NHL Mid-Season Power Rankings

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1. Tampa Bay Lightning (Preseason ranking: 2) 
The Lightning are on pace for an astounding 130 points in the regular season, which would be the third-best mark of all time. They’re loaded up and down the board and boast the league’s top power play. We expected them to be good, but probably not this good. It really is hard to find a legitimate weakness with this group. Until the real test starts in the spring, it’s unlikely they’ll be bounced from this spot. 

2. Pittsburgh Penguins (Preseason Ranking: 5) 
The Penguins looked nothing like the cup contender they were labelled as for the first two months of the season, and then flipped the proverbial switch, going 15-4-1 since the start of December. Kris Letang is quietly putting together a Norris-Caliber season, Sidney Crosby is back to his old self, and the depth is pulling some weight finally. The scariest thing could be that they’ve made these drastic improvements without Justin Schultz and with Evgeni Malkin mired in a slump of poor play. Cutting down opponents’ shorthanded opportunities will be a priority going forward; they’re on pace to give up 18 this year. 

3. Washington Capitals (Preseason Ranking: 1) 
What Stanley Cup hangover? The Caps have picked up right where they left off last season and look hungry to repeat. There isn’t much to say about this team that we don’t already know. The league-worst faceoff percentage is a little concerning, but they make up for it in the other facets of their game; if it’s a huge issue, their play doesn’t show it. Todd MacLellan will be looking for this year’s Michael Kempny at the deadline. 

4. Toronto Maple Leafs (Preseason ranking: 6)
Toronto is just as good as everyone expected. JT and the kids are scoring at a torrid pace, Morgan Reilly is making himself known as a true no. 1 defenseman (if he wasn’t already) and Freddy Andersen has been playing at his usual high level. The perceived problems on the blue-line haven’t materialized and the Leafs are getting solid contributions from their depth forwards, as well. Everything’s in place for them to take the next step forward. Oh, and we’ve gone more than a month now without hearing about William Nylander! 

5. Winnipeg Jets (Preseason Ranking: 3) 
The Jets sit here despite a couple of concerns. Connor Hellebuyck has been more pedestrian this year after being the Vezina runner-up, but he hasn’t played poorly enough to sink the Jets. Patrik Laine’s inconsistency is a little alarming, but a goal is a goal and he’s got 24. It also helps having two of the league’s top-10 scorers to go with Laine. And a top-5 power play. Yeah, they’ll be just fine.

6. Nashville Predators (Preseason Ranking: 4) 
I really struggled picking between Nashville and Winnipeg, but two things made it a little easier: special teams and discipline. Nashville’s power play only connects at a 15.1% clip, 26th in the league, and they’re penalized at the second-highest rate in the league. The good news is they still have half of the season to address those warts either internally or with a trade, and their defense-first style helps negate a lot of the bad stuff. Could Nashville-Winnipeg be the new Pittsburgh-Washington type playoff matchup that we look forward to every year? 

7. Boston Bruins (Preseason ranking: 7)
This just about does it for the “well what did you expect?” section of the rankings. Through a rash of injuries and some inconsistent play, the Bruins are still positioned to challenge for home-ice in the first round of the playoffs. Their “big line” of Bergeron, Pastrnak, and Marchand is finally reunited and back to wreaking havoc on opponents. I don’t see the Bruins as being as good of a team as those above (the top-6 is really a toss-up outside of Tampa), but they’re close. 

8. Columbus Blue Jackets (Preseason Ranking: 9) 
Panarin and Bobrovsky’s contract situations be damned, the Jackets look good. They seem to be in that purgatory of “always good enough to make the playoffs, but after that who knows?” Regardless of what transpires with their Russian stars, they look poised to make this an all-in season and make the answer to the “who knows” part of my question better than “eliminated in the first round”. A lot is riding on this year for Columbus, and they’re playing like it. 

9. San Jose Sharks (Preseason Ranking: 13) 
Just another season in sunny San Jose. The old guard is playing well. The young guys are stepping up. Erik Karlsson has found his stride (even if the puck isn’t going in for him). The Sharks might be the ultimate “call me when the playoffs start” team, and this year doesn’t look very different. The most curious aspect of this team may now be how things work out with a Karlsson extension, until April at least. 

10. Calgary Flames (Preseason ranking: 24) 
Some of these bits will have moments of silence built in for you to make fun of my preseason rankings, and this is the first. Good? Alright. Much like Winnipeg and Nashville, my ranking between Calgary and San Jose hinged on a couple factors, this time goaltending and, again, discipline. I expected Bill Peters approach to make the Flames more disciplined, and it has in some ways, but they take by far the most penalties in the league which doesn’t help anybody. Their goaltending duo of David Rittich and Mike Smith doesn’t inspire much hope, but they’ve been solid, albeit inconsistent. An upgrade in net and staying out of the box could work wonders for a team that has probably already exceeded expectations. 

11. Vegas Golden Knights (Preseason Ranking: 11) 

In a shocking turn of events, the Knights are what everyone expected them to be. They’re doing it without the fanfare from a year ago, but they’ve played solid hockey and have kept themselves in a good spot in an open Pacific division. Marc-Andre Fleury is putting together another great season and the forward group is getting it done with the “by committee” approach. It got them within a series of the Cup a year ago; it wasn’t broke so they didn’t fix it. 

12. Buffalo Sabres (Preseason Ranking: 22)
I think it’s fair to omit the moment of silence on this one. Most people expected the Sabres to be better, but not this much better. The youth movement is in full swing, being led by Jack Eichel and Casey Middlestadt. Jeff Skinner has found another gear, and Jason Botterill’s depth acquisitions are proving to be valuable. They’ve hit a skid over their last 10 or so games, but the early season boon has the Sabres positioned to make a run at a wild-card playoff spot, maybe even better. Does this finally mark the end of the rebuild? 

13. Dallas Stars (Preseason Ranking: 21)
Stars’ president Jim Lites’ expletive-laden tirade about his best players was perhaps the most entertaining thing to happen to the Stars this year, but it did have some truth to it: they are heavily reliant on their, ahem, stars. This team will go as far as they can carry it, and lately they’ve picked it up, helping Dallas to win 6 of their last 10 and breathe new life into their playoff push. Getting healthy will help them, but as the deadline gets closer, an addition to the forward group could prove essential, even if Lites’ press release for that isn’t as entertaining. 

14. Colorado Avalanche (Preseason Ranking: 14) 
Two weeks ago, the Avs may have been as many as 5-6 spots higher on this list, but a lot can change in that time. A lot has changed, with Colorado losing 8 of their last 10 and their seemingly-unstoppable top line cooling down dramatically. Make no mistake, this is still a good team, but a very top-heavy one that needs its stars to get back to (or start playing to) a very high level if they want to prove that last season – and the first half of this one – weren’t aberrations. 

15. Montreal Canadiens (Preseason Ranking: 27) 
The Habs have been another surprising turnaround this year, and they’ve only gotten better since Shea Weber returned to the lineup. Their young, fast lineup is challenging every opponent they face. Carey Price looks more like Carey Price lately. Jesperi Kotkaniemi looks like the center Marc Bergevin has been waiting for. They don’t look like a serious playoff threat, but they certainly could get there, which would be a win for a team that had such low expectations after last season. *Insert Bergevin cheering gif* 

16. Minnesota Wild (Preseason Ranking: 15) 
In the midst of a roller coaster of a season, the Wild find themselves in a competitive position at the halfway mark. They’re not lighting the scorecard up in any certain area, but they’re a solid team with good options at every level and some enviable depth. That’s been enough for 6 straight playoff appearances, and it could very well be 7 this season. The big question is when will new GM Paul Fenton make a move? And will it be the one that gets them out of the first round? 

17. New York Islanders (Preseason Ranking: 28) 
Barry Trotz is making his presence felt on the Island in a big way: without a stud goaltender or elite defense corps, the Islanders are leading the league in goals against and that has them within striking distance of a wild-card spot. Even with this, they could be sellers at the deadline with a couple attractive pieces on expiring contracts. They probably won’t make much noise the rest of the year, but they’ve done well to calm some of the post-Tavares anxiety. 

18. Anaheim Ducks (Preseason Ranking: 18) 
The bad news: The Ducks are the league’s most injured team, and they’ve lost 10 straight, the most recent being a heartbreaker where they squandered a 3-0 lead. The good news: the West is wide open in terms of Wild-Card spots and the Ducks could still get there. A 10-game skid would sink most teams, but Anaheim has the good fortune of still being in the hunt in spite of it. They have the star power to get out of this; their guys have been here and done this before, as bittersweet as that may sound. 

19. Carolina Hurricanes (Preseason Ranking: 26)
*Checks document title* No this isn’t the “most shots” power rankings, so the ‘Canes find themselves at 19th. They’ve made some strides in the right direction, but this is still a young team trying to find its way with a new coach, and it shows. At the very least, they look to be responding to Rod Brind’Amour’s message and having fun doing it. With that, the successful incorporation of Andrei Svechnikov into their lineup, and the young talent they have, they’re set up for a bright future, maybe starting in the second half if the puck goes in a little more for them. 

20. Vancouver Canucks (Preseason Ranking: 31) 
Another preseason ranking that was completely wrong, albeit pretty fair. Vancouver’s young players are showing the future is now for this team and that while they’re not going to make any noise this year, they could do so sooner than most expected. Elias Pettersson is electrifying to watch and gives this franchise its cornerstone and poster-boy. In the up-and-comer power rankings, Vancouver gets a much more favorable spot. 

21. Edmonton Oilers (Preseason Ranking: 20) 
After a decent start to the season, and another surge when Ken Hitchcock took over as head coach, the Oilers haven’t been able to gain any positive traction. Pete Chiarelli’s recent dearth of depth trades seemingly equates to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic: you’re addressing the wrong issues on a sinking ship. Hitchcock looks to have them playing better under his tutelage, but they have yet to turn those efforts into consistent wins. They’re still within striking distance of a playoff spot, but the push has to start now if they don’t want to be on the outside looking in for the third time in four years. 

22. Florida Panthers (Preseason Ranking: 17)
From a pure talent standpoint, the Panthers may be hockey’s most disappointing team. Their lineup was already playoff-caliber before they added Mike Hoffman. He settled in quickly and the Panthers got off to a hot start, but they’ve played uninspiring hockey since then. They continue to struggle at even-strength and the goaltending has been mediocre. With the playoffs looking more and more like a fantasy with each passing loss, it’s do or die time for the Panthers. They came awfully close in a similar situation last year so it’s not out of the question, but the East is loaded and the top teams continue to separate themselves from the pack. 

23. New York Rangers (Preseason Ranking: 25) 
In the midst of a full-blown rebuild, no one expected much from the Rangers and they’re living up to it. But they’re doing the rebuild thing immaculately, and deserve credit for it. Sticking to your guns isn’t always easy, as evidenced by their spot in the standings, but it should pay dividends if they can make some savvy decisions along the way. This is a bridge year for them, nothing more, and nothing less. 

24. Chicago Blackhawks (Preseason Ranking: 19) 
The ‘Hawks fall from grace continues this season, and if it weren’t for the heroic pre-injury efforts of Corey Crawford, things may be worse. They’ve made tweaks around the edges of the roster and, more notably, to the coaching staff, but nothing has given them the spark they need. With playoff position slipping away, perhaps the most pressing issue for this team is now to pick a direction going forward. Here’s to hoping Crawford can return from his latest concussion in good health and give them something positive for the future. 

25. New Jersey Devils (Preseason Ranking: 15) 
After being one of the league’s pleasant surprises a year ago, the Devils have regressed in a major way. Taylor Hall is no longer playing at an MVP level, but he’s still better than a point-per-game, and Nico Hischier is set to eclipse his point total from last year while improving his two-way play. That’s all well and good, but when you lack any real forward depth – especially at center – and your young players regress, the results suffer. Last year they were a playoff team, this year they’re a basement dweller. Would the real New Jersey Devils please stand up? 

26. Philadelphia Flyers (Preseason Ranking: 12)
The moment of silence for this one is probably replaced with a mix of boos and expletive-laden chants; it is the Flyers, after all. A new GM and a new coach haven’t been the fixes this team had hoped for, and their promising young players have stagnated or regressed in big ways. Combine all this with the fact that they can’t find solid goaltending – outside of a few good starts from promising youngster Carter Hart – and they’ve floundered their way to 30th in the league. With the talent they have on board, that’s unacceptable. With the playoffs seemingly out of sight, the focus for them should be getting the youngsters ample playing time and getting them back on track.

27. St. Louis Blues (Preseason Ranking: 8)
Take your moment of silence. I could write an entire novel on how disappointing the Blues have been and how many things are wrong with them. The most unsettling aspect of this depressing first-half of the season is how they just can’t carry any momentum from game to game. Jake Allen, the defense, and the forwards all seem to be on different pages except for one or two nights when they put it all together, and then lay an egg the next time out. The Blues are so good on paper you’ve probably been waiting for the time it all clicks and they turn it around, but it hasn’t happened and, now past the halfway point, it doesn’t look like it will any time soon. 

28. Ottawa Senators (Preseason Ranking: 29) 
There hasn’t been much to write about the Senators in the “good” column, on or off the ice. They continue to struggle and do so in vain this season, with their first-round pick belonging to Colorado. They play hard every night, but they don’t have the talent or depth to turn the effort into wins consistently. If any good comes from this season, it has to be that Brady Tkachuk looks promising and Tomas Chabot has stepped into Erik Karlsson’s role almost seamlessly. The Duchene/Stone negotiations will have great bearing on how this team moves forward. 

29. Arizona Coyotes (Preseason Ranking: 23)
The Coyotes again had a great offseason, and again have followed it up disappointingly. I didn’t expect them to compete for the West, but a wild-card berth didn’t seem out of the cards for a team that tore up the league in the second half of last season, made some good additions and found its starting goalie. Perhaps an even more disturbing trend: only 5 of the Coyotes last 12 Coyotes drafted in the first round are still with the team, and only 3 – OEL, Clayton Keller, and Jakob Chychrun – are contributing in the NHL this year. Rick Tocchet looks like the coach this young team needs, but the bad draft trends need to change if the Coyotes want out of the basement. Unfortunately nothing they can do this year helps that cause. 

30. Los Angeles Kings (Preseason Ranking: 10) 
Take your final moment of silence. Part of me can’t believe the Kings are this bad, and then the other part of me reminds that part that the Kings barely made the playoffs on the back of a herculean season from Anze Kopitar, and then their only major change was adding 35-year old Ilya Kovalchuk. So it makes some sense, but probably not to this degree. The Kings are old and slow, and the league’s new emphasis on speed literally has other teams passing by them with ease. A hasty retool seems to be in the cards as they still have some good pieces, but they’re just not built to compete in the new NHL as currently constructed. 

31. Detroit Red Wings (Preseason Ranking: 30) 
The final juncture of these power rankings is perhaps the most predictable. Like the Rangers, the Wings are in the midst of a roster rebuild and their play and record shows it. There isn’t much to say about them; they’re a bad team playing for the future. That future looks bright, with young talent playing at every level of the club. The Wings will look to be the next version of the Avalanche or Maple Leafs, and have the pieces to make it happen. Another could be on his way this summer, depending on how the lottery balls fall.

VIRTUAL REALITY HOCKEY TRAINING

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SENSE ARENA announces the launch of VIRTUAL REALITY HOCKEY TRAINING IN NORTH AMERICA. The first VR Hockey Experience Showcase will debut at the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show CES, Las Vegas Jan. 8-11, 2019.

Sense Arena welcomes you to visit their booth at CES, where they will offer free trials of state of the art VR technology designed specifically for hockey training and diagnostics. They plan to bring hockey training to a whole new level.

“The technology and the reality of the environment are just amazing and so far, we’ve only seen half of what Sense Arena can be further developed into! I would definitely encourage you to try Sense Arena - you have to try it to believe it,” said Boston Bruins David Pastrnak.

Sense Arena is a unique, powerful and innovative tool for developing hockey players, designed to improve their cognitive skills and overall “hockey sense.” The system allows players to simulate game situations, while focusing on reaction speed and decision making skills to test a player’s hockey intelligence.

"The brain is the most important ‘muscle’ in an athlete’s body. Every command to our bodies starts in the brain. Improving cognitive functions of players is going to be the new game changer. VR gives you the benefit to work on speed of reaction, decision making, reading of the game etc.,” said Bob Tetiva, Sense Arena Founder and CEO.

The system has been developed with extensive input from respected hockey coaches and professional players, i.e. Bruin’s Right Winger - David Pastrnak and NHL ex pro-player Jan Ludvig, current Bruins Pro Scout.

Three Facts About Custom Mouthguards You Need To Know

What makes Gladiator custom mouthguards the most protective and comfortable mouthguard available? Check out the science of Gladiator in this video. For more information, visit us at https://GladiatorGuards.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GladiatorGuards Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/GladiatorGuards Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/GladiatorGuards YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/GladiatorGuards

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From pee-wee hockey to the pros, the number one concern of any coach, trainer, parent or player is player safety.  

Over 5 million teeth are knocked out each year during sports and recreational activities. Unlike broken bones and ligaments that will heal and can be repaired, a broken tooth is a lifelong injury that does not heal.

With lifelong maintenance, appointments and surgeries, a broken or damaged tooth has a lifetime cost of approximately $20,000. That’s just to replace one tooth! And because athletes have a 33-56% chance of receiving an orofacial injury -- an injury to the mouth or face -- during their playing career, it’s important to make sure that you don’t forgo protection.

While mouthguards may seem like just another piece of equipment, custom mouthguards provide serious protection from serious injuries -- which is why they’re recommended by the American Dental Association and National Athletic Trainers’ Association. But not all custom mouthguards are created equal. 

When it comes to protection, there are three important factors that you must consider when choosing your custom mouthguards:

 

Protection

Not all custom mouthguards are created equal … and neither are mouths.

Everyone’s mouth is different. It’s important to be sure you’re getting mouthguards that have been designed taking into account the individual structure of your mouth.

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In the past, ice hockey players would have had to go to a specially-trained dentist or orthodontist to get a custom-fit, hand-cut mouthguard. But with a revolutionary Impression System, you get the precise protection needed that’s only available using the unique structure of your own mouth.

According to the Academy for Sports Dentistry, custom mouthguards that are individually engineered to fit an athlete’s teeth and mouth are 1000% more protective than any other type of mouthguard. The better the fit, the more likely the guard is right where it needs to be when you take a hit.

Comfort

While protection is obviously the most important reason for a custom mouthguards, comfort is another major factor to take into account. When it comes to comfort, it’s all about the production of the guard.

Standard mouthguards come right off the shelf of a storeroom and are formed to the mouth by boiling in hot water and biting into them — one step, one process. Here’s the thing though, your mouth is only able to generate 7-9 pounds per square inch of pressure. And because most standard mouthguards are made from a stock-mold of one uniform thickness, they are not meant to fit your unique mouth structure.

Custom mouthguards that are hand-cut and produced with heat and laminated pressure (80-120 lbs. per sq. in.) are customized to fit intimately in the mouth of each individual athlete. The higher pressure allows lamination of different layers, so your guards are thick where protection is needed and thinner where comfort is more important.

With a patented cut design that removes all unnecessary material on the mouthguard, Gladiator’s X-Treme Cut design delivers the highest levels of comfort and protection possible. Perfect for ice hockey where communication is key.

Not only are they more comfortable, but also braces friendly! With a special “Ortho Channel,” your custom mouthguards will fit perfectly over braces without inhibiting tooth growth or alignment.

 

Performance

Custom mouthguards don’t just provide better protection and comfort than other mouthguards -- they also provide you with an athletic advantage.

Mouthguards that are formed to an athlete’s specific mouth structure, allow the athlete to speak unimpeded, while keeping the guard firmly on their teeth. That means better communication on the ice and less attention you need to pay to your mouth. 

The precise fit of a custom mouthguard also allows for better breathing techniques. By taking in more oxygen, you maximize endurance and performance -- meaning you’ll be faster, stronger and last longer than opponents.

This is why Team Gladiator athlete Jack Eichel System relies on Gladiator Custom Mouthugard for his protection and mouthguard needs!

And, of course, let’s not forget about style. With the ability to completely personalize your custom mouthguards with team colors, names and logos, you will look good while getting the protection needed.

Protect yourself from serious injuries with a comfortable, high-performance Gladiator custom mouthguard, the industry-leader in custom mouthguards.

The Revolution In Scouting And Recruiting Mobile Technology

The revolution in scouting and recruiting mobile technology -- The hockey community connects on Prospective Hockey Central.

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Prospective Hockey Central is a mobile app service built with the purpose of simplifying the youth, junior and college hockey scouting and recruiting process. Prospective HC provides the North American hockey community with useful tools and resources for player promoting, organizing, scouting and communicating on the Prospective HC platform:

Player Promotion

Players and parents can use the app as a promotion tool in the recruiting process. Players can build a profile and upload web and media links to promote themselves, as well as tag their practice/game/tournament dates and times ("Events") at different rinks on the geo-location map, so that scouts can easily find games nearby. 

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In the near future, a "Premium" account will be launched, where players can take advantage of premier partner promotions and additional in-app features.

Scouting System

Scouts and other team reps can use Prospective HC to manually fill out, store and share scouting reports with their team staff/management. The player ratings the scouts provide will be organized into an automatically generated "Top Prospects" list to help keep scouts organized throughout the season.

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Another key feature for scouts will be the "Location" tool, showing scouts a map of rinks in the area, and which players have tagged their events at each rink. Each scout will also be able to see their schedule of events based on players they "Track" and events manually selected or created.

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When a scout wants to submit a player's report to coaches or team management, Prospective HC generates and emails a “Scouting Report Card" to recipients, complete with the scouting report, player profile, and contact information.

Chat/Messaging

Player accounts and scout accounts will have the ability to connect and network with each other within the Prospective HC app, much like LinkedIn messaging.

Prospective Hockey Central will be available to download on Android and iOS devices via the  Google Play Store and App Store this Fall 2018.

For more information, visit Prospective Hockey Central's web and social media links below or send an email to info@prospectivehc.com.

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Players and Parents! Interested in becoming one of the first player profiles on the Prospective Hockey Central platform? See below!


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Hockey Coach Vision - The Most Versatile Hockey Drill Software That You'll Ever Need

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Hockey Coach Vision is a software for Mac, PC, iPad and Android tablets. It allows coaches to digitalize their drills and tactics in animated 3D and share them. Designed with passion to keep coaches organized and time efficient. With solutions from our coaches from around the world we are constantly developing HCV further and further with new updates.

Your players can understand and visualize the practices before they step in the rink. They can view files coaches sent them on their free Player version. We offer drills for all player levels that coaches can use to create practices for different team strategies.

We believe HCV will be your most powerful coaching tool!

For only 99$ a year you can:

Create

Design anything that happens on the ice. Only your imagination is the limit.

Animate 3D

Watch all your plays using various 3D-perspectives.

Connect

Share your knowledge with your players and assistant coaches.

PDF

Create a PDF of your practice plan.

Calendar

Place your notes, daily practice plans and line-ups in your calendar.

Roster

Manage your team and use it within every aspect of your practice plans.

Video / Picture

Use video or picture recordings to store a play, analysis, drill, technique etc.

Drill Store

Download animated drills and tactics created by professionals.

Cloud Synchronization

Don't worry about losing your data. Sync all of your files between your devices with a click of a button.

For more information visit us here http://www.hockeycoachvision.com/hcvweb/home or if you want a free trial contact us at

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iTrackHockey App: The best way to track your hockey team’s stats

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iTrackHockey is an easy-to-use App that allows coaches, parents, fans and scouts to track players’ and teams’ performance (record hockey stats).

Hockey coaches typically use an arsenal of tools to improve their players and deliver results.  These important tools include the ability to track and learn from players’ performance as well as review and analyze historical information obtained throughout games against opponents.

iTrackHockey collects all the required game information simply by recording easy screen ‘taps’ on your mobile device during a hockey game.  By simplifying the data collection process and delivering visual and statistical results, iTrackHockey can enhances anyone’s ability to easily access historical game and player information:

·     Track players’, location, and quantity of shots on-net and missed shots

·     Track goals, assists and points

·     View a replay of shot history (taken by both your players and your opponents)

·     View team and individual player stats on shots, missed shots, goals, assists, and face-offs (complete hockey statistics for minor hockey)

·     Review previous games against opponents before your next game

During a game, the App operates completely offline and no connectivity is required.  Subsequently, the user can upload their game statistics to the cloud and automatically receive a detailed, 12-page report detailing every aspects of the game plus year-to-date totals such as:

-      Games played

-      Goals breakdown (regular-strength, power-play, short-handed)

-      Points breakdown (regular-strength, power-play, short-handed)

-      Shots / misses

-      Plus/minus

-      Penalty totals (and location on ice)

-      Face-off totals (and location on ice)

The iTrackHockey App also includes stats and shots/goals replay, allowing a coach to see the progression of shots/goals throughout the game.

iTrackHockey was developed by a team of hockey parents, coaches, and fans.  We were looking for a hockey stat collection App that would be easy to use. Since we couldn’t find one – we decided to develop iTrackHockey.

Is iTrackHockey free?

iTrackHockey started as a simple quest to find a better way to collect stats for our teams and kids, and expanded into an App that can be used by anyone.  We spent over a year developing and perfecting the software in order to make it easy to use, yet very useful and comprehensive.

iTrackHockey allows a new user to record information for 3 free games, including the comprehensive report which summarizes your game and season statistics.  Additional games can be purchased for $0.99 per game (as a comparison, a small cup of coffee at the arena costs $1.50).

We’re continuing to develop and enhance new features, so check back for periodic updates!  We’re happy to share iTrackHockey with you, the hockey players, parents, coaches, fans, and scouts.  We hope that you’ll have as much fun with it as we do.

Download iTrackHockey from the App Store or Google Play Store or visit us as www.itrackhockey.com

“MAKING COCO: THE GRANT FUHR STORY” 

Vancouver / August 10th, 2018International Sales Agent Upstream Flix partners again with Award winning producer Adam Scorgie (Ice Guardians, The Culture High, Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo) in conjunction with Oilers Entertainment Group VP Donn Metz and Co-Producer Shane Fennessey to announce the World Premiere of the trailer and poster for Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story. Don Metz directs this captivating cinematicchronicle on one of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic goalies in the history of the NHL. The feature has been announced as the closing Gala film at the Calgary International Film Festival.Upstream Flix is excited to add yet another feature length sports documentary to it’s release schedule for late 2018.


Featured contributors in the documentary include Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Martin Brodeur, Brett Hull, Chris Pronger and many more of the NHL’s royalty.

Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story:

Fuhr, along with a number of his teammates, will provide a never-before-seen exclusive look into the high-flying Oilers dynasty of the 80’s, what made them so successful, and the infamous challenges that they faced. All-time rivals will speak to what it was like playing against the greatest goalie on the greatest team in the NHL’s 100-year history. Those closest to Grant will take the audience on a journey behind the mask to understand who the mixed-race superstar truly is.

Barely 19, Grant ‘Coco’ Fuhr became starting goalie for the most exciting team in NHL history. In his mid-30’s, he played 76 consecutive and 79 total games in an 82-game season to set two league records, then followed that ironman performance by playing 73 the following season on a completely rebuilt knee. During the decade and a half between, he employed his acrobatic style and cat-like reflexes to backstop five Stanley Cup champions and two Canada Cup winners, cementing a reputation as the ultimate “money goalie”. He also got himself demoted to the minors for calling the hometown fans jerks, announced his retirement at the age of 26 in an attempt to force a famously hard-nosed general manager to renegotiate a long-term contract, and was suspended for an entire NHL season for conduct deemed “dishonourable and against the welfare of the league” for substance use, only to return and redeem himself as one of the game’s true greats.

“I think he’s the best goaltender in the history of the NHL.” - Wayne Gretzky

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The Truth About The Costs To Get To The Big Leagues

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The book Selling the Dream discuses the costs of hockey today and the parents that are willing to spend their last dollar to give their player every opportunity to make it to the BIG LEAGUES

Matt Duchene’s dad said he spent $300K on hockey, while his house was falling apart, he said he didn’t own any other real estate or even a cottage, yet he worked in Real Estate which would have given him the opportunities to have such things. Now Matt is making $6M, so all of that was worth it. This is by far the norm however. It’s said that less than 1% of hockey players will ever play a single game in the NHL. If this is true why do parents continue to spend this kind of money? What’s more interesting is the number of development companies out there now. They’re just like Tim Hortons, one on every corner and all claiming to be the one that will give the player the skill to play in the big leagues. Just walk into any arena and the community bulletin board is full of hockey development coaches, skating specialists, stickhandling specialist, shooting specialists, body contact specialist and more. There’s are specialist for every facet of the game and parents are buying into all of them. 

There’s no doubt that the more ice time a player gets the better he’ll become, even if he’s just on his own he’ll get better. We all know that it takes a tremendous amount of skill to make it to the next level. But what about the Exposure an average to above average player will need to get to the next level? The image below shows the amount of money being spent on development, eqipment and prep school. There one big missing piece however, the Exposure needed to get noticed by scouts and coaches at the next level.

PHOTO FROM: www.rosterpoint.com

PHOTO FROM: www.rosterpoint.com

What about Exposure? Parents need to realize that unless their player is the top ranked player in his division, they could spend all their money on development, the best new equipment and prep schools but it won’t get him the exposure he needs. 

Roster Point Hockey RPH takes care of the missing Exposure piece. Their Ultimate Exposure Package UEP is designed to give any player the amount of exposure they need through a Smart Social Media Campaign SSMC.The Smart Campaign adjusts to give the individual the correct amount exposure on each of RPH’s Social Media Channels ensuring the player gets noticed. Once the player gets noticed it’s up to the players skill to seal the deal. 

Players should have an RPH Player Profile by Peewee. Smart Social Media Campaigns will expose players to AAA, Junior, NCAA, ACHA and Pro opportunities around North America. To see proof that our UEP’s work follow the links below.

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CrossIceHockey.com — For the Rec & Beer League Hockey Player

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CrossIceHockey.com is a website created by and for you—the recreational ice hockey player. We regularly post tips and insights you can use both on and off the ice, and feature the most relevant and engaging content covering all aspects of rec hockey life.

Whether you’re an adult beer league or youth hockey player (or the parent of one), you’ll find it all here. From in-game strategy to post-game rituals, we’re your go-to source for keeping up to date on everything you need to know about the game you love.

 

Here’s just a small sample of what’s up at CrossIceHockey.com:

12 Rec Hockey Mistakes: Which Are You Guilty Of?

Body Contact in Non-Checking Hockey

Tips for the Rec Hockey Team Manager

Beginnings: Beer League Hockey Players Speak Out

The Art of Chirping

Don’t Be That Guy: 10 Reasons Why

10 Hockey Skills for the Real World

 

Are you a parent of a youth hockey player? You won’t want to miss these articles:

Decoding the Coach versus Parents Problem

Are You Overestimating Your Child’s Abilities?

The 5 Questions You Must Ask Your Child’s Coach

Team Rules: Dos and Don’ts for Coaches

Hockey Parents Survival Guide: The Car Ride Home

 

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