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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…

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…