Powertech Development Podcast Library

Welcome to the Powertech Development Podcast Library! Below you will find all past episodes and interviews with various industry experts covering a wide range of topics from Mental Toughness and Pregame Preparation, to Scouting Perspectives, the OHL and the College Route.

Search below to start gaining valuable insights into all hot topics in hockey!

Ep.87 | Coaches Corner I with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric cover coaching for beginners. They cover some general tips for inexperienced coaches, how to create team success, coaching different ages and skill levels, developing systems, coaching behind the bench, and more!

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Ep.86 | When Boys Become Men with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric discuss elements of the maturing process as boys become men. They cover the importance of being adaptable, living in the past, how young players mature through their teenage years, and how to become a reliable and responsible young man.

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Ep.85 | Developing Into A Pro with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric run through several professional development tips for young hockey players. They touch on the role of hard work, mistakes that professionals make in their life away from their sport, why getting an edge early can make a huge difference, the importance of never being satisfied, the NHL combine, and other topics! 

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Ep.84 | What A Scout Sees with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric provide a framework for how scouts evaluate hockey players. They go over the different categories a scout might be grading, how they breakdown each skill for evaluation, and how you can use this knowledge to improve your training protocol.

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Ep.83 | Learning To Lose with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric discuss the player development process and the importance of learning how to lose. They cover everything from bouncing back from setbacks, to the common trope of ‘hating to lose’, learning how to lose, and other topics.

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Ep.82 | Improving Hockey IQ with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric cover one of their most requested topics – HOCKEY IQ. They cover everything from what hockey IQ is, whether or not it’s a trait you can learn, and three tips to try and improve it!

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Ep.81 | When Less Is More with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric discuss the concept of ‘less is more’ vs ‘more is more’. They address where athletes tend to overdo it when it comes to on-ice and off-ice training, and what a better use of extra time and resources might look like if you’re looking to get better!

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Ep.80 | Preparing An Off-Season Plan with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric provide a framework for developing an off-season development plan. They discuss the factors you should take into account, how to personalize a plan, and setting yourself up for success on the ice, in the gym, in the kitchen, and recovering mentally and physically.

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Ep.79 | The Confidence Code with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric discuss the widely requested topic of confidence. They cover everything from confidence on and off the ice, building confidence, losing confidence, and overconfidence!

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Ep.78 | Puck Control Pro Tips with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric provide a framework for you to develop your puck control skills. They discuss everything from body position to practice techniques and outline where your attention should be focused to get actual in-game results.

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Ep.77 | Getting Out Of A Slump with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric outline a framework to help you get out of a slump! They discuss the topic from the player perspective, outline how coaching can help their players get through tough stretches during the season, and a few parenting tips for when your kid “slumps”.

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Ep.76 | Preparing for Interviews with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric take a deep dive into the interview process for OHL, NCAA, or other junior hockey teams! They walk through how best to prepare yourself and walk through some of the common questions you can expect from a general manager, coach, or scout!

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Ep.75 | Managing Expectations with Coach Andy

This episode provides a framework for managing expectations, outlining what the competition looks like in junior hockey, and how best to prepare for the reality of making the jump to the next level. 

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Ep.74 | Bad Habits of The Hockey Player with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric discuss the bad habits hockey players can develop both at and away from the rink. Everything from bad body language to poor performance in school, they cover all of the common behaviors and character traits that you need to stay away from!

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Ep.73 | Life On The Road with Coach Andy

Are you ready for road trips? And what you need to consider to be prepared as a hockey player? Coach Andy and Eric cover minor hockey weekend trips, the parent perspective on traveling, what to do as a player at the junior level, and more!

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Ep.72 | Understanding Your Coach with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric outline a framework you can use to help better understand your coach! There are many consistent disconnects between coaches, players, and parents, and the boys use this episode to address some of the most common among them!

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Ep.71 | Being Tough with Coach Andy

This episode covers the hot topic of “being tough” in hockey. Listen in for how to keep toughness age appropriate, how to keep a game in control, the role of fighting, the true qualities of a tough player, and the different types of toughness!

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Ep.70 | Training With Intention with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric discuss the importance of training intention and having a purpose. They cover hockey specific training modalities, the purpose of off-ice training, the force-velocity curve, the ‘it depends’ principle, and more.

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Ep.69 | There Is No Recipe with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric discuss the fact that there is no recipe for success in hockey. From different training systems to parenting’ tactics, the boys explore several examples to demonstrate there is no step-by-step process or pattern you can follow to make it in the game.

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Ep.68 | Nutrition Basics with Coach Andy

This is your one stop shop for the basics of nutrition. Whether you’re a young player looking to fuel your performance optimally, or mom and dad trying to create a healthier environment at home, listen in for a high level outline of the nutrition space.

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Ep.67 | Becoming A Leader with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric outline what you can do to become a leader. They discuss the concept of Extreme Ownership, how to better lead your team, and, most importantly, how to lead yourself!

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Ep.66 | Keeping It Age Appropriate with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric discuss age appropriate training and development from both a parent and player perspective. They cover how to make the jump to the next level, parents pushing their kids vs. going overboard, parenting guidelines to judging their own behavior, what types of training are appropriate at which age, and other topics!

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Ep.65 | Social Media & Self-Development with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric cover a variety of topics relating to social media and self-development. They discuss how to properly use social media as a tool for learning, several examples of how to evaluate resources that you come across, and the development path of young players looking to make it to the next level.

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Ep.64 | Pro Tips for Skating Success with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric provide your one stop shop for skating success. They cover the various microskills associated with skating that are worth your time and attention, namely: posture, edgework (turning), power development, speed vs. quickness, deceleration, crossovers, and more!

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Ep.63 | Dealing With Dad with Coach Andy

This episode is a discussion on how best to deal with parent behavior that may be detrimental to your hockey performance. Coach Andy and Eric outline several steps young players can take to try and make the situation better, and address parents directly about the potentially negative impact of their actions.

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Ep.62 | Properly Promoting Yourself with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric provide a framework for promoting yourself as a player. They discuss sending video to teams/schools, how to properly prepare a ‘promotion’ package, comparing yourself to the success of others, getting noticed, and more!

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Ep.61 | 10 Things That Require Zero Talent with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric go over a list of 10 desirable qualities that require zero talent to attain. They present these 10 things as ways to improve your game (and life) without having the ‘lack of talent’ excuse.

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Ep.60 | Late Birthdays & Bloomers with Coach Andy

Listen in for a discussion on late birthdays and bloomers in hockey. The boys cover the progression of young players who might start out behind due to the late birthday, the lessons players and parents can learn from developing later (or earlier), and more!

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Ep.59 | The Meaning of Maturity with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric discuss the concept of ‘maturity’ in hockey, and as an athlete. They expand on the concept in terms of on-ice play and away from the rink, as well as how to be mature as a parent while facilitating the development of your child.

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Ep.58 | Coaching Communication with Coach Andy

Listen in for a deep dive on coaching communication. Coach Andy and Eric discuss team dynamics and leadership, arrogance in coaching, how to set up your team from day one, speaking with your players, and much more!

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Ep.57 | The Physicality in Hockey with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric take a look at the physical part of hockey. They cover giving and receiving hits, tips for coaching body checking, tips for players to become more physical, fighting, and more!

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Ep.56 | Hockey: Past, Present, & Future with Coach Andy

Looking at the sport of hockey from all angles, Coach Andy and Eric discuss the past, present, and future of the game. They go into detail on how the game originated, the evolution of the rules, today’s game, and where hockey is going in the future.

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Ep.55 | Responding to Comments with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric respond to your comments! They cover everything from becoming a pro to parenting mentalities in the hopes of clearing up some of the common misconceptions in the hockey world.

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Ep.54 | Passing and Shooting Pro Tips with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy provides a one stop shop for all things passing and shooting. He and Eric discuss the correct way to practice these skills, details on the proper mechanics, and how to effectively translate these skills in-game!

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Ep.53 | How to Support An Athlete with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric discuss how to effectively support an athlete in all scenarios of sport. They cover short term setbacks, long term goals, and how to effectively help the athlete manage their mindset in any circumstance.

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Ep.52 | Preparing for Life After Hockey with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric discuss the transition to life after hockey. They both touch on their own experiences moving on from the game, and what lessons young players should be learning to prepare for the real world outside of sport.

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Ep.51 | The Path of a Rookie with Coach Andy

This episode covers the path of a rookie going through their first year of junior hockey. The boys discuss the circumstances most rookies will have to deal with, the newness of moving to a higher level, what your expectations should be in your first year, and how to avoid the mental traps that are sure to come up.

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Ep.50 | NCAA vs. CHL with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric cover the common debate between the NCAA and CHL route in hockey. Referencing listener questions, the boys share their thoughts on how to make the decision, the benefits and drawbacks of each path, and other factors you should consider when pursuing NCAA vs. the CHL.

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Ep.50 | NCAA vs. CHL with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric cover the common debate between the NCAA and CHL route in hockey. Referencing listener questions, the boys share their thoughts on how to make the decision, the benefits and drawbacks of each path, and other factors you should consider when pursuing NCAA vs. the CHL.

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Ep.49 | Why Didn't You Make It? with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric analyze their own players careers and discuss some of the key factors leading to them coming up short on their ultimate goal. They cover the mental and physical side of game, and what aspects they could and could not control. This is a great episode to help young players avoid some needless mistakes.

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Ep.48 | Benefits of Being Extreme with Coach Andy

Using several Navy Seal concepts, Coach Andy and Eric discuss the benefits of having extreme habits. Becoming exceptional requires sacrifice, and there is no better example of properly developing the characteristics needed than those developed in military training. The boys site several quotes and mentors to describe the traits you should work towards en route to making the next level.

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Ep.47 | Ask Me Anything II with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric finish part two of their first Ask Me Anything segment answering your questions! This discussion covers everything from in-season training and nutrition, to pre-game preparation and the jump to junior hockey!

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Ep.46 | 2021 OHL Camps Wrap Up with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric wrap up this year’s OHL training camps. They start with a great story on a 12th round pick signing out of camp, and go on to discuss the big differences young players can expect when making the jump to the OHL.

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Ep.45 | Ask Me Anything I with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric answer your questions! They first touch on the OHL camps that started up this past week, and then move into the questions asked by young players that were just drafted or are approaching their OHL draft year.

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Ep.44 | Hockey Distractions with Coach Andy

This episode covers the common distractions young athletes face as they mature through the game. Everything from video games and nutrition, to the big hitters like girls and partying. They provide a framework for dealing with these issues in the hopes that you stay on track and learn to navigate difficult situations.

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Ep.43 | Making A Junior Hockey Team with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric discuss what it takes to make it to the next level in hockey. They detail the character traits players need to be noticed, skills to add to your game on the ice, elements you should look to display in training camp, and how parents can better aid their kids along the development path.

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Ep.42 | Why Have A "Good" Attitude? with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric cover the importance of having a “good” attitude, especially as a young player. They first define what it means to have a good attitude, the reasons why it is important as you develop, and how parents and coaches can help their players in this area.

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Ep.41 | OHL Central Scouting with Kevin Hess

In this episode, Coach Andy is joined by OHL Central Scouting’s, Kevin Hess. They discuss the inner workings of being a scout, how players are ranked, the key criteria scouts look for, and what players/parents/coaches can do to have the best chance at getting noticed.

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Ep.40 | Training Attitudes and Mentality with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric discuss the different mentalities they find in training young players and professionals. From training and teammates to parents and coaches, the boys cover a variety of topics on how you should approach the game mentally. To close they touch on speed training and power skating questions.

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Ep.39 | Intelligent Hockey Training with Chad Drummond

Learn how to structure off-season training, maintenance protocols in-season, injury prevention, sleep and nutrition, and common mistakes in fitness programs and exercise execution. This episode is jam packed from start to finish with quality information/resources to help you take an intelligent approach to your hockey training.

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Ep.38 | How to Play Without the Puck with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric discuss the importance of playing without the puck. They cover lesser-known skills and tips that make a player effective without possession. From the d-zone, neutral zone, and o-zone, the mindset and skills necessary to excel are outlined in detail for all positions.

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Ep.37 | Coaching 101 with Coach Andy

This is your one stop shop for all things coaching! Coach Andy and Eric cover the ins and outs of coaching from the minor hockey to junior level. Coach Andy recounts some of his own coaching experience in discussing how to come up with a team identity, how to properly communicate with players, and how to come up with practice plans to fit your team.

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Ep.36 | Do You Need An Agent with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric cover the hot topic of “agents”, especially in minor hockey. They discuss the role of an agent, what their role is in the game, what agents DON’T do, red flags when seeking out an agent, who actually needs an agent, and more!

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Ep.35 | Underrated vs. Overrated with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric discuss the importance of competition and how to become a competitor. They cover the topic of ‘superteams’ and the negatives that can come from always winning, how to create a winnable battle even on a below average team, and how to learn and develop your own compete level.

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Ep.34 | Becoming A Competitor with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric discuss the importance of competition and how to become a competitor. They cover the topic of ‘superteams’ and the negatives that can come from always winning, how to create a winnable battle even on a below average team, and how to learn and develop your own compete level.

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Ep.33 | 2021 OHL Draft Wrap Up with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric have a wrap up discussion on the 2021 OHL Priority Selection. They cover Coach Andy’s experience going through it with his son, what players can expect for next year whether they were drafted or not, and a reflection on what parents should take away from this experience.

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Ep.32 | Athlete Performance Nutrition with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric outline the principles needed to have a quality nutrition regimen as an athlete. They cover general nourishment guidelines surrounding your food choices, how to create better eating habits, and how to structure a gameday protocol for yourself.

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Ep.31 | Talent Is Overrated with Mike Weber

In this episode we learn about the value of hardwork and commitment,  and why talent is overrated. Hear the truth about expectations you should have as a hockey player, and how to battle through injuries and adversity.

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Ep.30 | Off-Season Hockey Training with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric provide a framework for inexperienced athletes to structure an off-season training program. They discuss the general principles that should be held when training for hockey as opposed to other sports, what to prioritize in your training, and how to take a phased and progressive approach to prepare for training camp.

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Ep.29 | No Plan B In Your A Game with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric cover a few excerpts from the book “There’s No Plan ‘B’ in Your ‘A’ Game” by Bo Eason. Coach Andy shares a few key points from the book including the necessity of fully committing to your development journey, using your resources, and the benefit of pursuing something difficult in your life.

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Ep.28 | What If You Don't Get Drafted? with Coach Andy

This episode covers the future of players that go UNDRAFTED. The boys spend time on this years’ (2021) OHL Draft, and what the scouts and general managers have done to prepare. They move on to outline the various paths a young player can follow if they do go undrafted, and what the appropriate mentality is in handling the disappointment.

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Ep.27 | Asking Questions with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric discuss the unavoidable mental habit of comparing yourself to others. They cover what it means to make comparisons, healthy vs. unhealthy comparisons at all levels of hockey, and what parents and coaches can do to help their players handle this mental habit.

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Ep.26 | Asking Questions with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric cover the importance of asking questions in pursuit of your goals. No one makes it alone in any pursuit, and asking questions and getting advice from quality resources is the key to success.

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Ep.25 | The Politics In Hockey with Coach Andy

Listen in for tips on how to prepare for your team interview, some of the common questions’ players will be asked by coaches/management, and how to come up with appropriate answers. Parents and coaches can also find some great info on how to help prepare their young players.

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Ep.24 | The OHL/Team Interview Process with Coach Andy

Listen in for tips on how to prepare for your team interview, some of the common questions’ players will be asked by coaches/management, and how to come up with appropriate answers. Parents and coaches can also find some great info on how to help prepare their young players.

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Ep.23 | Emotional Toughness with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric discuss what it means to be emotionally tough in sports. The two breakdown how you can better handle criticism as a player, how to facilitate the development of a resilient athlete as a parent, and how to improve your communication as a coach.

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Ep.22 | Being a Pro Hockey Player with Dalton Prout

Coach Andy is joined by recently retired NHLer and 10-year professional hockey player, Dalton Prout. The two discuss Dalton’s path to become a pro, the key steps to get there, and tips on how parents and coaches can better facilitate the development of young players.

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Ep.21 | Playing the Long Game with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric discuss what it means to “play the long game”. By keeping long terms goals as the primary driver in life, the boys discuss how young athletes will be better equipped to make good decisions that positively shape their future.

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Ep.20 | The Coach and The Critic with Coach Andy

Coach Andy describes what he calls “The Coach and The Critic”. Everyone has competing voices in their head – one that is encouraging and motivating, and the other that is negative and doubtful. Through their own experience in hockey and life, Coach Andy and Eric discuss how you can better train your Coach and control your Critic.

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Ep.19 | The OHL Draft with Coach Andy

What does the OHL draft truly mean for the career of a player? Coach Andy and Eric revisit the 2013 OHL priority selection and discuss where the former top players are today, and what general outcomes can be expected for the 300 players chosen.

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Ep.18 | Being Prepared with Coach Andy

Are you prepared for opportunities in hockey, and life? Recounting his trip to Russia training with NHL hall of famer Igor Larionov, Coach Andy goes over some of the keys to his success in getting that opportunity, and how he was able to excel with it. The boys go on to breakdown what it means to be prepared and the action steps you can take to ensure readiness in hockey and beyond.

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Ep.17 | Seeking Help In Hockey with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric breakdown the process of seeking help in hockey. With the path to success being so difficult, the two discuss where to find help and how to evaluate if a resource is adequate. They go on to discuss how coaches can make themselves a resource in youth hockey, and how to shape your mentality as a player to find the help you need.

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Ep.16 | The Way of the Fight with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy reads several excerpts from the popular book “The Way Of The Fight” by UFC legend Georges St-Pierre. They contextualize these lessons for young players looking to grow in the sport, and coaches leading their teams.

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Ep.15 | Having Purpose with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric breakdown why having a purpose is the key driver to your success. For the player, the two discuss how you can define a purpose to nurture your goals. For parents and coaches, they touch on how to facilitate the development of a young athlete by helping them to align with their purpose on the day-to-day.

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Ep.14 | Strength, Speed, & Conditioning with Stephen DiLustro

In this episode, Coach Andy talks with San Jose Strength Coach, Stephen DiLustro, on all things hockey training including long-term athletic development, age appropriate training, training for strength and speed, and much more!

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Ep.13 | Hockey Parenting 101 with Coach Andy

Coach Andy and Eric discuss parenting surrounding youth sports. They touch on common problems with the uninformed parent, overanalyzing and over-involvement, and what to look for in trainers and coaches to make sure you are well informed when it comes to your child.

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Ep.12 | For the Love of the Game with Kris Draper

Coach Andy sits down with 20-year NHL veteran, Kris Draper. They discuss everything from player development, scouting, parents, and coaching through the lens of Kris’ storied carrier.

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Ep.11 | Little Habits with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric breakdown the importance of developing simple daily habits to achieve your goals – this is THE SLIGHT EDGE!

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Ep.10 | Through the Eyes of A Scout with Brian Prout

Learn about what scouts really look for in a player from off-ice behaviour and family life, to on-ice skills and hockey sense. Hear first hand where the emphasis lies when selecting a player, what background checks are done, and  what factors contribute to predicting a players potential.

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Ep.9 | Deep Practice with Coach Andy

In this episode, Coach Andy and Eric sit down to discuss the necessity for quality hours spent honing your craft – or DEEP PRACTICE as some call it.

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Ep.8 | Insights From An NHL Agent with Ian Pulver

Learn the habits and traits of players who stand out, as well as the pitfalls players can fall victim too, all from NHLPA Certified Agent, Ian Pulver.

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For more information visit the Will Sports Group online!

Ep.7 | Navigating Junior Hockey with Coach Andy

Listen in for a breakdown of the challenges and obstacles that young athletes face as they move on to higher levels of sport – billets, teammates, hazing, performing under pressure, and more.

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Ep.6 | Play Every Shift Like It's Your Last with Sean Venedam

Learn about overcoming obstacles and adversity. Hear the inspiring story of why you should treat every skate like it could be your last.

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Read more on Sean’s incredible story here!

Ep.5 | Hockey, School & Life in the OHL with Kyle Pereira

Learn about the OHL route and how it prepares players for a life in professional hockey. Hear the true details about the OHL draft, school packages, and opportunities after junior hockey.

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For more information visit the Ontario Hockey League website!

Ep.4 | The Road To A NCAA Scholarship with Mike Snee

Learn about the advantages of college hockey, how to get a scholarship, the rules to obtain a college scholarship, and much more.

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For more information visit the College Hockey Inc!

Ep.3 | Creating Your Future with Dr. Derek Lanoue

Learn how to succeed in academics and athletics. Here you’ll find tips to manage time effectively, use hockey to pay for education, habits hockey teaches for success, and how coaches and parents can help guide the athlete.

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Ep.2 | Mental Imaging with Dr. Krista Chandler

Learn how to improve the mental side of the game using visualization and imagery on and off the ice.

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For more on Dr. Chandler visit the University of Windsor website!

Ep.1 | Mastering Mental Toughness with Dr. Jason Novetsky

Learn how to deal with pressure and anxiety, be in the moment, control the controllables, and own your mental traps.

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For more information visit Champion Mindset Group!