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AHU Coach’s Corner: Guest Column – Looking at six keys to improve skating speed, efficiency

March 15th, 2019

Every year, some players dominate in the regular season, but not in the playoffs when the pace is faster. The difference is efficient high-end speed, and it’s highly trainable. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE 1. Longer skating strides = wider strides. At high speeds, you cannot lengthen your stride straight backward because your feet would have…

In A Devilish Mood: What are the benefits to letting our kids play hockey?

March 14th, 2019

As a father of three boys who all play hockey, I often find myself wondering, “why hockey?” Before I can even answer that question, I need to contemplate, “why not hockey?” I would have to say that the two main reasons against letting your child play this wonderful sport are cost and the violent nature…

Shop Talk: BTM team sales staff sets standard for quality service

March 13th, 2019

Team branding is very important. How you look on and off the ice can be a big factor in the unity of the players, coaches on the ice and parents in the stands. Behind The Mask’s team sales division has worked with numerous associations across the state and U.S. with a focus on meeting the…

Taking Liberties With… Michael Bunting

March 12th, 2019

MICHAEL BUNTING Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes/Tucson Roadrunners Hometown: Scarborough, Ont., Canada NHL Draft: Selected by Coyotes in fourth round (117th overall) of 2014 NHL Draft Last Amateur Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) Age: 23 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Michael Bunting: It was when we won…

HockeyShot Tip of the Month: Advanced Pass & Shot Drills

February 13th, 2019

You can find a lot of hockey passing tips and shooting advice on HockeyShot.com, though the only way to really get good at them is to practice in an environment where you can concentrate. You want to practice receiving the pass with your back to the net so you get some practice taking a pass,…

Shop Talk: Top-quality customer service – Meet the BTM managers

February 8th, 2019

Behind The Mask prides itself in its exceptional customer service provided by a staff of knowledgeable hockey players who go above and beyond to ensure each customer feels like they are part of a bigger hockey community. At the core of our fantastic staff is our hard-working and devoted management team. If you have not…

Taking Liberties With… Alex Galchenyuk

February 7th, 2019

ALEX GALCHENYUK Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis. NHL Draft: Selected by Montreal Canadiens in first round (third overall) of 2012 NHL Draft Acquired: Traded to Coyotes from Montreal for forward Max Domi on June 15, 2018 Last Amateur Team: Sarnia Sting (OHL) Age: 24 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite…

6 Helpful Ways to Conquer Your Hockey Fears

January 16th, 2019

Let’s talk about some ways you can address your fears. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Here are a few simple recommendations that we might use with a player that might help you deal with fear and put it in perspective: 1. Address your fears directly. What are you afraid of and what might be the reasons?…

AHU Coach’s Corner – Guest Column: Continuing the discussion on hockey parent etiquette

January 14th, 2019

This is Part 3 of 3 in a series by Jamie McKinven of GlassAndOut.com. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE 7. It’s a Marathon, Not a Race Most kids who play hockey dream of playing in the NHL. As a parent, it’s great to support your kids and do whatever you can to help guide them along…

Taking Liberties With… Jordan Oesterle

January 12th, 2019

JORDAN OESTERLE Position: Defenseman, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Dearborn Heights, Mich. NHL Draft: Undrafted, signed as free agent with Edmonton Oilers on March 31, 2014 Acquired: Traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Coyotes along with forward Marian Hossa, forward Vinny Hinostroza and a 2019 third-round pick in exchange for forward Marcus Kruger, forward Jordan Maletta,…