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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…

AHU Coach’s Corner: Let’s discuss a lost skill in today’s game – passing

June 27th, 2018

The teams that can pass the puck the best usually win the game. However, most teams struggle with it because no one really works on passing any more. No matter what age group you are in, you should always work on passing. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE You look at players in juniors or in college…

Shop Talk: Recapping BTM Demo Day and Goalie Day, 2018 edition

June 19th, 2018

Back on May 11 from 6-7 p.m. at AZ Ice Arcadia, we held our on-ice goalie Demo Day. By 4 p.m., Bauer, Brian’s, CCM, True and Vaughn were set up. This gave the goalies an opportunity to see what demo gear they wanted to try out as well as to speak directly with company reps….

Mission Statement: How a former coach’s teachings have been my motivation

June 18th, 2018

I am going off topic here a bit to talk about my high school baseball coach Eric Kibler, who was recently let go by Horizon High School brass after 38 years of dedication and success. This is my way of supporting Coach and all the lessons he taught me in my senior year playing for…

Taking Liberties With… Zac Rinaldo

May 15th, 2018

ZAC RINALDO Position: Forward, Arizona Coyotes Hometown: Mississauga, Ont., Canada NHL Draft: Selected by Philadelphia in the sixth round (178th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft Acquired: Signed one-year contract as a free agent with Coyotes on July 1, 2017 Age: 27 READ OUR APRIL 2018 ISSUE Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing…

Synthetic Ice Skating Series – Part 2 of 3 – Turns

May 14th, 2018

Welcome back to the Synthetic Ice Skating Series! In Part 2, Jim Vitale and Jeremy Rupke go over turning and more importantly, sharp turns! READ OUR APRIL 2018 ISSUE Vitale is an advocate for extreme edges on a turn. There is a fine line between stopping completely or having the right power to accelerate into…

AHU Coach’s Corner: What you need to know coaching today’s hockey player

May 11th, 2018

Today’s generation is way different than any other generation we have seen yet. The resources they have and can tap into are endless. So what exactly is this group of young individuals looking for in a coach? The answer is easy: TRUST. READ OUR APRIL 2018 ISSUE They all want to trust the person telling…