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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…

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…