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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…

From the Trainer’s Room: Learn how to be aware, recognize signs, symptoms of concussions

December 9th, 2019

Over the last 10-15 years, concussions have become a hot topic in youth and professional sports, and for just cause. The media is constantly showing violent hits in the NFL, NHL and other sports and the results of the hits are being shown more and more. Recent involvement by the NFL Players Association as well…

Taking Liberties With… Jessica Koizumi

November 13th, 2019

JESSICA KOIZUMI Position: Associate head coach, University of Vermont (Hockey East, NCAA D-I) Hometown: Simi Valley Youth Teams: California Thunder, Ventura Mariners, Team LA, Cal Selects Playing Experience: U.S. Women’s National Team, Connecticut Whale (NWHL), Montreal Stars (CWHL), Boston Pride (CWHL) Last Amateur Team: University of Minnesota Duluth (WCHA, NCAA D-I) Jessica Koizumi is one…

From the Trainer’s Room: Taking a look at the steps to prevent groin injuries in hockey

November 12th, 2019

A successful hockey season filled with wins, goals, assists and enjoyment can be easily derailed with a groin strain. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The groin musculature, or adductor group, is located on the inside of the thigh and brings the thigh back into the midline of the body. This is an important group of muscles…