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8U Q-and-A: Yabba Dabba Doo

Q: What is the best way to improve younger players’ fundamental skills?

A: The best way to improve young players’ basic skills is what I call the “Flintstones Vitamins approach.” What is it? In simple terms, it’s doing something for kids that is both developmentally beneficial and wrapped in fun.

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Lead like Louie
Like any young player, Louie Belpedio looked to the captains of the Miami University hockey team for guidance and leadership. He studied their tendencies and behaviors, and eventually began to develop a leadership style of his own.



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Prepping for the playoffs
Allison Coomey knows what it's like to be a part of important hockey games. As an assistant coach on the Boston University women's team, Coomey has worked with the Terriers the past nine years, winning five Hockey East tournaments, and twice making it to the Frozen Four.


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Kunin on the little things that pay big dividends
Luke Kunin generates a lot of scoring chances, but it’s not always the flashy plays that put points on the board.

Growing up in St. Louis, he had plenty of people to emulate in the hockey world. He was surrounded by former NHL pros turned youth coaches.....  read more.....

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Hockey’s biggest shift: Fifty years of evolution in NHL coaching - The Globe and Mail

There was a time coaching meant instructing from the bench – changing lines, directing traffic, trading pleasantries with officials. But those days are gone, for better or worse.

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5 misconceptions of 8U development
For the last four years, Zack Doyen has served as the hockey director for Orchard Lake United (OLU), the first USA Hockey Model Association.

Doyen oversees all hockey operations for the association’s 13 teams. That means occasionally hearing about the misconceptions associated with USA Hockey.

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