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Hockey Player Skates Again
Apr 26, 2012 12:09 PM
This is a great story that shows the strength, courage and determination Dominic Cozzolino took to not only walk again but to skate. After being hit from behind during a hockey game, doctors didn't know whether he would walk again let alone skate. Dominic shows that although he may never be able to play hockey at an organized level again, he is able to skate again and one day would like to teach his children how to skate and get into coaching. For players out there who may have been hurt, or injured this season and are a bit upset by missing part or all of the season, use this as inspiration to work hard, be positive and make a great comeback. 
SCTA Showcase Weekend 2012
Mar 2, 2012 5:36 PM
The SCTA showcase weekend was a great success and Forse Hockey was thrilled to be a part of it. Many great things came out of this weekend not just for the players, but for the parents as well, as the SCTA  held an educational seminar at Brock University. Topics such as the OHL, CIS and NCAA were discussed among other things. All and all it made for a spectacular weekend. Watch the attached video for more information on this event.
Phil Kessel - Best Snapshot in the NHL?
Oct 10, 2011 3:31 AM
After watching the performance Phil Kessel put on against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, it is easy to see why he was a top 5 pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft. What impressed me most about his play was not only his incredible release on 2 of his 3 goals but his patience around the net and his hard work in his own end and at the end of the game when it counted most. Oh, and by the way, watch his celebrations after each goal, especially his hat trick goal, there is no jumping into the boards or any other kind of antics or theatrics. Hey played it cool, with a small windmill fist pump before skating over to his other team mates to let them join in on the celebration. That's how it is done.
For the young kids reading this, watch the video above and notice how Phil keeps his feet moving as he shoots the puck. This is one of the toughest shots for a goalie to stop because not only do they have to be concious about their angles but they also have to try and guess when the shot is going to come. If you are wondering how he can shoot the puck so quickly without a big windup or lifting his stick off the ice, it has to do with the flex of his stick and the lie of his blade.
The flex in your shaft determines how much whip there is in your stick. Usually when you have a very whippy stick, it is very difficult to take slapshots and sometimes even to receive passes however, your snapshot should make up for the other troubles a whippy stick may give you. If I had to guess, I would say Phil Kessel uses a flex somewhere between 75 and 90. Most NHL players probablly use 100 flex with some of the bigger guys using 110.
The lie of a stick refers to the angle between the shaft and the blade. A lie value of 5 corresponds to a 135° angle, and each additional lie value corresponds to a 2° smaller angle. With the bottom of the blade flat on the ice, a higher lie value causes the shaft to stand up straighter. Typical values range from 5 to 7; most sticks now are near 5.5. Goalie sticks typically have a lie between 11 and 15. Your skating style should determine the lie you need to have.
Have you ever bought a stick that looked exactly the same as a previous stick, and you cut it the same length but when you went to shoot with it, it felt off and your shots were not like they used to be. If this has happened to you, the new stick you purchased probably had a different lie than your last one. So when buying a new stick, not only look at the flex but look at the lie of the blade and curve.
For all of the young players out there, take a lesson from Phil Kessel and work on your snap shot, because in order to be a great goal scorer, you need to have a quick release and an accurate shot.
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Welcome Back Winnipeg Jets
Oct 10, 2011 2:45 AM
Another NHL hockey season has begun and although the hype around the first regular season home game for the Winnipeg Jets was intense, the result was not what the home crowd was looking for. I am sure there was a lot of pressure on the home team players and the Montreal Canadiens coming off a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on thursday needed a road win. All and all, it was quite entertaining even though Montreal was in control for the majority of the game.
The new look Winnipeg Jets gave it their all however I am still not sold on the new logo. The colors work well however, the logo's patriotism and symbolism can get lost in the design sometimes being mistaken for a Team Canada or Toronto Maple Leafs 3rd jersey. The old Jets logo worked well and we all have heard the saying, "if it isn't broken, don't fix it" so maybe a newer version of the old logo would have worked just fine.
With that being said, one cities loss is another cities gain and the newly placed Winnipeg Jets look like they have a team good enough to make the playoffs, however, it is still very early in the season so anything can happen. Whether they make it in or not, it is great to see a city with such passion for their hockey club, hopefully their team doesn't let them down. Only time will tell.
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Jan 28, 2011 9:31 PM
Team Staal                                                                          Team Lidstrom
Ryan Kessler (Assistant Captain) (F)                             Martin St. Louis (Assistant Captain) (F)
Mike Green (Assistant Captain) (D)                                Alexander Kane (Assistant Captain) (F)
1) Cam Ward (G)                                                               2) Steven Stamkos (F)
3) Alexander Ovechkin (F)                                               4) Duncan Keith (D)
5) Daniel Sedin (F)                                                           6) Henrik Sedin (F)
7) Zdeno Chara (D)                                                          8) Shea Weber (D)
9) Rick Nash (F)                                                              10) Tim Thomas (G)
11) Henrik Lundqvist (G)                                               12) Danny Briere (F)
13) Marc Staal (D)                                                           14) Dustin Byfuglien (D)
15) Patrick Sharp (F)                                                      16) Jonathan Toews (F)
17) Dan Boyle (D)                                                           18) Marc-Andre Fleury (G)
19) Carey Price (G)                                                         20) Jonas Hiller (G)
21) Jeff Skinner (F)                                                         22) Brad Richards (F)
23) Kris Letang (D)                                                         24) Keith Yandle (D)
25) Claude Giroux (F)                                                    26) Brent Burns (D)
27) Erik Karlsson (D)                                                    28) Martin Havlat (F)
29) Corey Perry (F)                                                        30) Anze Kopitar (F)
31) Patrik Elias (F)                                                        32) Matt Duchene (F)
33) David Backes (F)                                                    34) Loui Eriksson (F)
35) Paul Stastny (F)                                                      36) Phil Kessel (F)
Tips and Tricks - Scoring Short Side
Jan 2, 2011 2:36 PM
Hey guys and gals,
                   a lot of players don't realize how important it is to work on your shot in practice. Not only should you be working on the speed of your shot, but more importantly, the placement of your shot. Sometimes a well placed shot travelling slowly is more effective than a hard shot right on target. As you move up in your career, you will find that the goalies you face will become bigger, stronger, faster and will take up more of the net, making goal scoring a bit more challenging. In order to keep up, here is something very simple that you can do in practice that will help you improve.
Before stepping on the ice, pick a corner that you would like to aim for all practice long. No matter what drill you are doing or where you are on the ice, always shoot for that spot. Not only will this help with your accuracy, but it will also help you practice shooting for the same spot from different angles and on different sides of the ice.
Have a look at the goal Mason Raymond scores in the attached video. He makes one of the toughest shots in hockey, which is shooting short side coming down the wing on your strong side. This takes a lot of practice but is very effective.
Remember, always practice hard and work on things you aren't great at to become better.
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