Active for Life: Hockey

hockey-with-heartActive for Life is a national initiative about physical literacy.

We provide information, advice, and resources for parents who want to raise active and successful kids. Being physically literate helps children to be better hockey players, and better athletes.

Here are our key articles about hockey and physical literacy:

Hockey great Ken Dryden says “Enough!” to head injuries

Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden calls for the NHL to catch up to minor hockey where all hits to the head, regardless of intent, are penalized. The current rate of concussion in hockey is endangering the health and safety of players.


4 things that should be part of every kid’s hockey experience

A positive hockey experience for kids should begin with fun, first and foremost, and include skills-based practices mixed with proper coaching, along with respect from both players and parents alike.


Hockey parents can get ready for the season with this conditioning camp

It’s important for parents to remember that unconditionally supporting their child’s sports performance is of paramount importance, no matter the child’s skill level.


What to do when a case of Parent Peer Pressure strikes

These strategies will help you separate accurate information from erroneous hearsay so that you can make informed choices that fulfill your child’s specific activity and sporting needs.


Proof that small ice hockey is better for kids

Younger children who play hockey on adult-sized ice surfaces typically don’t enjoy playing the game, as the surface is proportionally too large for them, whereas kids who play on smaller ice surfaces get more puck time, pass more often, and take twice as many shots.


When your kids play hockey, it’s okay to have expectations about their experience

Parents should not be afraid to initiate constructive and respectful discussions that will lead to improving the sports experience, not only for their kids, but for everyone involved, including coaches.


Brent Sutter thinks we need a ‘new normal’ for Canadian kids’ hockey; he’s right

Brent Sutter, coach of Canada’s hockey team at the 2014 World Junior Championship, thinks kids’ hockey needs to get back to the basics.


Can you guess the one thing that most elite athletes have in common?

Coaches, elite athletes, sport scientists, and medical professionals all weigh in on the merits of the multi-sport approach to sport training.


Hockey Canada’s new app for coaches is a game-changer

This app brings drills, skills, videos, practice plans, and articles into one mobile location, enabling coaches to have portable, fingertip access to a multitude of instructional resources.


What we can learn about teaching hockey from the 1972 “Summit Series”

During the famous “Summit Series” of 1972, in which Canada faced off against the Soviet Union in hockey, the Canadian team played an instinctive, intuitive, anticipative game against their Russian counterparts — players who were skilled, but regimented. The ability to use creativity as an adaptation helped the Canadian team win the series — an important lesson for today’s young hockey players.


Kids who specialize too early often get the short end of the hockey stick

Studies show that the best way to ensure happy and successful sports-playing kids is to make sure they get to try multiple sports. Early specialization leads to injury and burnout.

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