• CALGARY FLAMES VS BOSTON BRUINS – A VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX OCT 17, 2018

    A View From the Press Box  Czeching in with a big Flames effort.   After sitting out the previous Calgary Flames game against Colorado, Czech native and NHL veteran Michael Frolik redeemed himself with a 2 goal effort and + 3 performance last night. Frolik played a solid 16.07 minutes, had 22 shifts, with an average shift of 43 seconds and was very strong on […]

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  • PRESS RELEASE – WILLIAM DUTTON JOINS TUCKER HOCKEY

    Tucker Hockey is pleased to announce a new member to our unbelievable on ice talent – William Dutton. William Dutton is a Canadian speed skater. He was a member of the Canadian World Cup team and has won 5 World Cup medals; 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze all in 2015. He was a member of the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic team. Dutton officially retired from […]

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  • Quality Instruction

    It’s that time of year that hundred’s of coaches get ready to jump onto the ice. In the Winter 2005 issue of Hockey Zones, Coach Rex’s corner discussed the art and science of coaching. It identified 33 qualities, which are required to pursue coaching excellence. For this edition of Coach Rex’s corner, the emphasis is on hockey instruction. Hockey instruction is the art and science of […]

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  • Who’s excited to get back on the ice?!

    Our 1st week of summer hockey camps start in just 2 weeks, August 13-17!!! Let’s take a little break from this beautiful, but HOT, summer weather and strap on the gear and get on the ice! Come on out and have some fun and learn some new skills. We are offering Checking, D-Man, Elite Power Skating & Conditioning, Evasive Skating & Puck Control and Super […]

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  • Get into a great summer Hockey Camp!

    We are excited to profile some of our great summer hockey camps. Don’t delay, get your spot today! Checking (Introduction To) This program covers a list of checking do’s and don’ts, emphasizing safety first. The program includes a five-step progression from the basics of skating to position angling, to stick checking, to body contact/confidence and to body checking. Group 1: August 13-17 – 7:15 to […]

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  • Summer Showcase: Power Skating Options…

    Summer Showcase: Power Skating Options…

    Are you a hockey or ringette player? Do you want to take your game to the next level? The key to making that team or becoming a better player is skating. Speed and edges are what can help you amp up your game. Registration for our summer programs is open and we truly have a program for every player at every level when it comes to improving your […]

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  • Summer Showcase: Evaluation Prep & Conditioning Camps

    Summer Showcase: Evaluation Prep & Conditioning Camps

    Are you looking to crank up your game? Want to be a stronger, more powerful skater, be your very best? Then our summer Evaluation Prep Camp & Conditioning is right for you! This program is designed to get players ready for September evaluations and the upcoming season. The curriculum includes a broad range of drills to increase a player’s muscle endurance, flexibility, core strength, and aerobic/anaerobic conditioning as […]

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  • Summer Camps Online Now!

    Summer Camps Online Now!

    Do you have your summer hockey booked? I know spring has just finally arrived and its hard to think about summer when we are just seeing everything turn green, but our summer programs fill quickly! We have a program suited for every player: * Conditioning / Evaluation Prep Camps * Daytime Camps * D-Man Clinics * Elite Power Skating * Explosive Skating & Extreme Edges […]

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  • Spring Showcase – Private 1 on 1 Sessions

    Spring Showcase – Private 1 on 1 Sessions

    Are you looking for something more customized this Spring for your hockey development? You can pick what you want to focus on or have Coach Rex analyze your stride, edges etc and put a program together for you. Our 1 on 1 sessions give you the individualized attention that you need to take your game to the next level! Top 10 benefits of 1 on […]

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  • Spring Showcase: Adult Spring Programs

    Spring Showcase: Adult Spring Programs

    Ready for some spring hockey? There is still time to take advantage of some great savings and try out our spring programs. First come first serve – limited spots available at a great low price!! 8 session technical skills – 6 spots left – The program is weighted 60% on power skating and 40% on hockey skills. It is ideal for the recreational hockey player […]

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  • Spring Showcase – Minor Puck Control Clinic

    Spring Showcase – Minor Puck Control Clinic

    One of the most important skills needed to become a great hockey player is the ability to control the puck.  Next to skating, puck control is essential to have in order to become a savvy player on the ice. The Tucker Hockey Puck Control program includes a 5-Step progression of stationary puck control, moving puck control, use of teaching aides, puck protection/keep-away and handling the […]

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  • Spring Showcase – Minor Shooting Clinic

    Spring Showcase – Minor Shooting Clinic

    Thinking about some spring hockey?  Looking to hone your shooting skills?  Then our shooting program is right up your alley! In the Tucker Hockey shooting program, we cover the wrist shot, snap shot, slap shot, flip shot, backhand shot and one-timers.  We do all of these shots from both the stationary position and in moving situations. In our unique teaching progressions we emphasize proper mechanics, […]

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  • Spring Showcase: Super Power Skating & Hockey Skills Development

    Spring Showcase: Super Power Skating & Hockey Skills Development

    Some of our spring programs begin this Saturday, April 7th, so don’t delay in registering today! If you’re looking for a program that focuses on the technical skills of power skating, puck control, passing, shooting and scrimmage; then our Super Power Skating and Hockey Sills Development is a perfect fit.  We teach skating and hockey fundamentals. It doesn’t matter what the age or skill level […]

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  • Spring Spotlight: Offensive Tactics

    Spring Spotlight: Offensive Tactics

    I know looking outside it feels like winter, but it is officially spring in Calgary! Our spring programs are just around the corner, no time to lose, spots are limited!  The Tucker Hockey Offensive Tactics cover various drills for offensive players such as, but not limited to: goal scoring tactics and secrets, shot selection & location, shooting in stride, drive skating, deking, deflections, delays, puck […]

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  • Calgary Flames – A View From the Press Box

    Calgary Flames – A View From the Press Box

    Kane takes a bite out of the Flames and their hopes to make the playoffs.   Evander Kane scored 4 goals, a career high, to power the San Jose Sharks over the Calgary Flames 7 to 4. Kane’s first goal at the 6 minute mark of the opening period came off a shot partially deflected by Dougie Hamilton’s stick which fooled goalie Mike Smith. It […]

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  • Spring Showcase: Explosive Skating & Extreme Edges

    Spring Showcase: Explosive Skating & Extreme Edges

    With the season coming to an end, it’s now time to start thinking about spring hockey!  Tucker Hockey has a variety of programs to suit every skater.  This week we are featuring our Explosive Skating & Extreme Edges.  This unique specialized power skating program is designed to help players acquire stronger edges, balance and stability on their skates as well as improve their forward skating […]

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  • Spring Showcase: Elite Power Skating & Conditioning

    Spring Showcase: Elite Power Skating & Conditioning

    Our Elite Power Skating & Conditioning program is a specialized curriculum that includes forward and backward extreme edge control, forward and backward striding, technique and speed, as well as skating agility and mobility drills without and with pucks. The program is specifically designed for Elite Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget Division 1, 2, A, AA and AAA players. This exclusive program fills up quickly, so […]

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  • A View From the Press Box…

    A View From the Press Box…

    Flames lose to King Lundqvist & the Rangers Henrik Lundqvist stopped 50 shots to power the New York Rangers to a 3 to 1 victory Friday night over the Calgary Flames and received a well deserved 1st star of the game. King Lundqvist showed again why he is considered one of the best goalies in the NHL. In his previous game against the Vancouver Canucks […]

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  • Education is key…

    Education is key…

    At Tucker Hockey we educate players, parents and coaches on the following: Technical Skills: Power skating Puck control Passing Shooting Checking Tactical Aspects of Playing the Game: Offensive Defensive Specialized Components: Conditioning Evaluations / Tryout Preparation Coach mentoring It’s easy to demo a drill and blow a whistle… it’s a lot harder to teach and answer the why’s!

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  • Spring Showcase: 3 on 3

    Spring Showcase: 3 on 3

    It’s hard to believe that the regular season is already over for our minor hockey players and playoffs have already begun.  Before we know it, the season will be complete. It’s time to start planning for spring hockey for your minor hockey player.  At Tucker Hockey we have a variety of spring programs that your player can benefit from. One of our most popular programs […]

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  • Tucker Hockey’s Top 10 Reasons Why Your Child Should Attend One of Our Hockey Camps

    Tucker Hockey’s Top 10 Reasons Why Your Child Should Attend One of Our Hockey Camps

    Why register your child in our Minor Hockey Camps?   Because you want your child to…   1. Improve on their hockey fundamentals – skating, puck control, passing, shooting and checking. (We do more than just run drills – we actually teach players to improve on their hockey skills.)   2. Learn more about playing the game – offensive tactics, defensive tactics, and conditioning/evaluation prep camps […]

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  • Tucker Hockey’s Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend our Adult Hockey Camps…

    Tucker Hockey’s Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend our Adult Hockey Camps…

    Because you, the player want to…   1. Improve on your hockey fundamentals – skating, puck control, passing and shooting (We do more than just run drills – we actually teach players to improve on their hockey skills.)   2. Learn more about playing the game – individual and team tactics (Discover what you don’t know you didn’t know about hockey!)   3. Experience a fun, easy […]

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  • Spring is in the air… Right?

    Spring is in the air… Right?

    It’s hard to believe that in just a couple of months spring will come to Calgary.  All this snow makes it difficult to wrap your head around planning for spring hockey! Spots fill quickly for our top rated spring programs, so have a look at the list below and register soon! 3 on 3 (Atom & Peewee) April 7 – June 23 Checking (Peewee & […]

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  • 2018 Winter Olympics: Men’s & Women’s Hockey Schedule

    2018 Winter Olympics: Men’s & Women’s Hockey Schedule

    Looking for a schedule both the men’s and women’s Olympic Hockey Teams? Courtesy of our friends at Hockey Canada: Men’s Schedule (Click Here) Women’s Schedule (Click Here)

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  • It’s All About Those Edges!

    It’s All About Those Edges!

    Want to become a better skater?  Want to be more powerful on the ice?  Then you need to work on your edges…. Edges are by far the most important element when it comes to skating.  You need edge control in order to improve your striding, starts and stops, turns and cross overs. There are 3 edges on your skate blades… the inside edge, outside edge […]

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  • A View From the Press Box: Flames vs. Kings

    A View From the Press Box: Flames vs. Kings

    Flames lose to Kings in OT   Tanner Pearson scored the game winner with 26.1 seconds remaining in overtime for a 2 to 1 victory for the LA Kings over the Calgary Flames. Going into the game the Flames had occupied 3rd place in the Pacific Division with 56 points. Los Angeles trailed Calgary by only 1 point with the Flames holding a game in […]

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  • Press Release – Dakota Woodworth Joins Tucker Hockey

    Press Release – Dakota Woodworth Joins Tucker Hockey

    Tucker Hockey is pleased to announce a new member to our unbelievable on ice talent – Dakota Woodworth. Dakota currently plays for the CWHL’s Calgary Inferno. She’s originally from Boston, MA and has recently relocated to Calgary! She has an extensive hockey resume, from playing to coaching. We are very excited to have her on our team. This Winter, you can find her helping out […]

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  • 2018 Esso Minor Hockey Week In Full Swing!

    2018 Esso Minor Hockey Week In Full Swing!

    With Esso Minor Hockey Week in full swing, most of us are living at the rinks!  Even once teams are eliminated, we still can’t seem to keep ourselves out of the hockey arenas.  Whether it’s school hockey, team practices at the outdoor rinks, it’s all about hockey!   Did you know that Esso Minor Hockey week is the biggest hockey tournament in North America?  There […]

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  • Refer A Buddy & Save $$$

    Refer A Buddy & Save $$$

    It’s time to start thinking about spring hockey! We have a program for every player. Why not grab a few buddies and play some spring hockey together and take advantage of our buddy referral program? Refer 1 Buddy Save $75 off your registration price Refer 2 Buddies Save $150 off your registration price Refer 3 Buddies Save $250 off your registration price Refer 4 Buddies […]

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  • Ron Wong Testimonials

    “Overall, all instructors I ran into during my 101 course participation were of excellent calibre. Ron has been a great lead instructor throughout. Very calm character and every exercise was well explained as well as demonstrated by him. Another instructor I’d like to point out is Jimmy who has been breathing down my neck (in a very positive way) pretty much every session to help […]

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  • Frank Lyall Testimonials

    “Frank did a great job of not only demonstrating and explaining the techniques but also providing individualized help tailored to each person in the class. Great attitude and professional demeanor.” ~ Sean D. – Spring 2018 “I have taken several Tucker courses and have had the pleasure of being instructed by Frank, Rex and Jimmy. All provided excellent tips and feedback to successfully learn and […]

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  • Initiatives

    Initiatives

    Tucker Hockey Initiatives For the Betterment of the Game The objective of our publications listed below is to offer ways to improve our great game. We encourage readers to gather their own thoughts – to speak up and let their opinions be heard! Letters to the Hockey Zones editor are welcomed at programs@tuckerhockey.com. Initiatives from past issues of Hockey Zones – The Official Newsletter of […]

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  • COACH REX’S CORNER

    Thanks to Hockey Zones, the official newsletter of Tucker Hockey, Coach Rex has been able to write many interesting articles about his hockey experiences and hockey tips he’s picked up from over 25 years of coaching and teaching, and general observations about our great game. Click on the article name links below to read!   1/2 Ice Practices 1-on-2 Games 2015 IIHF Men’s Championship Experience […]

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  • Celebrating 100 Years of the NHL!

    Celebrating 100 Years of the NHL!
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  • David Mahoney Testimonials

    “The on-ice curriculum is great and very fast paced. Brandt loves it. I am sure that you are aware of how fortunate you are to have an instructor like Dave Mahoney, it is rare to find an employee who represents his employer as if he owned the business himself. I really can’t say enough about Dave, quality guy! Both Dave and Frank are excellent. As […]

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  • Adult Recreational Program Highlights!

    At Tucker Hockey, we have Adult programs that deliver results!  Here are some of our programs that are currently running as well as our upcoming summer programs. Spring: Level  101 This Power Skating / Player Development Program focuses on the technical skills of skating, puck control, passing, and shooting plus scrimmage. Weighted more on the power skating side with the remaining 40% of the program […]

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  • Thinking About Spring Hockey?

    We have what you are looking for! From the timbit level all the way to bantam and midget, we have something for every player at every skill level! Super power skating & hockey skills Elite power skating & conditioning Puck control 3 on 3 hockey Note:  Register in 2 or more and you qualify for our special combo discount rate!! Spots are filling up quickly, […]

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  • Outrageous Tucker Hockey Offer

    Year-round hockey development for free? Win an all access pass to all Tucker Hockey has to offer! Register in 1 or more programs before August 31, 2017 and you will be entered into our draw for an all access passto Tucker Hockey. With the pass you can register in all of the following for free: 1 x 2018 Winter 10 session program 1 x 2018 […]

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  • Spring 3 on 3 Hockey – Limited Spots Available!

    Only 10 player spots and 1 goalie spot left for atom and peewee players to join us for our Spring 3 on 3 Hockey program. Have fun while developing your skating, passing & shooting skills.  Improve endurance and stamina! Register for 2 or more programs and take advantage of our special combo rates: Participate in 1 Program  – Pay Regular Price Participate in 2 Programs […]

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  • Thinking about joining our spring 3 on 3 program?

    Don’t wait too long, we are filling up fast!! In this program you will: –    Play 3 on 3 full ice games–    Play 3 on 3 short games–    Work on skill development drills–    Do more skating–    Have more puck possession–    Get more shooting and scoring–    Handle the puck more in one 3 on 3 game than in 5 regular games! Sign up with friends and […]

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  • Spring 3 on 3 Hockey

    Looking for something this Spring for your Atom or Peewee player? Look no further! Tucker Hockey is proud to present our Spring 3 on 3 Hockey program. The program will run from April 8th– June 24th with two ice times per week. Each ice time will feature 3 on 3 full ice play, 3 on 3 short games and a skill development component. If your […]

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  • What Are Some of the Details of Spring 3 on 3 Hockey with Tucker Hockey?

    ·         4 teams of 9 players, plus goalie ·         Mix of Atom and Peewee ·         Players will play with like skilled players ·         Each sessions consists of 15 minutes of skill development, 15 minutes of 3 on 3 short games and 30 minutes of 3 on 3 full ice play ·         5 shifts per player in short game, 10 shifts in full ice ·         20 […]

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  • Spring 3 On 3 – Registration Open!

    2 ice times per week:Saturdays at either 2:30pm or 3:45pm at Henry VineyAndTuesdays at 6pm or 7:15pm at Southland Program runs from April 8th – June 24th Open to Atom and Peewee players $499 per player$399 per goalie You will handle the puck and skate more in one 3 on 3 game than in five regular games!! Improve your skating, stick handling, shooting and much […]

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  • What are some of the benefits of playing 3 on 3 with Tucker Hockey this spring?

    Stickhandling & Puck Control – With only three players on the ice, you will be spending more time with the puck. This will allow you to practice your stick-handling skills and will improve your overall puck control. Shooting – Due to the increased space on the ice, players have more time to set each other up and can lead to more scoring chances. This means […]

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  • New for 2017!

    At Tucker Hockey we are always searching for fun new methods of instructing our minor hockey players.  We are excited to announce that we have added a new program for 2017… Spring Hockey 3 on 3 The program will be available to players that played Atom and Peewee during this hockey season. Stay tuned to our blog over the coming weeks for more details on […]

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  • Who Will Guide You In Prague?

    Who will guide you on this amazing journey?  The Tucker Tour Organizing Team! Your hosts for the 2017 European Hockey Tour will be Marcela & Rex Tucker.  They are dedicated to ensuring that you have an amazing time while on the tour.  Both Marcela & Rex are very knowledgeable about the City of Prague, the entire Czech Republic and its many treasures.  Marcela is a […]

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  • A Trip You Can’t Afford to Miss!

    Here are just a few reminders of why you can’t afford to miss the 2017 European Adult Hockey Tour : –          Great chance for you to represent Canada against foreign competition in the Czech Republic and Austria. –          Experience the tour with your spouse, family members and friends too! –          Amazing opportunity to customize your trip.  There will be plenty of free time to do […]

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  • Thinking about joining us for our 2017 European Adult Hockey Tour?

    Here are some of the things that are happening in Prague in May: The average temperature in May in Prague is 18 degrees Celsius, expect sunshine during this time of the year…. which is great for those that wish to do some sight seeing! The Prague Spring Music Festival takes place inn May, there are music performances throughout the city, something for everyone. From the […]

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  • What is the 2017 European Adult Hockey Tour all about?

    Tucker Hockey is looking for adult hockey players of intermediate skill level to join us for a 2 week – 2 country (Czech Republic & Austria) tour of Europe with their family and friends. There will be a 5 game hockey series in the amazing cities of Prague, Nymburk, Plzen and Karlovy, Czech Republic and in Salzburg, Austria. Players will have the opportunity to meet […]

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  • Calling All Adult Recreational Hockey Players!

    The Tucker Hockey 2017 European Adult Hockey Tour is our newest venture and we can’t wait to put you on the registration list! It will prove to be the hockey trip of a lifetime for you, your family and friends! The Czech Republic is situated in Central Europe and is bordered by Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria.  Due to its strategic location, the country offers […]

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  • Top 10 Reasons to Visit Prague

    1. Architecture. Romantic chapels and cellars, cathedrals, grand palaces and gardens, worldly Art Nouveau buildings, and unique Cubist architecture make Prague a place like no other in the world. The Rotunda of St. Martin, the Cathedral of Our Lady before Týn, the Wallenstein Palace and the Municipal House will be forever etched into your memory. Frank Gehry’s Dancing Building has become an icon of modern architecture […]

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  • Why visit Prague?

    Prague, pronounced Praha in the Czech language is the capital city of the Czech Republic.  It is a very modern and progressive city. It is situated in the northwest part of the country on the beautiful Vltava River.  The city is home to about 1.3 million people.  It truly is one of the most beautiful, English-speaking friendly cities in the world! The city has been […]

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  • From a Local’s Perspective! 2017 European Hockey Tour

    The Tucker Tour Organizing Team! Your hosts for the 2017 European Hockey Tour will be Marcela & Rex Tucker.  They are dedicated to ensuring that you have an amazing time while on the tour.  Both Marcela & Rex are very knowledgeable about the City of Prague, the entire Czech Republic and its many treasures.  Marcela is a native Czech and has lived in Prague most […]

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  • Play Hockey In Europe You Say…

    Why should you experience the European Adult Tour from May 7-20, 2017?  It’s a great chance for you to represent Canada against foreign competition in the Czech Republic and Austria. You can bring your spouse, family members and friends along too!  Fantastic opportunity to customize your trip as there will be plenty of free time to do your own thing.  Flexibility to arrange your own […]

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  • 2017 European Hockey Tour – Presented by Tucker Hockey

    This week I want to give you some more information about our 2017 European Adult Hockey Tour. Here are some of the things that are included in the May 7-20, 2017 tour: –    2 weeks accommodations in 3-4 star hotels with most meals included.–    5 game hockey series in the fabulous cities of Prague, Nymburk, Plzen and Karlovy in the Czech Republic as well as […]

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  • Play Hockey In Europe Anyone?

    At Tucker Hockey we are constantly looking for new ways to challenge both our adult and minor hockey players.  We are always searching for new and innovative programs that we can add to our ever-expanding list of offerings. Tucker Hockey has an exciting new venture for 2017.  I am very honored to introduce to you our new European Adult Hockey Tour coming in May 2017! […]

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  • Guest Instructing with Minor Hockey Teams

    Since starting up my Tucker Hockey business 18 years ago, I have been a guest instructor working with many minor hockey coaches and their players from the Timbits to Midget AA levels. Minor hockey coaches, managers and or parents have hired me on to work with their team on their practice ice times throughout the season.Often team’s have raised funds throughout the season and wish […]

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  • Tucker Hockey Initiatives – Growing the Game in Canada Part III

    Improving on the Public’s Attitudes and Perceptions As previously mentioned, the perception of hockey as an increasingly violent sport in the public’s eye is a deepening problem. Hockey is portrayed as a violent sport based primarily on the body contact aspect and related injuries. With an increase to player concussions and enhanced 24 hour sports coverage it only magnifies the violent perception and issue within […]

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  • Tucker Hockey Initiatives – Growing the Game in Canada Part II

    Changing the Minor Hockey Coaching Mind Set   Players must get the right start. The little people’s first adventure to the rink must be a positive experience and a place they want to visit every day. A sanctuary of sorts! The toughest part of playing hockey is that you have to learn to skate before you can begin to master the other skills of the […]

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  • Tucker Hockey Initiatives – Growing the Game in Canada – 3 Part Series

    “Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.” – Steve Jobs The Hockey Zones Winter 2012 edition published an article called “The Minor Hockey Dilemma”. This commentary revealed that the state of Canadian minor hockey as we know it today may look quite different in the next decade or so. Hockey Canada’s membership is […]

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  • A Great Announcement from KidSport

    KidSport Calgary is proud to announce that we have partnered with Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank. Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank was set up to help get qualified kids into sport by outfitting them in equipment from head to toe at no cost. The focus in 2014 will be on hockey equipment with the plan to expand into other sports in the spring. It is staffed by […]

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  • Deliver

    One of the most important traits for a good coach is strong leadership skills. It’s the coach’s responsibility to help his or her players develop and perform to each of their highest potential. Servant leadership has proven to be an effective method to increase team performance. When the coach serves to make his individual players better, the result is each player is more engaged in […]

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  • Top 10 Best Hockey Players of All Time

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  • Handling Adversity

    To be described as fearless one may think of a superhero. But embracing change, facing adversity head on, not being afraid to falter and step outside one’s comfort zone is also heroic.  How you handle adversity can be a great learning experience. To conquer your adversity is to overcome it before it starts. Don’t let fear paralyze you! Adversity can enter your life in many […]

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  • Tucker Hockey Tips: Instruction for Timbits & Novice Players

    Many parents start coaching hockey when their first child begins to play. After attending an early season weekend coaching certification course they begin their journey. For many rookie coaches they will follow their son or daughter through the minor hockey system from Timbits, to Novice, to Atom etc. I started teaching the 6 to 7 year old age group back in 1997 during my early […]

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  • NHL Rink Size Debate

    For decades many hockey experts and fans have discussed and debated the size of the hockey rink dimensions. Is the standard NHL rink 200 feet by 85 feet too small? Should the NHL expand all the rinks to international size 200 feet by 100 feet to make the games more exciting? Expansion would allow an additional 3,000 feet of playing space but it would be […]

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  • Change the Life of a Child…

    Dear Friends, The Kids Hockey Advancement Society was created to provide an opportunity for children to play, develop their skating and hockey skills and to participate in organized hockey – the nation’s greatest sport. The benefit to these children in terms of physical fitness, mental health and well-being and social development are significant and well- documented. The benefits to society as these children mature into […]

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  • Calgary Flames Are Igniting Again!

    On Friday April 11thI attended the last Calgary Flames home game of the regular season against the Winnipeg Jets. The Flames lost the game to the Jets 5 to 3. Calgary Flames defenseman Kris Russell received 1st star honours and Sean Monahan was named 3rdstar of the game respectively. These two players are a sample of the new and bright faces of the franchise. The […]

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  • Tucker Hockey Club Membership – Get Yours Today!

    Tucker Hockey is excited to announce the creation of the Tucker Hockey Club Membership! Club Members get exclusive access to discounts on group programs, 1-on-1 and private sessions, discounts from partnered businesses, discounts off Tucker Hockey Brand Apparel, access to purchase 2015 World Junior Tickets held in Toronto & Montreal – both arenas on the blue line, Front Row in Montreal, Row 4 in Toronto! […]

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  • Tucker Hockey Attends the 16th Annual Youth Hiring Fair

    On Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, Tucker Hockey attended the 16th Annual Youth Hiring Fair, organized by the YEC (Youth Employment Centre). It was a great event for both Employers seeking employees and the individuals that attended, as it showcased the wide variety of employment opportunities in Calgary for any age, any schooling or any previous experience a person may have. The event was organized very […]

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  • Tucker Hockey Scores!! Tickets to the 2015 IIHF World Juniors…

    After diligently trying for the past 5 years, Tucker Hockey was finally chosen as one of a small select group that were able to purchase ticket packages for the 2015 World Juniors being held in Toronto and Montreal later this year prior to public release. We have Front Row Tickets at the Bell Centre on the Blue Line – Section 114 – Check out their […]

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  • What Makes Tucker Hockey Unique?

    In the highly competitive Calgary market where hockey instructional schools abound, we decided to reflect on Tucker Hockey, and why we’ve been successful for the past 16 years. Businesses open and close everyday, statistics state that 1 in 5 businesses will close within the first 5 years of operating. And realistically, our business, while fulfilling a need, is in a niche market that doesn’t cater […]

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  • Guest Blogger Wally Kozak Writes “Quitting Hockey”

    30 years ago my 9 and 11-year-old nephews were playing hockey. Like most families we wanted them to play and enjoy the game. After 3 years they quit. It was not fun. The coach played the best players a lot more and they were discouraged. All they wanted to do was play, but the unfair ice time was enough to take them out of the […]

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  • To Our Fathers

    February 20th marks the 12th Anniversary and February 23rd marks the First Anniversary of the passing of Leslie Richard Kavanagh and Raymond Laurence Tucker. Time has passed, life goes on, daily tasks get taken care of, but your memories linger. You’ll suddenly come to mind at the oddest times, other times we’ll think about you while doing something because it was something you liked, or […]

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  • Tucker Hockey Picks the Top 5 Most Memorable Team Canada Olympic Hockey Moments… Agree or Disagree?

    Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia 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 […]

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  • Tucker Hockey Picks Top 10 Hockey Players of All Time… Agree or Disagree?

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  • Sochi Olympic Men’s Hockey Schedule – Keep Your Fingers Crossed!

    #     Time (MT)             Game                                                 Wednesday, February 12, 20141     10:00 AM        Czech Republic vs. Sweden              2     10:00 AM        Latvia vs. Switzerland                           Thursday, February 13, 20143     01:00 AM        Finland vs. Austria                                 4     05:30 AM        Russia vs. Slovenia           […]

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  • Thank You

    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 […]

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  • Top 10 Stadiums of the NHL

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  • Rogers Nets Lucrative Deal with NHL

    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 […]

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  • Effective Communication

    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 […]

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  • Coach Rex’s Favorite Drill

    “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 […]

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  • Yucky Hockey – A Tribute to Minor Hockey Week

    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 […]

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  • Tucker Hockey picks Canada’s 2014 Olympic Hockey Team

    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 […]

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  • Canadian / Czech Hockey Exchange – Summer 2014

    Experience the Hockey Trip of a Lifetime!! Tucker Hockey is offering a unique opportunity to visit the Czech Republic from July 9th to 23rd, 2014. It’s an incredible opportunity for top calibre / select Peewee and Bantam aged players born in 1999 to 2002 to experience elite Czech hockey training and enjoy the rich culture of the “Golden City” – Prague, Czech Republic with their […]

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  • Passion

    “What is life without passion?” I have tried to live by these words since the first time I heard them some years ago. I’m very sheepish to admit it but it was on a CBC drama program, the title eludes me. We can all be passionate about the big things that matter in life, but what about the practices or the games that really have […]

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  • Emotional Control

    Controlling your emotions in any sport is of paramount importance for success. Emotional intelligence is a key component of a winning attitude. It refers to the ability to perceive your emotions, reason with your emotions, understand your emotions, manage your emotions and control your emotions. For example if you are the captain, the primary leader of the team, you must keep your emotions in check, […]

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  • The Little Tournament That Could!

    Imagine less than 30 days before an annual event, that’s taken months to organize and prepare for, a sudden need to change venues happens! For 5 consecutive years, the Kids Hockey Advancement Society has held its annual Fundraising Golf Tournament at the Inglewood Golf and Curling Club. With the devastating June floods affecting Inglewood, the staff diligently did all they could to restore the links […]

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  • Tucker Tips – The Importance of Ankle Flex in Skating

    Many minor and adult players as well as minor parents, who lace up their kids skates, often do not realize the importance that ankle flex plays in skating. Skates are often laced incorrectly. Also, players and parents have the bad habit of wrapping laces and tape around the skater’s ankles. The skates should support the feet, not act as a cast and inhibit good movement. […]

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  • COACH REX’S FAVORITE DRILL – OUTSIDE EDGE CONTROL AROUND THE PYLONS

    The Outside Edge is the weak edge in skating. It is truly amazing how many players progress through the minor hockey system often up to the midget level and above without having good control of his or her outside edges. As a result, it adversely affects a player’s stopping, turning, crossovers and overall skating agility. Many minor hockey coaches do not teach this skating skill […]

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  • A Look at Quadrant Hockey in Calgary – Missing the Cut – What’s Next?

    The majority of players, who have ever laced on a pair of skates, have dreamed about playing in the NHL. They have emulated their favorite players. When I grew up, I idolized Bobby Hull and Bobby Orr. Today’s youth, look up to Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Jarome Iginla etc.  It’s another generation but each young player follows the game with the same interest and […]

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  • TUCKER TIPS: The Importance of Leg Strength in Skating

    Often we will hear coaches say “Wow that player can fly on the ice “or an NHL player will often say “I’ll play another season if I still have the legs”. Yes, skating is the most important skill in the game of hockey. Proper Skating Technique: The foundation of skating is good balance and edge control. Forward skating is the basis for the majority of […]

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  • The Right Zone

    All training regardless of the sport requires the right mental techniques. Below are some basic methods to enhance your results while doing your physical activity. Develop a good workout rhythm – maintain your workout at a consistent level throughout – from start to finish including warm up and cool down. Visualize the end result – project positive energy, and imagine yourself at peak performance. Incorporate […]

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  • Tucker Hockey Success – Colton Buckler: From Student to Instructor

    Recently, I Rex had a good chat with Colton Buckler, Instructor for Tucker Hockey and his Dad, Clint. Colton has been a valuable member of the Tucker Hockey team for the past 3 years. He has helped teach elite power skating, power skating and hockey skills and checking programs to various Minor Spring and Summer groups. Here is a summary of our conversation. Colton, tell […]

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  • Shared Respect

    Sometimes in our quest for the golden rings or the MVP award we lose sight of the important things. We abandon fair play and respect believing it matters more about winning at any cost. Respect in hockey between players, parents, coaches, officials and facilities  is essential. Sportsmanship should be of paramount value to everyone involved in hockey. Each individual should be respectful of everyone’s position […]

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  • Experience the Hockey Trip of a Lifetime!

    SUMMER 2014 CANADIAN / CZECH HOCKEY EXCHANGE Tucker Hockey is offering a unique opportunity to visit the Czech Republic from July 9 – 23, 2014. It’s an incredible opportunity for top calibre peewee and bantam aged players to experience elite Czech hockey training and enjoy the rich culture of the “Golden City” – Prague, Czech Republic with their parents. Prague is one of the most […]

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  • Children May not Like Sports, So What Do you Do?

    A campaign has begun in the United Kingdom fronted by Cypriot-Canadian psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos. The Make Time 2 Play campaign is highlighting the need for children to engage in old-style, general play activities like hide and seek, tag and impromptu games and sports. Many children, often as young as five or six shy away from organized activity and sport. One of the factors that […]

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  • Southern Alberta’s Flooding Victims

    Tucker Hockey is passionate about the sport of hockey! When reflecting on the significant flood impact on so many people in Southern Alberta this past June,  it has deeply moved all of the staff here. Every year Tucker Hockey is the Event Sponsor of the Kids Hockey Advancement Society’s Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament in support of KidSport Calgary. The Kids Hockey Advancement Society was incorporated for the […]

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  • Forward Striding – Good Techniques

    What is the Proper Arm Swing? For many years there has been a great deal of discussion, debate and confusion over arm swing has it relates to forward striding. What are the correct bio mechanics for forward skating especially when it relates to correct arm swing? Traditional North America hockey school instructors have emphasized a North to South movement of the arms whereas the scientific […]

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  • Coach Rex’s Corner – Player Tryout Checklist

    We are only a few months away from another minor hockey season and of course that means player evaluations! It can be a very stressful and anxiety filled time for both players and their families. Below is a Tucker Hockey player tryout checklist to help players and their parents increase their awareness and knowledge about getting ready for September evaluations. Hope you enjoy the read […]

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  • Tucker Hockey – Helping Kids Play Hockey – The Nation’s Greatest Sport!

    Dear Friends, Tucker Hockey is proud to support the Kids Hockey Advancement Society’s 6thAnnual Fundraising Golf Tournament, as the Event Sponsor. We fully endorse the Society as it endeavors to raise funds for such a great cause. Personally, I am committed as well as other dedicated team members to contribute the volunteer time and effort as required to ensure the continuing success of the Society. […]

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  • A Tribute to My Father In Loving Memory of Raymond Laurence Tucker November 9, 1931 – February 23, 2013

    “My Father was someone who gave me the tools I needed to build my life, the knowledge I needed to use them successfully, the encouragement to overcome life’s obstacles, and the confidence to take pride in a job well done.” My Father lived his life with intelligence, honesty, and integrity and with a very straight forward approach. Growing up on Little Bay Islands, Newfoundland, my […]

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  • Calgary Flames now Calgary Flickers?

    In the Spring / Summer 2012 Hockey Zones edition I wrote the following: …The time has come for the Flames organization to do a major re-building, not a “reload” or “tweaking”. The current team is not close to being a serious playoff team and potential Stanley Cup contender. The team must acquire some top end offensive skilled players, otherwise the losing pain will continue year […]

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  • Basic Tips To Help Players of All Ages Improve Hockey IQ / Smarts On The Ice

    Make sure your skates fit properly – usually 1:5 size smaller than your shoe size. Be aware of your weight on your skates – it should be on the middle of your blades. Maintain a deep knee bend when you are skating – the Sidney Crosby hockey stance is ideal. Proper stick length – below the chin when the tip of the stick is on […]

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  • Concussion Awareness – Minor Hockey Week

    Esso Minor Hockey week will run from January 11th to January 19th, 2013. It is recognized as the largest ice hockey tournament in the world. The tournament has brought Calgary teams together for over 40 years and this year will be Esso’s 34th year as title sponsor. The tournament is prestigious in the minds of so many Canadian kids. It’s a chance for players from […]

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  • Tucker Tips: How to Improve a player’s scoring ability?

    How to increase a player’s scoring ability and point totals is a common question at all levels of hockey. When analyzing the hockey skill set, the technical progression is developing skating, to puck control, to passing and to shooting. Skating is the most important hockey skill. With better skating skills a player’s edges will improve. It will also enhance overall balance / ability to transfer […]

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  • Are You Ready?

    It happens every season. The Calgary midget hockey system is heavily scouted and young players are chasing the dream…the dream of someday playing in the NHL. The road to the NHL travels though Junior A Hockey. The question brought forth – Are you ready? Midget players age 16 and 17 years of age receive many invitations to attend rookie Junior A hockey camps held in […]

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  • 5th Annual Kids Hockey Advancement Society’s Fundraising Golf Tournament

    Tucker Hockey is proud to support the Kids Hockey Advancement Society’s 5th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament, as the Event Sponsor. We fully endorse the Society as it endeavors to raise funds for such a great cause. Personally, I am committed as well as other dedicated team members to contribute the volunteer time and effort as required to ensure the continuing success of the Society. We […]

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  • Tucker Tips – 3 & 9 Skating Drill

    Skating is the most important hockey skill. World Class skaters such as Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins display many strong technical skating skills which are transferred into tactical game skating. Such an example of an advanced skating skill is the 3 & 9. This skating maneuver has a player turn his or her heels together i.e. in a 3 & 9 positions. Think of […]

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  • Tucker Hockey Initiative: Eliminate Touch-Up Icing in the NHL

    Over the years we have witnessed countless and unnecessary injuries when players race back and battle first to touch the puck either to cause or prevent an icing call. For the future safety of players and to eliminate unnecessary injuries at all levels of hockey, touch up icing needs to be banned. We just watched the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships which rules automatic icing […]

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  • KidSport Calgary – Text to Donate

    Tucker Hockey wishes to pass along this very important message from KidSport Calgary: KidSport Calgary is pleased to announce the launch of a holiday season fundraising campaign that will give donors, supporters and virtually anyone with a cell phone, the convenience and ease of being able to make a small donation to help low income kids this year in a matter of seconds. By texting the […]

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  • KidSport Thank You Breakfast

    Wednesday, (November 23, 2011) I had the privilege of being invited to a special breakfast held by KidSport of Alberta for all of its major donors from the past year. I was excited by the prospect of listening to their special guest speaker, Kelly Hrudey! But as the morning unfolded, I finally got the true message of why I was actually there… It’s about the […]

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  • Tucker Hockey’s Checking Philosophy

    Checking is a tactic aimed at gaining possession of the puck, not injuring an opponent. The purpose for our checking program is to introduce players to proper techniques and tactics so as to give as well as receive a body check. It includes a five step progression from the basics of skating, to position angling, to stick checking, to body contact/confidence to body checking. The […]

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  • Coach Rex’s Story – Part 2

    Growing up during the 1960’s and 70’s in a community of less than 500 people on picturesque Little Bay Island in Newfoundland my fondest childhood memories relate to skating and playing outdoor hockey.   Little Bay Island is a small remote island 2.5 miles long by 1.5 miles wide off the Northeast Coast  of Newfoundland. As the crow flies, my home town of Little Bay Island […]

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  • Coach Rex’s Favorite Drill: Sculling

    One of my favorite skating drills to help hockey players improve on / develop their balance, edge control and knee bend is sculling. What is sculling? Sculling is a forward edge control skating technique. Sculling can be practiced by pushing off with the inside edge of either skate blade. It’s important to be in a good hockey stance – head up, stick on the ice, […]

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  • 2011 Kids Hockey Advancement Society’s Fourth Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament

    Dear Friends, Tucker Hockey is proud to support the Kids Hockey Advancement Society’s 4th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament, as the Event Sponsor. We fully endorse the Society as it endeavors to raise funds for such a great cause. Tucker Hockey is committed to contribute the volunteer time and the effort as required to ensure the continuing success of the Society. We look forward with great […]

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  • Calgary Flames – Year End Review

    In the Winter 2011 Hockey Zones edition I wrote the following: The Calgary Flames have been inconsistent; especially at home…It does not make the Saddledome a feared building to play in. The home record must improve if the team wishes to be a playoff contender… How far will the Flames go this season? This writer believes the Calgary Flames will be in a dogfight to […]

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  • Kids Hockey Advancement Society’s 2nd Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Fundraising Tournament

    Tucker Hockey is pleased to extend it’s support to the 2nd Annual Texas Holdem Poker Tournament for KidSport through the Kids Hockey Advancement Society.  We raised just under $9,000.00 last year for KidSport! The date is Friday March 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Stampede Casino.  The entry fee is $150.00 and there is room for 120 players only so if you are interested, I […]

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  • The Merits of One-on-One Coaching

    Throughout the year, there are many group hockey development programs to choose from: power skating, hockey skills, checking, three-on-three and conditioning, etc. However, if a player is serious about reaching his or her short and long term hockey goals, they must consider one-on-one coaching. Advantages There are many advantages of private/specialized one-on-one sessions, including: More personable – players receive closer attention Proper assessment of a […]

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  • Quality Instruction – Read and Adjust to your Audience

    The skill level of the players will affect your on-ice curriculum. An instructor needs to provide drills which stretch the players but do not frustrate them – due to lack of success – but neither bores them – due to the drill being too easy/not challenging enough. A teaching progression from the basic building blocks, intermediate, advanced and pro type drills should be incorporated. It […]

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  • The Importance of the Hockey Puck!

    The hockey puck is a little black rubber object… 1 inch thick, 3 inches in diameter and weighing approximately 5 to 6 ounces. Without the puck, a game of hockey cannot be played! This little black object takes a lot of abuse in a game… it is slapped around, passed around, tossed around and gloved/covered up repeatedly etc. It often travels in excess of 100 […]

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  • View from a Fan

    By Christyne – Executive Assistant, Tucker Hockey So the boss gave me the night off, and tickets too to the Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars hockey game on February 16th. Now I know this comes a little late, given the fact that the Flames just participated in and won the Heritage Classic on Sunday, but I thought I’d record my thoughts on the indoor game […]

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  • The Outside Edge – The Weak Edge

    Balance and edge control is the foundation of skating. The inside edges are mainly used for starting and striding. Even with a minimal use of the inside edges, it will provide greater stability than using the flat of the blades. The more a player digs into the ice with his/hers inside edges and bends the knees, the more traction is available and the more difficult […]

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  • Accept Me

    I am IDo not change me         condemn me         nor put me downAccept me for what I amNo… you need not agree with me          But accept mefor I am total in being          I have my faults          I have my guiltsBut that is who I am          Perfect I will never beAllow me to be uninhibited           Do not pressure me into feeling what I do not feelAccept me when […]

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  • Proper Stick Length

    As a general rule, the length of a hockey stick should be from the ice – to between the sternum/above the armpits and below the chin of the player. However, after many years of teaching power skating to player’s ages 5 to 60 plus, I have discovered that this rule is often ignored. Ignorance is bliss… Not! Rather poor performance in the norm. It truly […]

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  • Coach Rex’s Story

    Growing up during the 1960’s and 70’s in a community of less than 500 people on picturesque Little Bay Island in Newfoundland, I dreamed, like most Canadian boys, of playing in the NHL. My boyhood idols were future Hall of Famers Bobby Hull and Bobby Orr.  At age 7, I laced up my first pair of hand-me-down skates, complete with four or five extra pair […]

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  • 2011 Kids Hockey Advancement Society Fundraising Poker Tournament

    The 2nd Annual Kids Hockey Advancement Society Fundraising Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament will be held on Friday, March 18th, 2011 at the Stampede Casino, located at 421 – 12th Ave S.E. in Calgary.Last year we raised $8,700 for KidSport, this year our goal is $12,000.Once again Tucker Hockey and SeisWare International Inc. will be the tournament sponsors, volunteering their time and efforts to ensure […]

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  • View From the Press Box – Flames Mid-Season Review

    On December 16th, 2010 I attended the Calgary Flames vs the Toronto Maple Leafs game, team game No: 32 of the 82 NHL game schedule. At this time, the Flames were positioned 4th in the North West Division and 14th over all in the Western Conference. The top story line was Dion Phaneuf’s return to Calgary. Flames GM, Darryl Sutter was quoted as saying he […]

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