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Josh Mehr Dallas Penguins Midget Minor AA
Chris Neukranz, 18U AA DJHA, makes a last minute save.
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Joshua Soule (Ice Jets MMin AA - Shakesby) clearing the puck
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Youth sports safety -
5 tips to help protect your athlete BPT) - Cringing at bumps, falls, trips and nudges is a common response among parents of young athletes. Seventy-two percent of parents of children ages 6 to 17 report that they are highly concerned about their child experiencing a head injury on the sports field, according to a recent survey conducted by NMI Research and DSM Nutritional Products, and their concern is not unwarranted. In fact, data indicates that emergency room visits of school-age athletes for serious injuries like concussions have significantly increased in recent years. Parents should continue to encourage their children to get involved with youth sports, but they need to be aware that hardhitting spills could have a lasting impact on their child’s brain health if not handled properly. “I’ve worked with young and old athletes who are experiencing the lasting effects of head trauma during sports,” says Dr. Julian Bailes, a neurosurgeon and sports medicine expert who has worked with professional and college athletes for more than two decades. “In many cases, their parents or coaches were eager to get them back in the game because they didn’t show signs of an injury. Through research, we’re finding that even minor repeated head injuries can cause long-term effects on brain function.” Every parent on the sidelines should be aware of the signs that a more serious injury may have occurred. A father of five children and former athlete himself, Bailes recommends that parents educate themselves about sports safety. sports-related injuries, from selecting the right protective gear to working with coaches and leagues to build awareness around recognizing and treating head injuries,” says Bailes. “And we’re learning more every day. For example, recent pre-clinical studies have looked at the use of DHA omega-3 as a nutrient to help reduce the impact of traumatic brain injury.” Tip No. 1: Know the signs. Not all concussions involve a loss of consciousness. In fact, most people who have concussions never black out. Some indicators that a child may have a concussion and needs to see a doctor include headaches, listlessness, irritability, 4 Keep your kids out of hot water – put them on ice!
changes in sleeping, eating, school performance or play behaviors, and loss of balance or unsteady walking. Tip No. 2: Limit exposure in practice. As a parent you can encourage coaches to have lighter practice days, focused on agility versus full-on player contact. Tip No. 3:-Play it safe and slow. Less than half of parents rely on a medical professional to examine their child to determine if they should return to play after a head injury, according to the survey. Don’t take any chances. If your child experiences head trauma or you suspect a concussion during practice or in a game, seek medical attention immediately. And don’t be too eager to get them back in the game - wait until you get the go ahead from a doctor. Tip No. 4:-Be smart about nutrition. Important for brain development and function throughout the lifecycle, DHA is a structural fat in the brain that is particularly important-during early childhood when the brain is in a rapid period of growth and development. Look for foods rich in DHA, like fatty fish, foods and beverages fortified with a vegetarian and sustainable algal source of DHA, or algal DHA supplements, which can be found at www.lifesDHA.com. Tip No. 5: Take a lead from the pros. Stay up to date on the latest regulations and new equipment that is imposed by professional and collegiate teams.-Many times, what happens at the professional or collegiate level will trickle down to youth sports. “Sports are an important and healthy part of childhood, but being an athlete is not without risks,” says Dr. Bailes. “It only takes one poor or uninformed choice for a game to turn from fun to tragedy. Every parent, coach and child should be educated on how to recognize and handle head injuries during sports.” ■
Alex Murdoch (Team Houston PW A -Perugini)
Stanton Harris (DJHA BT Green - McBey) ready to guard the net
Stephen Guadalajara (Alliance 12U AAA - Hennes)
Brenden Brown (Oilers PW A - Lapane)
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Goalie Specific Training By Luke Beltrand
appy Holiday’s! I hope everyone gets to enjoy family and friends this year as we close 2012 and move on to 2013! This month I wanted to discuss some important specifics to focus on with our goalies. They tend to get lost in the shuffle sometimes when being incorporated into dryland either from lack of know-how, lack of time, or it’s just not really feasible to have two workouts going on at the same time. Regardless goalies are very important us and so is their development! Unfortunately I cannot post videos or pictures of exercises so I will just discuss some areas of focus and as always you can email me at a later time for more info. Flexibility and Injury PreventionGoalies can do some strange things physically :) and their bodies get twisted and contorted into all sorts of interesting poses as they work hard to keep the puck out of the net. So flexibility is a must have focal point. By increasing their flexibility we can decrease injuries, increase speed, and also allow their bodies to move into more difficult positions. This leads to a healthier, happier, and usually a better goaltender. A goalie that is not flexible will have a harder time competing against goalies that are. Typically we will want to focus on hip flexors, groin, and hamstrings as these are trouble spots. Along with flexibility we need to ensure mobility of joints as well, hips and the back tend to be some main trouble spots. So by working on both flexibility and the mobility of these areas when can prevent many overuse injuries and keep the goalie in better shape. Shoulder mobility and injury prevention will also be an important factor that needs to be address in goalies.
H a n d E y e a n d R e f l e x e s - A ny improvements we can make in regards to these specific areas is going to have a large impact. Things like Juggling, throwing racket balls against the wall, and just playing catch in general will improve reflexes. These are simple low cost tactics that goalies can usually do on their own and at home with little more than a couple racquetballs. Strength, Conditioning, and AgilityThis is the only position that stays on the ice for the entire game so it does require some aerobic conditioning. At the same time goalie typically have times when things are light and when thing are extremely high volume requiring a lot of explosive conditioning and quickness. So we want to give them a good mix of both aerobic and anaerobic conditioning. Another area I like to focus on with goalies is drills that can increase their side to side lateral p o w e r, s p e e d , and conditioning. Goalies need to be able to move fast and do it often. Other common movements are the butterfly and being able to move up and down quickly and constantly so exercises that mimic these movements will be very helpful! Balance is an additional focal point to work on. Goalies have to have exceptional control of their body, how they move, and when they move. Increasing balance can also help with their ability to recover after a shot and maintain a positive body position in case another comes. If you would like more info or exercises that help you improve at some of these skills as a goalie, please contact info@crullfitness. com!■
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Luke Beltrand is a Former Collegiate Hockey player and Current Manager of Crull Fitness Valley Ranch. Luke is Certified as a Certified Fitness Specialist through the Cooper’s Institute and Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. Luke is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for over 40 local Hockey Teams..
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McKinney Lightning Squirt player Matthew Craycraft celebrates his goal with Michael Stephenson by Jo Steck Photography
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Ryan O’Reilly Helps USA Defeat Canada For Nations Cup Championship R
yan O’Reilly from Dallas TX holds the Nations Cup championship trophy after the United States defeated Canada in the 00 division championship game played at Michigan State University on December 2. Ryan led the championship winning team in scoring for the tournament. Teams from the US and Canada earned points for each win for their country during the tournament and team USA amassed 46 points to Canada’s 23 points. ■
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Texas Aces #94 Jordan Almeida
Thunder AAA celebrate a win in the SWSHS Holiday Showdown by Jo Steck Photography
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Vital facts about the U.S. National Junior Team By Brian Cazeneuve
Some vital facts and figures about the team:
• The U.S. won gold at the world juniors (under-20) in 2004 and 2010, and bronze in 2007 and 2011, but will be seeking redemption in Ufa after failing to medal at last year’s tourney where Sweden beat Russia in the final in Calgary. Canada took the bronze. Only defenseman Jacob Trouba, forward J.T. Miller and goaltender John Gibson have returned from that squad.
Whalers scored 17 goals in his first 26 games but was suspended for 10 games by the OHL for a charging penalty against Tyler Hore of the Oshawa Generals on Dec. 8. He will have seven matches left on his suspension when the WJC tournament begins. Dave Ogrean, USA Hockey’s executive director, released a statement saying, “While we respect the IIHF’s decision, we don’t feel the process is equitable.”
• Another key player to watch is Alex Galchenyuk, the Milwaukeeborn Belarusian forward who spent much of his youth in Europe after his parents moved there to support his dad’s hockey career, which • Of the 26 invited players on the preliminary took them to Germany, Italy and Russia. (Galchenyuk’s father is from roster, 23 have been drafted by NHL teams. Belarus; his mother from Russia.) The Sarnia Sting captain now ranks Seven were first-round picks. Defenseman second in scoring in the OHL with 61 points in 33 games, and was Seth Jones of the Western Hockey League’s named the OHL’s Player of the Week for Dec. 10-16 after posting five Portland Winterhawks and forward Ryan Hartman of the Ontario goals and three assists in two games. It’s been a strong rebound season Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers are draft eligible and expected for Galchenyuk after he missed all but two 2011-12 regular-season to go high next summer. Forward Cole Bardreau of Cornell University games after suffering a knee injury in a collision with a goalpost in is the lone undrafted free agent. September 2011. The Montreal Canadiens weren’t daunted by his injury or all that missed time, though. They took him third overall in • There is great potential in that 15 players on the preliminary roster the draft last summer. (Mark his homecoming game, of sorts, on the skated in at least one of the last two Under-18 world championships, calendar: the U.S. will face Russia in Ufa on Dec. 28.) where the U.S. won gold: Jones and Trouba (2011-12); forwards Tyler Biggs and Rocco Grimaldi (2010-11); Gibson, defensemen • Based on average size, the tallest group of players, by position, is Jake McCabe and Connor Murphy, and forwards Bardreau, Miller, actually . . . the goaltenders. Gibson, an Anaheim Ducks’ second-round and Blake Pietila (f2011); forwards Hartman and Riley Barber plus pick who plays for the Kitchener Rangers, is 6’-3”; Providen College’s defensemen Matt Grzelcyk, Patrick Sieloff and Brady Skjei (2012). Jon Gillies, a Calgary Flames third-round pick, is 6’-5”; and Garrett Sparks, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ seventh-rounder who plays for the • Expect the team’s strength to be its depth on the backline and in Guelph Storm, is 6’-2”. With a gold from the U-18 Championship in goal. Jones, an 18-year-old from Plano, Texas, is a savvy, smooth, his pocket, Gibson should get the call in goal during this tournament, skilled defenseman who currently ranks fifth in scoring among WHL so long as his strained hip flexor remains manageable. That would blueliners and is a solid candidate to be the first or second player give Gibson a chance to atone for a mini-meltdown against the Finns chosen in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. His dad, Ronald “Popeye” Jones, at last year’s championships, when he took a penalty, surrendered a spent 12 years as a forward with seven different NBA teams and is power-play goal and came unglued. now an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets. Seth took up the game while Popeye was playing for the Denver Nuggets. • Former Rangers goalie and two-time Olympian Mike Richter attended Monday’s practice and he sees one big difference between • Trouba, a Winnipeg Jets prospect who currently plays for the junior players today and those in his day. “They speak so well and Michigan Wolverines, is known as a fierce hitter in the mold of they’re so composed,” says Richter, who won silver for the U.S. team at Scott Stevens. After delivering a right shoulder check to the head of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. “We were like deer in headlights. Northern Michigan’s Reed Seckel as Seckel cut across the middle of They have the sound bites.” the ice during a game in November, Trouba received an automatic one-game suspension. He was lucky to avoid more, even though Seckel Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nhl/news/20121218/usahad his head down on the play. As for his talented new WJC teamates, world-junior-team-world-championships/ ■ Trouba has great respect, sayimg “It’s good to have these guys on your side for a change. I’m tired of playing against them.” • On Monday, the IIHF informed USA Hockey that Ottawa prospect Stefan Noesen, the Senators’ 2011 first-round pick, would not be eligible to play in the WJC. The talented right winger for the Plymouth 12 Keep your kids out of hot water – put them on ice!
Brandon Sizemore (Oilers MMin AA - Blaznek)
Kyler Moseley PW- Frisco Flyers Goalie with Stars Goalie Richard Bachman.
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Texas Aces #18 Patrick Conway
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Mayo Clinic, USA Hockey to Youth Hockey Players: ’Heads Up, Don’t Duck’ Released: 12/19/2012 12:00 PM EST Source: Mayo Clinic Newswise — ROCHESTER, Minn. -- As youth hockey players careen toward the boards, it is almost instinctive for them to duck their heads. But that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Experts say that this fast, powerful and physical sport can be safer if players follow some simple advice. USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport, worked with Mayo Clinic to release a video with animation demonstrating the dangers of players ducking their heads as they crash into the boards during play. A training program called “Heads Up, Don’t Duck” teaches players to automatically choose the safest posture for impact. With more than a half-million U.S. children playing the sport, there is a renewed push to keep them from getting hurt. In collaboration with USA Hockey, the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center has been collecting catastrophic hockey injury data since 2008. Cervical spine fractures are the most prominent injury in the database, and the spine and head are the two most injured body parts. “If you are going to collide with the boards, try to take the impact with any part of your body other than your head,” says Michael Stuart, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, co-director of Mayo Clinic’s Sports Medicine Center and chief medical officer for USA Hockey. “If you can’t avoid head contact, always keep your head up and don’t duck. When the head is up, the normal curvature of the spine has more
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shock-absorbing ability. When the head is down, the spine is straight, which makes it more susceptible to fracture that can damage the spinal cord.” Dr. Stuart also believes neck flexibility and strengthening exercises may further protect players. “Improved neck flexibility and strength may help you better absorb forces, protect the neck, and possibly even protect the brain from concussion,” says Dr. Stuart. “The bottom line is: Avoiding contact to the head is the most effective strategy.” ■ MULTIMEDIA ALERT: “Heads Up” animation and video of Dr. Stuart is available on the Mayo Clinic News Network. About Mayo Clinic Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit www.mayoclinic.com and www.mayoclinic.org/news.
Tristan Weinholzer- Houston Wild Midget Minor, starting his first travel game.
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McKinney JV #3 Bronson Adams
Lone Star Wolves U-18 Sung Family (Curtis #5, Coach Dean and Brandon #81)
Barret Allen (30) defends the DSYHL Squirt Lightning crease.
Joey Demers (Alliance 12U AAA - Hennes)
Texas Aces #19 Bronson Adams
Fall Round-Up PeeWee Bronze Champion! Dallas Oilers PeeWee Minor - Lapane
Kaleb Croft Dallas Penguins Midget Minor AA
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Random Hockey Facts
• A puck hit by the best shooters can travel at more than 100 mph. • A goalie’s chest protector is made of Kevlar, the same material used in bulletproof vest for police. • The puck is five ounces of solid vulcanized rubber, three inches in diameter and one inch thick. The puck is frozen before games to make it bounce resistant.
• The Montreal Canadiens have won the most Stanley • The layer of ice in a pro hockey rink is usually three Cups in league history, with 23. The most recent came in quarters of an inch thick and kept at a temperature of 1993. The last player in the NHL to play without a helmet 16 degrees. was Craig MacTavish, who retired in 1997. • The original Stanley Cup was only seven inches high.
• In Detroit, fans often throw octopi on the ice during the playoffs, when the Red Wings score. The tradition • In the history of the National Hockey League, seven dates back to the Original Six era, when it only took eight goalies have been credited with a total of nine goals. wins — one for every octopus tentacle — to capture the Stanley Cup. • The NHL was formed in 1917 and has become one of the most successful professional sports leagues in the world • The Anaheim Ducks — originally called the Anaheim Mighty Ducks — were named after the team in the Disney • Before 1914, referees used to place the puck on the ice movie, The Mighty Ducks. between the players’ sticks for face-offs. This led to many cuts, bruises, and even broken hands for the referees. • The first Stanley Cup cost less than $50 Starting in 1914, the referees were allowed to drop the puck between the players’ stick. • The first NHL Entry Draft was held in 1963, since that time only three players selected first overall have never • Legendary goalie Jacques Plante loved to knit! played an NHL game. • On a relatively long-distance shot, 60 feet away from • Kris Draper spent parts of three seasons with the the goal, the goaltender will have 0.45 seconds to react. Winnipeg Jets before they decided to ship him off to the Detroit Red Wings for a single dollar. • On average, a Zamboni machine “travels” close to 2,000 miles each year in the course of resurfacing. • The dubious record of career games played without ever reaching the playoffs belongs to Guy Charron who • It takes 15,000 gallons of water to make a regulation- played 734 NHL games over the course of his career size rink ready before hockey games are to be played without ever playing in the postseason. on them. • Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames has the longest • The first Hockey puck ever used was a frozen piece of name in NHL history, his full given name is Jarome cow dung. Arthur Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla. • The National Hockey League (NHL) was founded on November 22, 1917. 888-878-8465
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Cosmo’s Tip of the Month In-Season Training By Cosmo Clarke
f you have prepared well, then you should play well. Now you have to maintain what you have built. Maintenance training does take a lot of time, but it does require specific effort and consistency. The entire foundation package needs to be maintained - aerobic, muscle strength, muscle endurance, and f lexibility. By maintaining your foundation, this will allow you to increase your speed, agility, and quickness throughout the season. Practices and games do not keep you in shape. Training away from the rink increases your ability to compete at a higher level. You are on the bench too much during a game for it to benefit your conditioning. Also, the intensity of effort
and the length of frequency of your rest periods that are a part of the game do not meet the requirements of a training sessions for any aspect of fitness. One way of maximizing training time is to introduce combination training into your off-ice training routine. This means combining your fitness drills with your fitness skills. This method will ensure that you continue to train and increase muscle strength, muscle endurance, aerobics, flexibility, speed, power, and quickness. ■
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Cosmo Clarke has five years pro hockey experience/CHL, CoHL & SHL. He is a Hockey Skills/Strength & Conditioning Coach, Dallas Oilers Youth Hockey (Major Midget Tier II 2011-12 National Champions); Assistant Hockey Coach, Jesuit Prep College; and Director of Athletic Development at Sportsplex. Cosmo is part of the professional coaching staff leading the new Jr Oilers Developmental Program for Mites at the Ice Training Center in Richardson. To learn more, call 972-680-7825.
Pat Bokoski Allen Allen Americans Midget Major AA
Texas Aces #9 Brendan Finn
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Dallas Oilers and Ice Jets Academy player get tangled up by Jo Steck Photography
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