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Chalk Talk: Seeing differences between fixed mindset, growth mindset

December 11th, 2017

Working with young players and talking to them about their goals and dreams has often caused me to reflect back on my goals and dreams, my successes and failures. The more I reflect, the more questions it raises and the hungrier I become to search for answers. I often wonder to myself why my failures…

Taking Liberties With… Trevor Moore

November 16th, 2017

TREVOR MOORE Position: Forward, Toronto Marlies (American Hockey League) Hometown: Thousand Oaks Last Amateur Team: University of Denver (NCHC) Youth Teams: Ventura Mariners, LA Hockey Club/LA Selects READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: How did your first season of pro hockey go? Trevor Moore: I think my first season went pretty well. I got adjusted…

From the Trainer’s Room: How to deal with knee, MCL injuries when it comes to hockey

November 15th, 2017

The medial collateral ligament in the knee (MCL) was the second most common injury in NCAA hockey in 2013, as stated by Grant, Bedi, Kurz, Bancroft and Miller. The study showed that only concussions had a higher injury rate in male collegiate players. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The MCL is one of four ligaments in…

Chalk Talk: IIHF World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend sparks future growth

November 15th, 2017

From a “Girls Try Hockey For Free Day” to NCAA student-athlete commitments this fall: California provides growing opportunities for females of ALL ages and levels of play. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Girls Try Hockey – Clubs Form Teams As Girls Try Hockey For Free events were underway over the Oct. 6-8 weekend across California, it…

Parents, beware: Stay away from online message boards

November 14th, 2017

About six years ago, as a first-time hockey parent of a Mite house player, I recall asking a couple of the veteran travel parents if they had any recommendations for information about different hockey clubs and the tryout process. One parent was vocal about the wealth of resources you could find on the hockey message…

Taking Liberties With… Travis Noe

October 18th, 2017

TRAVIS NOE Position: Captain and forward, U.S. National Inline Hockey Team Hometown: Thousand Oaks Youth Teams: Ventura Mariners (ice), Roller Dome and VC Vipers (inline) READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: You won your second gold medal in five appearances with Team USA at the IIHF World Inline Championship this summer. Does one of those…

From the Trainer’s Room: Keeping it simple when it comes to training signifies success

October 18th, 2017

Today’s social media blitz shows top athletes performing extraordinary exercises and drills that almost look impossible, but are they beneficial? I recently spoke at a seminar and the common notion was “master the simple stuff.” This is true not only for amateur athletes, but professional athletes as well. Minor defects in mechanics can lead to…

Chalk Talk: Preparing for puck drop – that time is fast approaching

October 11th, 2017

What you need to know to be ready for the season: READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Pre-season Shift – That exciting time of year when hockey season is finally back. New teams are formed, players and coaches are turning the switch back on from the summer break, and all hit the ground running with pre-season preparation….

Taking Liberties With… Carson Kelley

September 14th, 2017

CARSON KELLEY Position: Forward, Lone Star Brahmas (North American Hockey League) Hometown: Portola Valley California Youth Teams: San Jose Jr. Sharks READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: You not only were part of winning the Robertson Cup, but you did it with three other players from California. How special was that? Carson Kelley: Winning with…

Chalk Talk: Should every girl have to play with the boys to improve?

September 13th, 2017

As tryouts approach, many parents of young female hockey players question whether their girls would benefit from playing with the boys. Ideas like “the boys are more aggressive” or “the game play is faster” tend to be in the forefront of the mind and it’s hard to look past them. When looking for some clarity,…