In Defence of (Some) Diving In Soccer

I love soccer. I don't think anyone just likes it. It's a commitment. You love it or you hate it, and there are two main arguments soccer lovers always hear from haters:a)it's boring, and b)there's diving. I can't argue the first point in a short enough blog, but I can defend against the second one … Continue reading In Defence of (Some) Diving In Soccer

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This Could Be The Night We Remember The Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a five game win streak earlier this season. They've managed to play .500 hockey before and since that streak to sit 15-10-2. This is despite a noticeable decline in goals per game, power play percentage, and point production from stars such as Crosby, Kessel, and Letang. Many have seen the record … Continue reading This Could Be The Night We Remember The Penguins

The Love Of The Game In A Thousand Words

I recently saw a Facebook post promoting a free at home stick handling program. I'm not going to name or comment on the program because I didn't look at the actual drills. I'm sure the drills are excellent and would help a player improve, but the reason I didn't look at them is because it asked … Continue reading The Love Of The Game In A Thousand Words

Radko Gubas: Baffling No Call On Suspension Worthy Elbow

  http://youtu.be/kjuHUBJu6_0 In a Tuesday game between the Ottawa Senators and the Philadelphia Flyers, Senator Mika Zibanejad got the puck in the slot immediately after an offensive zone face off. He was almost as immediately tagged with a flying forearm from Radko Gudas. The entire point of contact was the head, and down for the … Continue reading Radko Gubas: Baffling No Call On Suspension Worthy Elbow

NHL: Hits To The Head Rant

The NHL seems to have it in their heads that in order for hockey to be exciting there has to be a lot of goals. To solve the problem of lack of scoring, the league has eliminated obstructions and picks, they've taken away the two line pass, and they've taken away the option of a … Continue reading NHL: Hits To The Head Rant

Old Time Hockey For The Penguins in Columbus

Things got a little out of hand late in the second period of tonight's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets. In an already tight and chippy game with no goals to speak of through two periods, Brandon Dubinsky and Sidney Crosby got into an old fashioned battle for positioning in front of … Continue reading Old Time Hockey For The Penguins in Columbus

Why the Oilers Should Trade for Travis Harmonic

The Edmonton Oilers had taken another step forward in their chase for eighth place in the Western Conference and everything was going according to plan. They took a point off Chicago in an OT loss and followed with a solid 5-1 win over New Jersey. But then they took an unexpected two steps backward with … Continue reading Why the Oilers Should Trade for Travis Harmonic

Not Everyone Hates the Leafs

This past Saturday the Vancouver Canucks lost 4-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs and for that alone they should be relegated, but with the Sedins in the lineup I admit that a one goal game is rarely over until the final whistle. At 3-2 with under four minutes left it was still anxious times for … Continue reading Not Everyone Hates the Leafs

Should the Vancouver Canucks have been penalized for too many men in the same face off circle?

In Thursday's game vs. the Ottawa Senators the Vancouver Canucks found themselves in a 1-1 tie early in the second period. Ottawa went in to the game looking for two points to equal the Canucks 19 total points after the first 16 games of the season to put the two teams in a tie for … Continue reading Should the Vancouver Canucks have been penalized for too many men in the same face off circle?

Skills vs. Systems: Changing the definition of individual hockey skills

There's a global divide in the hockey universe about what age to switch the focus of hockey player development from mostly individual skills based to more systems and team based. As a minor hockey development coordinator it's almost disheartening to think about planning the development of 6-8 year olds around what we think might be … Continue reading Skills vs. Systems: Changing the definition of individual hockey skills