January 18, 2021
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on former Army Ranger and now Team Building and Leadership consultant JB Spisso. JB has worked with many organizations and teams, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, and Montreal Canadiens, on building culture and leadership. This was an awesome conversation where we dive into:
-Defining and building mental toughness
-Parallels of military leadership and training to hockey
Thanks to JB and all members of the Armed Forces for everything they do protecting our country and freedoms! We truly would not have these freedoms without the selfless sacrifice of these warriors and their families.
Thank you to our title sponsor, GELSTX...our drill sponsor icehockeysystems.com, our training sponsor TrainHeroic, and all of our awesome listeners who are along for this podcast ride with us.
January 11, 2021
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on Sport Psychologist Dr. Cassidy Preston to talk about the mental game as a player and how to get the best out of your team as a coach. This was a really informative conversation where we cover:
-The importance of building resiliency
-How to make "Getting 1% Better" sexy
-Optimal Levels of Energy/Arousal
-The importance of self-awareness and reflection
Thank you to our title sponsor, GELSTX, our training sponsor TrainHeroic, our drill sponsor icehockeysystems.com, and to all of our great listeners! This will be an episode that you can take with you on your journey!
January 4, 2021
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on Assistant Coach with the Austrian National Team currently at the World Junior Championships...Philipp Pinter. It was great going behind the scenes with an underdog coaching staff during their quest to upset the bigger named countries during the International Championships. In this conversation, we talk:
-The difficulties of the European Model in a smaller country
-World Junior adjustments of play
-Being an underdog playing against the top players in the world
This was a fun conversation we hope you will enjoy! Thanks to our title sponsor GELSTX, our drill sponsor icehockeysystems.com, our training sponsor TrainHeroic, and all of our awesome, loyal listeners!!
December 21, 2020
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on current University of Michigan Assistant Coach...and Assistant Coach for Team USA at this year's World Junior Championship...Kris Mayotte! With World Juniors starting this week, Kris brings us inside Team USA's walls to show us what it's like being a part of the experience at the tournament. In this episode, we tackle:
-Coaching the best players in the world at 18-19 years old, including Team USA and also 3 potential Top 10 NHL picks in next year's draft at Michigan.
-Winning the World Junior Gold Medal a few years ago against Canada on Canadian soil.
-The importance of team Building at a tournament where you're only there for a few weeks.
This was an awesome episode, we're looking forward to sharing it with all of you. Thank you to our title sponsor GELSTX, our drill sponsor icehockeysystems.com, our training sponsor TrainHeroic...and thank you to all of our listeners!
December 14, 2020
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we answer your questions! Thanks to everyone who submitted questions on social media...and here's what we covered:
-When should my kid make the jump to AAA?
-How can I keep my kid engaged during Covid so they don't feel like they're getting left behind?
-How can we build team culture with the player point of view at the forefront?
-What is our favorite part of doing the podcast?
-How early should we think about using a sport psychologist for our kid?
This was a lot of fun being able to hear from YOU and talk about the topics you are looking for answers for. Hopefully we gave you some insight from our own experiences!
This podcast's title sponsor is GELSTX, our drill sponsor is icehockeysystems.com, our training sponsor is TrainHeroic. Thank you to our sponsors and thank you to our listeners for all of your support!
December 7, 2020
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on hockey development pioneer who works with some of the top names in the game, Darryl Belfry. Darryl's client list includes the likes of Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews, John Tavares...among other of the NHL's elite. Darryl also just came out with a book, "Belfry Hockey: Strategies to Teach the World's Best Athletes."
On this podcast we cover so great topics, including:
-Darryl's journey to working with the top players in the world.
-Can you teach offense?
-Manipulating failure and success rates in your coaching.
-Linking transition hockey with hockey sense.
Lot of great hockey we cover on this one, we're really excited to bring it to all of our listeners. Thank you to our title sponsor GELSTX, Jeff's training app sponsor TrainHeroic, our newest sponsor icehockeysystems.com and our drill of the week, "Picket Fence Drill", and thank you to all of our listeners who continue to support our mission each week to bring a little more positivity to the hockey world!
November 30, 2020
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on 10 year pro and one of Jeff's college teammates Brent Walton. Brent comes from a small town in Ontario and he takes us through his journey into becoming one of the top scorers in the NCAA and then a long professional career. We talk:
-When to make the move to AAA
-The ups and downs of transitioning to professional hockey
-The decision to stay in North America to try and "make it" or go over to Europe
-Off ice training education importance
This was a fun one! Thank you to our title sponsor, GELSTX. Go to GELSTX.COM to get an awesome weighted training stick used by many pros...and use the coupon code "THINKTANK to get a little discount. Thank you to our drill sponsor icehockeysystems.com...this week's drill we cover is 3v3 handball! Thank you to all of our listeners, we appreciate your support for us trying to make the hockey world a better place!
November 23, 2020
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on one of my favorite players that I've had the opportunity to coach in Cole Bardreau. Cole's story is one of major ups and downs throughout his career, and it culminated last year getting his first NHL call up with the New York Islanders and scoring his first career goal on a penalty shot.
Cole played for the USA NTDP, then came to Cornell where I coached him. While there, he was asked to play for the US World Junior team where he won a gold medal. The next weekend...his world almost fell apart. He got hit from behind into the boards and broke his neck, very close to paralyzing him. He missed the rest of the season, but worked his tail off to get back. After his senior year on sheer grit and determination he signed an NHL contract, but not until four years later did he receive his first call up to the NHL. The resiliency is such an incredible story.
Now, even as an NHL player, he has started a company "Bardreau Mentoring Group" where he aims to mentor young hockey players as a professional player himself. This is such an awesome initiative...visit bardreaumentoringgroup.com to find out more.
On top of our title sponsor in GELSTX (gelstx.com) we have a new sponsor in icehockeysystems.com as well! At the beginning of every episode, we will talk about a drill on their website and on this episode we chose the 3v3 Gates of Buffalo!
Thank you to all of our listeners who continue to support our podcast, you are going to love this one with Cole Bardreau!
November 16, 2020
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on Katie Strang, a fantastic hockey and investigative reporter for The Athletic. Katie is a prominent figure in hockey journalism, and we spend most of this podcast talking about a story she has written extensively on regarding a youth hockey coach's history with sexual abuse of youth hockey players.
Katie wrote her first article on this subject in February which brought to the public the scandal of this coach's misconducts, along with how people in hockey leadership failed to handle the situation. This is a podcast that contains language about sexual abuse, so disclaimer for any families that typically listen to our podcast with their kids.
While a tough subject to speak on, we believe that this episode will provide some positive change.
November 9, 2020
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, Jeff and Topher go through their greatest hockey memories. From skating on the backyard rink at their Grandma and Grandpa's house, to their first college and professional games, to overtime winners, to favorite off-ice memories with their teammates...this episode has a lot of heart and is full of fun.
And speaking of backyard rinks...
We bring onto the podcast for the second half Jim and Tyler Stoller of NiceRink, a top backyard rink company in North America. Jim and Tyler answer all of your listener questions submitted to social media about the best ways to build a backyard rink, and then we give a secret hashtag to be entered to win a FREE 24x44 backyard rink from NiceRink!!
Details of the contest are in the podcast episode and a random winner will be named on 11/20 from those who use the secret hashtag on our social media channels. Listen to a great episode and get entered into this amazing contest today!!