Category Archives: Youth Hockey

Peewee Body-Checking Ban: Why Hockey Canada, USA Hockey are Getting it Right

Last weekend, Hockey Canada announced its board of directors voted to eliminate body-checking from the peewee level nationwide. USA Hockey is headed into its third season with no checking in peewee after making a similar decision in 2010, while local … Continue reading

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Raw Numbers: Hockey Participation Up in 2011-12

There are more people playing hockey this year than there was last, according to USA Hockey’s recently released membership statistics for 2011-12. As of this past season, 511,178 players were registered with the national governing body in the United States, … Continue reading

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Hockey’s Growth in The Garden State — Devils’ Stanley Cup Impact

The Stanley Cup is many things. The most famous trophy in professional sports, sure, but quite possibly the single-most important trophy to its sport, not just its league. Like many championships, winning the Stanley Cup Final is sure to lead … Continue reading

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Hockey’s Growth in The Golden State – Where it’s Been, Where it’s Going

Over the next two weeks, thousands of words will be spilled out in both real and digital ink about the growth of hockey in the state of California. Most of those stories will have a lot of general thoughts about … Continue reading

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How NHL Conference Finals Will Help Game Grow

The National Hockey League has had an interesting playoffs to say the least. NBC has aired every game of these playoffs on either the flagship network, NBC Sports Network or CNBC, and the result has been record ratings. Meanwhile, columns … Continue reading

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If You Can Play, You Can Play

If you tuned into the NBC’s Bruins-Rangers broadcast Sunday, you may have seen a PSA featuring a bevy of top NHL players with a simple message: If you can play, you can play. The PSA introduced the brand new You … Continue reading

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Jablonski, Privette Spark New Debate

Jack Jablonski and Jenna Privette have been hockey’s most talked about teenagers over the last few weeks. Each suffered significant injuries in hockey games sparking a national conversation about checking from behind and general player safety. However, a new, perhaps unexpected debate … Continue reading

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This Week in the United States of Hockey — 1/7-1/13/2012

It’s been an incredibly busy week for hockey in the U.S. and the game at large. There’s been plenty of great stories, big and small. Seeing as I don’t do this nearly often enough, I figured I’d provide a snapshot … Continue reading

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One State, One Week, Two Tragedies — Time to Take The Pledge

Jack Jablonski. Jenna Privette. These two names have been in the thoughts of the hockey community for the last few weeks, both for similar reasons. Jablonski was hit from behind into the boards on Dec. 30 and we now know … Continue reading

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Jack Jablonski: The Spirit of the Hockey Family and Lessons Learned

Over the last six days we’ve learned a lot about a 16-year-old hockey player named Jack Jablonski. Unfortunately, last night, the newest thing we learned was that he probably will never walk again. A check from behind in a JV … Continue reading

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