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HockeyShot Tip of the Month: Own the Moment – On the Ice

April 17th, 2019

Play in the moment There are three potential places your mind could be when you are on the ice – the past, the present or the future. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Of these three places, there is only one place where you can absolutely control performance – the present. This is exactly where noted psychology…

From the Trainer’s Room: Looking at strength training – When is a safe time to start?

April 15th, 2019

It’s the age-old question: When is it safe to start strength training? Let’s start with the difference between strength training and weightlifting. In my opinion, weightlifting is just one aspect of strength training. Weightlifting can mean a wide variety of things but is typically associated with lifting free weights to increase muscle size. READ OUR…

Taking Liberties With… Chase Golightly

April 11th, 2019

CHASE GOLIGHTLY Position: Defenseman, Brampton Beast (ECHL) Hometown: Temecula Last Amateur Team: Robert Morris University (Atlantic Hockey, NCAA D-I) Youth Teams: LA Selects, California Wave, LA Jr. Kings READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: What is your favorite hockey memory growing up? Chase Golightly: My favorite was playing with Mike Lewis and going to Nationals…

Barkov, Barber Put HockeyShot Synthetic Ice to the Test

March 21st, 2019

Tuesday, January 29. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For the first time in history, a pro hockey shootout happened on a beach! The sun was out, temperatures reached 70 degrees and HockeyShot put on an historic match between an NHL superstar and a stickhandling YouTube star. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov took to…

From the Trainer’s Room: Looking at MCL injuries in hockey – how to diagnose, how to treat

March 15th, 2019

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

Taking Liberties With… Ryan Siroky

March 14th, 2019

RYAN SIROKY Position: Forward, Miami University (NCHC, NCAA Division I) Hometown: Manhattan Beach Youth Teams: LA Hockey Club/LA Selects, LA Jr. Kings READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: What are some of your favorite hockey memories growing up? Ryan Siroky: The (USA Hockey youth) national championship games with LA Hockey – the double-overtime games we…

HockeyShot Tip of the Month: Advanced Pass & Shot Drills

February 13th, 2019

You can find a lot of hockey passing tips and shooting advice on HockeyShot.com, though the only way to really get good at them is to practice in an environment where you can concentrate. You want to practice receiving the pass with your back to the net so you get some practice taking a pass,…

Taking Liberties With… Evan Weinger

February 8th, 2019

EVAN WEINGER Position: Forward, San Jose Barracuda (AHL) Hometown: El Segundo Youth Teams: LA Jr. Kings, LA Selects Last Amateur Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: How nice has it been to start your professional career in California? Evan Weinger: It’s been really nice. This is actually the first year…

From the Trainer’s Room: Sport-specific training – looking at the truths and the myths

February 7th, 2019

With sports specialization at a young age becoming the norm, how about the question of sport-specific training? Social media and marketing suggest that all athletes should train specifically for their sport using cool-looking exercises that mimic specific sports. Are these training programs truly helping your athlete or making matters worse by overtraining the same movements…

6 Helpful Ways to Conquer Your Hockey Fears

January 16th, 2019

Let’s talk about some ways you can address your fears. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Here are a few simple recommendations that we might use with a player that might help you deal with fear and put it in perspective: 1. Address your fears directly. What are you afraid of and what might be the reasons?…