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Taking Liberties With… Taylor Maruya

November 14th, 2018

TAYLOR MARUYA Position: Forward & co-captain, Army West Point (Atlantic Hockey) Hometown: Westchester Youth Teams: LA Jr. Kings, Bay Harbor Red Wings READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: You were recently selected one of Army’s captains. What was your reaction when you found out? Taylor Maruya: I’m lucky enough to have been selected. I get…

From the Trainer’s Room: Let’s look at ways to stay fresh, vary your in-season training

November 13th, 2018

With the NHL and NBA seasons underway, it’s time to look at how to vary your in-season training. Just because games have started doesn’t mean that you stop training – you just have to modify what you do. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE It is important to know your needs at this time of the year….

Chalk Talk: Find that strong foundation, don’t let distractions in

November 9th, 2018

Listen to post-game interviews of the most elite athletes and you will hear many one-liners that much of us have learned to tune out. “I just have to worry about what I can control, and focus on that.” “Just focusing on staying in the moment and not looking too far forward or dwelling on the…

Taking Liberties With… Jason Robertson

October 11th, 2018

JASON ROBERTSON Position: Forward, Kingston Frontenacs (Ontario Hockey League) Hometown: Arcadia Youth Hockey Teams: Pasadena Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Jr. Kings Jason Robertson has emerged as one of the top scorers in the OHL, putting up 41 goals and 87 points during the 2017-18 season and adding 18 more in the 2018 postseason. It’s no…

How NHL players train & why they choose HockeyShot

October 9th, 2018

Nobody knows how to keep their game sharp like an All-Star NHL hockey player. HockeyShot has a longstanding relationship with some of the best of the best in the NHL. We’ve gathered some of our favorite NHL hockey players to give us their thoughts on the HockeyShot Product Lineup. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE If you…

From the Trainer’s Room: Looking at the current concussion law here in California

October 4th, 2018

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

Chalk Talk: Let’s encourage – not discourage – today’s hockey youth

October 2nd, 2018

There is a famous story about a young man that travels to California during the Gold Rush to dig for gold and spends considerable effort and time digging, to finally give up and move on. Later, he finds out that when he quit, he was actually only three feet from a substantial gold source. He…

Taking Liberties With… Scooter Vaughan

September 6th, 2018

SCOOTER VAUGHAN Position: Defenseman, Chicago Wolves (AHL) Hometown: Placentia Last Amateur Team: University of Michigan (NCAA D-I) Youth Teams: In-house in Anaheim, California Wave READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: You recently received the AHL Man of the Year Award for your charitable work and community involvement. Where does that rank among your many career…

From The Trainer’s Room: What every team should have in their first aid kit

September 4th, 2018

When an athletic trainer isn’t available for your sports team’s practice or game, it’s imperative that a quality first aid kit and someone with general knowledge of first aid be present. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The following is a list of items suggested by Compete Sports Performance and Rehab’s certified athletic trainers to be contained…

Are you a ‘get’ or ‘give’ type of hockey player?

August 17th, 2018

The past number of months, I have worked with many teams helping to get everyone on the same page, working to establish an agreed-upon culture and help to identify any issues that could be preventing the team from maximizing individual abilities. A major part of this is the attitude of the player and how well…