THE Pabst Blue Ribbon Hockey Tournament is right around the corner on Feb. 14-16, 2014 and it was VOTED THE BEST DAMN POND HOCKEY TOURNAMENT IN THE USA!
There is absolutely nothing like the sound of hockey sticks clashing against each other, pucks hitting the wooden boards, skates carving through the ice, and the smell of woodsmoke in the cold mountain air. If you grew up playing hockey outdoors, those senses likely bring back some great memories. We miss those memories, that is why a bunch of hockey players bring you the Pabst Colorado Pond Hockey Tournament. Hockey in its root form. Its in our hearts...
They keep the tournament limited in size for one reason. They want to keep it the best tournament in North America! There goal is for each player to have the best possible experience at a non-crowded, energetic, and benefit filled event. A tournament where you can hopefully get to know others, rekindle old friendships, and play in a stress free atmosphere with great customer service. Please be sure to find RUT Hockey at the tournament, say hi, and stay in touch into the future! SILVERTHORNE, COLORADO(SKI COUNTRY USA) The stage of the Pabst CPHT takes place on a secluded pond in the heart of Ski Country USA - Summit County, Colorado. Silverthorne is centrally located near world famous ski areas such as Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Vail, and the best - Copper Mountain Resort. The tournament takes place only an hours drive west of Denver! Easy access and plenty of great accomodation options make this an easy, fun, and affordable tournament.
The San Jose Sharks signed center Joe Pavelski to a $30 million, five-year contract extension Tuesday that will keep him off the free-agent market next summer.
"It's always exciting when a franchise puts that responsibility on you a little bit," Pavelski said. "It's important to continue to play at a high level in that regard. It's a position I wanted to be in, and it's exciting to have this opportunity."
Pavelski is the second key player signed to an extension this offseason by general manager Doug Wilson. Center Logan Couture also signed a $30 million, five-year extension earlier this month, a year before he could become a free agent. The deals keep both players under contract through the 2018-19 season.
Pavelski, a seventh-round pick in 2003, has become a cornerstone of the franchise that has long been led by Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.
"He is one of our core players, the way he plays," said general manager Doug Wilson. "To me it was just an important contract to get done on the heels of Logan's contract also. He fits for now and the future the way he plays the game."
He was tied for third on the team in points last season when he had 16 goals and 15 assists in 48 games. He is also a key part of both the power-play and penalty-kill units, is strong in the faceoff circle and has the versatility to play center or wing.
The 29-year-old has 150 goals and 186 assists in 479 career games with San Jose. He ranks 10th in his draft class in points per game (0.70) and is the only player in the top 15 to be selected after the second round.
"He's a hockey player," Wilson said. "We use him on the point on the power play, we use him on the first line, we use him on key faceoffs, blocking shots. He won a national championship in college for a reason. He's a winner. He's a great role model for many of our other players who are home-grown. The way he plays the game, it's not about stats, even though his stats are very impressive. It's about what you can do to make a difference to win a game.
He is third among all American-born players with 158 points over the past three seasons and has been invited to attend the United States' national team orientation camp next month in preparation for the 2014 Olympics. Pavelski won the silver medal with the Americans in Vancouver in 2010.
Pavelski has been a strong performer in the postseason throughout his career, with four goals and eight assists for a team-high 12 points in 11 playoff games last year. He has 24 goals and 26 assists in 74 career playoff games.
"I've played at a high level at times throughout my career and through stretches," Pavelski said. "It's about getting to that high level and maintaining it and expecting it on a nightly basis."
Locking up Couture and Pavelski long term was a key goal this offseason for the Sharks. They still have a few notable potential older free agents next summer in Thornton, Marleau and star defenseman Dan Boyle.
Wilson said he has already talked with all three about new deals but that Couture and Pavelski were the priority because they are younger.
In today’s world of ultra-competitive sports, more and more parents are turning to private coaches to help their child excel. From an outsider’s perspective this might seem like a decision based purely on athletics, but what many people fail to realize is that when you find a great private coach, he or she will not only help your child on the field, but off the field as well. Finding a great private coach at an early age can establish a powerful relationship that enables the coach to help your child in multiple capacities.
One of the biggest benefits of a private coach, outside of athletic improvement, is his or her ability to help increase your child’s confidence. Most children lack confidence because they feel there is nothing particularly special about them; becoming a standout in their sport can change that and it will quickly become a point of pride for them. This feeling of pride and accomplishment can quickly crossover into all aspects of their life that may help cause a chain reaction that shifts their whole attitude for the better. This positive change of attitude can often lead to a better classroom work ethic as they now have experienced first hand that extra-work can lead to success and a feeling of accomplishment.
Parents often think (or would like to think) that their children will come to them with all of their problems, but the unfortunate reality is they won’t. Having an additional confidant can be a hugely helpful resource for your child. In addition, having them regularly interacting with someone who they aspire to be will help create motivation for them to work toward their goals. Unfortunately, children often ignore their parents’ advice. But if their coach, who they trust and respect, tells them that they need to concentrate on school as much as their sport to be a collegiate athlete, they’re more likely to listen.
This is not to say that all private coaches will have a profound positive affect on a child; like with anything not all private coaches are created equal and a bad one can even be detrimental. It is important that you are consistently communicating with your child to be sure that they’re not only improving from their session but also enjoying them. Good team coaches don’t necessarily make good private coaches, just like good players don’t always make good coaches.
A great private coach needs to be able to connect with their athletes and build strong rapport, as it is a very personal relationship and requires a deeper level of trust than a traditional athlete-coach relationship. If your child begins working with a private coach that doesn’t seem like a good fit, don’t waste time hoping things will improve; you need to move on quickly and begin looking for a new coach. Once you find that “perfect” private coach, you’ll quickly realize that the extra effort to find him or her was well worth it.
Next time you hear about someone you know hiring a private coach for their child, don’t jump to the conclusion that the decision was purely about athletics. If possible, talk with them about their experience and ask if the coach has had an impact on their child’s life in areas outside of sports. You may be surprised at their answer!
RUT Hockey player Ryan Scott had the opportunity to try on the Los Angeles Kings Authentic Championship Ring prior to the Kings-Chicago Blackhawks game as part of the club’s pre-game festivities in which the franchised raised their first Stanley Cup championship banner to the rafters in STAPLES Center. Scott who is a big part of RUT Hockey's mission got to try on the championship ring. Each Kings player received their Tiffany & Co. championship ring on the ice. Tiffany has created each championship ring as a lasting tribute to the LA Kings dedication and thrill of victory. This will mark the jeweler’s first creation of a NHL Championship ring.
The face of the ring includes 104 round brilliant pave set diamonds. The Los Angeles Kings crest sits atop the Stanley Cup and the text “STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS” is set around the bezel.
The ring’s shanks celebrate the Kings’ historic 2012 season. The LA Kings iconic crown and player name in raised letters appear on one shank; and the LA Kings team name, the NHL logo, 16/4 record and year (2012) appear on the other shank.
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Whether your sporting face paint, a mask or a bright purple wig, our fans love to prove their passion for RUT Hockey.
September 18, 2012
Sadly, but not surprisingly, the NHL lockout became official Saturday. It’s the third time in Gary Bettman’s career as commissioner the NHL has locked out the players, and the second time in the past eight years.
MSF’s own Peter Stewart summarized the situation very well Sunday.
The CBA negotiations are practically at a standstill. I doubt the NHLPA will concede any time soon. NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr has a history of standing firm and not giving in, and he’s done just that so far.
Some players have already signed with other leagues. As much as fans, including myself, would like to watch our favorite players play, my guess is you don’t have the money or time to fly overseas to make that happen. So here are four ways to get your hockey fill without the NHL.
1.) Go See Your Local AHL Team
I am sure minor league hockey will see a spike in attendance for as long as the NHL lockout goes on.
NHL teams have already sent some of their players down to their affiliated AHL teams, so you have a very high chance to see NHL-caliber players for nearly half the price.
If you’re a hockey fan, why wouldn’t you take advantage of that?
I’m already making plans to see some Chicago Wolves and Rockford Ice Hogs games this year. Nothing beats the talent and speed of the NHL, but there’s now way I am not getting my hockey fix this season.
If you don’t know the nearest AHL team, take the time to find out and then buy some tickets, bring the family, and enjoy the game.
2.) Go See a College Hockey Game
Another really fun alternative to the NHL is going to see some college hockey. Teams aren’t as spread out evenly (sorry West Coast) as in the AHL, but if you’re within driving distance, it’s completely worth it.
I’ve only been to two college hockey games (both Notre Dame games), but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the games both times. Most of the college venues are small, but that just adds to the college sports atmosphere, where all you hear is screams and chants from the student section.
The rules are a little different from the NHL. I wasn’t aware there is no shootout after a five-minute, 5 on 5 overtime in the regular season, so you could imagine the surprised look on my face when the Notre Dame – Michigan State game ended at a 1-1 tie, but it’s still the same, great hockey I love.
3.) Start Your Own ‘Backyard’ Hockey League
Every winter my friends and I play street hockey. We pool pour money together, usually $10-15 each, for new equipment such as goalie gear or a new net. We bring our own stick, and if we want to stay warm we wear some long pants, a cap, and gloves.
It’s some of the most fun I’ve had in my life. Not only am I playing the sport I love, but I’m playing it with people I love.
All you really need is 3 v 3, including the goalie. We’ve found out it works best with 2 forwards, 1 defenseman, and one goalie for each team. But work with what you got.
I am still young and have the time and energy to do such things, but I highly recommend that you, at whatever age, find the time to get the “guys” or “gals” together for a few games of hockey. As much fun it is to watch hockey, believe me, it’s 10x more fun to play it.
4.) Buy NHL 13
EA’s NHL 13 is the perfect antidote for the possible lost 2012-13 NHL season. Video games may not be your forte, but if they are then NHL 13 is perfect for you. I managed to play a little bit of the game the past weekend, and I absolutely loved it.
The game is a lot more realistic in the way the players move (EA calls it “True Performance Skating) and position themselves on the ice. The GM mode is spectacular. I didn’t get to play around with the GM Connected as much as I would have liked, but I did enjoy what I saw.
I do recommend you put it on the hardest difficulty though. Winning the Stanley Cup easily every year, while seemingly fun, gets old after a while.
Because of the lockout, Amazon (and other retailers) have lowered the price of NHL 13 from $60 to $50.
What other ideas do you have for hockey fans looking to get their fix during the lockout?
Head NHL commissioner looks discouraged after the lockout decision that has begun across the entire NHL.
What you’re about to see is a handshake line between teams comprised of players aged 10-12.
The two teams — UBC Hornets and Richmond Steel (yeah, this is in Vancouver) — played last weekend, with the Hornets winning by a score of 5-4.
That victory didn’t stop Hornets head coach Martin Tremblay from pulling off arguably the cheapest move in the history of handshake lines:
The result? The kid that got tripped suffered a broken wrist
and Tremblay was taken into custody by Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was released without charges, but RCMP Sgt. Paulena Gidda said investigators are still considering charges of assault
or assault causing bodily harm.
Tremblay — who is 52 years old, by the way — reportedly claimed he slipped on some water and accidentally tripped the player, a pretty weak excuse given video evidence.
Unsurprisingly, nobody’s buying his excuse, including the Steel team manager, Tammy Hohlweg.
“Actually seeing it is horrifying,” she said after watching the video. “He should not be allowed around kids. No more coaching for this coach.”
“If a coach is like that, the kids will feed off that – the kids will react and do that too.”
San Antonio, TX — A team comprised of local players from San Antonio, TX participated in a 7-game round-robin hockey tournament that spanned a weekend and concluded on Fathers day Sunday afternoon. The tournament took place in San Antonio, TX and represented seven teams from Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. The boys played in the competitive division which consisted of Pro, College, and elite players. The Cankle had a strong showing with a record of 6-1 and beat the defending champion Dump team, 3-2 in shootout win, to capture the Alamo Hockey Classic win! RUT Hockey team member Ryan Scott, as well as Sean Miller, Patrick Grace, Doug Tresnack were named to the all-Tournament Team.
This marked an impressive showing to the San Antonio, TX community and marked the 1st championship for Team Cankle in the past 4 years. Each team member will have the honor to represent and share the Alamo Cup for two weeks to themselves and can represent however perceived. So be on the lookout in the local San Antonio community for autographs and picture taking.
During the next few days, a lot of attention will be paid to the obvious differences between Martin Brodeur
and Jonathan Quick
-- most specifically their ages. A Stanley Cup Playoffs virtual newbie vs. a Cup veteran, Quick is the 26-year-old yin to Brodeur's 40-year-old yang, to be sure.
Upon closer examination, however, it is the similarity in each goalie's approach to stopping the puck that is the most relevant reason for their success this season. The two goalies left standing this spring are among the most creative and unpredictable goalies in today's game. Their resulting dominance is no coincidence.
In what is often a copy-cat league, the unorthodox styles of Brodeur and Quick may well serve as a tipping point in what may signal a new era in goaltending. Each goalie utilizes "old-school" reflexive techniques as a base, adding in modern butterfly play -- with Quick exhibiting more of the latter -- to be considered true hybrid goalies in an era dominated by straight butterfly stylists.
In fact, Brodeur and Quick's uniquely hybrid styles fly in the face of what has been the dominant trend in NHL goaltending. In the past decade, a formulaic system highlighting size and "blocking" saves in place of skill sets such as agility and "reactive" saves has evolved into the norm. STANLEY CUP FINAL - KINGS VS. DEVILS Devils look forward to home-ice adv. By Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Coaches like Francois Allaire and his acolytes created something of a post-Patrick Roy religion based on this quasi-robotic goaltending style. Suddenly, goalies were squaring up and dropping to their knees on every shot, then using geometric probabilities to block the biggest portion of the net as possible.
This play-deep-and-let-the-puck-hit-you system has worked well for some of this generation's most dominant goalies -- Roberto Luongo
, Antii Niemi, J.S. Giguere, Ilya Bryzgalov
and Jonas Hiller
. As a result, thousands of young goalies followed their leads, being churned out of goalie school factories like clones.
As such, goaltending became as predictable as a cup of Starbucks coffee.
But shooters, as they are prone to do, adapted.
Frustrated by goalies appearing to be too big and filling the net to the point where shots would almost always hit these goalies in the chest and pads, shooters began countering with more "deception" plays (head fakes and pumps), purposely bouncing rebounds off pads and crashing the net, and scheming with teammates to create tips and screens that forced these robo-goalies out of their comfort zones. The latter technique is the most dangerous to blocking-style goalies and, not surprisingly, is how most goals were scored on in this spring's playoffs.
Shooters paid attention to what goalies are doing and found the flaws in the drop-and-block predictability of many of today's netminders.
"Goalies have become way too predictable," says pro goalie coach Chris Economou, who operates his Goalie Guru training facility outside of Philadelphia. "It is forcing them to get back to more of the old school and use more athleticism and reaction to make saves."
Indeed, what the craftiness of the game's pure goal scorers has done is force goalies to react, to use instincts and reflexes to track pucks and hustle laterally from point A to point B. In other words, to break from "the system" and just do what it takes to accomplish the most important task: stopping the puck.
This is why Henrik Lundqvist
makes head saves like a soccer player (something never taught at a goalie school, but should be!), Pekka Rinne
bounces about the crease as if on a bungee, and Quick pops into the splits like a road hockey sprawler. These three goalies -- did I mention they are the three current Vezina Trophy finalists? -- aren't doing this to showboat. Rather, they are doing it to get the job done in the most effective manner available.
If Dominik Hasek
is the godfather of this creatively chaotic hybrid approach, the grandfather is the anti-robotic Brodeur.
Marty has always defied the modern school and employed the old ways -- standing up on wide-angle shots rather than dropping, poke-checking rather than playing it safe deep in his crease, diving rather than sliding in a full butterfly. It's a hybrid style that looks a lot like that of the Cup-winning goalie of this past year; the Boston scrambler, Tim Thomas
So if the dominance of Brodeur and Quick (and Thomas before them) during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs signals anything, it is that the art of goaltending is back.
But Responsible Coaching is not soft. It is every coach’s job to help players improve, especially Responsible Coaches, who also strive to teach players life lessons through sports and therefore must carry extra credibility on the playing field. After all, players who do not think their coaches can help them improve their games may tune out and miss their coaches’ life lessons, too.
To be effective, Responsible Coaches must know when and how to correct players. In fact, the “Magic Ratio” works not because it helps youth athletes feel good about themselves, but because that good feeling keeps players open and receptive to the necessary corrections.
When to Correct Players Almost all correction should occur in practice. In the heat of a game, technical skill correction rarely works.
Especially in flow sports, such as hockey or soccer, a player in the game must focus on continuous action and stay aware and ready for the next play. Yet too often coaches yell or try to physically demonstrate corrections in technique, which only distracts players (who already are fighting distraction due to whatever mistake prompted the coach’s urge to correct).
If a coach absolutely feels compelled to correct a player’s technique during a game, it should occur during a break in the action and should be no more than a minor adjustment that the coach has previously addressed with the player in practice and can reinforce with trigger words, a hand signal or other gesture that just serves as a reminder.
Other opportunities for brief, simple corrections occur during timeouts, when players come out of a game and between periods. Each of those scenarios has its own challenges and balances to be struck.
For example, during a timeout and even between periods, you won’t want to correct players at the expense of their understanding any discussion of strategy to be used when play resumes. You might just deliver the trigger words a certain player needs to hear and then keep the player included in the strategy discussion. And players coming out of the game, especially if they sense they are coming out because of mistakes, likely are not open to correction at all.
In all the above circumstances, it is best to correct privately unless there are several players who will benefit from hearing the same correction at the same time. In summary, the more removed from action a player is, especially the action that requires correction, the more open to correction the player is.
How to Correct Players Depending on players’ ages, skill proficiency and your team’s level of competitiveness, it often helps to ask players if they are open to correction. If you do so, and the player says “no,” then it is best to respect the player’s wishes and say something along the lines of, “OK, when you’re ready to talk about it, please let me know.”
A “Criticism Sandwich” also can be helpful. Try to “sandwich” between two pieces of praise the “meat” of your message: calm, quiet, specific, constructive instruction. For example: “It was a great effort to get to the ball. If you peak over your shoulder to find your defender, you’ll be even more ready to do something great with the ball once you control possession. That little peak over your shoulder will really help you take advantage of the quickness you’ve worked so hard to develop.”
In that Criticism Sandwich, notice the “if-then” statement. Rather than just telling the player what to do, the if-then structure gives power to the player. In the throes of a mistake and a correction, players regaining a sense of control can be critical to their absorbing the correction and implementing it as soon as possible.
Determining when and how to effectively correct players is part art, part science. The suggestions here may make the correction more palatable for the player and thus more accepted. However, note that you, as a Responsible Coach, must provide the occasional hard-to-deliver, hard-to-hear truth that will improve your players’ performance and help them learn the life lesson of how to benefit from coaching on the field and beyond.
A common misconception about Responsible Coaching is that it is soft on players. Coaching methods such as giving players a “Magic Ratio” of five specific, truthful praises for each specific, constructive correction certainly contrast with the archetypal, growling, my-way-or-the-highway, win-at-all-cost coach.