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Taking Liberties With… Scott Savage

May 19th, 2017

SCOTT SAVAGE Position: Defenseman, Cleveland Monsters (American Hockey League) Hometown: San Clemente Last Amateur Team: Boston College (Hockey East) Youth Teams: Yorba Linda Blackhawks, LA Selects READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: How has your transition to pro hockey gone? Scott Savage: I signed an amateur tryout contract with Cleveland (on March 21), and it’s…

From the Trainer’s Room: Recovering after a long hockey season and what you should know

May 18th, 2017

The hockey season can be a grind. Most youth players start practicing in August and finish games in March or April. That’s 8-9 months of 2-3 practices a week and anywhere from 25-60 or more games, not to mention any private lessons and dryland. This can take a huge toll on an athlete both physically…

Chalk Talk: How you handle competition can define you as a person

May 17th, 2017

Hey aspiring hockey professional! I want you to pretend you have a microphone in your face and a reporter has just asked who you are as hockey player. Now, answer the question and be very specific. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE My mentor, Par Marts, asked me and my teammates that question in 1994 just as…

Taking Liberties With… Matt Ford

April 18th, 2017

MATT FORD Position: Forward, Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) Hometown: West Hills Last Amateur Team: University of Wisconsin (then WCHA) Youth Teams: Marina Cities Sharks, West Valley Wolves, Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.) READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: Can you tell us about your family’s deep history in hockey in California? Matt Ford: My grandfather was one…

From the Trainer’s Room: Use two simple exercises to improve your speed on the ice

April 17th, 2017

Today’s hockey game is faster than ever. Today’s young stars like Connor McDavid and Johnny Gaudreau are so effective because of their speed. Perennial MVPs Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have an unreal ability to accelerate and beat their opponent to the puck. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Speed is determined by stride length times stride…

Taking Liberties With… Chase Balisy

March 15th, 2017

CHASE BALISY Position: Forward, Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita Last Amateur Team: Western Michigan University (CCHA/NCHC) Youth Teams: Anaheim Jr. Ducks, South Coast Sabres, Long Beach Jr. Ice Dogs READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: What is your favorite hockey memory growing up? Chase Balisy: Winning the Squirt state championship when Konstantin Lodnia…

From the Trainer’s Room: Take note on how to recover faster for your next game

March 15th, 2017

As the hockey season begins to wind down, every game becomes more and more important. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The tail end of the season can include tournaments, showcases and playoffs where teams may have to play multiple games on the same day or weekend. These busy weekends can take a toll on a player’s…

Chalk Talk: Should your child stay home or move to develop?

March 15th, 2017

Many parents struggle when presented with the choice of whether to have their child play home or away at young ages. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Sometimes when players are strong at young ages, they are invited to play for other associations that are away from home. This choice should never be made lightly – a…

Taking Liberties With… Chase De Leo

February 14th, 2017

CHASE DE LEO Position: Forward, Manitoba Moose (American Hockey League) Hometown: La Mirada Last Amateur Team: Portland Winterhawks (Western Hockey League) Youth Teams: Norwalk Knights, LA Jr. Kings, LA Hockey Club READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: What is your favorite hockey memory growing up? Chase De Leo: I enjoyed getting to travel to a…

From the Trainer’s Room: Know the details of the new concussion law in California

February 14th, 2017

A new concussion law in California was enacted on Jan. 1, 2017 – an amendment of a previous law that covered high school athletes that now covers all athletes under the age of 18. The purpose is to provide specific safety protocols to protect athletes from injury. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “This bill places California…