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From the Trainer’s Room: Differences between training for roller hockey vs. ice hockey

June 2nd, 2020

Roller hockey can seem very similar to ice hockey at times but can also seem vastly different. Roller hockey typically has less players on a team than ice and only four skaters on each side during play. One would think less players would mean shorter shifts on the ice, but the opposite is the norm….

Taking Liberties With … Pacific Palisades native, Minnesota State senior captain Nick Rivera

May 26th, 2020

NICK RIVERA Position: Forward/captain, Minnesota State University (WCHA, NCAA D-I) Hometown: Pacific Palisades California youth teams: California Wave, Los Angeles Jr. Kings READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: Do you have any favorite memories of your time playing youth hockey in California? Nick Rivera: The whole development part of it was pretty special. At that…

From the Trainer’s Room: Offseason planning means staying rejuvenated for next season

April 15th, 2020

As the hockey offseason kicks into high gear, this is the time to plan out the coming months to allow for rest, recovery, proper training on and off the ice, and preparation for the next season. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE One way to plan for this hectic time is to print a calendar from now…

Taking Liberties With… Vacaville native, University of Massachusetts forward Niko Hildenbrand

March 17th, 2020

NIKO HILDENBRAND Position: Forward/captain, University of Massachusetts (Hockey East, NCAA D-I) Youth Teams: Berkeley Bulldogs, Capital Thunder, Santa Clara Blackhawks Hometown: Vacaville READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: What is your favorite memory from playing hockey in California? Niko Hildenbrand: My Pee Wee year, when I played for Santa Clara, we won the national Championship….

From the Trainer’s Room: Preparing for the post-season, looking at key training tips

March 3rd, 2020

As the season begins to wind down and playoffs are around the corner, it’s time to take a look at your training and recovery program and see if you need to modify it. The season can be very demanding on athletes with practices, lessons, games, tournaments, travel and workouts, not to mention school and having…

Taking Liberties With… Coto de Caza native, Colorado College goalie Ryan Ruck

February 25th, 2020

RYAN RUCK Position: Goaltender, Colorado College (NCHC, NCAA D-I) Hometown: Coto de Caza California Youth Teams: LA Selects, Orange County Hockey Club READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: Do you have a favorite hockey memory from your time playing in California? Ryan Ruck: My 14U year, I was playing with Eric Comrie, Chase DeLeo and…

From the Trainer’s Room: Off-ice goaltending training – what you need to know

January 31st, 2020

Off-ice training plays a vital role in the development of hockey players. USA Hockey follows the Long-Term Athletic Development principles as the basis of their program. These principles assist in creating a more consistent training regimen for athletes. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Today’s training programs should not be based on how hard the program is,…

Taking Liberties With… Tyson McLellan

January 30th, 2020

TYSON McLELLAN Position: Forward, University of Denver (NCHC, NCAA Division I) Hometown: San Jose California Youth Team: San Jose Jr. Sharks READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: What are some of your favorite hockey memories in California? Tyson McLellan: Going to Silver Sticks was always a big deal. It’s a huge tournament in the Detroit…

From the Trainer’s Room: Knowing when to return to the playing field after an injury

January 14th, 2020

Injuries occur in sports. Some require rest, some rehab, and sometimes treatment and modifications to activity are necessary in order to get the athlete back into competition. Every injury and every athlete is different, so there is no black-and-white answer to how fast or what is needed to return to play. When an injury occurs,…

Taking Liberties With… Andrew Oglevie

December 10th, 2019

ANDREW OGLEVIE Position: Forward, Rochester Americans (American Hockey League) Hometown: Fullerton California Youth Teams: Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Beach City Lightning, California Wave, LA Hockey Club/Selects Last Amateur Team: University of Notre Dame (Big Ten, NCAA D-I) READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: Do you have a favorite California hockey memory? Andrew Oglevie: Winning back-to-back national…