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“Keep your kids out of hot water, put them on ice”

MARCH 2010


INSIDE For The Good of the Game / Life Lessons on Ice / Cornerstones of a Complete Athlete / Hockey From The Neck Up / The Messenger / MHOA / Behind the Bench

IceTimesMagazine Rocky Mountain District Girls Championship Games Coming to Big ‘D’ By Sandy Fielder


Alliance 19U Senior Players These players will all be graduating high school this year. (Left to right) Katherine Wong (F), Flower Mound High School Emily Federspiel (F), Plano Senior High School Christina Rohe(C), Coppell High School Celeste Colon (F), Plano West High School (Center) Ashley McManus (G), Haughton High School, Haughton, LA

t has been a long time since the Dallas / Ft. Worth area has had a chance to see local girls play a hockey game against other girl’s teams. It has been eight years to be exact, since the last time the Rocky Mountain District girl’s championship games were played in Grapevine. The tournament rotation has landed back in “Big D” for the 2010 version of the Rocky Mountain District Girls and Women’s Championship at the new DPSC McKinney facility. Teams will be headed to McKinney from Arizona, Colorado and Utah. Tournament Director Troy Federspiel presented information on the tournament at the TAHA winter meeting held last month in Euless where he invited everyone out to see the games. “Most folks in this area have never seen the girls play against other girl’s teams” Federspiel said, and then added “This is a great opportunity for the hockey fans around here to come out and see that no-checking does not mean no-contact!” Over the last eight years the local girls playing ice hockey have continued to train, play games against local boy’s teams and travel to the Northern United States and Canada to find games with other all-girl teams. The dedication of the coaches and the support of Alliance youth hockey has put girl’s hockey on the map and drawn notice from college scouts. The Alliance 19U Girls College Prep team is currently ranked third in the US (My Hockey Rankings Tier II Poll Feb 17, 2010) and the players have set their site on a trip to the USA Hockey National Championships. The best of 19U Tier II & 16U Tier I girls and Women’s C teams will be on the ice March 5-7 at the DPSC in McKinney. Games start at 3:00 PM on Friday and finish up with the 19U Championship on Sunday. The winners will advance to the USA Hockey National Championships to be held in April. ■


arrett Hallford from McKinney, Texas has been selected to an International select hockey team traveling to Riga, Latvia and Stockholm, Sweden this spring to participate in a 12 and under tournament and educational tour. This experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Garrett to take his hockey talents to the next level and provide cultural exchanges with his peers from all over the globe. Garrett will be participating in the World Selects Hockey Invitational featuring teams from USA, Latvia, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Norway, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Finland. In addition to the hockey portion of the trip, the team will spend time touring Riga and Stockholm, visiting the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, castles and other historical landmarks throughout Europe. Garrett was one of 72 North America players which were hand selected by scouts to participate in a tryout held in Detroit, MI on New Years Day. From the list of phenomenal participants, there were only 17 spots available. Garrett represented McKinney and Texas well, as he was selected for this elite team. Garrett and his family would really appreciate any sponsorship you can extend to make this trip possible. Every little bit will help make this incredible opportunity a reality. Please contact Garrett’s father, Kent Hallford, at 972-841-9042 or for sponsorship opportunities. ■

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Nick Hill, McKinney Bantam


From the goalie’s perspective.

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Lance Szeremet (DJHA Mite Prep Black - Weidenbach) getting ready for a penalty shot.

Hockey Wellness

Alex Miller of McKinney- BantamPotts at face off withCory Hazelbaker of DJHA- Sleavin in January

– by Lourdes Regala


he Olympics ended and its athletes were already back in training for the next games. Most started a daily workout regimen in their youth.

Children may not have Olympic aspirations, but regular exercise now can become a valuable habit. The end of our kids’ hockey season, shouldn’t mean the end of their training until next season. Like Olympic athletes, they should maintain a workout routine throughout the year. For all children, a parent’s love and support plays a huge role in their activities and well being. A great way of promoting a healthy lifestyle for your children is to work out with them. Staying fit is one of the best things a parent can do to influence their child’s attitude about their health. Workout 101 encourages family workout and nutritional programs. By participating in these programs, parents set a great example for their children while becoming physically hardy and youthfully energized. Call Workout 101 to start off season training in Richardson or downtown Dallas. A perfect exercise and nutritional program is available for you and your family’s needs. Also join our boot camps every Saturday morning. Call Coach Dan at 214-405-6017, e-mail: or visit us on Facebook. For nutritional information contact Lita Regala, Herbalife Independent Distributor 888-238-2591 or

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Lauren Hinton, Pee Wee Plano Blues, guards the blue line. President’s Day Tourney 2010.


For the Good of the Game By Keith Andresen

Respect the Game


s a columnist for Ice Times I feel fortunate to be able to share my thoughts with the DFW hockey community every month. Most of you know that my love for the game has very little to do with winning or losing and everything to do with fun, passion, participation and respect. That being said, I want to win every game in which I participate. I believe that winning IS important, but not at the expense of the philosophy that hockey is a way to learn life’s lessons about fun, teamwork, positive attitude, and most of all respect. I have written articles about RESPECT in the past and I believe the message to be so important that I want to remind every player, as playoffs approach, that RESPECT is by far the most important part of playing this great game. As you read these thoughts please remember that we are all part of a large family, the DFW hockey family. We all want essentially the same thing: programs where players can develop and grow as hockey players and people under the guidance of excellent coaches. Respect is often lost in today’s amateur hockey world. Youth and adult

players, coaches, referees, parents, and team officials all too often put winning, emotions and personal goals before respect. If I could wish for one single change in the game today it would be for all involved to take a step back, check their egos, and remember that we are playing a game. If given the opportunity the game will build character, but only if we allow the game to be played with respect. Respect comes f rom understanding. Understanding that the folks involved in the game, including players, officials and coaches, are giving their best effort. More importantly they are learning the game as they play. Everyone involved in the game today must have tolerance. We must have tolerance of an opponent who trips us as we speed toward the net. We must have tolerance of players who miss a pass. We must have tolerance of coaches who make the wrong decisions. We must have tolerance of a referee who misses a call. We must be tolerant of a timekeeper who forgets to turn on the clock. Why must we tolerate? Out of respect

for the game. This tolerance will make participating in the game more enjoyable and satisfying. I’m not willing to accept a secondrate effort. I believe every participant, whether coach, player or official owes it to the game to give their best each time they step inside the glass. However, sometimes even a great effort is not enough to overcome a mistake by a coach, official or teammate. It’s in cases such as these, where best effort isn’t enough, that respect for the game makes us realize that the outcome is not as important as the participation itself. As frustrating and disappointing as mistakes and losing may be, they must be kept in perspective. Hockey is a game, and has been since native North Americans used tree branches to knock a rock around a frozen pond in Canada over 150 years ago. Let’s respect the participants, and most of all the game. W hen you come to the rink to officiate, play, coach or watch, be prepared and take it seriously. However, have tolerance and most

Keith Andresen, Senior Director, Hockey Programs Dr Pepper StarCenters Dallas Stars Hockey Club

of all respect for the game. If you show respect you will get respect and you will enjoy the game more than ever. Just a thought: Play the game from opening face off to the final horn. When it’s over congratulate your opponent with a sincere handshake. Do not use the handshake line or the lobby to get in the last word or punch. Whether you’re a player, coach, official or parent, respect the game, and when it’s over, no matter the outcome, let it go. ■

Members of the Euless Dallas Stars Selects Midget Minor team prepare for football in the “Niagara Falls Snow Bowl.”


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Texas Aces #20 Patrick Neiswender waiting for the puck to drop.

Amazing save by Reid Robertson (DSS-Plano Squirt A - McBey).

Celebration dog pile after the Dallas Scots PeeWee 98 team beat Compuware in the finals of the Chicago Midwinter Classic.


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Life Lessons On Ice

by Kim Tinkham, Editor


t’s been a great season and we look forward to many more. We want to thank all of the hockey parents and coaches who sent in pictures during the season, the advertisers who help fund this magazine and we want to especially thank the players for loving the game of hockey so much that we had to have a magazine in our area to cover it. Congratulations to the teams below following completion of the Tier I and Tier II Texas State Championships. Good luck and safe travels to all teams at 2010 District (Tier I) and National (Tier II) tournaments. MAKE US PROUD! Tier I Champion                Runner-up

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Stars Elite 97* Ice Jets 97* Stars Elite 95* Ice Jets 95     Alliance-Fry*  Stars Elite-Silverman* Stars Elite-Robbins* Texas Tornado*          3rd - Alliance*

* Teams (8) advance to Rocky Mountain Districts Mar 11-14 in Phoenix, AZ Tier II Champion                Runner-up 12U     Alliance-Lehtola**      Houston Hitmen 14U     DJHA-Johnson**          DJHA-Fritz      16U     Houston Wild-Dibrell**  Texas Aces-Steen 18U     Texas Aces-Nadolny**    Ice Jets-Ramsay** ** Teams (5) advance to 2010 Nationals Apr 7-11 Time to drop the puck for Spring hockey programs in Texas and Oklahoma!

Ice Jets U12 AA players Hunter Frado, Chris Rodo and Bailey Hall supporting their home country during the Olympic Hockey finals.

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Henry Bradford (Jr. Brahmas - Branum Mite A) with very creative custom goalie helmet.


Connor Nehls (DSS-Plano Squirt A - McBey) taking charge of the game. Remington “Sugar” Schugart fights off his attackers.

JPS – Hockey Showcase 90’ - 95’ Midget AAA, Prep, Jr A, College Div I-III • Denver (APEX) MAY 21-23, 2010 • 50 Coaches/GM’s in attendance • JPS is like attending 50 team selection camps • 4 Games & information sessions (Midget AAA, Prep, Junior A, College) George Gwozdecky – Head Hockey Coach, University of Denver WCHA “At the University of Denver we are proud that 33% of our hockey team is comprised of players from the state of Colorado and therefore I am supportive of any opportunity that gives young hockey players from our state a chance to develop and receive the exposure to the Junior A hockey coaches as well as college hockey programs. Brad Buetow has played and coached at the highest level of NCAA Division I college competition and knows what it takes to play at this level. Some of Brad’s former players who are currently playing at the University of Denver include Chris Nutini and Luke Salazar.”


Kevin Hartzell – GM/Head Coach Sioux Falls Stampede USHL “Brad Buetow, Director of JPS, was my college coach when I played at the University of Minnesota and I feel that with Brad’s contact JPS is one of the top exposure camps for juniors, prep, midget, and college scouts. We will enjoy coming out and feel it is very worthwhile. Coach Buetow, JPS Director, has coached in Division I College for 20 years, scouted and coached in the pros for several years and with his network he has helped my career immediately.” Dean Blais – Head Coach University of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA “We are looking forward to scouting players out of the JPS showcase. The competition is excellent and there will be several scouts/coaches from all the junior A/B and college levels.”

Jon Bonnett – Assistant Coach Colorado College WCHA “I believe Coach Buetow is one of the hardest working youth coaches/recruiters in the country. Brad is well connected and visible within the hockey community. Brad is motivated to develop and expose local and non-traditional hockey area players to Midget AAA, Juniors and NCAA Hockey. This camp is the first step.” Luke Salazar and Chris Nutini – Division I Players “Brad Buetow, who was our midget coach, along with participating in JPS, was very instrumental in getting us seen and having the University of Denver (Division I) give us a spot on their team.”

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The Cornerstones of a Complete Athlete By Kellie Schriver

Boundaries are an Important Cornerstone for a Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit!


hat are Boundaries? Boundaries are a line or something marking a limit or border. With people, boundaries are a list of rules, beliefs, and feelings that define how we relate to others. Boundaries keep people separate from others and give them a sense of self. When a person has a boundary issue, they may not know where he or she ends and the other person begins. People with weak boundaries seem to absorb other people’s feelings like a sponge, and not have a true sense of their own feelings and a strong sense of self. We have Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual boundaries. For example: an emotional boundary is having the right to feel however we feel about any situation without the influence of others. Some people will cross an emotional boundary when saying “Well you shouldn’t feel that way.” A physical boundary is what you set for yourself to feel safe within your personal space. An example of this is how close you feel comfortable for a person to stand next to you. You have the right to your own personal space. A Spiritual boundary is having the right to believe the way you want to believe and not having someone try to force

their beliefs on to you. So, how do we know if we have healthy boundaries? And why do we need them? Boundaries are all about protection. We are not born with boundaries; they are learned through social interactions, direct teaching and modeling. When we identify our boundaries and set them with others we are protecting ourselves from being hurt. When we have boundaries we are better able to allow others to safely get close to us, and to integrate our internal self with our external self and differentiate between our feelings and those of others. We need boundaries to feel safe, to protect our true self and to respect other people. Healthy boundaries are firm, yet flexible. When an athlete violates game rules and crosses the boundaries, the referee blows the whistle and states the offense, and what the consequence will be. This is not unlike life. We all need to identify what our personal boundaries are, understand them, and put them into practice. ■

Plano Mite Blues in the Presidents Day Tournament defending against the Plano Mite Blackhawks.

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Sam Armitage of the Alliance Bulldogs lowers his shoulder into a check against an Austin Roadrunner.


Plano Blues, Pee Wee Green Champions. “Crash” Satoru Emery (DSYHL Frisco Rangers Mite) ready for some hockey.


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Dylan Nessman, a senior at Horn High School in Mesquite and an assistant captain with the Mesquite Colts of the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League, will report to the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, GA on June 29th. Dylan has signed up for four years of active duty, with his goal to become a field medic and paratrooper, jumping into areas where people need help the most.  Dylan is shown here with his proud parents: Paul and Stacy Nessman.  Paul is the team manager for the Mesquite Colts High School Hockey Club.

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Harry Hood, McKinney Bantam and Hayden Rodgers of Star Select Euless setup for the face off.


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Goalie Cody Philips and Ray MArtinez of the Dallas Scots Bantam against Alliance Mewitt.

Austin Thorn, DYHA Dragons PeeWee AA with his Dragons Hockey Snowman. Shea Spainer, Penguins 98 “stares down the puck.”


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Texas Aces #8 Jessica Brooks Keeping a stride ahead of the OKC defense.

Ryan Priest (DJHA Mite Prep Black Weidenbach) makes his way up the ice.



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can’t believe Kim had to email again to remind me I am late again with my article. Each month I resolve to get this to her on time so I don’t have to waste her valuable time sending me a reminder. Each month Kim sends me a reminder and I get right to it…like tonight…on a flight from Dallas to Washington, DC. I have been up to my whistle in hockey stuff; where did the time go? We have just concluded the TAHA Tier I and Tier II State playoffs. The winners will go onto regional and national championships. That is great for our teams from Texas and we congratulate them all. But there are also other winners to be congratulated. USA Hockey has selected five officials, all from Dallas/Ft. Worth, to work assignments in the regional and national championships. That says a lot about the good things we are doing here with our officials. I can tell you that being selected is a very big deal to us. It is tough enough to be selected to work a state playoff game, but to be selected to work these regional and national championships is pretty heady stuff. It means that you have worked hard; that your evaluated performances have been top notch, and the overall body of your work during the season has been outstanding. For two officials, this is

the second year in a row they have been selected for nationals. Trust me, as the coaches and teams know, it is hard to repeat. Working a regional or national championship is an exciting experience for any official. In addition, every move you make, on and off ice, at those events is under the microscope of the supervisors assigned. You develop relationships and camaraderie with new friends. Teamwork and cooperation happen quickly. Each game is competition for assignments building to the championships games. I can tell you as a supervisor from last year’s 14U national, that picking the crews for the semis and then finals was a difficult process – sort of like picking pepper off a beach or splitting hairs, so to speak. The vast majority of officials will never work a playoff game in their careers: to be assigned to a regional or national tournament is the high point and a memorable experience for any on ice official. Congratulations to all our local officials who made it! Going to the 16U Tier II are Brett Johnston and Tudor Floru. Going to the High School Nationals is Nate Farkas and going to the RMD Tier I Regionals is Steve Henderson and Ravi Chhabra. ■

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From the STANDS

IceTimesMagazine hears from its readers.

The Five Top Reasons Not to Yell During a Hockey Game By Anonymous (aka Jim Pikl)


ockey is a fast-paced game that is purposefully designed to excite the spectators more than perhaps any other sport. Getting a rush from watching hockey, especially when one of the players is a friend or relative of yours, is about as natural as getting wet when you stand in the rain. But this natural and predictable excitement can, and often does, lead to a person yelling – even screaming – at the participants in the game. Here are five reasons not to do that. There are probably others. 1. It’s a waste of energy, because the participants cannot hear you. Hockey is a loud, noisy game. Skates make a lot of noise cutting up the ice, as do whacking and clacking sticks, helmets banging together, the rush of wind through the helmet, and the

players’ equipment striking the boards, the ice, and other players’ equipment. Also, players are yelling at each other over the noise on the ice, loudly at times, so as to overcome all of the above as well as other noises in the game such as coaches yelling and officials commenting on play and calling signals to each other and the players. You only hear part of that noise behind the glass, and it is pretty noisy even to you, right? Combine this with the fact that the players are moving at high speed in often dangerous situations such that their attention is intensely focused on what they are doing, and the fact that the barrier between you and the players is ½ inch of plexiglass – not the most pourous substance in the world – and you have a physical situation where the players on the ice simply cannot hear what you are saying except as random echoes off the ceiling. You should realize

that all the yelling in the world is, at best, just more noise to the players on the ice. As noise goes, applause is much better than yelling. 2. Even if the participants hear you, they are not listening. The players are coached to listen to the coach. That is why you are paying the coach: to direct the players in the game. Even if the players hear what you are saying, they have been instructed to do what the coach says, and to ignore what they hear from the other team’s players or from the stands. Would you really have it any other way? Even if they hear you, they are not listening, and that is a good thing. 3. Even if the participants are listening, they cannot do what you say. Imagine yourself in an environment where the noise level is around 90 decibels, full of echoes, where you are trying to maintain your balance and your playing position and listening to calls from other players and your coach, and all of a sudden you get a random voice in your head saying something profound like: “skate!” or “pass the puck!” or “go to the net!” Now, you have .8 seconds: do you think you could immediately interrupt what you are doing and thinking, evaluate the instructions as to whether they are helpful or unhelpful, decide whether or not they are in keeping with the play your coach has laid out and whether it is physically possible to follow the commands given your assigned position and game/play responsibilities? Ya, they can’t either. Instead, you would process out that noise as not important. So do they, and this is a good thing, too, because if they were trying to do everything everyone is yelling for them to do, their heads would explode. 4. Even if the participants are listening, they will not do what you say. Mostly, and there are rare exceptions, but the coach of your child’s team knows more about hockey than you do. And unless you can read his or her mind,

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coaches usually know more than you do about what plays, strategies, and game situations they are trying to accomplish at any given time in the game. You have appointed the coach to be the director of the team, and if you are smart and want the team to succeed to the best of its abilities, you will encourage the coach to “take charge” of the team and direct the play on the ice. People cannot simultaneously do opposite or conflicting things. So, when it comes to a choice between doing what you are yelling from the sidelines and doing what the coach has told them to do, good players always follow the coach’s direction. Even if they hear you, even if they listen, even if you are right, and even if they physically can do what you are telling them to do, they won’t. And that’s a good thing, too. 5. You exhibit poor sportsmanship by yelling. All fans in ever y sport will universally tell you that there is nothing more irritating than a screaming parent during the game. This is true whether the parent is screaming at their own child, at the coach, at the officials, at other spectators, or – in the worst possible case – at someone else’s child (people get beat up for this last one). You may think you are being helpful or just letting off steam or even being witty, but believe me, everyone around you thinks you are a jerk, including the other people on your team and even your spouse. Even if you don’t care what other people think of you, consider this: it is very poor sportsmanship for a spectator to have an improper effect, for better or for worse, on the game being played. If your yelling happens to change something in the game, you have dishonored the sport. Do not feel slighted or insulted when the players don’t listen to you as you scream from the sidelines. It’s not personal; it is natural and beneficial for your yelling to go nowhere. Instead, gain some self-control and stop doing it. Everyone will be better off for it – including you. ■


The Messenger: Tales of a Team Manager By Mike Schwarz


ith the season drawing to a close as the post-regular season tournaments end, I’ve taken a few quick glances into the rear view mirror. It’s the time of year where we all should take some time to reflect on what’s gone by, so that we can plan for our next youthhockey season. This applies whether you are a parent, a coach, or a player. In my case I can declare unequivocally the season was a success, although it was certainly a different experience without Goalie Son playing here. While my team didn’t run the table, it was a great deal of fun watching them deliver a very competitive season. I enjoyed victories, and was less than enamored with defeats. My focus, though, was on the games themselves, with none of the drama involved with being a parent of a player. (OK, true, I’m a team manager, we specialize in dealing and addressing the behind the scenes parental drama, but you know what I mean. It was simple third-party drama to me!) As I noted in my December column I went to Spokane to see my son play a couple of games. I also snuck up in January for two more games, including seeing a shoot-out victory. (That was for the goalie parents out there.) Save for those visits, my hockey weekends

would start first thing Saturday morning, looking at my Blackberry for the text of Friday night’s score from college. Goalie Son would text me from the locker room after every game, but given that his games usually ended around 1:30am Pacific Time, I was fast asleep. Getting a text was better than nothing, but it didn’t scratch the hockey itch. This was driven home for me during my January visit up North. I was sitting with some Gonzaga parents who had driven six hours from Bozeman, Montana to watch their son play. We swapped youth hockey stories and talked about how we’d watch our sons play from pee-wees on up. The dad looked at me and said, “Ya know, this hockey thing is kind of addictive!” Exactly. And that explains why I enjoyed my team’s season so. I got to remain involved in hockey for another season. Unlike many of you who through accident of birth geography were born into the sport, I’m a rather late convert to the ice sport. I’ve been hooked on this game for eight years now, and for that I must thank my son, who gave me the gift of hockey. Even though I grew up in Little League baseball, and enjoyed every second, I can now enthusiastically declare that hockey is the greatest game,

for so many reasons. I remember our first House league season, where we didn’t even know how to tie his goalie pads to his skates. There were so many games with a start time of 5:50 a.m. It always amazed me that I could have my weekend organized sports parental obligations complete before Saturday breakfast! How cool a sport is that?? Try that with baseball or soccer. But my late hockey arrival comes complete with a knowledge data base that is severely lacking. That forced me to learn something every game, often times many things. At this point I’ve even started reading the USA hockey rule book. (Ok, I’ll admit that is obsessive behavior, even for me.) But, after every game this Team Manager always asks his Coach some question that requires an explanation of the rules. With an abundance of patience, Coach, who is the most knowledgeable hockey person I know, explains the answers to this never ending student. I’m not sure if I’ll ever figure out where face-offs are taken, especially after an icing call. But the pursuit of these answers will be grand! Thank you, Coach, for sharing your wisdom. I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank my team’s players and their parents

Mike Schwarz, Team Manager, thinks the sport of ice hockey is pretty cool. for sharing their season with me. Each of them in their own unique ways (some more unique than others) contributed to my participation in hockey for yet another season. I have no hockey skills, nor enough knowledge to contribute to their season, but I do write a mean email! Guess, I got the better end of that deal? They helped me satisfy the hockey addiction, for which I am grateful. And as you close out the books on your season, whether you are a parent, or a player or a coach, think back on how enjoyable it was, even if you didn’t win every game, nor a trophy. You got to play or participate in the greatest game. Who do you have to thank for your gift of hockey? To be continued… ■

JR Brahma Mites take 1st place at the Presidents Day weekend Tournament.


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Hockey From the Neck Up by Paul O’Donnell

Let’s Play Hockey Jeopardy


elcome back to our final round of- Let’s Play Hockey Jeopardy. In last place is know-it-all Hockey Dad, whose misinformation and outdated knowledge of the game of hockey has put him so far back that he has absolutely no chance of winning. In second place are our placating Hockey Parents, who have absolutely no points because their wishy-washy helicopter style of parenting has enabled their seven-yearold to make all the decisions. And in the first place is well-informed Hockey Mom who is well on her way to winning this contest because of her willingness to seek out pertinent information from knowledgeable hockey sources Our final hockey Jeopardy answer, in the category of Hockey Sticks is: It is one of the better ways to help a new hockey player decide which way they should stick handle and shoot the puck. You have 30 seconds to write down your answer. Doo-da-doo-da -doo-da-doo … do-da-do-da-do… do…do We’ ll start with know-it-all Hockey Dad who is in third place. Your response is: What is, opposite to the way they write or swing a baseball bat because my good friend Bobby Hull

told me so 40 years ago? eeennn. Oh I’m sorry that’s incorrect. Let’s move on to our contestants in second place, the placating Hockey Parents. What is your final Jeopardy response: What istake the little tyke to a hockey rink Pro Shop and allow him to pick out their own 200 dollar Synergy hockey stick, all by themselves? Eeennn. Oh, I’m sorry, that is also incorrect. But you were right about taking your child to a local hockey rink Pro shop to buy their stick. And our final contestant, who is in first place and well on her way to being a terrific hockey parent, our Well-Informed Hockey Mom. What is your final well thought out response? What is: give a push broom to the novice hockey player and tell them to sweep, because how they hold and sweep with the broom can be a good indication of how they should shoot? Ding-dingding-ding. Congratulations, you are correct! Johnny, tell our well-meaning hockey parents what could possibly be in store for their future hockey prodigies. For the child of our third-place finisher, name dropping Know It All Hockey Dad, you can expect your childhood hockey experience to be embarrassing and miserable because of your pond

skating father consistently secondguessing your coaches training practices and telling you how to play hockey his way. You will probably be lucky if your meddlesome father doesn’t drive you to hate hockey by the time you reach high school. For the child of our second place contestants, the placating Hockey Parents, you will be lavishly doted on during your hockey childhood. Your every hockey need will be fulfilled because of your parents inability to say no to you. There will be no need to worry about making the hockey team that you’re hoping for, because even if you’re not talented enough to succeed, your helicopter parents will maneuver themselves into a position of power within the hockey organization to see that your dreams are fulfilled. The fact that your parents were unwilling to establish limits on you, or allow you to succeed and fail on your own during your childhood, should be of little comfort to you, as you reach adulthood and nobody can stand being around you because you grew up a spoiled brat who was used to getting their way. And last but not least, the child of our new Hockey Jeopardy Champion,

Paul O'Donnell currently writes for the Hockey Stop Magazine. He has been coaching in the Chicagoland Area for the past 25 years. Paul grew up in The Greater Boston Area and played college hockey for Salem State College in Massachusetts. well-informed Hockey Mom! Due to your mother’s caring and common sense approach to hockey parenting as well as her ability to make you understand that it’s only a game, you will be given the ability to enjoy the greatest game on earth. Although, your mom’s exceptional performance here today is no guarantee of future hockey stardom, you are quite possibly well on the way to playing this great game of hockey for the rest of your life. I would like to thank all of you in our Hockey Parent 101 audience for playing along with our first installment of Let’s Play Hockey Jeopardy. ■

No goal! Euless Dallas Stars Selects defend the net against the El Paso Rhinos.

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U18 Tier One State Championship Jacob Stafford with the Texas Tornado.

Texas Aces #10 Kyle Mills Looking to get past the OKC defense.

Jack Parker playing for the Coppell High School JV team.

Warriors – I-League Major, last season as this team…Names, from the top, L-R, are A.J. Ferriero, Travis Lehr, Dallas Lehr, Tim Marra, Frank Caspersen, Bobby Michelaides, Lisa Michelaides. Second row from Left are Tim Brady, Kent Taub, Derek Tillemans, Danny Grimes, Damon Lacey, Mitch Gnatowsky. Bottom three are (Goalie) Matt Reid, Chris Dolbee, Scott Dolbee.


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ne of my sons, in addition to playing hockey, also runs cross country for his high school. He has struggled this year with injuries. (I know, right...cross country people get hurt?) His pace was slowing and it got to the point where it was too painful to run.  So we finally put him in rehab – again, this is for cross country trauma! During those few weeks of physical therapy, I learned cross country is actually very hard on teenage knees, tendons, and shins. So now I bear the guilt of making my child suffer needlessly.  Sigh. After all the doctors and physical therapists were done with him (and my wallet), he went back to running the long, lonely road. Upon his return, the coach commented how nice it was to see my son laughing at practice again.  Now, if you knew this guy, that was an amazing comment. Up to that point I always thought fun was verboten in distance running. I figured it was some kind of

By Mark Dyslin

strategy to be a sour puss. You know, look tough so no one jacked with you as you jumped over logs and mushrooms (and the occasional small, furry woodland creature). Hearing this guy actually recognize the value of laughter was surprising and wonderful all at once! Then it hit me: can laughter actually impact a student athlete positively?  Methinks so. Loma Linda University researchers have shown laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and increases muscle flexion.  Flexion.  That... sounds functional (Google it and see if it makes sense to you...and throw in extension and saggital plane for even more anatomy fun). Even Shakespeare gave thought to the salubrious values of laughter in The Taming of the Shrew, “And f rame your mind to mirth and merriment, which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.” So I started wondering if I put enough effort into making practices fun? 

Do I remember to play games? Do I remember to encourage the kids to laugh? Do I  bear in mind that this is a game? We go to work/school and put up with “stuff ” all day. I'd like to think we are enlightened enough to say before each practice, “what a miserable, stinkin’ day...time for frippery and jest.” Listen, I know there's pressure to win, but there is a nexus between having fun and winning. Why do you think people like Chris Chelios never want to leave the game? Because it is fun and he doesn't want to grow up!  So why would we run our young'un's through practices that age them prematurely?  One more thing: look up the word “frivolity” in a thesaurus.  Among others, you will see the words “sport” and “game.”  Coincidence? Methinks not! ■

Mark Dyslin has been coaching youth sports for over 15 years and coaching youth hockey since 1999. He is currently one of the coaches for St. Mark’s Junior Varsity Hockey Team.

Dads and Lads from the Euless Dallas Stars Select Midget Minor team took time away from hockey to participate in the “Snow Bowl” during their trip to Niagara Falls. They can’t agree who won…

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IceIceSports Sports Directory Directory Rinks DFW Metroplex Addison Sq Gdn 972-960-7465 Starbucks 972-238-1563 .3mi Olive Garden 972.239-9096 .1mi ER CareNow 972-387-8900 2.1mi The Allen Event Center 972-678-4646 American Airlines Center Home of the Dallas Stars for tickets 214.Go-Stars Dr Pepper StarCenter Euless 817-267-4233 Starbucks 817-684-7943 1.1mi Olive Garden 817-251-0222 8.0mi ER CareNow 817-428-7300 5.0mi Dr Pepper StarCenter Farmers Branch 214-432-3131 Starbucks 972-406-8289 3.4mi I Fratelli 972-501-9700 3.5mi ER CareNow 972-387-8900 5.9 mi Dr Pepper StarCenter Frisco 214-387-5600 Starbucks 972-668-9520 .9mi Olive Garden 469-633-0406 .8mi ER 1st Choice 214.618.6800 1.8mi Dr Pepper StarCenter McKinney at Craigs Ranch McKinney 469-675-8325 Starbucks 214-383-4095 1mi CareNow 972-599-0077 8mi Dr Pepper StarCenter Plano 972-758-7528 Starbucks 469-229-0100 .4mi Olive Garden 972-578-8576 3.5mi ER 1st Chioce 214-291-0101 2.1mi Dr Pepper StarCenter PSA 972-208-5437 Starbucks 972-758-9565 .5 mi Olive Garden 972.633.0406 3.2mi ER 1st Chioce 214-291-0101 2.1mi Dr Pepper StarCenter Valley Ranch 972-831-2453 Starbucks 972-304-1985 1mi Siena Pasta 972-462-0499 1mi Coppell EmCare 972-745-8097 3.6mi

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ICE at The Parks 817-419-0095 Starbucks in mall outside of rink Olive Garden 817-283-3121 11mi ER CareNow 817-465-4928 1.7mi Ice Training Center ITC Richardson 972-680-7825 Starbucks 972-238-1563 .3mi Olive Garden 972-234-3292 2.0mi ER CareNow 972.387.8900 4.7mi Polar Ice House Grapevine 972-874-1930 Starbucks 972-874-1394 .6mi Olive Garden 817-251-0222 4.1mi Coppell EmCare 972-745-8097 2.6mi Houston Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex Houston 281-84-SKATE Starbucks 832-237-7586 .25 mi Olive Garden 281- 890-0784 Methodist Willowbrook Hosp. 281-477-1000 across from rink Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center 281-265-7465 Starbucks 281-265-8911 Papa LaRosa Flying Pizza in rink 281-313-3500 Methodist Sugar Land Hospital 281-274-7000 Space City Ice Station Friendswood 281-486-7979 Olive Garden 281-488-1022 Starbucks 281-488-9800 ER Clear Lake l 281-332-2511 Austin Chaparral Ice Centers - Austin 512.252.8500 Oklahoma City Blazers Ice Centre 405-631-3307

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Austin Roadrunners

Houston HERricanes Girls

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Interscholastic Hockey League

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Christophe Crossley 817.201.6211

Chris Shakesby 214.597.1907 Justin Walters 405.413.8623 Goaltending Francois Lemay 469.766.1981 Billy Pye 817.845.0133 Andrew Norton 817.896.5084 Cam MacDonald 817.800.2130 Power Skating Rob Warner 214.478.6605 Ramil Sarkulov 817.805.0002 David Horn 972.740.5513

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Plano Mite Blues the President Day Tournament Mite Green Champs!!!

Brendan O’Reilly (Age 12) and Michael O’Reilly (Age 14) with the Dallas Stars Elite Hockey Club celebrate with their younger brother Ryan after their respective teams won both of the USA Hockey Tier One Texas State Championships for the U-14 and U-12 age groups.

Carson Platt and Johnny Sadowski of the Dallas Scots PeeWee 98 team celebrate a goal against the Houston Wild.

Ice Jets defense Nikhil Guddati (23) and Chandler Cravey (89) trying to stop Plano Blues. Bad boys, bad boys...whatcha gonna do? Mason Vandesteeg and Walker Dyess serve penalties during Silver Sticks in Canada.

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ear Ice Times Magazine, Though I’m a little late getting this to you I thought it worthy of printing. This picture is from the January 15-17, 2010 Colorado Cup tournament in Colorado Springs, CO. These boys played like never before to win this tournament! Going into the tournament they were second to last in the league. But they went to the Colorado Cup ready to play for Anthony, their Assistant Coach who died on January 13th, just 2 days before the start. The boys loved Anthony! As a volunteer coaching

assistant, he challenged them and yet encouraged them, tempting them with peanut M&M’s if they played well. At the tournament when the boys huddled for their rallying cry they yelled out in unison Anthony’s name. Both on and off the ice these boys were a team. Their win was definitely a positive that came from the tragic loss of their assistant coach. Thank you, in advance, for honoring these boys with the printing of this picture. — Sincerely, Joni Strobel-McLean

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