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Taking Liberties With… Matt Nieto

July 17th, 2018

MATT NIETO Position: Forward, Colorado Avalanche Hometown: Long Beach Last Amateur Team: Boston University (Hockey East) Youth Hockey Teams: South Coast Sabres, Paramount Panthers, Anaheim Jr. Ducks, Long Beach Ice Dogs, LA Hockey Club READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: How gratifying was this season in Colorado with a team that exceeded many people’s expectations?…

Synthetic Ice Skating Series – Part 3 of 3 – Stops

July 5th, 2018

Welcome back to the Synthetic Ice Skating Series! In Part 3, HockeyShot Skating Sensei Jim Vitale and Bench Boss Jeremy Rupke explain the very important skill of stopping. As every hockey player knows, this frozen sport is very fast and there are a lot of stops and starts. We hope you pick up a few…

From The Trainer’s Room: Preparing for hockey tryouts – what you need to understand

June 27th, 2018

Tryout season can be almost as stressful as the regular season. Players are jockeying for positions, coaches are searching for the right players to fill their squad and parents are trying to understand what would be best for their son or daughter. Leading up to tryouts, there are things players can do to make sure…

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…