Monthly Archives June 2013

NHL Combine

June 30, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Prospects vying for a high draft position at the NHL Combine

This past NHL Combine has come and gone, with a number of players competing to improve their draft status and show why they deserve to play in the National Hockey League.  Recently I was asked to write a blog article

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Great Coaches

June 29, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Great coaches inspire and motivate players in all areas of life.

When I played Atom minor hockey (under age 11 in Canada) I had this very interesting coach. He used to wack kids on the ass as they passed by while doing laps at the end of practice. If you didn’t

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Hockey Warriors

June 28, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Hockey warrior

To play our sport at the highest level we must be hockey warriors.  Bonded by purpose, brave in our actions, and relentless in our cause.  This game demands so much, but returns a great deal for that effort. An example

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Hockey Specialization

June 27, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Hockey specialization is not necessary to play at the elite level

Being heavily involved in sport I have the opportunity to talk with a variety of people about the game on a daily basis.  One of the groups of people I talk with most is parents.  For some reason since I

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Class Act

June 26, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Class act Marvin Harrison

At the 2006 Super Bowl media day (5 days before game day) a quite and unassuming player star player sat and answered questions for almost an hour.   No it wasn’t Peyton Manning, rather it was Marvin Harrison.  In a day

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Inspiration, Motivation, Habit

June 25, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
The steam engine is a metaphor for keeping us on track with our goals.

Before we start playing hockey, something inspired us to pick up the stick and lace up the skates.  Maybe it’s a parent, sibling or friend who enjoyed the game and you followed their love of hockey.  That’s the case with

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No Magic Pill

June 23, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Magic pills are for those who don't want to play fair and cheat the system

The first junior hockey team I consulted with many years ago the coach was adamant in my talk on nutrition that “there is no magic pill”.  As I was not entirely sure what he meant by this I pressed him

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Deferred Gratification

June 23, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Deferred gratification to buy a BMX bike

When I was 12 I really wanted a cool BMX bike.  Many of my friends had one, and I would watch them on the halfpipe doing jumps or trick out in the parking lot as I rode my beach cruiser

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Best Equipment

June 22, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Best equipment won't make you a Crosby

Last month I was at the rink watching a fellow coaches son play in one of the annual spring hockey tournaments.  As I came into the rink and then sitting in the stands I noticed how everyone had the very

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The Man in the Arena

June 21, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Teddy Roosevelt

The Man In the Arena was a speech given by the 26th President of the United States Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt during his time in the oval office (1901 to 1909).  In many ways the sentiment in this speech is very

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