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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…

Chalk Talk: It’s important to realize that success follows failure

February 12th, 2018

I consider myself a pretty happy guy. I have a wife and kids I adore, I live in an amazing climate, and I work every day in something I am incredibly passionate about. However, when I step back and look at my life as a whole, I realize I have experienced an incredible amount of…

From the Trainer’s Room: Take the time to learn two simple exercises to skate faster

February 9th, 2018

Speed on the ice is defined by stride length times stride frequency and in order to improve your speed, you must improve one of these two factors. READ OUR JANUARY 2018 ISSUE Improving strength and power in the lower body will aid in the improvement of frequency and is a very important aspect of off-ice…

Taking Liberties With… Daniel ‘Gudge’ Gentzler

January 16th, 2018

DANIEL ‘GUDGE’ GENTZLER Position: Center, Macon Mayhem (Southern Professional Hockey League) Hometown: Manhattan Beach Last Amateur Team: Colgate University (ECAC) Youth Teams: El Segundo Regents, Long Beach Stars, Long Beach Ice Dogs, Anaheim Wildcats, Los Angeles Jr. Kings READ OUR DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE California Rubber: Do you have a favorite memory from your California playing…

From the Trainer’s Room: Looking at high ankle sprains – common injuries, easy to treat

January 16th, 2018

Ankle sprains are the most common injury seen in sports. Typically, the ligaments on the lateral or outside part of the ankle are affected. In hockey, the stiffness of the skate helps protect these ligaments, but the force can be translated up above the ankle joint, resulting in a high ankle sprain. The tibiofibular ligament…