Thanksgiving is a tough time for hockey parents. Most of us are out of town at hockey tournaments, rushing from rink to rink for local tournaments, finding Black Friday deals on hockey gear and accessories, or trying to find some down time to get recharge for the next big push until Christmas. Hopefully you can … Continue reading Plenty to be Thankful For!
A key component of the hockey experience is the equipment. It is more than just what you wear on the ice but it shapes the experience of players and parents across the board. Players spend a vast amount of time in locker rooms putting on their gear, forming relationship, and building the team culture. Equipment … Continue reading Hockey Equipment Selection Strategy
In my last post went into detail on our choice to leave our local hockey associations and some of the drivers of our decision. This post will be to provide an overview to the season and how we are feeling about the decision. At this current moment (about a month into the season) we are … Continue reading Start of the Mite Season
In my previous post I outlined the on-ice choices we have made for our hockey players up to this point. One of the most critical and hardest for our family was choosing to leave our local youth hockey association this winter. There are many reasons why this was a tough one, but one of the … Continue reading Leaving the Association
Our family currently has two active youth players, a seven year old that is in her third year of mite hockey and a three year old that is just beginning her journey. Our oldest is the guinea pig, we test out ideas and strategies with her to see if they work and then apply them … Continue reading Player Development Decisions
This is my final deep dive of the Player Development Strategies we utilize in our home to develop great people and players. I will describe how we have positioned our players in the right Pipeline to enable future opportunities as they develop and grow. Very early on we set a high bar for our players … Continue reading Positioning Our Players in the Right “Pipeline”
I recently shared the four strategies we are utilizing to build solid people and hockey players in our home, and have been breaking down how we are applying them and what tactics we are utilizing. This post will focus on strategy three out of four, Nailing the Basics Through Development of Strong Foundational Skills. This … Continue reading Developing Strong Foundational Skills
In my previous blog I discussed our Player Development Strategy, this is the second follow-up post providing additional details on how we are bringing this strategy to life - Creating Well Rounded Athletes. Most hockey parents know the game we love can be a year round activity. Winter hockey quickly turns into spring and summer … Continue reading Creating Well Rounded Athletes
In my previous blog I highlighted the four strategies that we are using in my family to develop our young hockey players. The first and most important strategy is building a love for the game and creating a strong hockey culture at home. We want our players to love the game of hockey at an … Continue reading Building a Love of the Game (Our Hockey Culture)
Before having children my wife and I both loved the game of hockey. She loves it for speed, intensity, and passion of the players. I love it for everything it taught me in life and how it made me who I am today (I spent lots of time on the ice and in hockey rinks!), … Continue reading Our Hockey Player Development Strategy
The experience of our hockey players is being enable by where we live - Minnesota (suburb of the Twin Cities specifically). I can't overemphasize how important the hockey resources and culture in Minnesota are to the decision we make for our little hockey players. Neither my wife or I were born and raised in Minnesota, … Continue reading Hockey in Minnesota
There are plenty of hockey blogs out there and they cover every topic you can imagine. There is so much information on the internet it can be overwhelming to understand and apply to your specific situation. Here is what you can expect from this blog: Overview of key decisions we have made for our hockey … Continue reading What is this blog all about?
We are a family of five that live in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. We live in a suburb just outside of Minneapolis that has a deep and strong hockey tradition and is one of the top hockey cities in the US by all measures (championships at the state and national level, size of youth … Continue reading Overview of our Team (The Family)
Hockey parents are a unique breed, they spend an excessive amount of energy, time, and money, on a sport with a small probability to produce NHL millions, Olympic glory, or a college scholarship. A sport that is fourth most popular professionally or at the youth level (in a good year), a sport that forces you … Continue reading Welcome to The Hockey Parent