An interesting new Safety feature forcing players to “look up”

Iceoplex gets hockey players to “look up” with new safety feature

By Jon Andreassi
Staff writer
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The Iceoplex at Southpointe added a “Look-Up Line” to increase safety for hockey players. A portion of the ice is painted to warn skaters they are approaching the boards. Order a Print

In the game of hockey, injuries resulting from collisions with the boards can be dangerous, and sometimes life-threatening.

The Iceoplex at Southpointe took a step toward reducing injuries and making the game safer with the addition of a Look-Up Line to its ice rink. The Look-Up Line is a 40-inch orange warning track that goes around the rink and helps players know when they are approaching the boards. This way they can “look up” so they don’t crash into them headfirst.

“We haven’t had anything so severe as a spinal injury. … We’re trying to be safe, and we’re trying to be proactive and lead the way in preventing what could happen,” said Mandi Pryor, marketing director at the Iceoplex. The Look-Up Line was created by Thomas Smith, a former hockey player who was involved in two separate collisions with the boards, resulting in severe injuries to his spine. The Look-Up Line has since been installed in hundreds of rinks. The line in the Iceoplex rink is the first one in Western Pennsylvania.

“We hope that more rinks will follow,” Smith said. “There’s no reason every rink in the country shouldn’t have one.”

Smith praised the Iceoplex, saying the decision to paint a Look-Up Line into the ice “speaks volumes” to the leadership and their desire to help protect kids from injury.

The Look-Up Line does not add or change any rules, and Smith says it is not an attempt to make the game “softer.” Instead, he hopes for a “cultural change” that will have players more aware of where they are on the ice and ultimately make them safer. Smith says the line has been working, and coaches at rinks that have it are teaching players about the line and how to be safe.

Smith and his organization, The Thomas E. Smith Foundation, have been involved in making sure the Iceoplex Look-Up Line conforms with their standards. Pryor notes that the Iceoplex stays in contact with the foundation and works with them to be sure it is following their guidelines and specifications. “We don’t want ours to be different from theirs, the next rink and the next rink,” Pryor said. “They want to have it as uniform as possible.” While the line has been installed in rinks where mostly younger people are playing, Smith sees no reason why it shouldn’t be installed at professional level rinks, saying that even NHL players aren’t perfect.

“We think there is value in the Look-Up Line at all levels,” Smith said.

Comment and tell us what you think of this safety feature! Would this be beneficial at all rinks?

Toews talks about the Patrick Kane Situation

Kane and Towes

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was recently on TSN 1290 in Winnipeg when the subject of Patrick Kane came up — sort of. Kane was the topic being referenced but neither the interviewer or Toews used his name in this particular exchange.

In the interest of giving what Toews said proper context, here is the full transcription of the question and answer, per the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc:

If you have difficulty reading it in that format, here is it again:

Host: “Jonathan, I do want to ask you one question about being the captain of the Blackhawks. Obviously, most people are aware of a situation that has been developing regarding one of your star teammates. Obviously, I won’t ask you to comment on anything like that but when something like that happens during the offseason does your focus as far as dealing with your teammates as well as the media change going into training camp as the captain of the team?”

Toews: “I think you just have to have confidence that things like that will resolve themselves over time. For the time being, you stay together as a team. You support your teammate … uh, teammate, teammates that are maybe going through a rough patch. You saw it last year with some rumors that spread around through social media about several guys in the locker room. It’s not the first time we’ve seen situations like that and eventually you deal with it internally and you stay together as a team and you’re confidence as individuals and as a group that everyone kind of stays together. At the end of the day we always say to each other that what is said and what is done within the locker room is the only thing that matters. We don’t let anything going on on the outside affect the way we do our jobs and the way we come to work together as a team. Again, I get a lot of credit because I have the ‘C’ on my sweater but I think we have a great group of guys who understand what it takes to be a leader, what it takes to be a part of a good team. Clearly it’s more than just what happens on the ice. There’s always a lot of things being said and things going on off the ice but no matter hwat, we do a good job of sticking together.”

Kane is under police investigation for allegedly raping a woman. He hasn’t been charged with a crime at this time.

Article found on NBC Sports website: http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2015/09/03/jonathan-toews-talks-about-the-patrick-kane-situation/

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Rk
Pos
Player
Tm
Rk
Pos
Player
Tm
1
LW/RW
Alex Ovechkin
WAS
76
C
Jason Spezza
DAL
2
C
Sidney Crosby
PIT
77
C
David Krejci
BOS
3
C
John Tavares
NYI
78
RW
Jordan Eberle
EDM
4
C/RW
Tyler Seguin
DAL
79
LW
Evander Kane
BUF
5
LW
Jamie Benn
DAL
80
D
Keith Yandle
NYR
6
C
Steven Stamkos
TB
81
D
Drew Doughty
LA
7
C/RW
Evgeni Malkin
PIT
82
G
Semyon Varlamov
COL
8
C/RW
Claude Giroux
PHI
83
G
Roberto Luongo
FLA
9
G
Carey Price
MON
84
D
Roman Josi
NSH
10
RW
Phil Kessel
PIT
85
LW
Daniel Sedin
VAN
11
RW
Corey Perry
ANA
86
D
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
ARI
12
RW
Vladimir Tarasenko
STL
87
C/RW
Gustav Nyquist
DET
13
C
Ryan Getzlaf
ANA
88
LW
John Gaudreau
CGY
14
LW
Max Pacioretty
MON
89
LW/RW
James Neal
NSH
15
C/LW/RW
Joe Pavelski
SJ
90
RW
Mark Stone
OTT
16
C
Nicklas Backstrom
WAS
91
G
Tuukka Rask
BOS
17
C/RW
Ryan Johansen
CLS
92
C
Derick Brassard
NYR
18
G
Braden Holtby
WAS
93
C/LW
Pavel Datsyuk
DET
19
RW
Jakub Voracek
PHI
94
D
John Carlson
WAS
20
C/LW
Taylor Hall
EDM
95
D
Alex Pietrangelo
STL
21
D
Erik Karlsson
OTT
96
G
Jake Allen
STL
22
G
Henrik Lundqvist
NYR
97
C
Kyle Turris
OTT
23
C/RW
Patrick Kane
CHI
98
G
Cam Talbot
EDM
24
C
Jonathan Toews
CHI
99
C/RW
Ryan Strome
NYI
25
RW/D
Dustin Byfuglien
WPG
100
G
Steve Mason
PHI
26
C
Anze Kopitar
LA
101
D
Tyson Barrie
COL
27
C/RW
Tyler Johnson
TB
102
C/RW
T.J. Oshie
WAS
28
G
Devan Dubnyk
MIN
103
C/RW
Bryan Little
WPG
29
C
Connor McDavid
EDM
104
LW,RW
Bobby Ryan
OTT
30
C
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
EDM
105
G
Craig Anderson
OTT
31
G
Jonathan Quick
LA
106
C/LW
Patrick Sharp
DAL
32
D
P.K. Subban
MON
107
C/RW
Ryan Kesler
ANA
33
LW/RW
Rick Nash
NYR
108
D
Mike Green
DET
34
C/LW
Logan Couture
SJ
109
LW/RW
David Perron
PIT
35
G
Corey Crawford
CHI
110
C
Nick Bjugstad
FLA
36
LW/RW
Nikita Kucherov
TB
111
D
Justin Faulk
CAR
37
LW
Zach Parise
MIN
112
C/RW
Craig Smith
NSH
38
G
Ben Bishop
TB
113
LW
Milan Lucic
LA
39
D
Victor Hedman
TB
114
LW/RW
Brandon Saad
CLS
40
D
Kris Letang
PIT
115
RW
Brendan Gallagher
MON
41
G
Pekka Rinne
NSH
116
D
John Klingberg
DAL
42
C/RW
Nathan MacKinnon
COL
117
C/LW
Jonathan Huberdeau
FLA
43
C/LW
Henrik Zetterberg
DET
118
LW
Tomas Tatar
DET
44
LW/RW
Jiri Hudler
CGY
119
LW/RW
Mats Zuccarello
NYR
45
C
Derek Stepan
NYR
120
G
Ondrej Pavelec
WPG
46
G
Marc-Andre Fleury
PIT
121
G
Martin Jones
SJ
47
RW
Wayne Simmonds
PHI
122
G
Brian Elliott
STL
48
C/LW
Alexander Steen
STL
123
C
Jack Eichel
BUF
49
G
Sergei Bobrovsky
CLS
124
LW/RW
Alexander Semin
MON
50
LW
Gabriel Landeskog
COL
125
G
Jimmy Howard
DET
51
D
Kevin Shattenkirk
STL
126
LW
Brad Marchand
BOS
52
LW
Scott Hartnell
CLS
127
D
Andrei Markov
MON
53
D
Mark Giordano
CGY
128
D
Aaron Ekblad
FLA
54
G
Frederik Andersen
ANA
129
D
Torey Krug
BOS
55
G
Jaroslav Halak
NYI
130
C
Mark Scheifele
WPG
56
LW
Andrew Ladd
WPG
131
D
Sami Vatanen
ANA
57
C/LW
Matt Duchene
COL
132
RW
Tyler Toffoli
LA
58
C
Joe Thornton
SJ
133
D
Nick Leddy
NYI
59
RW
Kyle Okposo
NYI
134
LW
Nick Foligno
CLS
60
C/LW/RW
Filip Forsberg
NSH
135
D
Dougie Hamilton
CGY
61
LW
Jaden Schwartz
STL
136
D
Ryan McDonagh
NYR
62
LW/RW
Marian Gaborik
LA
137
C/LW
Anders Lee
NYI
63
C/RW
Jeff Carter
LA
138
C
Paul Stastny
STL
64
G
Cory Schneider
NJ
139
D
Mark Streit
PHI
65
D
Shea Weber
NSH
140
RW
Radim Vrbata
VAN
66
LW
Ondrej Palat
TB
141
C/LW
Valtteri Filppula
TB
67
RW/D
Brent Burns
SJ
142
D
Ryan Suter
MIN
68
C
Eric Staal
CAR
143
C
Patrice Bergeron
BOS
69
D
Duncan Keith
CHI
144
LW
Chris Kreider
NYR
70
C/LW
Patrick Marleau
SJ
145
LW
Chris Kunitz
PIT
71
C
Sean Monahan
CGY
146
C
Henrik Sedin
VAN
72
C/RW
David Backes
STL
147
G
Kari Lehtonen
DAL
73
RW
Blake Wheeler
WPG
148
RW
Jason Pominville
MIN
74
RW
Marian Hossa
CHI
149
C/LW
Ryan O’Reilly
BUF
75
RW
Patric Hornqvist
PIT
150
RW
Nail Yakupov
EDM

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Goaltenders

Rk
Pos
Player
Tm
Rk
Pos
Player
Tm
1
G
Carey Price
MON
32
G
Alex Stalock
SJ
2
G
Braden Holtby
WAS
33
G
Mike Smith
ARI
3
G
Henrik Lundqvist
NYR
34
G
Karri Ramo
CGY
4
G
Devan Dubnyk
MIN
35
G
Andrew Hammond
OTT
5
G
Jonathan Quick
LA
36
G
Anton Khudobin
ANA
6
G
Corey Crawford
CHI
37
G
Cam Ward
CAR
7
G
Ben Bishop
TB
38
G
Eddie Lack
CAR
8
G
Pekka Rinne
NSH
39
G
Michael Hutchinson
WPG
9
G
Marc-Andre Fleury
PIT
40
G
Scott Darling
CHI
10
G
Sergei Bobrovsky
CLS
41
G
James Reimer
TOR
11
G
Frederik Andersen
ANA
42
G
Darcy Kuemper
MIN
12
G
Jaroslav Halak
NYI
43
G
Antii Raanta
NYR
13
G
Cory Schneider
NJ
44
G
Michal Neuvirth
PHI
14
G
Semyon Varlamov
COL
45
G
Ben Scrivens
EDM
15
G
Roberto Luongo
FLA
46
G
Jhonas Enroth
LA
16
G
Tuukka Rask
BOS
47
G
Jacob Markstrom
VAN
17
G
Jake Allen
STL
48
G
Thomas Greiss
NYI
18
G
Cam Talbot
EDM
49
G
Dustin Tokarski
MON
19
G
Steve Mason
PHI
50
G
Curtis McElhinney
CLS
20
G
Craig Anderson
OTT
51
G
Al Montoya
FLA
21
G
Ondrej Pavelec
WPG
52
G
Kristers Gudlevskis
TB
22
G
Martin Jones
SJ
53
G
Carter Hutton
NSH
23
G
Brian Elliott
STL
54
G
Jeff Zatkoff
PIT
24
G
Jimmy Howard
DET
55
G
Rito Berra
COL
25
G
Kari Lehtonen
DAL
56
G
Anders Nilsson
EDM
26
G
Antti Niemi
DAL
57
G
Philipp Grubauer
WAS
27
G
Ryan Miller
VAN
58
G
Keith Kinkaid
NJ
28
G
Jonathan Bernier
TOR
59
G
Chad Johnson
BUF
29
G
Jonas Hiller
CGY
60
G
Anders Lindback
ARI
30
G
Robin Lehner
BUF
61
G
Malcolm Subban
BOS
31
G
Petr Mrazek
DET
62
G
John Gibson
ANA

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Rk
Pos
Player
Tm
Rk
Pos
Player
Tm
1
LW/RW
Alex Ovechkin
WAS
51
RW
Marian Hossa
CHI
2
C
Sidney Crosby
PIT
52
RW
Patric Hornqvist
PIT
3
C
John Tavares
NYI
53
C
Jason Spezza
DAL
4
C/RW
Tyler Seguin
DAL
54
C
David Krejci
BOS
5
LW
Jamie Benn
DAL
55
RW
Jordan Eberle
EDM
6
C
Steven Stamkos
TB
56
LW
Evander Kane
BUF
7
C/RW
Evgeni Malkin
PIT
57
LW
Daniel Sedin
VAN
8
C/RW
Claude Giroux
PHI
58
C/RW
Gustav Nyquist
DET
9
RW
Phil Kessel
PIT
59
LW
John Gaudreau
CGY
10
RW
Corey Perry
ANA
60
LW/RW
James Neal
NSH
11
RW
Vladimir Tarasenko
STL
61
RW
Mark Stone
OTT
12
C
Ryan Getzlaf
ANA
62
C
Derick Brassard
NYR
13
LW
Max Pacioretty
MON
63
C/LW
Pavel Datsyuk
DET
14
C/LW/RW
Joe Pavelski
SJ
64
C
Kyle Turris
OTT
15
C
Nicklas Backstrom
WAS
65
C/RW
Ryan Strome
NYI
16
C/RW
Ryan Johansen
CLS
66
C/RW
T.J. Oshie
WAS
17
RW
Jakub Voracek
PHI
67
C/RW
Bryan Little
WPG
18
C/LW
Taylor Hall
EDM
68
LW/RW
Bobby Ryan
OTT
19
C/RW
Patrick Kane
CHI
69
C/LW
Patrick Sharp
DAL
20
C
Jonathan Toews
CHI
70
C/RW
Ryan Kesler
ANA
21
C
Anze Kopitar
LA
71
LW/RW
David Perron
PIT
22
C/RW
Tyler Johnson
TB
72
C
Nick Bjugstad
FLA
23
C
Connor McDavid
EDM
73
C/RW
Craig Smith
NSH
24
C
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
EDM
74
LW
Milan Lucic
LA
25
LW/RW
Rick Nash
NYR
75
LW/RW
Brandon Saad
CLS
26
C/LW
Logan Couture
SJ
76
RW
Brendan Gallagher
MON
27
LW/RW
Nikita Kucherov
TB
77
C/LW
Jonathan Huberdeau
FLA
28
LW
Zach Parise
MIN
78
LW
Tomas Tatar
DET
29
C/RW
Nathan MacKinnon
COL
79
LW/RW
Mats Zuccarello
NYR
30
C/LW
Henrik Zetterberg
DET
80
C
Jack Eichel
BUF
31
LW/RW
Jiri Hudler
CGY
81
LW/RW
Alexander Semin
MON
32
C
Derek Stepan
NYR
82
LW
Brad Marchand
BOS
33
RW
Wayne Simmonds
PHI
83
C
Mark Scheifele
WPG
34
C/LW
Alexander Steen
STL
84
RW
Tyler Toffoli
LA
35
LW
Gabriel Landeskog
COL
85
LW
Nick Foligno
CLS
36
LW
Scott Hartnell
CLS
86
C/LW
Anders Lee
NYI
37
LW
Andrew Ladd
WPG
87
C
Paul Stastny
STL
38
C/LW
Matt Duchene
COL
88
RW
Radim Vrbata
VAN
39
C
Joe Thornton
SJ
89
C/LW
Valtteri Filppula
TB
40
RW
Kyle Okposo
NYI
90
C
Patrice Bergeron
BOS
41
C/LW/RW
Filip Forsberg
NSH
91
LW
Chris Kreider
NYR
42
LW
Jaden Schwartz
STL
92
LW
Chris Kunitz
PIT
43
LW/RW
Marian Gaborik
LA
93
C
Henrik Sedin
VAN
44
C
Jeff Carter
LA
94
RW
Jason Pominville
MIN
45
LW
Ondrej Palat
TB
95
C/LW
Ryan O’Reilly
BUF
46
C
Eric Staal
CAR
96
RW
Nail Yakupov
EDM
47
C/LW
Patrick Marleau
SJ
97
C
Evgeny Kuznetsov
WAS
48
C
Sean Monahan
CGY
98
LW
Teuvo Teravainen
CHI
49
C/RW
David Backes
STL
99
C/LW
Alex Galchenyuk
MON
50
RW
Blake Wheeler
WPG
100
RW
David Pastrnak
BOS

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Defensemen

Rk
Pos
Player
Tm
Rk
Pos
Player
Tm
1
D
Erik Karlsson
OTT
31
D
Jacob Trouba
WPG
2
D/RW
Dustin Byfuglien
WPG
32
D
Cam Fowler
ANA
3
D
P.K. Subban
MON
33
D
Tyler Myers
WPG
4
D
Victor Hedman
TB
34
D
Johnny Boychuk
NYI
5
D
Kris Letang
PIT
35
D
Dion Phaneuf
TOR
6
D
Kevin Shattenkirk
STL
36
D
Anton Stralman
TB
7
D
Mark Giordano
CGY
37
D
Matt Niskanen
WAS
8
D
Shea Weber
NSH
38
D
David Savard
CLS
9
D/RW
Brent Burns
SJ
39
D
Andrej Sekera
EDM
10
D
Duncan Keith
CHI
40
D
Alex Goligoski
DAL
11
D
Keith Yandle
NYR
41
D
Brent Seabrook
CHI
12
D
Drew Doughty
LA
42
D
Justin Schultz
EDM
13
D
Roman Josi
NSH
43
D
Erik Johnson
COL
14
D
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
ARI
44
D
James Wisniewski
CAR
15
D
John Carlson
WAS
45
D
Zdeno Chara
BOS
16
D
Alex Pietrangelo
STL
46
D
Dan Boyle
NYR
17
D
Tyson Barrie
COL
47
D
Jack Johnson
CLS
18
D
Mike Green
DET
48
D
Alexander Edler
VAN
19
D
Justin Faulk
CAR
49
D
Hampus Lindholm
ANA
20
D
John Klingberg
DAL
50
D
T.J. Brodie
CGY
21
D
Andrei Markov
MON
51
D
Seth Jones
NSH
22
D
Aaron Ekblad
FLA
52
D
Olli Maatta
PIT
23
D
Torey Krug
BOS
53
D
Dennis Wideman
CGY
24
D
Sami Vatanen
ANA
54
D
Michael Del Zotto
PHI
25
D
Nick Leddy
NYI
55
D
Jake Muzzin
LA
26
D
Dougie Hamilton
CGY
56
D
Rasmus Ristolainen
BUF
27
D
Ryan McDonagh
NYR
57
D
Morgan Rielly
TOR
28
D
Mark Streit
PHI
58
D
Jason Garrison
TB
29
D
Ryan Suter
MIN
59
D
Trevor Daley
CHI
30
D
Niklas Kronwall
DET
60
D
Derrick Pouliot
PIT

Would your young athlete benefit from a Strength and Conditioning Coach?

WOULD MY YOUTH ATHLETE BENEFIT FROM A STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH?

Investigating the need for a youth strength and conditioning coach
9 Year Old

It is no secret that the level of competition in youth sports has been on the rise over the past decades. What used to be recreational teams, city leagues, and neighborhood games has evolved into an entire industry of club sports, elite traveling teams, and hefty participation fees for the young athletes’ parents.


A growing number of parents are asking, “With all the extra practices and increased competition, how can I be sure my son or daughter is not going to get injured? And how can I give my child an extra advantage?”

To help answer these questions, we need to look at the way we train in the U.S. compared to our European neighbors. Historically, many European countries used general physical preparation training with young athletes to build the foundation of development for their later years of training.

Within this general physical preparation training, coaches utilized movements and exercises that developed many different motor abilities or skills. These training sessions were not specific to any one sport, they were specific in providing a general foundation of motor abilities (speed, agility, quickness, strength endurance, relative strength, flexibility, etc.).

These young athletes then transitioned into more specific training based on their sport as they aged. This is a direct contrast to the North American model, in which children typically specialize in their respective sports at a much earlier age.

For this reason it is vitally important for parents to consider having their children train with a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®), who understands the specific needs of the children based on their developmental window of adaptation.

A CSCS® is responsible for building the foundation and the groundwork for later years of development, while doing so in a safe and healthy environment. These certified individuals have a wealth of knowledge that allows them to provide proper program design for the children throughout the course of their development.

For more information, check out these helpful links:

  1. Check out the NSCA’s Position Stand on Youth Resistance Training
  2. Take advantage of NSCA’s Personal Trainer Locator service, a helpful tool for parents to find an NSCA-certified strength coach or trainer in their area.
  3. Parents can get educated by joining the NSCA as an Associate Member for as little as $47/year.

Conclusion

It is important for parents to utilize certified coaches to train their children in order to get the most beneficial training based on each child’s chronological age and developmental age. This will provide a safe environment in which to promote long-term health and athletic development.

Disclaimer: The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) encourages the exchange of diverse opinions. The ideas, comments, and materials presented herein do not necessarily reflect the NSCA’s official position on an issue. The NSCA assumes no responsibility for any statements made by authors, whether as fact, opinion, or otherwise.

Originally posted at: http://www.nsca.com/education/articles/would-my-youth-athlete-benefit-from-a-strength-and-conditioning-coach/

Steel bring home Bronze

Bronze Medalists! Steel defeat Russia to Win JCWC Bronze

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The Chicago Steel won bronze Sunday in front of 3,000 Russia Avto fans to secure a record fourth consecutive medal for the USHL and USA Hockey, a Junior Club World Cup record. Chicago native Tanner Laczynski scored the game-winning goal and earned game MVP honors for the Steel.

After a tightly contested first period, the Steel found the back of the net 20 seconds into the second off a Brandon Duhaime shot from a rebound. Russia’s Avto came heavy on the attack after penalty trouble plagued the Steel. Despite being perfect on the penalty kill all game, Chicago gave up back-to-back goals and Avto woke up the home crowd. Wayzata, MN native Max Zimmer scored his fifth goal of the tournament off a snipe shot from the left circle to bring the game back to 2-2.

Both teams came out quick in the third period with Avto back on the power play in back-to-back opportunities. Avto and Steel went back and forth exchanging scoring opportunities, but veteran goaltender John Lethemon stood tall in net. While on the penalty kill, Chicago drew a five-minute major spearing penalty. Avto was able to kill the major, but found themselves back on the penalty kill with less than three minutes remaining. Laczynski had the puck at the top of the circle and fired a shot under the arm of Avto’s goaltender to put Chicago up 3-2.

The Junior Club World Cup, a IIHF sanctioned tournament, was hosted in Yekaterinburg, Russia, home to the Avto hockey club. The Steel played in front of three sellout crowds throughout the JCWC, the only sellouts of the tournament. Chicago will play in their new home arena, Fox Valley Ice Arena, for their home opener September 26, 2015 against Team USA.

Chicago Steel to attend Junior Club World Cup

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The United States Hockey League announced today that the Chicago Steel will compete in the 2015 Junior Club World Cup, representing USA Hockey and the USHL in the international tournament that takes place August 24-30, 2015 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

The JCWC, which is sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), is the most prestigious international club championship in hockey and features top junior hockey teams from around the world as seven different countries will send representatives for the 2015 tournament.  The Chicago Steel are competing in “Group A” against teams from Latvia, Kazakhstan and Russia.  “Group B” consists of teams from Finland, Sweden, Belarus and Russia.

“It is a great opportunity for the Steel to bring the city of Chicago a second world championship this summer and to set a record for the USHL as the only league to medal in four consecutive seasons,” said Bob Fallen, USHL President and Commissioner.  “The USHL is excited to once again represent the United States and we know the Chicago will be prepared to compete at the highest level.”

It is the fourth consecutive year that a USHL team is participating in the event, following the Sioux City Musketeers in 2014, Dubuque Fighting Saints in 2013, and the Waterloo Black Hawks in 2012.  Sioux City won a bronze medal, Dubuque won a bronze medal and Waterloo earned a silver medal during their appearances, making the United States the only country to medal three times over the four-year history of the tournament.

The Steel will participate in a training camp in Moscow that includes practices, sight-seeing, a scrimmage against CSKA (Red Army), and will then depart for Yekaterinburg. Other planned activities in Moscow include a tour of Red Square and Kremlin along with a Russian bocce competition in Gorky Park.

Following round-robin play in both Group A and Group B, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinal round and will have the opportunity to compete for a medal.  The remaining six teams will compete in the consolation round.  Chicago beings tournament play on Monday, August 24th against Snezhnye Barsy from Kazakhstan.

2015 JCWC Schedule – Chicago Steel

  • Monday, August, 24th, 7:00 PM vs. Snezhnye Barsy (Kazakhstan)
  • Tuesday, August 25th, 7:00 PM vs. HC Riga (Latvia)
  • Thursday, August 27th, 7:00 PM vs. Auto (Russia)
  • Friday, August 28th, TBA, Semifinal and Consolation Round
  • Sunday, August 30th, TBA, Gold Medal and Bronze Medal Games

“Our organization is absolutely thrilled to represent the USHL and the United States in the Junior Club World Cup,” said John Egan, President and CEO of the Chicago Steel.  “We look forward to representing our city, and our country on and off the ice. It will be an outstanding hockey experience, but also a unique life experience for our players, coaches, and staff.”

Under first-year head coach Dan Muse, the Chicago Steel look to bounce back this season after missing the Clark Cup playoffs. The Steel roster returns 11 players from last season including USHL Scholar Athlete Award winner Ryan Blankemeier. Boston Bruins 3rd round draft selection Daniel Vladar looks to join the Steel in net at the 2015 JCWC tournament prior to his first USHL season.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16.  A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

Stop Making Excuses— Start Exercising

Fox Valley Fitness

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Author: Ron Anderson

Founder and CEO of RLT Consulting Group, LLC

We’ve all done it, looked at our gym bag at home, in the car or at work and thought, “I should really go to the gym”.  But then in the same instance, we think of a million other things we could be doing and we talk ourselves out of it.  Let me tell you, the “I will do it tomorrow” attitude is what is keeping you from being where you want to be today.  Because if you added up all of the tomorrows you should have been working out, you’d have the body you wanted today.  So let’s take a look at some of the most common excuses we make for working out and debunk them for the nonsense that they are.  Maybe reading this will get you to take your gym bag where it belongs today……

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