Sportsmanship Off The Ice

Sportsmanship is important at every level of the game.

Sportsmanship is important at every level of the game.

Sportsmanship Off The Ice

Ed Note: The content below is advice and wisdom from a local hockey coach.

It is all too easy to get caught up in the game of hockey.

While that is not necessarily a bad thing, sometimes our passion allows us to get away from what truly matters. The real world isn’t condensed into two categories: winning and losing, and neither should the game of hockey.

For the young skater, it can be a valuable learning experience to take a step back from the game and really observe what matters. As a coach, I always try to instill the value of good sportsmanship into my younger players. When my skaters value their teammates not only for what they can do on the ice, but also for simply being there, it is a remarkable thing.

Here are a few ways that I push my players toward the tenants of respect, friendship, and a sportsmanlike attitude whether they are on the ice or on the bench.

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6 NHL Players On New Teams To Watch in 2014/15

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The NHL offseason goes by painstakingly slow for any die-hard hockey fan. By all means, we should be out golfing, boating, hiking, etc. You know all the things that normal people do in the summer instead of daydreaming about hockey season? No fan can deny the empty space in their heart that all those things can’t, and won’t, fill.

What is it that actually gets us through the offseason? Roster moves and the speculating of what next season will bring. If your team didn’t win the Stanley Cup last year (every team except Los Angeles, unless I missed something) then you are surely wondering what your hometown squad will do to get there next season. For some lucky fans, there were big moves in 2014 that will hopefully up the throttle on their teams’ playoff chances. Here are six players in new homes that we should all try to keep an eye on this year.

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4 Healthy Snacks to Pack for Hockey Practice

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4 Healthy Snacks to Pack for Hockey Practice

They say you are what you eat – and this couldn’t be more true in a sport like hockey. In fact, researchers state that hockey players who eat right before games or practice have demonstrated enhanced cognitive thinking, faster reaction times, and improved overall coordination and athleticism. So yes, while it’s important to practice your game, it’s also important to eat right so you can be at your best.

The right pre-game or pre-practice meal is one thing, but healthy snacks can be taken with you to the rink to eat before you hit the ice or during any scheduled Zamboni breaks in the action. So listen up, hockey moms and hockey dads! Here’s a look at the high-protein and whole grain foods that you should be sending your kids to the rink with:

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Interview With Rob Howland, Pure Hockey General Merchandise Manager

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We’ve now been around for 20 years and for a niche retail company like us, that’s pretty darn good, if we may say so ourselves. There is only one person who has been employed here for all twenty of the years we’ve been in operation and his name is Rob Howland. We thought it would be fun to ask him a few questions about the days of Pure Hockey yore and how the company has changed. Here we go…

You were basically one of Pure Hockey’s first employees. Tell us about that first store, and what it was like?

The first store was in Worcester, MA 20 years ago and the original name of the company was KC Sports. The store was no bigger than 800 sq. feet and the only place we could put sticks was on the ceiling!  There was something hanging down from the ceiling that we were able to lay the sticks on, so we did it!  We moved the store across the street onto Gold Star Blvd in Worcester, to a 1700 sq foot store and that is when the name changed to Pure Hockey.  (Ed. Note: we tried desperately to find pictures but were unsuccessful)

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