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Welcome back to the 'Chip and Go Newsletter'!- January Edition II

The 'Chip and Go Newsletter' is a fast and easy way to learn more about the game of hockey and connect with your SJHA community. This is a one-stop-shop for all your SJHA news and information. So, give it a quick chip and go! 

Seattle Junior News and Updates

  • We are back on the ice! Both rinks are open and teams are skating again for the first time in almost 8 weeks!
  • As a reminder, please make sure to monitor your player's health well before coming to the rink. If there are any signs of illness (cough, fever, stuffy nose, runny nose, headache, body chills, body aches, etc.) please DO NOT come to the rink. If anyone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please DO NOT come to the rink; please notify covidconsultant@sjha.com to protect the anonymity of those affected. 
  • Seattle Junior recently launched the new SJHA Community Services Page. This resource, housed on our website, serves as a community bulletin board in which business owners, leaders, or representatives who participate in the SJHA community can promote their businesses and services to all SJHA families who might need them. This is a free opportunity. We will not discriminate if you are an owner, proprietor, employee, or volunteer of the business you would like to promote. There are already several SJHA families who have connected with business on the page!
  • Through generous donations from SJHA goalie parents, SJHA has acquired a sheet of high-quality synthetic Can-Ice. The sheet will be temporarily set up on clear days in the OVA parking lot. And this spring we will work on a permanent home for the sheet. The synthetic ice will give SJHA coaches and players many more opportunities to practice skills without stepping on the rink. And, goalies will have stable clinic times! See below. 

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Coaches' Corner- Drill of the Week

This week's Coaches' Corner is dedicated to UNDERHANDLING. We are all taking the ice again for the first time in several weeks. And as we all know,  long breaks mean the resurfacing of bad habits. One of the many bad habits that can often go unnoticed (and certainly comes out after a long break) is overhandling the puck. In, hockey, our main priority is to get as many pucks as we can into the offensive zone to score goals. Preferably, we are moving the puck to our teammates to accomplish this goal, but if we have room to skate with it, we need to take all the space we can get. Overhandling the puck when moving up ice plagues skaters who are otherwise fast and agile without the puck on their stick. Many players find themselves in the habit of handling the puck multiple times per stride, even when there is no need to protect it! This just slows them down and opens up opportunities for unforced errors. Even more, overhandling pucks when catching passes or looking to shoot can take away time from the puck carrier and allow the goalie to set up or take away the angle. 

The concept of underhandling is simple: in order to increase skating speed and puck moving readiness (being ready to pass, shoot, or protect at all times), learn to skate with the puck, catch and make passes, and shoot without stickhandling. Honing the skill of underhandling the puck can be accomplished in many ways. Coaches can create drills in which players are catching and releasing passes without a stickhandle in between, carrying the puck through open ice on their forehand side without handling it, and taking shots without dribbling the puck to load. Players who build the underhandling mentality into every facet of their game will have more time and control with the puck. Take this opportunity to knock an old habit and develop your underhandling skills today. 

Below are two videos. The first is a video of several goals scored by Auston Matthews. Notice how quickly he catches and releases pucks without stickhandling. Goalies are not prepared for his shot and are therefore too slow to get in front of it. Matthews displays the goal scorer's mentality at its finest. Underhandling is an important piece of his world-class approach to lighting the lamp. The second video is an underhandle, overspeed concept drill produced by The Hockey Think Tank. This drill creates opportunities for players to learn to catch and release pucks as well as carry through the zone without stickhandling. There are more variations to the drill on The Hockey Think Tank site. 

If you have questions about implementing the underhandle into your team culture, please reach out to marty.rubin@sjha.com.

Admiral Academy- Learn Something New Today!

Hockey has often been described as a series of small battles, a never ending opportunity to learn and grow as a player, coach, or fan of the game. The Admiral Academy is a platform created to inspire your continual exploration of hockey history and knowledge through videos, podcasts, articles, books, and more. 

This week, we will be featuring an episode from one of the best hockey podcasts out there called "The Hockey Think Tank." Topher Scott and Jeff LoVecchio are seasoned professional hockey players and coaches that have dedicated themselves to providing elite hockey resources and analysis to amateur players and families. In this episode, they break down the fundamental aspects mental toughness and the importance of resiliency, self-awareness, and reflection. The hosts interview sports psychologist Dr. Cassidy Preston and really dig into the mental aspects of hockey. There are curse words in this episode, please consider before listening. Enjoy!

The Hockey Think Tank Podcast- Episode 140- Dr. Cassidy Preston

Welcome back to the 'Chip and Go Newsletter'!- January Edition I

The 'Chip and Go Newsletter' is a fast and easy way to learn more about the game of hockey and connect with your SJHA community. This is a one-stop-shop for all your SJHA news and information. So, give it a quick chip and go! Happy New Year!

Seattle Junior News and Updates

  • Happy New Year SJHA! We are so excited for 2021 and the promise of MUCH more hockey!
  • Last week, Seattle Junior announced the launch of the new SJHA Community Services Page. This resource, housed on our website, serves as a community bulletin board in which business owners, leaders, or representatives who participate in the SJHA community can promote their businesses and services to all SJHA families who might need them. This is a free opportunity. We will not discriminate if you are an owner, proprietor, employee, or volunteer of the business you would like to promote. There are already several SJHA families who have connected with business on the page!
  • Based on Governor Inslee's newest extension of the current restrictions, we expect to know more information about the possible reopening of the rinks by January 11th. As soon as we are allowed to open in a safe, controlled way, we will have you back on the ice again. We cannot thank you enough for your patience as we all try to navigate this sticky situation.  

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Admiral Academy- Learn Something New Today!

For our New Year's edition of the Admiral Academy we will focus on 5 things you can do today to jumpstart your return to hockey in 2021.

Whether you are trying everything you can to make it to the next level or you just love improving at hockey and staying active, these suggestions are for you:

1. Diet- It is not just changing what you eat in the meal before or after practice that will improve your game, it is making a commitment to eating and drinking mindfully all the time that will really help you make gains. This is not a fad diet. It is simple. Cut the junk food and the sugary cereals. Find ways to get whole fruits and vegetables in every single meal. Bananas, kiwis, oranges, avocados, broccoli, spinach, kale, and potatoes have the most nutrients and electrolytes. Instead of snacking on a power bar or reaching for the protein supplement, eat oatmeal or nuts like almonds, cashews, walnuts, and even peanuts to give you good proteins and fats. If you like pastas, breads, and other carbs, that is fine! Just make sure you are balancing each meal with whole fruits, vegetables, and lean meats such as chicken and turkey. Drink a glass of water with every meal. Try coconut water instead of sugary power drinks. 

2. Stretch EVERYDAY- Hockey players need to constantly take care of their aching muscles and joints. The only way to make sure you are staying limber and flexible is to stretch everyday. Every. Single. Day. Build a short 10 minute stretching flow into your daily routine and you will see big gains on the ice and in the gym. See the SJHA Facebook or Instagram for Coach Marty's Stretching Routine. Hockey players need to focus on body areas key to skating like hips, groins, and hamstrings. But please do not forget other important areas that contribute to injuries like ankles, calves, lower back, and shoulders. You should be stretching proactively, not just to avoid injuries, but to make improvements. 

3. Watch More Hockey- One of the best ways to improve your game is to study high level hockey players.  This does not mean check the Datsyuk or McDavid highlight reels. Instead, pick a player or team that you want to model your game after. Maybe they are really talented with the puck, maybe they are a natural goal scorer, maybe they are defensively sound, or maybe they are really difficult to play against. Whatever it is, choose something that will inspire you to study (key word) their game and then bring what you learned out on the ice with you. One cannot pick up real hockey lessons just by checking NHL scores and standings each night. You have to pay attention and take notes over time. The NHL is coming on January 13th, the World Junior's is entering the quarterfinals on January 2nd, NCAA college hockey is underway, and the WHL season is opening any day. You have so many inspirations to choose from! Get your teammates involved too. Some team learning and camaraderie will stimulate your progress even more. 

4. Visualization- All of the most talented hockey players in the world have built the mental visualization of success into their routines. On the way to the rink, at home in bed, or sitting in the locker room before you head out on the ice, close your eyes; mentally picture yourself handling the puck, scoring a goal, making a great pass, stopping a shot, or breaking up a play. Imagine the weight of the puck on your stick, the cool breeze on your face, the burn in your legs after a long shift. With this technique, the more you can visualize, the more confident you will be when you are actually out there because you have already done it before in your mind! The concept of visualization goes far beyond the realm of hockey and can be integrated in any part of your life in which you want to perform successfully. Try it with hockey and see where else you can improve your life!

5. Build Community- Reach out to your teammates and hockey friends! Tell them you miss them and talk about how excited you are to return to hockey! Sharing the love will bring everyone spirits up!

Update on World Junior's Hockey

What a wonderful preliminary round it was at the 2021 World Junior Championships!

On January 2nd we will have ALL the quarterfinal games. Seeds 1 from both groups will play Seed 4 from the opposite group. Seeds 2 from both groups will play Seed 3 from the opposite group. We are sure to have some fiery matchups!

Here is the schedule:
-Russia (2B) vs. Germany (3A), 9:00am PT 
-Finland (2A) vs. Sweden (3B), 12:30pm PT 
-Canada (1A) vs. Czech Republic (4B), 4pm PT 
-United States (1B) vs. Slovakia (4A), 7:30pm PT

If you want to talk WJ's Hockey, reach out to marty.rubin@sjha.com!