The Locker Room Conundrum

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On the ice, they are unidentifiable — just cage-masked figures in pads, breezers and skates. It doesn’t matter that they have an extra Y chromosome. But off the ice, it’s another story. While girl hockey players may be getting some equality in the game, off the ice a struggle is ensuing: To locker room or [...]

The “Off Season”?

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The season is over. Now is the time for a little peace and some family fun that doesn’t include frigid, early morning practices and five game weekends. Whew! Well, wait, there is that goalie camp coming up in June but that is it. Oh, and the tryouts in May but that is just a couple [...]

Goalie Parents! What’s Your Position?


Not too long ago, I ran across a discussion on Facebook about a goalie parent’s favorite spot to watch during a game. Most of the answers indicated that the parent would station themselves alone, behind whatever goal their son/daughter was playing in. I couldn’t have disagreed more and was the only one who took such [...]

Hockey Family Road Trip 101

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Travel in club hockey is a necessary evil. Tournaments and invitations from out of town teams are the norm and part of the fun of playing. We live in Phoenix, AZ and before this year, our travel has consisted of one weekend in Flagstaff, AZ, one weekend in Las Vegas, NV and one in Anaheim, [...]

Support Your Country With Alexis


“You know it’s an important game when there are two Zambonis doing the ice”, my dad said jokingly as we were sitting there watching the Zambonis come on to resurface the ice after the U.S. and Canadian WU18 teams went to their locker rooms after warm-ups. But he was right, this was important. These girls [...]

Secret to Shooting Harder

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The Under-18 provincial team tryouts start in a few weeks here in Toronto. After watching these tryouts in person for the past 5 years, I can tell you a few key things that really made players stand out: Dynamic skating – especially quick change of direction Quick and accurate puck movement – hard tape to tape passing [...]

Clarkson Cup Gets Underway

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“The Clarkson Cup has been called ‘the Stanley Cup for Women.’ It pits the top women’s clubs from across North America in a season championship.”   The Canadian Women’s Hockey League is the most premier, professionally run women’s hockey league in the world. The CWHL is a centrally funded league meaning that all participating teams in [...]

Stretching + Your Muscles


How many of you have pulled, tweaked or torn your groin or any other area of your body while playing ice hockey? If you have it is easy to know how painful it is and how hard it is to heal. If you have not then consider yourself one of the lucky ones. During my [...]