Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas

Here are some Holiday Gift Ideas for the Hockey Enthusiast in your Life!

1) Hockey Books-  Some of my favorites include:
* GRETZKY- by Rick Reilly
* Hockey Tough- by Saul Miller
* Laura Stamm's Powerskating System
* Made in America, the Chris Chelios Story- Chris Chelios with Kevin Allen

2) Hockey Shot Extreme Radar-  I have been using this at Skill Sessions and my clinics and the kids love it!
http://www.hockeyshot.com/HockeyShot-Extreme-Radar-p/accessory-050.htm

3) Bosu Balls-  These balance and strength training aids are great for hockey players and can be used for a variety of exercises to increase balance, coordination and explosiveness.


4) Hockey Trading Cards-  Like most kids from the 1980's I collected sports cards as a kid, and hockey cards make a great stocking stuffer.  Kids learn about their favorite players, look at stats, and become more engaged in the pro game.  Upper Deck and Fleer still make cards, and these can be purchase at most WalMarts.

5) EBAY...  search ebay and find great deals on used jerseys.  It's amazing what people sell, and you can get jerseys from all over the world!

6) Home School Hockey DVD by Championship Productions.  I developed this last summer (2013) and am very proud of the information and production quality.  Get details on how to improve your game with just the materials available to you in your own backyard.
* Driveway Drills
* Cardio Conditioning
* Strength Training
* Synthetic Ice Drills
* Video Analysis

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Holiday Mentor Camp Set


For the 4th year running, we will be hosting our "Mentor" Camp at Laconia Ice Arena on Dec. 28.  The all- day camp features 3 hours of on-ice instruction, video skating analysis, pizza lunch, dryland skills, and even a complimentary t-shirt.  Guest instructors include current JR and college players.

For more info, go to - www.scoringconcepts.com

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New England Wolves MJHL Training Camp


New England Wolves Training Camp ideas...

1st Day (Thursday the 28th)
Conditioning Standards tested in order to determine locker selection in team locker room.  AHI Code of Conduct meeting.  Finished off with a Hike up Lockes Hill in Gilford, NH.
 
 
 
2nd Day (Friday the 29th)


Circuit Training Workout at LIA, followed by a playbook meeting covering Defensive Zone Coverage and Defensive Zone Face- Off.  Finished the afternoon session off with team runs on the WOW Trail, starting near the "O" in Lakeport.

3rd Day (Saturday the 30th)
Crossfit Competition at LIA at 10am.  Guest instructors Josh & Becca Bedard of Gilford, NH.  Team and Individual workout focused.
5pm Team Pizza Party and Movie (ESPN's 30 for 30 "Four Nights in October), followed by Player Bio project by the firepit.

GREAT START TEAM!
 
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Great Food Choices for Athletes

Oatmeal

Oatmeal has a high soluble fiber content, is high in complex carbohydrates, is a good source of protein and has a low glycemic index, which provides a sustained release of energy into the bloodstream—imperative for runners. Oatmeal offers your body a regular dose of Vitamin B and is rich in minerals and antioxidants. It's credited for maintaining the good level of cholesterol in the body and is known as one of the most nourishing foods for the body, especially for athletes.

Kale

Kale is a member of the cabbage family and contains high levels of vitamins: A, K, B6, calcium and iron. It's an antioxidant-rich vegetable that helps regulate the body's inflammatory process. Kale also contains carotenoids and flavonoids, two powerful antioxidants that protect cells from free radicals that cause oxidative stress, as well as a high fiber content that helps lower cholesterol.

Milk

With all the different types of milk out there today, soy, almond, rice and even hemp, it seems that good old fashioned milk is still number one when it comes to athletes. Milk is loaded with carbohydrates and protein, which makes it an ideal post exercise muscle recovery beverage for endurance athletes. When carbohydrates and proteins are consumed together, muscle tissues are repaired at a faster rate than if consumed separately.

Bananas

Bananas are one of the best pre- and post- workout snacks. Loaded with potassium and vitamin B6, bananas help maintain low blood sugar, regulate digestion and re-stock your body with lost electrolytes after any sort of physical exertion. Vitamin B6 in bananas acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that helps ward of cardiovascular disease.

Walnuts

Walnuts are a plant-based protein, rich in fiber, B-vitamins and antioxidants, such as vitamin E. They contain the most Omega-3 fatty acids than any other nut and the anti-inflammatory nutrients are great for bone health.  Walnuts have also been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, are beneficial for a healthy heart and make a great healthy and energizing snack on-the-go.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a starchy vegetable, rich in vitamins A and C, which are both powerful antioxidants that work in removing free radicals from your body. They help lower blood pressure and are a powerful food for athletes because of its high vitamin and mineral content. The potassium, iron, manganese and copper are all minerals that many athletes lack; manganese and copper being crucial in healthy muscle function.

Wild Salmon

Salmon is one of the most nutrient dense proteins, full of essential Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins B12 and B6. Salmon can help reduce inflammation in our bodies through it's high content of Omega-3's, which is valuable for athletes. Salmon is known to be the king of fish because of it's high quality protein. A weekly consumption of this power food has been shown to decrease the risk of numerous cardiovascular problems, such as heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure. The antioxidant in salmon, selenium, has been shown to be beneficial in cardiovascular protection.


NUTRITION TRICKS

 

*It isn't always possible to eat perfectly so here are some tricks to still enjoy some favorites but to be a little healthier about it.
 

·        When getting sandwiches and subs, get mustard, light mayo instead of options like ranch, regular mayo or other creamy dressings.

·        Water down soda and juice.  Still tastes good but a lot less sugar.

·        Have frozen yogurt over ice cream.

·        Whole wheat, Multigrain breads instead of white.

·        Cut down on cheese, if you're going to get a burger go for a hamburger instead of cheeseburger.  Get a sandwich without cheese every so often.

·        Have smoothies.. easy way to have fruits and even some vegetables like spinach.

·        Have healthy snacks, instead of grabbing a bag of chips.. grab some almonds, fruit or veggies and hummus or yogurt dressings/dips.

·        Try yogurt dressings, like ranch and Caesar.

·        If you're getting pizza try to get veggie toppings instead of doing a meatlovers. (Ham over pepperoni)

·         Dark chocolate over regular chocolate.

·         Pretzels over chips

·         Get tomato sauces instead of alfredo or other cheese/cream sauces.

·         After workouts it is important to get healthy fats in as well as protein.  Examples of healthy fats are avocados, plant oils (olive oil), fish, nuts and seeds.

·         Try as best as you can to stay away from fast foods like Mcdonalds and Wendy's and instead go to places like Chipotle, Subway.  If you go to Mcdonalds or Wendy's get chicken breast options instead of burgers.

  •  Water and fruit after training is better then sports drinks. They are ok if you are in a rush but fruits natural sugars are much healthier.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hockey Shot Challenges!

Summer is a great time to work on your shot off the ice.  Its warm and sunny, and kids have plenty of free time to get out in their driveway or back yard and hone the shots they will be using over the winter.

Over the last several years, I've heard of youth hockey organizations, teams, hockey companies/ websites and other entities sponsor "Shot Challenges"... taking the idea of small steps leading into big leaps.  

Here are some groups that sponsor great ones with prizes available?

Hockey Share 10,000 Puck Challenge
http://www.hockeyshare.com/10000pucks/
SUMMER CONTEST - every summer we offer a contest for participants from across the world to compete against each other for some great prize packages provided by HockeyShot.com.

West Fargo Challenge
http://www.westfargohockey.com/page/show/454486-10-000-shot-club

Chelios Hockey
http://chelioshockey.com/Page.asp?n=59783&org=CHELIOSHOCKEY.COM

Champions Edge
http://championsedgehockeyacademy.com/page.php?page_id=61892
The premise is simple: try and take 10,000 shots between June 2nd 2014 - August 10th 2014

Twitter
https://twitter.com/10000Pucks



Shot Challenge are an easy, fun and nearly free way to develop your skills off the ice.  These challenges teach players about setting same quantifiable goals in order to reach larger ones.  Discipline, commitment and dedication are paramount...

Friday, May 9, 2014

Hockey as Exercise

Sports Illustrated recently published an article on the NHL playoffs detailing some of the extreme measures and risks players have put their bodies through to compete for the Stanley Cup.

Here is some "food for thought" on Hockey as a form of exercise:

Caloric Consumption:
A regulation hockey game is one hour long. According to fitness resource website HealthStatus, a 160-lb. person playing one hour of hockey burns 586 calories. A 200-lb. person playing for the same amount of time would burn 732 calories.

Exercising in the Cold:
"But even when the temperatures start to plunge, there are plenty of reasons why exercising outside in the cold is better for you than working out in the warm.
In the cold, you burn more calories because the body uses more energy to generate heat. And because you sweat so much less than you would on a hot, humid day, you are much less likely to become dehydrated.
Plus, you can work out much harder in chilly temperatures than in hot ones — heat taxes the body so much more and the dangers of working out in excessive heat outweigh the benefits."
reprinted- http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120113/manhattan/top-reasons-why-cold-weather-exercise-beats-hot-weather-workouts

Competition:
Hockey is a team sport. Practicing and playing with other people can increase your motivation to keep exercising, increasing your successes with weight loss. To lose one pound of fat, you must burn 3,500 calories. You can burn anywhere from 50 to 500 or more calories per hour depending upon the activity you are performing, but it usually takes a combination of reduced calorie intake and increased physical activity to create a significant enough caloric deficit to lose weight. Competitive sports can play an important role in your fitness routine.

 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Reflections on New Jersey Devils 2013-2014 Season



For the first time in an extremely long time, the New Jersey Devils will not be taking part in the NHL post-season.  Going to the playoffs for nearly 20 years straight, and winning 3 cups in a span of 9 season.. this is definitely disappointing.

Yet, it was a fun season to watch and the Devils were in playoff contention to nearly the final day of the regular season, posting a 35-29-18 record for 88 points.  88 points in most pre-lockout years was good enough for a playoff berth.

Much has been said about the Devils and their inability to produce in the shootout, going a staggering 0 for 13, and only converting on 6 attempts all year.  If they had simply completed less than 50% of the 13 shootout (going 6 for 13), they would have finished 3rd in the Metropolitan Division, and cruised into the playoffs.  For a team that lost Ilya Kovalchuk due to retirement and Zach Parise to free agency in consecutive off seasons, and chose to build more around depth than superstars, the Devils inability to win the shootout becomes justifiable.

Here are some positives...

1) Head Coach Pete DeBoer has cultivated a system in New Jersey that is notoriously stingy and defensively structured. Stars coach Lindy Ruff described it earlier this season as "trying to crawl through a barbed-wire fence with a wool jacket on."
"I really believe that our team game is as good as anyone's in the league. I really believe that on a night-to-night basis," DeBoer said. "There's a reason why we're sitting here today and I said I'd wait until after the season to discuss them, but I don't think there's any secret that the shootout killed us. And when you look at the standings and stats we're probably about a half a goal a night short of being a very good team in this league."
But the team's possession numbers portray an entirely different picture. Heading into Sunday's matinee against the Boston Bruins, the Devils boast an impressive 53.7 Fenwick percentage, a statistic that quantifies total shots attempted, excluding blocked shots. The Devils are the only team in the top five of that metric that did not qualify for the postseason. The others in the top five? Los Angeles, Chicago, San Jose and Boston.
reprinted- http://espn.go.com/new-york/nhl/story/_/id/10776749/coach-pete-deboer-return-new-jersey-devils-know

2) The Devils Young Defenseman-  Eric Gelinas (60gp 29pts), Jon Merrill (11pts) and Adam Larsson (4th overall pick in 2011 draft)  all demonstrated all- star potential and represent a foundation for the team to build on going forward.

3) Cory Schnieder-  Finishing in the top 5 in the league in GAA and posting a .921 save percentage, Goaltender Cory Schnieder justified trading the 9th overall pick in the draft to acquire him, and at 27 years old, is the future of the franchise.

and some negatives...

1) Age at forward-  Elias is 38, Zubrus is 35, Ryder is 34, Jagr is 42, Clowe and Ruutu are both 31.

2) Scouting Department-  Although the Devils have historically picked late in the 1st round, they have not done well in the draft.  It has been over a decade (Parise 2003) since the Devils have selected an NHL All- Star with their number 1 pick.  Several picks (Matt Corrente, Nicklas Bergfors, Matthias Tedenby, Jacob Josefson, Stefan Matteu) have barely made an impact at the NHL and some not at all.


I look forward to what GM Lou Lamoriello has in store for the program this off-season.  The NHL Hall of Famer, certainly won't tolerate another non-playoff season....