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Taking Liberties With… Seth Payson

January 14th, 2020

SETH PAYSON Position: Forward, Texas RoadRunners (NA3HL) Hometown: Albuquerque New Mexico Youth Teams: New Mexico Ice Wolves, Taos Roadrunners, La Cueva High School Age: 18 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Seth Payson: My favorite memory definitely has to be from our Silver Stick trip to Toronto my…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Advice for athletes with dreams of college, pro sports

January 13th, 2020

In looking at great advice for young athletes who dream of playing college sports, or perhaps even making it to the pros, the short version is found in these three sentences: — One hundred percent want to be successful. — Ten percent take the time to form a good plan. — One percent are willing…

Shop Talk: Looking at top products for those on your shopping lists

December 19th, 2019

The holidays are here, and with a wide variety of products crowding the shelves, here are the 2019 Behind The Mask Top Picks for the hockey player or coach in your life. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE CCM Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro Stick The game keeps getting faster, which is why more and more players are…

Taking Liberties With… Todd Burgess

December 10th, 2019

TODD BURGESS Position: Forward, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECAC Hockey, NCAA Division I) Hometown: Phoenix Arizona Youth Team: Jr. Coyotes Junior Hockey Team: Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL) NHL Draft: Selected by Ottawa Senators in fourth round (103rd overall) of 2016 NHL Draft Age: 23 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing…

Mission Statement: Seeing former Mission players coaching very rewarding

December 9th, 2019

It’s always hard to define success in youth hockey with so many different motivations from so many different personalities. Obviously, team success is a huge part of the puzzle. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Until recently, the thing I was most proud of was so many alumni going on and having the love of the game…

Shop Talk: It’s certainly that time of year – let’s customize everything

December 6th, 2019

Custom everything! This year’s hot-ticket item is custom sticks or skates for the ultimate player experience. Nothing is more personal than having your name or number printed or stitched into your gear. The feeling you get from opening a custom box to reveal something built just for you is second to none. With the holidays…

AHU Coach’s Corner – Guest Column: Is it feasible to keep spending cash on team building?

December 5th, 2019

This is Part of 2 of this guest column series from Carlos Valdes-Dapena. We discussed last issue how most corporate team building is a waste of time and money and how collaboration was perceived as messy and diluted accountability and offered few tangible rewards. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Based on that insight, we developed a…

Mission Statement: Why more 16U A teams would be a major benefit to all

November 12th, 2019

It’s ironic that I am writing this story on the road with my 16U A team in Pittsburgh. This level has all but disappeared in our town and I am doing all I can to keep it alive, as I truly feel it is an important step for so many kids. Look at the numbers…

Shop Talk: Reflecting back on Behind The Mask Girls Hockey Weekend

November 11th, 2019

Behind The Mask was proud to host the first-ever BTM Girls Hockey Weekend at the BTM Scottsdale location just a few weeks ago on Oct. 5. In partnership with the Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Kachinas, Arizona State University women’s hockey and Grand Canyon University women’s hockey, this event was held to showcase the growth of girls…

AHU Coach’s Corner – Guest Column: Should we keep spending money on team building?

November 7th, 2019

This is Part 1 of this guest column series from Carlos Valdes-Dapena. Most corporate team building is a waste of time and money. I say this based on my 25-plus years of research and practice in the field of team effectiveness. Seventeen of those years were with Mars Inc., a family-owned $35 billion global business…