The Worst Hockey Practice Drill Ever?

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When I think back about playing high school hockey, my mind normally goes right to all the fun we had. Joking on the bus, playing games, pranks, chirping each other, cheerleaders….the whole nine yards.

But it seems like I’ve managed to bury the memories of the things that perhaps we didn’t like so much. Yes, there’s only so much room in the mental archives for memories, so I try to keep those memories to the fun ones.

One of the memories I don’t need to think about too often involves certain hockey practice drills. As I sit and think about all the different drills we did in practices, most are palatable. Tip drills, hitting drills, power play, penalty kill, breakout…..all these were probably a little bit of a bummer sometimes, but by and large they were acceptable because they had one singular, magical element – pucks. Where we get into the deep, dark recesses of the mental archives is when we get to conditioning drills. Skating. Ugh.
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CCM JetSpeed Hockey Skates Preview & Features

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In 2013, CCM reasserted themselves in the hockey skate world in a major way with the launch of the RBZ skate. The RBZ was a major statement to their competition and a huge step in reestablishing CCM as a premier skate maker. The RBZ was the beginning of what has become a revival for CCM skates. The continued growth in popularity and steady performance advancements of the CCM – and formerly Reebok – Ribcor line, followed by the re-introduction of the legendary CCM Tacks brand have build a huge amount of momentum.

Capitalizing on that ever-growing momentum, this summer CCM will release the long awaited evolution of the RBZ skate line. The JetSpeed skate started with a simple idea, design a skate that performs as if it is the player’s foot sitting on the skate holder to minimize skate-caused performance limitations. Build it for players looking to maximize their speed, make sure it has unmatched fit and comfort and make it more durable than it’s predecessor.

CCM continues to offer multiple families of skates to meet the needs of various player types. JetSpeed slots into the line catering to players whose game is all about maximizing top-end speed. This makes JetSpeed a perfect complement to its ‘sibling’ skate lines; the RibCor built for outstanding agility and the Tacks designed for player’s who thrive on great acceleration and being the quickest top gear. With these three, there’s a CCM skate for every player. 

Fit Improvements

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2015 Stanley Cup Ticket Prices & Landscape

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It took both the Tampa Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks seven games to get past the New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks, respectively, but both teams were able to pull out decisive Game 7 wins on the road. Now one of the two is guaranteed to win the most prestigious trophy in sports within the next three weeks. As is typically the case for the Stanley Cup Final, ticket prices are high on the secondary market.

Over all seven potential games in the series, the current average price for Stanley Cup Final tickets is $1,344.11, according to TiqIQ. That is the third most expensive Final on the secondary market since 2011. Only 2012’s series between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings and 2011’s series between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks was less expensive.

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2015 NHL Conference Finals Ticket Prices

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The road to Lord Stanley’s Cup is almost complete. Just four teams remain in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Conference Finals are set to kickoff on Saturday afternoon. The New York Rangers will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, while the Anaheim Ducks will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the West. As the puck is set to drop first in New York, that’s also where the highest ticket prices are on the secondary market.

(Over 30% of Pure Hockey staff picked NYR to win it all in the company’s NHL playoff bracket challenge – coincidence?)

According to TiqIQ, the average price for Rangers playoff tickets on the secondary market is $1,233.02 across their four potential home games. The first game will be the least expensive, though, with an average price of $481.96. The prices go up at Madison Square Garden for each home game. Lightning playoff tickets in Tampa Bay will be less than half the price, on average. Over three potential games at Amalie Arena, the average secondary market price is $458.12, bringing the overall series average to $892.09.

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