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Breakaway, the minor hockey podcast by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association, puts you with some of the best and brightest minds in the game today. Each week, Dan Pollard sits down with the leaders of hockey to discuss everything from scoring more goals to how to grow the game.

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Breakaway, the minor hockey podcast by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association, puts you with some of the best and brightest minds in the game today. Each week, Dan Pollard sits down with the leaders of hockey to discuss everything from scoring more goals to how to grow the game.

    Episode 109 | The Common Theme in Great Coaches

    Episode 109 | The Common Theme in Great Coaches

    Over his time as founder of Changing the Game Project, John O'Sullivan has spoken sports scientists and researchers, youth and professional coaches. In his new book Every Moment Matters he explains the common theme of what makes a great coach. Here's a hint: it's more than the wins and losses.

    Guest Bio: John O'Sullivan, Changing the Game Project

    • 19 min
    Episode 108 | What I Loved About Coaching Minor Hockey (Bob McKenzie)

    Episode 108 | What I Loved About Coaching Minor Hockey (Bob McKenzie)

    Bob McKenzie has seen and done it all in the hockey world. Now a respected TSN Hockey Insider with over 35 years of experience, McKenzie rewound the clock and took a look back at how the game has changed since he was a minor hockey parent and coach in the OMHA.

    Guest Bio: Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider

    • 37 min
    Episode 107 | Hit. Stop. Sit. (Michael Dundas)

    Episode 107 | Hit. Stop. Sit. (Michael Dundas)

    Youth sports should be a source of positive education and physical activity in a fun, safe environment. Keeping players healthy is a top priority for all officials and associations. Learning more about concussions and brain injuries through Rowan's Law creates awareness for players, parents game officials and team officials to recognize the signs and understand the importance of what's needed to return to play safely.

    Guest Bio: Michael Dundas is the Manager, Hockey Development at the Ontario Minor Hockey Association

    • 18 min
    Episode 106 | How Coaches and the Parent Group Can Work Together (Aaron Wilbur)

    Episode 106 | How Coaches and the Parent Group Can Work Together (Aaron Wilbur)

    There are so many factors in getting someone on the ice. It takes a commitment from players, coaches and administrators to be willing to dedicate the time and effort necessary to ensure everyone has a positive experience. However, none of that is possible without the most key decision maker – the parents. They impact the choice of registration, making sure their kids get to the rink, and have a voice in all of the major decisions. Parents want to know if their kids are going to be safe and have fun while learning new skills in our great sport.

    Guest Bio: Aaron Wilbur, Founder of The Coaches Site

    • 20 min
    Episode 105 | Improving the Player-Coach Relationship (Ray Ferraro)

    Episode 105 | Improving the Player-Coach Relationship (Ray Ferraro)

    A minor hockey coach spends almost as much with the players as their parents do. They hold the keys for unlocking their skill development and teaching them important life lessons. The core of the player-coach relationship is a mutual respect and the knowledge that the coach has the player's back.

    Guest Bio: Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst

    • 41 min
    Episode 104 | Adding a Simple Tweak to Your Favourite Drills (Corey McNabb)

    Episode 104 | Adding a Simple Tweak to Your Favourite Drills (Corey McNabb)

    Any time you add a simple tweak to a standard drill it gives the opportunity to teach both the offensive and defensive side of the game. On offence, whether you’re working on hands or moves or creativity, kids learn where they have to put the puck so someone can’t take it away. On the other side of the puck, if you don’t have the puck and you’re actually chasing someone, you have to learn how to position your body and your stick so you can get it back. Incorporating those things into practice can translate it into games.

    Guest Bio: Corey McNabb is the Director of Player Development for Hockey Canada.

    • 25 min

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