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Date: 19/2/2014 4:29 PM UTC

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The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are in full swing and all going well, we could see both of Team Canada's Hockey Teams arrive home with the gold. It’s fair to say that we have experienced some nail-biting moments as hockey fans down through the years at the Winter Olympics – from Crosby’s goal in overtime at the 2010 games in Vancouver to our impressive 2002 victory against the U.S.A in Salt Lake City.

We take a look back in history to bring you five of the most memorable Canadian Olympic hockey moments of all time – both good and bad.

1932 – U.S.A vs. Canada Triple Overtime

Playing the gold medal game outdoors in Lake Placid, New York, the American and Canadian men battled through six periods of play, deadlocked at 2-2 after regulation. As darkness fell, the game was actually called off, giving Canada the title based on their overall tournament record.

1994 – Sweden Steals the Show

Arguably one of the most dramatic goals in Olympic history, Swede Peter Forsberg shattered the hearts of many Canadians with his stunning cross-body feint in the seventh round of the 1994 shootout. Sweden carried on to win its first Olympic gold medal.

1998 – Czech Goaltender Hasek Dominates

With just over a minute left in their 1998 semi-final match with the Czech Republic, Team Canada found themselves down 1-0 and in need of a late equalizer. Trevor Linden managed to get an important goal past Czech goaltender Dominik Hašek which led to overtime and eventually, a shootout. Unfortunately, Team Canada went on to lose (with Wayne Gretzky famously not selected as one of five players to shoot).

2002 – Joe Sakic’s Goal

Super Mario’s famous pass led to the opening goal of the 2002 gold medal match, but it was another heroic Canadian who would seal the win. With Team Canada up 4-2 in the final few minutes, “Burnaby Joe” Sakic made a very impressive deke on American goalie Mike Richter. It was his second goal and fourth point of the game, locking up Canada’s first men’s Hockey gold medal in 50 years.

2010 – Sidney Crosby’s Goal

Possibly one of the most memorable moments in Canadian Olympic history, Sidney Crosby‘s gold medal-clinching goal versus the USA in the Vancouver 2010 finals will never be forgotten. Team Canada led 2-1 with only 30 seconds separating them from the gold medal, when the USA equalized and forced overtime. Just over seven and a half minutes into OT, Crosby buried a goal into the net and sealed Canada’s 2nd gold medal in the NHL era.

As you can see from the above memorable moments, Hockey is a thrilling sport and is suitable for people of a range of ages. If you want to develop your hockey skills or wish to begin taking hockey classes for the first time, Tucker Hockey is here to share it's passion and love of the game and help you achieve your hockey goals.

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Date: 29/1/2014 5:22 PM UTC

#     Time (MT)             Game                                                
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
1     10:00 AM        Czech Republic vs. Sweden             
2     10:00 AM        Latvia vs. Switzerland                          
Thursday, February 13, 2014
3     01:00 AM        Finland vs. Austria                                
4     05:30 AM        Russia vs. Slovenia                               
5     05:30 AM        Slovakia vs. USA                               
6     10:00 AM        Canada vs. Norway                            
Friday, February 14, 2014
7     01:00 AM        Czech Republic vs. Latvia                  
8     05:30 AM        Sweden vs. Switzerland                    
9     10:00 AM        Canada vs. Austria                            
10     10:00 AM        Norway vs. Finland                    
Saturday, February 15, 2014
11     01:00 AM        Slovakia vs. Slovenia                        
12     05:30 AM        USA vs. Russia                                
13     10:00 AM        Switzerland vs. Czech Rep.              
14     10:00 AM        Sweden vs. Latvia                           
Sunday, February 16, 2014
15     01:00 AM        Austria vs. Norway                 
16     05:30 AM        Russia vs. Slovakia               
17     05:30 AM        Slovenia vs. USA                 
18     10:00 AM        Finland vs. Canada                   
Monday, February 17, 2014 - Day Off
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
19     01:00 AM        TBD                             Qualification         
20     05:30 AM        TBD                             Qualification        
21     10:00 AM        TBD                             Qualification         
22     10:00 AM        TBD                             Qualification        
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
23     01:00 AM        TBD                              Quarter-final         
24     05:30 AM        TBD                              Quarter-final        
25     10:00 AM        TBD                              Quarter-final         
26     10:00 AM        TBD                              Quarter-final        
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - Day Off
Friday, February 21, 2014
27     05:00 AM        TBD                               Semifinal         
28     10:00 AM        TBD                               Semifinal         
Saturday, February 22, 2014
29     08:00 AM        L27 – L28                      Bronze             
Sunday, February 23, 2014
30     05:00 AM        W27 – W28                   Gold             

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Date: 11/12/2013 9:34 PM UTC

As the year comes to an end, we find ourselves reminiscing about the year that has passed. The good times, the unhappy times, the fun times... We think about the people we've met, some make an indelible impression upon us, while others simply fade from our memories... We take the time to appreciate what we've achieved, learned, imparted upon others... We also take extra time thinking of those that are no longer with us; cherishing each moment spent, that tiny fraction of an instant they were in our lives, how they molded us, inspired us, taught us and simply loved us.

Tucker Hockey has had the privilege of 15 years of sharing our passion and love of the game of hockey within Calgary and surrounding areas. We take great pride in knowing we've helped a lot of someones discover, improve and excel at what we love; hockey. As 2014 approaches, our 16th year of operating, we wait with baited breath and anticipation at how the new year will evolve. We strive to improve our services, we endeavor to make hockey possible for those that never thought it would be and we try to spread goodwill to all of those involved in this sport.

So as you busily take care of all of the little things before the end of the year, take just one moment, stop what you are doing, and reflect upon 2013.

Wishing everyone who's been a part of Tucker Hockey's World, and those that have yet to experience T.H.E. Way, Happy Holidays and have a Wonderful New Year.

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Date: 3/12/2013 9:28 PM UTC

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Date: 27/11/2013 1:52 PM UTC

It's stated in the media by Bettman that the new partnership with Rogers "Will Grow the Game."

How? By shutting out TSN and more importantly HNIC? Don Cherry is unsure of his future, this Canadian Hockey fan is unsure of his future and the quality that we've come to expect as Canadians every Saturday night from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM on CBC.

This Canadian Hockey Fan is angry, concerned, dumbfounded, and frankly down right disgusted with the 12 year deal.


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Date: 20/11/2013 5:08 PM UTC

To be an effective communicator and get your message out to others, a person must be able to:
1) Connect 2) Respect and 3) Affect.

Even though the above words may all sound quite familiar - they each come with a different connotation that describes each one separately and uniquely.

To connect with someone means to go that extra distance - to know who they are and where they have come from in life. It’s important to put your words into language that each individual can relate to and understand.

To respect any individual is to know that we all have our own separate journeys - even though we have traveled different paths to get where we are together today and this not only makes us unique as an individual but that makes each of us indeed, true survivors.

Each living person resides in a community - whether they interact with just one person each day or a thousand people. How you react to your community will affect those around you. Make a conscious decision to be an effective individual in society rather than just an affected individual. Be positive, pro - active and purposeful in your daily communications. Ultimately, endeavor to make the world a better place around you through effective communications with others.

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Date: 15/11/2013 9:10 PM UTC

"Puck Control Commands"

One of my favorite drills for teaching a player moving puck control is the puck control "commands" drill. With this drill, I randomly place 20 - 30 pylons in the neutral zone. I shout out a command, explain the key teaching points and demo the skill, then have the player perform the skill around different pylons. I switch up the command every 20 - 30 seconds.

Puck Control Commands can include the following:
  • Slalom - both half speed and full speed
  • Fake Left - go right
  • Fake Right - go left
  • Toe Drag
  • Figure 8 - glide and crossover turns
  • Full 360 turns - both forehand and backhand
  • Forward to Backward Pivots
  • Backward to Forward Pivots

This drill allows for a variety of puck control moves and skill development.

The average Calgary minor hockey player will only handle the puck 10 - 20 seconds in a game. However, with this 10 minute puck control drill, factoring in a rest to work ratio of 1 to 1, a player will handle the puck for 5 minutes, or 300 seconds; the equivalent of 15 to 30 minor league games!

Yes, playing games are fun, but good practice drills greatly enhance hockey technical skill development such as puck control.

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Date: 30/10/2013 2:03 PM UTC

Minor Hockey week in Canada runs from Friday, January 10th, 2014 to Saturday, January 18th, 2014. More than 500,000 minor hockey players will play and compete for medals across Canada. In the City of Calgary alone we have over 13,000 minor hockey players active in our game.

For many young aspiring hockey players, this tournament will be the hi -lite of their season and for some maybe the hi-lite of their minor hockey playing careers. Great memories and good friendships often develop from playing our nations greatest sport. Having fun is of paramount importance during our country’s annual minor hockey week of events!

So what is yucky hockey you may ask? Yucky hockey is hockey that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. It is events and happenings within the game that test our true love of our game. On many occasions it may cause individuals – minor players and valuable volunteers - to turn their back on our game. They feel they do not enjoy hockey any more and wish to do something else with their lives. Hopefully, this bad taste doesn’t linger too long. Maybe for a few days, weeks, or months but for some if the experience is really yucky enough it can last a life time!

In our Hockey Zones newsletter publications (http://www.tuckerhockey.com/newsletters.asp) we strive to reinforce hockey’s positives to all ages. However, on occasion it’s necessary to look at the negatives – yes, yucky hockey! –maybe it will positively influence and help change a few negative attitudes and influences in our game to smarten up! Fortunately for the minor hockey associations, 98 per cent of the performers are good people; it’s the bad behavior / attitudes of the other 2 per cent that is painting a negative environment in our great game.

Hockey Calgary is actively promoting this season “RESPECT” in our game. You may have seen the new signs located in each city arena. Hockey Calgary is promoting awareness, and education to those involved in our great game – “that everyone should be shown respect”. Otherwise, please stay away from our local rinks! “Hockey rinks are supposed to be playgrounds for children. They are supposed to play, have fun and enjoy the experience” says Former Hockey Calgary President, Perry Cavanagh 

Here are a few examples of yucky hockey.

Often we see players hitting from behind and delivering head shots. Such reckless actions can cause concussions and even major life changing injuries. Player’s must be conscious of opponent’s safety as well as their own on the ice.

Some minor hockey coaches are concerned about winning at all costs. Coaches, who verbally abuse their players, opposition coaches and officials, need to take a look in the mirror. A few coaches have crossed the line with shocking sexual abuse of their players over the years. Both Hockey Canada and Hockey Calgary encourage victims to voice their concerns with “speak out programs” to ensure we have a safe environment for kids at the local arenas.

In addition, there are parents who are living the NHL dream vicariously through their children. Many parents are so involved in their child’s hockey that they pressure their kids too much. Hockey Calgary is actively promoting – The Respect in Sports – “the parents program” to educate parents about acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

Also, there are officials, who spoil a good game via inconsistent and bad calls. As well as the occasional administrator who carries around his or her own power and control agenda and forgets that our game is first and foremost about the kids and their enjoyment from our game!

I am sure you can add a few more yucky examples to the list!

For more information about RESPECT in hockey initiatives, please contact your local minor hockey association or the Hockey Calgary head office at 403 – 245 – 5773 or visit their website www.hockeycalgary.com

Let’s work together to rid the game of:  “Yucky Hockey”. Shared respect within the game of hockey requires good cooperation between all the major stakeholders – players, parents, coaches, officials and facilities. Shared respect will ensure that hockey will continue to be the greatest game on earth. Everyone should be shown RESPECT! 

Coach Rex's Note   Background on the Article:

The idea to write a “Yucky Hockey” article came to Coach Rex at a downtown drugstore. While waiting patiently in my chair for a prescription to be filled, I noticed a poster on the wall – illustrating kids taking their medicine. The poster indicated the taste can be yucky! The promotion talked about food coloring flavors such as raspberry, grape etc to make the medicine for kids – more palatable. So I thought how can I relate this to the game of hockey?
As hockey coaches, managers, officials, organizers, parents and fellow players, I feel it is our responsibility within the game - to try and make the game better each day, season and year. To avoid yucky experiences and incidents, and to help instill the love of the game in our youth so they will stay in the game, learn valuable life skills as well as hockey skills and become good contributing members of society.
Respect is critical. It should be shown towards everyone involved in the game. Remember the golden rule – do onto others as you would want them to do on to you. Unfortunately, our society forgets the wisdom of this rule. Plain and simple - if people don’t show respect they should not be allowed in our local arenas!

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Date: 24/10/2013 2:13 PM UTC

The NHL will place its regular season on hold from February 9th to 25th, 2014 for the Winter Olympic break. This past summer 47 Olympic hopefuls were invited to Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park from August 25th to 28th for Hockey Canada’s orientation camp.

During the four days, Hockey Canada held informational meetings regarding the logistics, travel issues, accommodations for family members and friends, a walk through of the venues, and drug testing policies. Due to insurance costs of $1.4 million, Hockey Canada did not conduct any on-ice sessions. Off - ice activities to enhance team chemistry and information meetings to get players to understand what to expect were the keys to prepare staff members and players, who have the potential of representing Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. This will ensure players are well prepared and can focus mainly on giving their best for their country.  “Russia is kind of a whole new world compared to what North America is like” said Edmonton Oilers Forward Taylor Hall.

Players will tryout based on their play throughout the Fall 2013 NHL schedule. So much can happen between now and December 2013. Injuries, scoring slumps to just name a couple. Players plan and hope to peak at the right time. There are many questions to be answered. Who will play in net – arguably Canada’s weakest / unknown position? Who will play the left side of the team’s defence? Will it be a classic battle between Canada and Russia? Remember the European teams always do better on the big ice!

With the international ice surface 200’ by 100’ – it’s 3,000 square feet larger than NHL size, therefore players will need to be quicker and faster, plus require strong skating agility and supreme hockey sense / IQ. In the past Olympics games on the bigger ice, the ability to score has been an issue for Team Canada.

Steve Yzerman, Team Canada General Manager stated “We’re not putting together a team for an NHL all – star game…we’re putting together the best possible team we can to compete against the best players in the world and try to win a gold medal”. “Part of that comes with players that can do specific things for us.” We have enough depth in our country to ice two medal contending teams! It’s a very difficult task for the coaches and management team to select the right NHL players to represent Team Canada in Sochi, Russia. Good luck gentlemen with a very difficult task!

We live in a very passionate country when it comes to hockey. Everyone has an opinion; everyone will give their two cents worth from now until long after the completion of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Did we pick the right team?

Let’s have a little fun! Here’s Tucker Hockey’s picks for Team Canada.
Goalies (3): 
Robert Luongo, Carey Price, Corey Crawford
Notable: Cam Ward 

Defence (8):
Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty, Shea Weber, Dan Boyle, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc Staal, Jay Bouwmeester
Notables: Kris Letang, Brent Seabrook    

Forwards (14):
Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby, John Tavares, Corey Perry, Claude Giroux, Steven Stamko, Rick Nash, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Eric Staal , Patrice Bergeron, Logan Couture, Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene 
Notables: Ryan Getzlaf, Martin St. Louis, Jordan Eberle, Jeff Carter

Team Canada opens round robin play on February 13th, 2014 against Norway.

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