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Neutral Zone Trap
(30 votes)
For those not familiar with the neutral zone trap, it is a defensive strategy employed by teams in an effort to clog up the neutral zone and if successful cause turnovers. The word 'trap' became a dirty word in the NHL throughout the 1990's. Although we hear much less today about the dreaded trap then we did a few years ago, it can still be seen being deployed by many NHL teams on many nights.
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The Number One Injury In Hockey
(6 votes)
Concussions have become the number one injury in contact hockey. While equipment manufacturers have made great strides to protect the other areas of the body, the head area still remains vulnerable to serious injury in contact hockey. Trainers for hockey teams are often confronted with the problem of concussions. Diagnosing hockey related head injuries can often be difficult. Although concussions can result from a wide variety of common, everyday activities the focus of this article will be sports related injury.
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Proper Skate Sharpening
(65 votes)
If you haven't paid much attention to your

skate sharpening

, you are neglecting a key part of your performance. Proper fitting skates and a proper sharpening can impact your hockey game as much or more than any other piece of equipment. Consistency is one of the keys to a good

hockey skate sharpening

. Square edges, a proper hollow, and good contour
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Signs of Over-training for Sports Athletes
(4 votes)
by Patrick Beith

Today's Hockey players train harder then ever. Unlike years ago when players came to camp to get into shape. Hockey players today follow strick diets and workout routines year round. To compete at the highest levels hockey players need to find new and innovative ways to train and gain that competitive edge. But is it possible to train to hard?

Hard workouts equals a lean body; this equation is one most athletes depend on. But does one always equal the other? Unfortunately the answer is no. In fact, chronic over-training can signal the storage of fat. It not only can be telling your body to store fat, but it can also be storing the fat at your waist-line.

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Key Points to Improve Your Skating
(20 votes)
A few simple concepts can go a long way towards

improving your skating

. Without the basic fundamentals you won't get the most out your stride.Number one point, Bend at the Knees! This is the most important concept needed for

better skating

. As simple as it is, when observing just about any low level hockey game you'll find many upright skaters. Conversely, many of the best hockey players that have ever played the game, Gretzky and Lemieux are just two
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Hockey Equipment Fitting Guide
(10 votes)

Found this great guide about 

Hockey Equipment

 that should be useful for Mom's and Dad's getting their kids into hockey. Beginner Men and Women players should also find it very helpful. There's a great selection of Hockey Equipment on the market today, most of which provides plenty of protection for the average hockey player. The key being everybody is a bit different, so look for equipment that fits your body type. This is especially important for skates. Look for skates that fit your foot like a glove and feel comfortable. Take advantage of fitting techniques such as heating your skates, and punching out any pressure points.

 

Hockey equipment

 should offer good protection, be comfortable, and allow for the maximum range of motion possible.

Here's a more in depth look at a very comprehensive hockey equipment guide. Please note it is in .pdf form, Adobe Reader is required.

If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to get post a comment below or email us with your questions.

Hockey Equipment Guide (Adobe Reader Required)

 
Thirsty? You're Dehydrated!
(8 votes)

Fact: Sixty percent of a person's total body weight is comprised of water. Proper hydration prior to, during and after endurance sports competitions is critical for optimal performance as well as recovery from extended endurance exercise. During exercise, sweat increases to help cool the body, as a result your body loses valuable fluids during exercise.

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