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Parents, beware: Stay away from online message boards

November 14th, 2017

About six years ago, as a first-time hockey parent of a Mite house player, I recall asking a couple of the veteran travel parents if they had any recommendations for information about different hockey clubs and the tryout process. One parent was vocal about the wealth of resources you could find on the hockey message…

Taking Liberties With… Travis Noe

October 18th, 2017

TRAVIS NOE Position: Captain and forward, U.S. National Inline Hockey Team Hometown: Thousand Oaks Youth Teams: Ventura Mariners (ice), Roller Dome and VC Vipers (inline) READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: You won your second gold medal in five appearances with Team USA at the IIHF World Inline Championship this summer. Does one of those…

From the Trainer’s Room: Keeping it simple when it comes to training signifies success

October 18th, 2017

Today’s social media blitz shows top athletes performing extraordinary exercises and drills that almost look impossible, but are they beneficial? I recently spoke at a seminar and the common notion was “master the simple stuff.” This is true not only for amateur athletes, but professional athletes as well. Minor defects in mechanics can lead to…

Chalk Talk: Preparing for puck drop – that time is fast approaching

October 11th, 2017

What you need to know to be ready for the season: READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Pre-season Shift – That exciting time of year when hockey season is finally back. New teams are formed, players and coaches are turning the switch back on from the summer break, and all hit the ground running with pre-season preparation….

Taking Liberties With… Carson Kelley

September 14th, 2017

CARSON KELLEY Position: Forward, Lone Star Brahmas (North American Hockey League) Hometown: Portola Valley California Youth Teams: San Jose Jr. Sharks READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: You not only were part of winning the Robertson Cup, but you did it with three other players from California. How special was that? Carson Kelley: Winning with…

Chalk Talk: Should every girl have to play with the boys to improve?

September 13th, 2017

As tryouts approach, many parents of young female hockey players question whether their girls would benefit from playing with the boys. Ideas like “the boys are more aggressive” or “the game play is faster” tend to be in the forefront of the mind and it’s hard to look past them. When looking for some clarity,…

From the Trainer’s Room: The ultimate training goal should be to get stronger, not bigger

September 12th, 2017

All the hype on social media today stresses how cool it is to be huge and lift weights. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE You can’t look at Instagram, YouTube or Twitter without seeing some pro athlete or someone trying to be a pro athlete lifting an outrageous amount of weight one time and showing how big…

Rubber Hockey Magazines sold to longtime writer, editor Mackinder

August 4th, 2017

HERMOSA BEACH, CA – Good Sport Media, Inc., has announced the sale of its Arizona Rubber Hockey Magazine and California Rubber Hockey Magazine publications to longtime staff writer and editor Matt Mackinder and Mackinder Media, LLC. “Matt has been on board with us since Day 1, and I’m nothing but confident he’ll lead our publications…

Taking Liberties With… Sean O’Rourke

July 12th, 2017

SEAN O’ROURKE Position: Defenseman, Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL) Hometown: Alta Loma Last Amateur Team: Ferris State University (WCHA) Youth Teams: Riverside Jets, Ontario Senators, California Wave, LA Selects READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: How did the transition to your first full season of pro hockey go? Sean O’Rourke: The overall schedule was much tougher with…

From the Trainer’s Room: Sports performance training not just for improving performance

July 6th, 2017

When we think of sports performance training, we think of getting faster, jumping higher and getting stronger so we can be better at our sport. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Though it is true, what can be forgotten is that we also train to prepare for the demands of the upcoming season. A solid sports performance…