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How NHL players train & why they choose HockeyShot

October 9th, 2018

Nobody knows how to keep their game sharp like an All-Star NHL hockey player. HockeyShot has a longstanding relationship with some of the best of the best in the NHL. We’ve gathered some of our favorite NHL hockey players to give us their thoughts on the HockeyShot Product Lineup. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE If you…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Want to be a top-notch skater? Start utilizing sprints

October 6th, 2018

Advice from many sources is abundant, and often misleading. To understand how to prioritize offseason training, I wish every youngster could see up close an NHL practice and dryland workout. World-class hockey skills and athleticism are obvious in this setting, and they can be hidden by bulky equipment and game conditions when players are seen…

In A Devilish Mood: Let me take a moment to reflect on our 2017-18 season

October 4th, 2018

As I enter into my second year as hockey director for DYHA, I find myself reflecting on my experiences of the last year and thinking about what I learned, what I enjoyed, and what are the not-so-enjoyable aspects to the job. I was fortunate enough to be stepping into a program that was not in…

Shop Talk: Want new, custom skates? Head on over to BTM Scottsdale

October 2nd, 2018

Some exciting new technology has come to Behind The Mask Scottsdale. Bauer and CCM have jumped into the custom 3-D fit skate business, joining True, who got the early jump on them. This allows the consumer to get the exact custom fit skate they desire. The player can get quarter-inch sizes, and different sizes and…

Taking Liberties With… Dylan Strome

September 6th, 2018

DYLAN STROME Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Mississauga, Ont., Canada NHL Draft: Selected by Arizona in the first round (third overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft Last Amateur Team: Erie Otters (Ontario Hockey League) Age: 21 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Dylan Strome: I would say winning…

AHU Coach’s Corner: There are no shortcuts when using the hockey pyramid

September 5th, 2018

The idea of building “from the ground up” is not new. Ice hockey, for some reason, has not yet reached out to the potentially huge numbers of children who have never played our game. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Street and floor and roller hockey are inexpensive ways to develop hockey skills without ever stepping on…

Shop Talk: BTM Goalie School still going strong after 32 years

September 2nd, 2018

From July 2-6, the 32nd Annual BTM Goalie School was held at the Ice Den in Scottsdale. On Monday, the 40-plus goalies arrived in waves for check-in, handing out of the school jersey and some swag. Goalies and parents attended a meeting outlining the program and expectations. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The goalies left the…

Are you a ‘get’ or ‘give’ type of hockey player?

August 17th, 2018

The past number of months, I have worked with many teams helping to get everyone on the same page, working to establish an agreed-upon culture and help to identify any issues that could be preventing the team from maximizing individual abilities. A major part of this is the attitude of the player and how well…

Taking Liberties With… Darcy Kuemper

July 17th, 2018

DARCY KUEMPER Position: Goaltender, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Acquired: Traded to Coyotes from Los Angeles Kings for goaltender Scott Wedgewood and forward Tobias Rieder on Feb. 21, 2018 NHL Draft: Selected by the Minnesota Wild in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft Last Amateur Team: Red Deer Rebels (Western…

Synthetic Ice Skating Series – Part 3 of 3 – Stops

July 5th, 2018

Welcome back to the Synthetic Ice Skating Series! In Part 3, HockeyShot Skating Sensei Jim Vitale and Bench Boss Jeremy Rupke explain the very important skill of stopping. As every hockey player knows, this frozen sport is very fast and there are a lot of stops and starts. We hope you pick up a few…