Three Steps to Learning Anything: My Language Learning Journey

Learning a Language is a long process. But, it’s just like learning anything else. Going through the process of learning Spanish over the last two years, I’ve discovered a blueprint to learn anything. I grew up in a bilingual family. My dad was born in Latin America. But, when I was little l didn't speak … Continue reading Three Steps to Learning Anything: My Language Learning Journey

Reflections on a Junior Hockey Career Part 2: Patterns of Successful Teams

In part one of this series, I talked about the common patterns I saw among the most successful junior hockey players. But hockey is a team sport. At the highest levels, it’s not about individual accolades, it’s about who’s holding the trophy at the end of the season. At the junior level (20 & under), … Continue reading Reflections on a Junior Hockey Career Part 2: Patterns of Successful Teams

Reflections on a Junior Hockey Career Part 1: Patterns of Successful Players

This March, my fifth and final season of junior hockey with the Vermont Lumberjacks ended. Reflecting on this journey, I’ve thought a lot about a lot about my teammates, numbering in the hundreds. The relationships we shared and the memories made are at top of my mind. But I’ve also thought about the habits and … Continue reading Reflections on a Junior Hockey Career Part 1: Patterns of Successful Players

What I Learned Training My Own Hockey Team

Note: I re-wrote this article for hockeystrengthandconditioning.com. The writing is way better (obviously I'm so much better at this shit now) and the lessons easier to takeaway. So, just go read this over there. I was incredibly lucky help my hockey team more than just on the ice this year. I think my biggest role … Continue reading What I Learned Training My Own Hockey Team

Restoring Posture In Junior Hockey Players

The first training session with the Vermont Lumberjacks this fall, I asked the group if they’ve ever felt hip flexor or groin pain. Literally every single hand went up. In my role as the strength and conditioning coach for the Vermont Lumberjacks, I’ve been able to witness how over forty 16-20 year old hockey players … Continue reading Restoring Posture In Junior Hockey Players

Why College Is Overrated And You Should Take a Year Off

Going to college has become a big, expensive decision that most families are automatically saying yes to. Anytime we see decisions as large as this without questioning it we should pause and reconsider. As Mark Twain said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” There … Continue reading Why College Is Overrated And You Should Take a Year Off

Play More Games – Why Unstructured Play Makes You a Better Athlete

With more organized youth activities and the rise of technology, unstructured free time has come more and more out of children's lives. Many have lost the time to explore their environment and their authentic interests, or if they have time they use it to excessively play video games. They aren’t throwing bouncy balls off the … Continue reading Play More Games – Why Unstructured Play Makes You a Better Athlete

Coaching Middle School Boys

Although every athlete is unique and must be coached differently, as I’ve worked with more and more people I’ve noticed patterns among different groups and demographics. With these patterns there are obviously exceptions. But, across the board these are some key elements to consider when working with a group of middle school boys. Why do … Continue reading Coaching Middle School Boys

What I’ve Learned Installment #3 – The Second Half of 2018

Each day, week, month and year that goes by without growing in some manner to me is not time well spent. But going beyond that, if we don’t reflect on those lessons, we won’t be able to apply them. In today’s world with the access to information that we have knowledge is no longer power. … Continue reading What I’ve Learned Installment #3 – The Second Half of 2018