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6 Hockey Stocking Stuffers Under $20

Christmas is only 2 weeks away and with a busy hockey schedule, chances are you haven't had time to finalize (or start) your shopping. To lighten the load, here are a few musts to include in your young hockey player's stocking.
6 Hockey Stocking Stuffers Under $20 By Tyler Hinds, arose such a clatter (@THinds3) Christmas is only 2 weeks away and with a busy hockey schedule, chances are you haven't ha… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/6-hockey-stocking-stuffers-under-20/

Many Hands Make Light Work

A good team manager knows that their job is not to do it all and that many hands make light work. Here are some strategies to use to get your parents involved, which don't include begging!
Many Hands Make Light Work  By Marnie Sisson, make the season less load bearing (@MarnieSisson1) A good team manager knows that their job is not to do it all and that many ha… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/many-hands-make-light-work/

Beginning of the Season Player Evaluations

This past week, I was asked by James Rayburn, Director of Hockey Operations & Programs for West Kelowna Minor Hockey, to take part in their Peewee Rep evaluations. Over the course of three ice sessions, we evaluated 11 and 12-year-old players on the follo…
Beginning of the Season Player Evaluations By Tyler Hinds, how well do you perform under pressure? (@THinds3)  This past week, I was asked by James Rayburn, Director of Hocke… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/beginning-season-player-evaluations/

What Happens When you Don't Make the Team?

Enio Sacilotto - At the beginning of any sports season thousands of athletes are trying out for teams, all over the country. There are many that are overcome with joy in making the cut and getting on their respective teams. For the number of athletes that…
What Happens When you Don't Make the Team? By Enio Sacilotto, Assistant Coach of the Victoria Royals & President of International Hockey Camps At the beginning of any sp… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/enio-sacilotto/what-happens-when-you-dont-make-team/

It Takes a Village to Run a Team

Marnie Sisson - It takes a village of volunteers to make a child's experience positive and fun! The following are some roles you may want to consider having on your team this year to help make the work lighter and fun for everyone.
It Takes a Village to Run a Team By Marnie Sisson, one village to rule them all (@MarnieSisson1) The Coach, although the most visible, is not the only role that helps create a… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/it-takes-village-run-team/

3 ProTips from an NHL Scout

Jeff Finley - I see the game differently now. Playing in the NHL taught me how to think the game. Assistant coaching in the WHL taught me how to teach the game. Now in the third stage of my career in hockey, NHL scouting has taught me how to observe the g…
3 ProTips from an NHL Scout By Jeff Finley, Chief Amateur Scout of the Detroit Red Wings I see the game differently now. Playing in the NHL taught me how to think the g… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/3-protips-nhl-scout/

Dear Dad

Wade Redden - This Father’s Day I’ve thought deep and hard about my Dad, the man that he is and what he means to me.
- Dear Dad, By Wade Redden, retired 14-year NHL veteran & co-founder of ProSmart Sports (@ReddenWade) This Father's Day I've thought deep and hard about my Dad, the man that … http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/dear-coach/dear-dad/

5 Golf Skills the Will Improve your Hockey Game

Golf and hockey go together like peanut butter and jelly. Between the biomechanics of the swing and the alignment of the seasons, there really couldn't be a better fit. In fact, these two sports are so intertwined that teams failing to make the playoffs o…
- 5 Golf Skills that Will Improve your Hockey Game By Tyler Hinds, been hitting it fat since '89 (@THinds3) Golf and hockey go together like peanut butter and jelly. Between … http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/3-baseball-skills-will-improve-your-hockey-game/5-golf-skills-will-improve-your-hockey-game/

College Hockey 101

From as far east at Maine, to as far west as Alaska, and as far south as Alabama, NCAA college hockey programs have been pumping out young professionals for over 100 years. With the numbers on the rise, more than 30% of the current NHL player base came th…
- College Hockey 101 By Tyler Hinds; former cawlidge hockey shot blocker, RMU '13 (@THinds3) Many of us Canadians are not as familiar with the NCAA college hockey scene south… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/college-hockey-101/

Sarah, do you want to play with the girls or boys?

From Kelowna, to Vancouver, to Vienna, hockey has shown me the world. My name is Sarah Casorso and I grew up playing hockey in Kelowna before hockey was a sport easily accessible to girls in this town.
- Sarah, do you want to play with the girls or boys? By Sarah Casorso, UBC alumus & professional women's hockey player (@scasorso) From Kelowna, to Vancouver, to Vienna, hock… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/sarah-do-you-want-play-girls-or-boys/

Dear Mom

Luke Schenn - Reflecting back on my hockey career, I am really thankful I had you as my Mom. From the moment I stepped onto our backyard rink at age 3, you helped me to discover and build my own passion for this great game.
- Dear Mom, By Luke Schenn, LA Kings defenseman Reflecting back on my hockey career, I am really thankful I had you as my Mom. Thanks Mom for letting me play. From the mo… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/dear-coach/dear-mom/

Is There a Difference Coaching Girls Hockey?

Girls hockey has been one of the fastest growing sports in Canada following it's inception into the 1998 Nagano Olympics in Japan. The following year, registration numbers for girls hockey were up 30% approaching the 40,000 mark. Approaching 2 decades lat…
- Is There a Difference Coaching Girls? By Tyler Hinds, for the love of the game (@THinds3) Girls hockey has been one of the fastest growing sports in Canada following it… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/sarah-do-you-want-play-girls-or-boys/there-difference-coaching-girls-hockey/

Body Image and Eating Issues

Body image is the mental picture we have of our body – what we see when we look in the mirror and how we feel about what we see. Although our physical appearance is only a small part of who we are, sometimes it can become the only thing that matters in…
- Source: mindcheck.ca  Body Image and Eating Issues Body image is the mental picture we have of our body – what we see when we look in the mirror and how we feel abou… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/mental-health-early-intervention-crucial/body-image-and-eating-issues/

Problematic Substance Use and Young People

Many young people will experiment with alcohol and/or other drugs and decide not to use some or all of them again. Others will continue to use substances, and a smaller number will develop problematic substance use.
-   Source: mindcheck.ca Problematic Substance Use and Young People Many young people will experiment with alcohol and/or other drugs and decide not to use some or al… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/mental-health-early-intervention-crucial/problematic-substance-use-and-young-people/

Mental Health Early Intervention is Crucial

Young people hold the promise of potential and hope; in their own lives, for their families and in the future of society. Sadly, too many of these teens and young adults may not have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, as emotional or mental healt…
- Source: mindcheck.ca Investing in our Athletes Mental Health Young people hold the promise of potential and hope; in their own lives, for their families and in the future… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/mental-health-early-intervention-crucial/

Managing Stress for Young People

Research has shown that long-term stress can increase the risk of developing depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. Dealing with stress early helps to prevent it from leading to these types of problems.
- Source: mindcheck.ca  Managing Stress for young people Stress can be defined as a strain on your abilities to cope with the demands placed on you by everyday life. Str… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/mental-health-early-intervention-crucial/managing-stress-young-people/

Depression and Youth People

Feeling sad or low from time to time is a part of life. Feelings of discouragement and frustration are normal reactions to loss or disappointments.
- Source: mindcheck.ca Depression and Young People Feeling sad or low from time to time is a part of life. Feelings of discouragement and frustration are normal reactions… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/mental-health-early-intervention-crucial/depression-and-youth-people/

Anxiety and Young People

Everyone feels anxious at times. Anxiety is a normal response when we encounter a threatening or stressful situation such as writing an exam, public speaking or demanding schedules.
- Source: mindcheck.ca Anxiety and Young People Everyone feels anxious at times. Anxiety is a normal response when we encounter a threatening or stressful situation such … http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/mental-health-early-intervention-crucial/anxiety-and-young-people/

7 Lacrosse Skills that Will Improve your Hockey Game

Tyler Hinds - It’s no secret that there are many synergies between the two sports. I caught up with a trio of college lax bros currently playing in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) who were no strangers to the frozen pond as youngsters.
- 7 Lacrosse Skills that Will Improve your Hockey Game By Tyler Hinds (@THinds3) & a trio of Bobby Mo alumni lax bros Some of the greatest former and current NHL player… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/3-baseball-skills-will-improve-your-hockey-game/7-lacrosse-skills-will-improve-your-hockey-game/

6 Soccer Skills that Will Improve your Hockey Game

Craig Forrest - Ask any hockey player, pre-game two touch or sewer ball has become a staple in almost every locker room. Rumours have it this game was introduced to NHL locker rooms by Finnish born player Jyrki Lumme. When you think about it, it’s not e…
- 6 Soccer Skills that Will Improve your Hockey Game Co-Authors Tyler Hinds (@THinds3) & Craig Forrest (@craigforrest1) Having played over 300 matches as a Canadian goalkeepe… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/3-baseball-skills-will-improve-your-hockey-game/6-soccer-skills-will-improve-your-hockey-game/

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