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Taking Liberties With… Patrick Wiercioch

January 13th, 2017

PATRICK WIERCIOCH Position: Defenseman, Colorado Avalanche Hometown: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Age: 26 Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 202 pounds Last Amateur Team: University of Denver (then WCHA) Acquired: Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2016 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Colorado Rubber: What is your best hockey memory growing up? Patrick Wiercioch: I’ve told this story…

Chalk Talk: Player development includes following all the recent research

January 12th, 2017

Hockey has fallen victim to the “quick fix” and “instant results” mentality that seems to be increasingly dominating our culture. The new norm is parents spending countless amounts of money for private lessons and private trainers to accelerate the player development process, while overlooking the actual science behind long- term athletic development. Parental expectations for…

Taking Liberties With… Cole Huggins

December 15th, 2016

COLE HUGGINS Hometown: Centennial Position: Goaltender, Minnesota State University (WCHA) Youth teams: DU Jr. Pioneers, Littleton Hawks, Colorado Thunderbirds READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Colorado Rubber: What was your favorite hockey memory growing up? Cole Huggins: Probably when I played in the Pee Wee tournament in Quebec. I thought it was the coolest place ever. They…

Chalk Talk: Remember that there are always three teams on the ice

December 14th, 2016

As most people in the hockey world know, the game of hockey would not occur without the officials. With that stated, “good ice hockey officials” are rare and more than likely will not be officiating your youth game. There are some exceptions, but that is the fact when it comes to youth and junior hockey…

Taking Liberties With… Joe Colborne

November 16th, 2016

JOE COLBORNE Position: Forward, Colorado Avalanche Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada Age: 26 Height/Weight: 6-fot-5, 221 pounds Last amateur team: University of Denver (then WCHA) Acquired: Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2016 READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Colorado Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up? Joe Colborne: Watching the Flames go to the…

Chalk Talk: Youth hockey growth is exciting, but let’s work together

November 4th, 2016

I’ve been coaching youth hockey in Colorado since 1994 and I have seen the game evolve in our state to a respectable competition level. Over those years, there’s been a lot of positive changes in how we develop our young players, and there’s also been some things we could do better. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE…

Taking Liberties With… Josh Holmstrom

October 31st, 2016

JOSH HOLMSTROM Position: Forward, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)/Missouri Mavericks (ECHL) Hometown: Colorado Springs Age: 27 Last Amateur Team: University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Hockey East) Youth Teams: Pikes Peak Tigers, Colorado Thunderbirds, Colorado Rampage Colorado Rubber: What is your favorite hockey memory growing up? Josh Holmstrom: My first few times skating at the old Broadmoor Arena before…

Chalk Talk: The road to junior hockey is not easy, but is rewarding

October 14th, 2016

As young players are growing up, they are working towards playing at high levels of hockey through their youth days. When these players succeed at these levels, their new goal then becomes junior hockey. The junior hockey level is one of the hardest levels for a young hockey player to adapt to. A lot of…

Taking Liberties With… Ryan Massa

August 18th, 2016

RYAN MASSA Position: Goaltender, Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) Hometown: Littleton Last Amateur Team: University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC) Youth Teams: Littleton Hawks, Colorado Thunderbirds, Colorado Rampage Littleton native Ryan Massa, who recently re-upped with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears for the 2016-17 season, is also carving out a niche as a goaltending coach in Omaha, Neb.,…

Chalk Talk: How to avoid the dangers of goaltenders over-training

August 3rd, 2016

Summers are an enormous opportunity for growth and development of hockey players at all ages. The transition from endurance-based training becomes strength-based training as athletes are resting more and focusing more on off-ice training than on-ice. Summer training allows players to concentrate more on their skating abilities and puck handling skills without worrying that they’re…

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