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HockeyShot Tip of the Month: The Crosby Skating Move

May 17th, 2019

In this article, Coach Jeremy is going to teach us “The Crosby Move,” AKA The Mohawk Drill. We call it The Crosby Move because if anyone has seen him play, Sid the Kid always has a low center of gravity and uses his legs (not upper body) to stay well-grounded where the defender cannot push…

Shop Talk: Behind The Mask VIP service now available in Scottsdale

May 15th, 2019

With all the advancements in technology, it has become easier to get fit like a pro at the retail level. There is no more worry about what stick you should be using, or if the $1000 pair of skates you want will fit properly down the line. But with an increasing number of custom products…

Taking Liberties With… Alex Goligoski

May 14th, 2019

ALEX GOLIGOSKI Position: Defenseman, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Grand Rapids, Minn. NHL Draft: Selected by Pittsburgh Penguins in second round (61st overall) of 2004 NHL Draft Acquired: Rights traded to Coyotes from Dallas Stars on June 16, 2016, for a fifth-round pick in 2016 NHL Draft; signed five-year contract with Coyotes on June 21, 2016 Last…

HockeyShot Tip of the Month: Own the Moment – On the Ice

April 17th, 2019

Play in the moment There are three potential places your mind could be when you are on the ice – the past, the present or the future. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Of these three places, there is only one place where you can absolutely control performance – the present. This is exactly where noted psychology…

Shop Talk: Check out what we have planned for BTM Goalie Day events

April 15th, 2019

The biggest weekend of the year for goalies is coming up quick. This year marks the 11th year of Behind The Mask’s Goalie Day – a great event that takes place on May 10 with a free on-ice demo at AZ Ice Arcadia in Phoenix, followed up on May 11 with the huge Goalie Day…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Why do youth hockey coaches go with a short bench?

April 12th, 2019

When I coached Bantam teams, our opponents regularly shortened their bench early in the game. We beat a better team in the regional playoffs one year because our opponent only played two of their three lines. We changed our three lines every 30 seconds in the third period and wore them out. When we went…

Taking Liberties With… Conor Garland

April 11th, 2019

CONOR GARLAND Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes/Tucson Roadrunners Hometown: Scituate, Mass. NHL Draft: Selected by Coyotes in fifth round (123rd overall) of 2015 NHL Draft Last Amateur Team: Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) Age: 23 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE On Feb. 27, the Coyotes signed Garland to a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season. “Conor has come…

Barkov, Barber Put HockeyShot Synthetic Ice to the Test

March 21st, 2019

Tuesday, January 29. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For the first time in history, a pro hockey shootout happened on a beach! The sun was out, temperatures reached 70 degrees and HockeyShot put on an historic match between an NHL superstar and a stickhandling YouTube star. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov took to…

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…