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Four ProTips on Skate Maintenance

Skates are arguably the most important piece of equipment that a hockey player has, for both safety and performance. On top of that, they are also the most expensive. Protect that investment by following these four ProTips on the best practices for prolon…
- 4 ProTips on Skate Maintenance Tyler Hinds (@THinds3) Skates are arguably the most important piece of equipment that a hockey player has, for both safety and performanc… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/12-steps-getting-dressed/four-protips-skate-maintenance/

Become an Offensive Threat/Defensive Stalwart - Part 2

Have you ever sat near the glass during an NHL contest? If you have, you’ll be able to attest to the following statement: everyone is talking to each other, there is constant communication on the ice. The players are acting as the eyes and ears for thei…
- Become an Offensive Threat/Defensive Stalwart Part 2 – Loud and Proud By Tyler Hinds (@THinds3)  Have you ever sat near the glass during an NHL contest? If you have… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/become-defensive-stalwart-part-1/become-offensive-threatdefensi/

Hydration Station

One of the most missed components of nutrition by young athletes is water. You lose fluid and electrolytes from sweating while training or playing a game. Here are key things you should know about hydration.
- Hydration Station By Randy Goodman (@RGSportsPhysio) One of the most missed components of nutrition by young athletes is water. You lose fluid and electrolytes from swe… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/hydration-station/

Is it Wrong to be Strong... In-Season?

You worked really hard during the off-season to make the physical gains necessary to improve your game. You made the team that you wanted, now what? Do not let all of your hard work in the summer go to waste. In-season training for developing hockey playe…
- Is it Wrong to be Strong... In-Season? By Shane Pizzey (@AspirePizz) You worked really hard during the off-season to make the physical gains necessary to improve your gam… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/it-wrong-be-strong-season/

Overuse Injuries in Kids are Caused by Adults

The unfortunate part is that overuse injuries in growing athletes are often the fault of the adults in the athlete’s lives… the parents and the coach. We have to act as the responsible “filters” to help athletes through this process safely.
- It’s Not Always the Kids Who Cause Injuries, it’s Often the Adults! By Randy Goodman (@RGSportsPhysio) As the busy fall sport season begins, I am often asked how to p… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/overuse-injuries-kids-are-caused-adults/

Why Warm-up?

A proper warm-up is important if you want to perform your best and stay healthy and injury free. It is also important that you do the correct type of warm-up to be effective in your practice or game.
- Why Warm-up? By Randy Goodman (@RGSportsPhysio) A proper warm-up is important if you want to perform your best and stay healthy and injury free. It is also important that y… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/why-warm/

Become an Offensive Threat - Part 1

One of the most rewarding feelings in hockey is entering the zone on a hard forecheck, creating a turnover, and gaining a scoring opportunity purely based on hard work. Yes, forechecking is exhausting, but it is an absolute necessity if you wish to contin…
- Become an Offensive Threat Part 1 - The Relentless Forecheck By Trevor Erhardt, ProSmart Hockey Head Coach One of the most rewarding feelings in hockey is entering the… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/become-defensive-stalwart-part-1/become-offensive-threat-part-1/

Become a Defensive Stalwart - Part 1

It’s every kids dream to be able to make flashy plays like PK or Drew. The unfortunate reality is that type of talent is incredibly rare. Five out of six defensemen on any NHL team are simply good, steady, reliable, puck moving D. They are able to make …
- Become a Defensive Stalwart Part 1 - Keep it Simple By Tyler Hinds (@THinds3) It’s every kids dream to be able to make flashy plays like PK or Drew. The unfortunate real… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/become-defensive-stalwart-part-1/

Culture Check in your Association

Hockey is a game that we cherish here in Canada, but sometimes our passion for the game we hold so dearly, creates a negative culture. Let’s not lose sight of what’s really important within youth sport. A great question to ask yourself right now is wh…
- Culture Check in your Association By Tyler Hinds (@THinds3) Hockey is a game that we cherish here in Canada, but sometimes our passion for the game we hold so dearly, c… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/culture-check-your-association/

Be More Than a Puck Pusher

Teaching hockey skills is a vital role for the coach. Knowing how to help players develop is a challenge every coach faces. Be more than a puck pusher at your station by giving the kids proper instruction, demonstration, and feedback.
- Be More Than a Puck Pusher By Trevor Erhardt, ProSmart Hockey Head Coach Teaching hockey skills is a vital role for the coach. Knowing how to help players develop is a … http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/be-more-puck-pusher/

How to Make Power Skating Fun

The reality is, if you can’t skate, you can’t play. It doesn’t matter what level you play, whether it’s novice or midget, house or rep, junior or the NHL, the better skater you are, the easier the game is.
- How to Make Power Skating Fun By Evan Marble (@DEPowerskating) “Power skating is boring.” “Power skating isn’t fun.” “Power skating isn’t hockey.”… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/how-make-power-skating-fun/

Coachability... wait what?

Lots of people ask me: how did you make it to the NHL? Being 6'5" definitely helped, but I was a guy who didn't have incredible skills. Reflecting on it now, the first thing that comes to mind is my coachability. Now that I am a coach, I look for player…
- Coachability… wait what? By Cory Cross, 12-year NHL veteran (@CoryCross23)  Lots of people ask me: how did you make it to the NHL? Being 6'5" definitely helped, but… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/coachability-wait-what/

I Need Some Privacy!

Twelve-year-old Jimmy was just about to change out of his base layer, when Nathan’s mom walked into the change room. He immediately became self-conscious and sat there until they left. Meanwhile, Jimmy’s mom, who is waiting outside the change room, is…
- I Need Some Privacy!  By Marnie Sisson, ProSmart's Hockey Mom Why parents are not always welcome in the change room Twelve-year-old Jimmy was just about to change out… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/i-need-some-privacy/

Five Easy Steps to Tying your own Skates

Tired of tying 12 pairs of skates before every ice time? My hands hurt just thinking about that. Take 10-minutes with your team (or kid) to go over 5 easy steps for them to learn how to tie their own skates.
- 5 ProTips to Tying your Own Skates By Trevor Erhardt, ProSmart Hockey Head Coach Tired of tying 12 pairs of skates before every ice time? My hands hurt just thinking ab… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/12-steps-getting-dressed/five-easy-steps-tying-your-own-skates/

Minor Hockey Flowchart

Embarking on the journey through minor hockey is a remarkably beneficial and rewarding experience that can span up to 13 years of your child’s life. Outlined are some of the benchmarks & milestones for the progression through each division based on long…
- Minor Hockey Flow Chart By Tyler Hinds (@THinds3) Embarking on the journey through minor hockey is a remarkably beneficial and rewarding experience that can span up to… http://www.prosmarthockey.com/blog/minor-hockey-flowchart/