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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 4:21am

'The Ultimate Newsletter for Minor Hockey'

Spring & Summer 2007 ISSUE 12

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WELCOME to WELL SAID! - 'The Ultimate Newsletter for Minor Hockey'.  This Newsletter, along with The Hockey Source comprehensive website, television show, product lines and new training program is part of our vision to provide you with valuable information about minor hockey so you can make sound decisions and have more fun.  Whether you are a Player, Coach, Manager, Official, Trainer, Scout, Agent, Parent or Fan, you are sure to find valuable information on hockey topics.

Time for Your Check-Up!

Hindsight is 20-20, and at this time of the season, like most people in hockey, your vision becomes clearer lookin g backwards.  You have probably seen a few moments where you feel you were less than adequate in your role or demeanor to others.  You may even realize how your actions negatively affected outcomes in key situations.  It will also be apparent, now how you did some things that even surprised you.  Regardless of how you acted, thought or felt, and before the next season begins, take a look back, stop, and ask yourself, "what would it take to make it next season an outstanding one?"

The first step is "getting a check-up".  Like your visit to your doctor or dentist, you simply want to know how things inside you are functioning.  Hopefully, and usually, there is nothing wrong, or you have no significant ailments.  You simply want to know where you are on the roadmap to a healthy lifestyle.

We have listed below the "vital signs" you can use to measure where you are, pertaining to your specific role in hockey.  For each vital sign, answer the questions that are relevant to you over the past season(s).  The results of your answers will provoke thoughts for you about what to do next time AND help you clarify what you want to achieve in the future.

If you are an Administrator, Coach or Team Manager consider:

  • The season plan:
    • How did you do according to plan - goals, budget, and schedule?
    • What were the key things that helped you follow your plan?
    • What could you have done differently to help you stick to your plan?
    • Were there things in your plan that you did not do? Why not?
    • Were there things not in your plan that you did? List them for next time!
  • Your staff:
    • Were you happy with your hiring process?
    • What could you have asked during the hiring process that would have helped you in your decisions?
    • Were you happy with your decisions?
    • How did you evaluate the delivery of duties by your staff?
  • Your actions:
    • Were you happy with how you conducted yourself with one-on-one meetings?  What did you "Say or Do" that has you so sure?  What did others say that support your answer?
    • Were you happy with how you conducted yourself with big groups?  What did you "Say or Do" that has you so sure?  What did others say that support your answer?
    • Were you happy with key decisions you made about situations over the season?  List key ones.
  • Measuring success:
    • What measurement tools did you use? If you did not use any, what would you like to have used?
    • What had to happen for you to know it would be a successful season?  Make a list.
    • How did you do?  What were your outcomes?  Make a list.
    • How often did you measure outcomes against goals?
    • How did you measure your personal success?

If you are a Player consider:

  • Your commitment:
    • How was your time allotment for your responsibilities?  Did you organize your time effectively for school, family, friends, sleep, rest and practices/games? Write out key times during the season where you were feeling like there was not enough time to do what you wanted to do.
    • What were your eating and drinking habits like?  Is there a habit or ritual you had before each game, practice or work out?  Is there something you know you should have done but chose not to?
    • Did you make time for your friends, family, self?  Write out events you did away from hockey you really enjoyed.
    • What were your targets/goals for the season? List them.  How may did you achieve?  What reasons can you find for those that you did not achieve?
  • Your individual skills and tactics:
    • How did you do on and off the ice? Write out 10 - 15 accomplishments.
    • Which skills and tactics were you successful at?  List the top 3 of each you felt you excelled at.  Include what you liked about them.
    • What skill(s) and tactic(s) do you need to learn more about?
  • Evaluation:
    • What indicators did you have for a successful season?  List them.
    • How did you do?  How many did you achieve?
    • What tools did you use to measure success? Describe them.
    • How did you measure your own success? Did you measure it to something or someone else?
    • How often did you measure?

If you are a Parent, consider:

  • Your support:
    • What did you do that helped your son(s)/daughter(s) become the best they could be for themselves?  Write out where you think you were helpful.
    • Now discuss this with your child (children) and record those answers.
    • Do an analysis of the two sources of response, and evaluate the similarities and differences.
    • Where could you have let an issue alone, and not pursued it further with your player?
    • Where could you have followed through on an issue further with your player, and thus, have been more influential?

Did you do it?  Did you write out what happened last season?  If so, then you now have a list of results from your "vital signs".  Whether they are good or below your acceptance levels, you now have a baseline to work from for next season.  Your answers hopefully stimulated ideas or opened up something about yourself that will help in your growth and planning for next season.  Too often, people go from one season to the next expecting things to change without making any changes of their own.

Remember awareness is half of the battle.  If you know about something you can make a decision and take some kind of action.   What can you do to make next season outstanding?

If you are committed to your next season being outstanding, we can help!  Write us at and ask about our Special One-on-One 10 week e-mentoring program.


Downs Can Really Be Ups!

This time of year starts a whole new process related to next season.  Tryouts themselves are "very trying".  Then come training camps and pre-season schedules.  This is followed by the regular season, with all its games, practices and tournaments...and hopefully, even playoffs.  There will be times when each and every person involved in Youth Hockey will be faced with adversity of some kind, whether it be not making the team of choice; not winning as many games as planned; not having as many personal points as desired.  The following words from an Unknown Author are ones to be read and remembered.

Fully prepare yourself, make the best of plans, and take the most effective actions.  Then, accept whatever happens, learn from it, and adjust your approach accordingly.

Sometimes things will go exactly as you have planned, and yet, many times, they will not.  So what is your best option when plans go awry? There is nothing to be gained by becomin g bitter, depressed, angry or immobilized by frustration.  Instead, realize that you have just made a sizeable investment of your time, effort and resources, and have received from that investment, something of real value.

You have learned firsthand, a little more about what does and what does not work.  You have gained valuable, real world experience, and because of that, you are in an excellent place from which to move forward.

Will you squander that valuable experience on feeling sorry for yourself?  Or will you pick yourself up, adapt and adjust, and move enthusiastically ahead?

When plans go awry, it is not the end of the world.  In fact, if you choose, it can be the beginning of your real success.

THS Goes International

The Hockey Source and The Canadian Moose - what is this all about?  Has Vizor been replaced as the THS mascot?  Has The Hockey Source given up on minor hockey and started to focus on nature and wildlife?

The answer is "none of the above".  But THS has formulated a partnership with the Canadian Moose World Traveling Ice Hockey Team ( and its founder, Mr. Mark Sadgrove, as another avenue of "Bettering the Game by Bettering the People".

The Canadian Moose is an organization that has been, for 19 years, taking tours to countries that share the love of the game, but lack the grass roots development that most North Americans take for granted.  Integral to these tours has been the annual formulation of teams (one men's and one women's) to travel to places like Australia , New Zealand and Scotland as ambassadors of the game of hockey.  While on tour, the Canadian Moose plays against local teams ranging from recreational to national, in standing room only arenas, as well as performing community work involving clinics for children and visitations to hospitals and special needs kids.  And more recently, efforts have gone into bringing hockey teams to Canada to play against some local teams and to experience some of the Canadian sites and wonders.

The Hockey Source has become sought after for the provision of clinics and educational seminars for those people who are making the tour to the homeland of hockey, to play and learn more about the game.  Recent examples of this have been the work done by The Hockey Source experts with recreational players from New Zealand , Australia and Scotland that spent 10 days in Canada , as well as with the New Zealand Women's National Team that stopped off in Canada for a week of training on its way to the World's competition.

One example of the educational seminars offered to the visitors was that provided on MOSAIC health philosophy by the newly appointed Subject Matter Expert, Dr. Dave Harper.  Read about his expertise, bio and his love for the game around the world.

The goal of The Hockey Source - The Ultimate Resource for Minor Hockey has always been, and continues to be:

"To help people get valuable information about Minor Hockey around the world so they can make sound decisions and have more fun.

Face Off

Watch Your Mouth?

In the world of minor hockey, it would be a rare occasion that a player would step on the ice without a helmet and cage, a set of shin pads, a protective cup, a pair of elbow pads, proper pants, and neck guard.  In most jurisdictions some of these protective items are mandated wear...but surprisingly, not all of them.  While interested in why every piece of equipment is not covered by mandatory regulations, The Hockey Source is specifically interested in why the use of mouth guards has not been universally mandated. 

Aside from the ongoing, and yet unresolved discussions about mouth guards and concussion prevention, it seems to be common sense that the mouth guard is instrumental in the protection of the player's teeth and gums, and thus preventative of very painful and costly injuries.  And one only needs to study the pictures and stories of serious dental injuries that occur frequently, despite the use of full cages, to understand the severity of this issue.

In asking the question, "Should mouth guards be made mandatory?" and in wondering why it has not already happened universally, one wonders if:

  • An age factor has clouded the decision - perhaps very young players are not at risk.
  • A cost factor has prevented this - the only mouth guards that really work are those created and fitted by dentists.
  • Lack of agreement as to the need exists - USA Hockey requires the use of mouth guards, but Hockey Canada does not.  The discrepancy continues as one moves across the various provincial jurisdictions and the variant Associations within each.
  • Lack of clarity as to who is responsible for enforcement exists - opinions vary from the responsible person being on-ice officials or coaches or parents.
  • Player complaints against use due to poor fit get attention.
  • Confusion about which type and model to buy prevents utilization.

Surely, parents would not permit the player in their home to use shin pads that lacked a patella protector, or gloves that lacked finger protection, or skates that were missing the supportive rivets in the blades.  It is thus a matter of both importance and curiosity that allowing players to enter the game without any dental protection let alone efficient types of guards exists at such a level of significance.  What do YOU think?


A Must for Team Managers

A Must for Team Managers!

How Often Do You Find Yourself or Others Saying...

  • "I wish I had more time"
  • "I wish people would listen in our meetings"
  • "I wish we had extra money in the budget"

Available support to team managers rarely includes help on these issues.  So how do we translate our support into saving money, better communication and worry-free travel?'

The Hockey Source believes implicitly that the role of Team Manager is as important to a successful year off the ice, as the position of Coach is to a successful year on the ice.  To support its belief, The Hockey Source created the Team Management Training Program  (TMTP)...a sure recipe and a one-of-a-kind solution to increased success and enjoyment for all facets of "off-ice" operations.

Stacey Lambert, Manager says, "The valuable, time-saving tolls and strategies, and the complete manual will alleviate stress".  Alan McKenzie, Coach stated, "It was like spending 5 years in advanced management courses with a Fortune 500 Company rolled into a 4-hour program targeted at Minor Hockey".

The components of the Team Management Training Program are:

TMS - the customized management tool and resource manual/CD that will save you hours of work and provide an increased sense of ease, while looking professional.

TMTC - the in-depth 4-hour training course and detailed curriculum handbook that will provide you all the key steps, principles, strategies and information required to excel at communication, budgeting, fund-raising and travel management.

To further illustrate its belief in the importance of the Team Manager role, The Hockey Source will provide to each Team Manager that signs up for the full Team Management Training Program, the following additional offers, FREE:

  • a 1-hour consult with a management expert from The Hockey Source on any and all content of the program.
  • Unlimited E-mail support for the entire season with the same expert on matters related to the course, material and role.
  • Bring the team's coach to the Training.  That's right - FREE!

"I have coached and sometimes managed for 25 years, and this is by far, the most informative course and material in the managerial area". - Jamie Coleman, Coach.

"A truly great session that provided me with a multitude of valuable ideas.  A great program". - Geoff Collins, Manager.

"A lot of good points covered that I never would have thought about.  A highly recommended course for any aspiring/new/or seasoned manager".  Albert Wong, Manager.

So Team Managers, make sure your name is on the list of those who are experiencing the benefits of the Team Management Training Program.  Ensure that you are equipped to ensure the type of experience that will have folks talking positively throughout and after the hockey season.

Did You Know

Not All Guards are Guarding

Stock Mouth Guards - These are the ones always hanging out of the mouth.  Why?

  • Least expensive.
  • Least protective.
  • Limited sizes.
  • Bulky and lack retention.
  • Held in place by player bite.
  • Interferes with speech and breathing.

Boil and Bite Mouth Guard - These ones are often viewed out of the mouth.  Why?

  • Limited sizes.
  • Do not cover all posterior teeth.
  • Bulky and ill fitting.
  • Poor retention.
  • Biting through during fitting often experienced.
  • Interference with speech and breathing.

Custom-made Mouth Guards - These are the ones seldom seen during play.  Why?

  • High retention due to molded fit.
  • Comfortable.
  • Longwearing material.
  • No effect on breathing.
  • Covers all teeth in the arch.
  • Absorbs pressure due to fit and planned molding.

Which do you want guarding your teeth?

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