SPORTS SITES TO SURF
If youve spent any
time on Dans site, read our books, or participated in Dans hockey camps,
youve come to know that we value youth sports in general and hockey in
particular as a way to let kids have fun and teach them life lessons.
Left to their own devices, kids will do a pretty good job of using
sports for that purpose. Its when adults get involved that sports sometimes lose
their fundamental focus.
received enough Email and questions in talks weve given over the past few
years to know there are folks who question either our philosophy or our
authority to espouse the things we say. It
even prompted us to put a chapter in the So
You Want to Play in the NHL book entitled What if my coach
or my parents think you guys are full of bunk.
Its a fair question and our answer is that such wisdom as we have
carries with it the weight of Dans successful journey and career in the
NHL. But since writing the books,
we have discovered we are not alone in some of our observations about youth
hockey that are contrary to much of the prevailing conventional wisdom.
sports in general and hockey in particular is a significant part of your life
as a player or your childs life as a parent, the following articles are
important reading. You will find
names like Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Ken Dryden and many others echoing
some of the same themes we are talking about, i.e. its about fun not
winning, play all the sports, skills are not developed playing
games, dont play year around, develop skill not systems.
We were alerted to many of these sites by a hockey parent/coach from
Toronto Steve Pesner. If you
come across interesting sites or articles not listed on either side of the
debate - let us know and well add the cite to our list of
SOURCE FOR SPORTS
This site is fast
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YOUTH HOCKEY FUNDRAISING:
A former teammate of mine at Bowling Green and
a former NHLer has a method of fundraising that has proven
successful. If you are
responsible for fund raising for your organization check out Signs
4 Pride at
AND HEALTH ISSUES:
(Great tips on first aid, treatment of injuries, etc for the coach
and parent plus discussions on concussion issues. The
site has a free newsletter featuring articles from the main steam
press and medical journals on safety and nutritional issues for
players of all ages.)
http://www.hockeydb.com is a
great site for finding stats on any player who played college,
minor league, or NHL hockey.
http://www.passthepuck.net A very informative site
for coaches with drills from beginners to advanced and lots of
other great information. The site provides maps for
most (if not all) the arenas in North America. I searched
for the St. Marys Area Arena (where I played Juniors) and there
was a map for it. The site is operated by Robert Lopez a
long time college and Olympic coach. You can also subscribe
to his newsletter.
A well-written, light-hearted article from a British football (soccer) coach on the
struggles to maintain a wholesome perspective on the game through
some trying times. From the British newspaper The
(Coaching tips and discussions)
http://www.passthepuck.net A very informative site for
coaches with drills from beginners to advanced and lots of other
great information. The site provides maps for most (if
not all) the arenas in North America. I searched for the St.
Marys Area Arena (where I played Juniors) and there was a map for
it. The site is operated by Robert Lopez a long time college
and Olympic coach. You can also subscribe to his newsletter.
Here's an informative and practical NEWSLETTER for
hockey players, parents and coaches. It's put out by Dr.
Vern Stenlund of the University of Windsor and contains player tips,
coaching drills, and a lot of good advice. We recommend you
sign up for a subscription at through firstname.lastname@example.org
- it's free.
ARTICLES BY OTHERS
THAT MOVED US:
Many of you have been intrigued by the value we
placed on our backyard rink in my journey to the NHL. This
man writes better than we do about the value of backyard rinks:
Back-yard rinks bring
families and neighborhoods together
by Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune 01/19/03
OF YOUTH HOCKEY:
"A Teachable Moment: Calling All Hockey
by Ron Foyt
Mr. Foyt is a
former NHL linesman and a supervisor of college referees (NCHA)
"What hockey doesn't have to offer" by Jim
Parcels - a CBC segment on the statistical chances of making it to
- an article in a school
newspaper from a young player who got a scholarship to Cornell on
what it took him to go from being called "the worst player in his
league" to a Div 1 scholarship candidate.
OTHER SITES WE LIKE:
is a site by a
hockey friend and parent who promotes products and services that
you may find useful
an outstanding site that deals with parenting issues
involving all youth sports at every levels. We highly
recommend this site - plan to spend some time reviewing their
outstanding panel of experts and the FAQ page..