Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hockey Coaches & Parents Review The Puck Hog

"As a coach and a parent, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to teach their child the right way to play a team sport...the right way to play "life".

Mitch Major
Head Coach
Skaneateles Varsity Hockey
Skaneateles Mite A
Grade 6 Teacher

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Puck Hog on Book Store Shelves

 Special thanks to the staff at Barnes & Noble in Clay for placing The Puck Hog in a prominent spot in the store and adding a "staff recommends" card!

 I hope your children will enjoy reading The Puck Hog, as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Giving the Game Back to Kids

   I was disappointed over the weekend when I heard some parents in the stands, grumbling about the official new norm for 8-and under players, USA Hockey's Red, White and Blue program (cross-ice).  Is the idea of cross-ice making you cross? Think shrinking the playing surface is going to shrink a player's potential?  Time to melt some of those myths and read on.  In my interview with ADM's Jim Hunt,  I think you'll quickly gain an appreciation for the intended goals to create a positive environment and passion for the game.  It's time.  Hunt is the American Development Model regional manager for areas that include New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania.  He's coached on the collegiate, junior, high school and international levels and is well respected in hockey circles.      

1. Why the push for cross ice, and what are the benefits as proscribed in USA Hockey's American Development Model?