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Summers coming soon and you need to think about your summer conditioning to prepare you for the 2016 2017 try-outs.  Below is a picture of a slide board you can make for yourself at home.  Here is a list of Items that you will need for this project.  All of these items can be found at Home Depot or your local hardware store.

(3)  2X 4 by 8 feet long.
(1)  1 thick Plywood board that is 3ft by 12ft.
(1)  White Dry Erase Marker Board that is 4ft. by 12ft.  
(15) 1-3/4 inch Flat Head Screws
(6)  2 inch Flat Head Screws
(1)  Bottle of Gorilla Glue
(4)  Clamps or several bricks to help set the glue.
(1)  Spray Can of Furniture Polish.
(1)  Tape Measure.
(1)  Screw Driver.
(1)  Drill Gun.
(1)  1/8 Drill Bit.

Assembly Directions

Cut and layout 2X4s as shown on the drawing.  Make sure they are equally spaced apart.

Cut Plywood so that they match the length and depth of the 2X4s.  Draw a line on top of the plywood that is located over the 2x4s.  Make sure to mark the side of the plywood that shows the center point for the 2X4s.  Add a glue line on top of each 2x4 and place plywood on top of 2x4s.  Make sure to align 2x4 centers to your mark on the side of the plywood.  Then place claps or bricks to help set glue.

After glue has set for a couple of hours, use your drill gun with the 1/8 inch drill bit to pre-drill the holes for the screws towards each end of the 2x4s.  This way it makes it easier to drive the screw into the hole. When placing the screws in, make sure that you sink the flat heads just past the surface of the plywood.  This will help level out the White marker board.

Once the plywood is attached to the 2x4s with screws, place the white dry erase marker board on top of the plywood to make sure it is the correct size.  If not, trim to size.

Once the white dry erase marker board is trimmed and ready to be added, place several glue lines on top of the plywood and lay the white dry erase marker board on top of the glue.  Make sure all 4 corners are square and equal. Place bricks and clamps to hold everything together while the glue sets.

Once the glue has set, place glue on top of the white erase marker board at the END of each side of the slide board where the last 2x4s will go.  Now if you want, you can add some cushioning to the inside edge of the 2x4s for comfort when sliding.  But I just use my socks.

Use your drill gun with the 1/8 inch bit to pre-drill holes.  Now remember where you placed the previous screws.  No not drill above those on this final step.  Once completed, spray the white erase board surface with furniture polish and wipe clean.  Then jump on with socks!  The goal is to reach the other side with one stride push! Have fun and good luck next years try-outs.

Written by: Rob Lopez 12/23/12


Hockey has always been a game of sportsmanship and the ability to play as a team...not as an individual.  There is has never been nor will there ever be room for individualism.

Oh you can take the puck down the ice and try to do things by yourself, but next season, the odds are really good that you will not be invited back.

If you want to have the attitude of individualism, then take up a sport that allows you to do it on your own.  Like Tennis, Golf, Chess, Boxing...etc.

Teams sports are not designed for individualism.  Team sport are designed and requires the help from each individual player to help each other in the common goal and that's to win as a team.

Goal scorers are a dime a dozen.  ANYONE can score a goal.  But not everyone has the vision to be a playmaker.  Playmakers are rare!

Playmakers are the ones that see the play develop and read and react to the developing play and then have the fortitude to pass the puck to the player that has the best shot, rather than taking the shot at a bad angle or hitting the goalie in the chest while being a puck hog!

Puck hog!  You have seen them, they go end to end.  From the defensive zone to the attacking zone.  They go in and out of everyone, controlling the puck while other players on the line are screaming...PASS THE PUCK!

Then, the PUCK HOG get all the way down to the net and shoots at a bad angle or misses the net completely and then bang his stick on the ice because it didn't go in.

The other part about sportsmanship that the majority of the players don't stop to think about is blow-outs!

Blowing-out the other team 10 to 0.  Here's news flash!  You can score 500 goals in one game, but at the end of the game, you will ONLY get 2 points for the win!

And in the big picture of things, getting to the Championship is not about how many goals you have in the "Goals For" column.  It has everything to do with how many points you have in the "WIN" column.

When a team blows-out the other team just to satisfy numbers within the Goals For column, it make the coach and teams look like a bunch of  %&$!  Because everyone outside of the team now places that team in a bad light as not having good sportsmanship.

Oh you might think you just did a great thing, but in reality you have opened up the door for bad blood and misfortune for your team.  Why?  Because no one likes bad sportsmanship.

Win by being humble and showing good sportsmanship to the other team.  Not by seeing how you can rub it in their face and then point to the score board!  This is poor sportsmanship and there is no room in hockey for this.

When you score a goal, be humble and thank the dear lord for giving you the gift to make the goal and 9 times out of 10 the gift came from the guy that passed the puck too you.  So when you score that goal, don't "shot the duck" or ride the stick like it's a horse, it only makes you look like a horses %&$...get it!

Written by: Rob Lopez 12/23/12


While you move the puck into the neutral zone, there are actually three (3) skating lanes which are located here on this drawing. They start at the top of each face-off circle within the defensive zone and travel through the neutral zone and end at the top of the face-off circles within the attacking zone.

Some coaches teach their players to skate up these lane with the puck as they enter the attacking zone. However, by staying within these skating lanes, it make it much easier for the defending team to play the puck carrier as he or she heads up the neutral zone.

Once the defenseman can determine that you are skating up your designated skating lane, it makes it much easier for one defenseman to cover two players moving up the skating lanes as they enter the attacking blue line.  This type of play is called "Linear Movement".


Written by: Rob Lopez 2/29/12

Take a look at this pictured attached and you will see that the defensive area zones are on the left side and the attacking zone area on the right. The yellow areas are assigned to the defensemen.

Please notice that within the defensive zone, each player has a responsibility to play within their own designated zone and NO one else's zone...period! If you want your team to wins...PLAY YOUR POSITION!

Now, in the attacking zone, you will see that within the attacking zone, the wingers have a big section that they can cover located in white. This is to give them the freedom to make spontaneous plays with some basic rules. The basic rules will be explained as we go on. .

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