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In A Devilish Mood: Why work ethic is more important than scoring goals

February 12th, 2018

Being a hockey dad, coach and now a hockey director, I have lost count of the number of conversations I have had with parents in regard to the sport of hockey and their child. Many of the conversations have to deal with what aspects of hockey their child needs more work on to become that…

Shop Talk: Taking a glance at the changing face of hockey retail

February 9th, 2018

Seems like 10-15 years ago that companies like Bauer and CCM could not open new dealers fast enough. The industry had a big trade show each winter in Las Vegas. Dealers and prospective dealers anxiously waited in droves outside the show for the doors to open on the first day. Prospective dealers pitched their new…

AHU Coach’s Corner: When it comes to skill vs. will, use both to get better

February 8th, 2018

There is a lot that makes a hockey player, but there is a difference in what makes a great hockey player and an average one that just gets by. The drive and willingness to do what it takes makes a great hockey player and someone that just shows up and puts the gear may have…

Taking Liberties With… Jason Demers

January 16th, 2018

JASON DEMERS Position: Defenseman, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Dorval, Quebec, Canada NHL Draft: San Jose’s seventh-round pick (186th overall) in 2008 Acquired: Traded to Coyotes from Florida Panthers on Sept. 17, 2017, in exchange for forward Jamie McGinn Age: 29 READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Jason Demers:…

Shop Talk: BTM proud to stay involved with IHAAZ festival series

January 16th, 2018

As 2017 ends and 2018 begins, it means the start of the statewide IHAAZ inline hockey festivals. Behind The Mask is once again proud to support this wonderful tournament series. READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE This weekend tournament series started over 15 years ago and through support of countless coaches, parents and volunteers, continues as…

AHU Coach’s Corner: How to stay active, motivated during the holiday season

January 15th, 2018

There are a lot of distractions that can happen over the holidays that don’t allow a player to train or be on the ice as much. Each level is different, too. For instance, a lot of the youth teams participate in Christmas tournaments, but for the older guys like junior players or college players, you…

In A Devilish Mood: The topic of sport specialization – is it good or bad?

January 12th, 2018

I want to start with this disclaimer – “This is my opinion.” I say this because everybody has a different opinion on when and whether kids should focus all their attention on one sport. I feel playing multiple sports as a youth can do nothing but help you excel as an athlete. When I was…

Mission Statement: Do young hockey players still have a team-first mindset?

January 11th, 2018

I recently saw an article in USA Hockey Magazine that got me thinking about how we are losing sight of the purity and reasons why so many play this great game. It was an article that talked about how 14- and 16-year-old kids can promote themselves to get on the USA Hockey Development Camp radar….

Behind The Mask’s Exelby finding ways to give back to Arizona hockey community

January 10th, 2018

Hockey in the desert continues to flourish year after year, owing much of its success to the help of a local pro shop. Randy Exelby founded Behind The Mask in 1994. Originally from Toronto, Exelby formerly played in the IHL for the Phoenix Roadrunners. Pro shops make the hockey world run smoothly and in Arizona,…

Taking Liberties With… Christian Dvorak

December 13th, 2017

CHRISTIAN DVORAK Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Palos, Ill. Acquired: Coyotes’ second-round selection (58th overall) in 2014 NHL Draft Last Amateur Team: London Knights (Ontario Hockey League) Age: 21 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Christian Dvorak: I would say winning the Memorial Cup (with the OHL’s London…