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Taking Liberties With… Justine Reyes

May 15th, 2018

JUSTINE REYES Position: Forward, St. Lawrence University (ECAC Hockey) Hometown: Chino Hills Last Amateur Team: Anaheim Lady Ducks Youth Teams: Ontario Eagles, Anaheim Lady Ducks READ OUR APRIL 2018 ISSUE California Rubber: You and two of your teammates, Kayla Nielsen and Lydia Grauer, had the opportunity to play two college hockey games in California this…

Synthetic Ice Skating Series – Part 2 of 3 – Turns

May 14th, 2018

Welcome back to the Synthetic Ice Skating Series! In Part 2, Jim Vitale and Jeremy Rupke go over turning and more importantly, sharp turns! READ OUR APRIL 2018 ISSUE Vitale is an advocate for extreme edges on a turn. There is a fine line between stopping completely or having the right power to accelerate into…

From the Trainer’s Room: Core stability – it’s much more than just about sit ups

May 11th, 2018

When most people think about core or abdominal exercises, they think sit ups and planks. READ OUR APRIL 2018 ISSUE Though these exercises can be effective, can we do it better? Many of the most popular core exercises are performed on the floor. The issue is that most of the sports we play occur standing…

Chalk Talk: Active recovery a major aspect of athletes’ post-seasons

May 7th, 2018

The end of a season can often times feel bittersweet. You find yourself wishing there was more time during the season, but now that it is all over, now what? The simplest answer – rest. READ OUR APRIL 2018 ISSUE Participation in multiple sports cannot be overstated enough with the oversaturation of year-round hockey going…

Taking Liberties With… Kyle Bigos

April 18th, 2018

KYLE BIGOS Position: Defenseman, Jacksonville IceMen (ECHL) Hometown: Upland Last Amateur Team: Merrimack College (Hockey East) Youth Hockey Teams: Ontario Jets, Ontario Senators, Anaheim Jr. Ducks NHL Draft: Fourth-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers (99th overall) in 2009 READ OUR MARCH 2018 ISSUE California Rubber: You’re back playing this season after taking most of last…

From the Trainer’s Room: Let’s take a look at five important ways to recover faster

April 17th, 2018

This time of year brings on the playoffs for many athletes. The stakes are higher, the games are more intense, and a number of games can be played in a short amount of time. The demands on the athlete’s body become higher with less time to recover. READ OUR MARCH 2018 ISSUE This can lead…

Synthetic Ice Skating Series – Part 1 of 3 – Strides

April 13th, 2018

Welcome to the Synthetic Ice Skating Series! HockeyShot’s Bench Boss, Jeremy Rupke, is joined by Skating Sensei, Jim Vitale, to create a multi-part series to help you stay on your feet and beat the competition to the puck. The entire series was executed on HockeyShot’s industry-leading, head-turning, awe-inspiring Synthetic Ice! READ OUR MARCH 2018 ISSUE…

Taking Liberties With… Taylor Crunk

March 12th, 2018

TAYLOR CRUNK Position: Forward, Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL) Hometown: San Jacinto Last Amateur Teams: Victoria Royals, Vancouver Giants (Western Hockey League) Youth Teams: Inland Valley Wild, LA Hockey Club, San Diego Jr. Gulls, California Titans READ OUR FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE California Rubber: What is your favorite hockey memory growing up? Taylor Crunk: Winning that national…

From the Trainer’s Room: Taking the time to prepare for competition can lead to success

March 9th, 2018

As we head into playoff season, it is important to remember that proper preparation on a daily basis is a major factor to your success. READ OUR FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE Preparing for a game doesn’t start when you step on the ice. Preparation is really a daily process of repeating certain things that make you…

Taking Liberties With… Thatcher Demko

February 13th, 2018

THATCHER DEMKO Position: Goaltender, Utica Comets (AHL) Hometown: San Diego Last Amateur Team: Boston College (Hockey East) Youth Teams: San Diego Ice Cubes, San Diego Rangers, SDIA Attack, San Diego Jr. Gulls, Los Angeles Jr. Kings READ OUR JANUARY 2018 ISSUE California Rubber: Even though you’ve taken another step in your career, your past connections…