help me contribute to my team this season?
  • What are my goals for this season for myself and my team?

We hope that you enjoy the final few weeks of summer and that everything you learned at summer hockey school translates into a successful season. Remember, success comes before work only in the dictionary! If you are the hardest working player on the team, great things will happen this season. 

Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you at the rink again soon! 

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