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Art and Curtis (Blue Line) Stutsman, getting ready for Game 6 against the Stars

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May 9, 2016

Let's Go Blues

Art and Curtis (Blue Line) Stutsman, getting ready for Game 6 against the Stars

So lucky am I to have Art and Curtis on their way to Game 6 where the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars will be playing at Scottrade Center. It’s do-or-die for the Stars, and won-and-done for the Blues, who’ve made it past the first round for the first time in what Blues’ fans feel is FOREVER… Okay, maybe not that long. But dedicated Blues fans, like Art and “Blue Line” Curt are hoping that Captain David Backes will stop this nonsense and take it to the limit in 2016. To all my Blues buddies, like the Massies and the Bleisch’s and of course the Winklers and well everyone else, I’m thinking about you. and will be cheering “Let’s Go Blues” right along with you all.

May 3, 2016

Another one of my friends is at an NHL playoff game tonight, the Dallas Stars play against the St. Louis Blues tonight in St. Louis, and this is a view from one of the VIP boxes.

Let's Go Blues

Let’s Go Blues

April 28, 2016

Whenever I talk to someone, there’s always another story that should be told, maybe not as important as the main story, but a story nonetheless. Talking to the French Senior Mens Team’s coach, Dave Henderson, earlier this week had one of those side stories that I want to tell, but it didn’t quite fit in the main.

Dave, who is Canadian (Winnipeg-Montreal-France) was telling me about playing hockey as a kid on the North Shore of Montreal, and how, for him, his brothers and his buddies, it was hockey-hockey-hockey all the time. He said they ate, lived and breathed it, listened to it on the radio… and that’s when I asked him if he knew Father David Bauer, who’d been involved by coaching and then managing the Canadian national hockey team. Father Bauer was a friend of Père Athol Murray of Notre Dame College; Father Murray was a friend of our family’s and after he died, I went to school there and every once in a while, Father Bauer would show up. Bauer, who died in 1988, was instrumental in bringing two famous Canadian hockey players in to coach and teach – Terry O’Malley and Barry MacKenzie – as the college struggled to survive in the early years after Father Murray’s death.

We were on a Facetime chat. When I asked him about Bauer, Dave’s face lit up.

“No, I never met him, but I certainly knew who he was. We listened to all the Canadian games that we could on the radio. I remember probably in the 60’s or early 70’s and they were playing in Europe. It would be night time there, but for us it was the afternoon. Listening to the play-by-play. That was amazing.”

April 27, 2016

Dave Wescott

Dave Wescott of All Star Arenas

Talked to Dave Wescott from All Star Arenas, who just might be The Ice Guru if there ever was one. Dave is back home in Florida after a little stint at the University of North Dakota (alma mater of Washington Capitol’s TJ Oshie, amongst others) where he was there for some ice supervision while the Under 18’s was going on.

Dave is no stranger to the global stage of ice, having been called on for two winter Olympics and a myriad of other U-(fill-in-the-blank) championships. I’ll be talking to him about how to build an operations team for a future post, to which Dave says:

“The best people already have a job!”

True, true…

April 26, 2016

Dave Henderson, French Top Division coach

Dave Henderson, French Top Division coach

Had a chat today with the man who’s taking the French National Team to the World Championships, Dave Henderson. Stay tuned for the story, about this passionate coach, which I’m working on.



April 25, 2016

Done Deal


At the end of every done deal comes the handshake and so it is with hockey. This picture comes from season ticket holder and long time Blues fan Art Stutsman. Like most Blues fans, Art had a white knuckle ride hoping their team would make it past their biggest rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks, and get the Round 1 Monkey off their backs. It had to go to game 7, and Patrick Kane showed off his skills with a spectacular 17-second puck keep away in the Blues’ zone, but the Blues pulled the rabbit from the hat and won the game. They’re up against Dallas Stars in Round 2. Let’s Go Blues.

April 24, 2016


Here’s a picture of NHL’s ICE MAN, Dan Craig, who, according to tv reports, has been camped out at the New York Islander’s arena to make sure their ice is up to NHL standards during the playoffs. This picture was taken April 24th, 2016 as the Islanders bid farewell to the Florida Panthers in Round 1. Round 2 begins on April 27th against Jon Cooper’s Tampa Bay Lightning.

April 14, 2016

My mom, with her blog at 78 MPH, spent some time last week with the Geniuses at Apple and the friendly folks at GoDaddy where her WordPress site is parked because she was no longer to edit posts using her iPad. The account manager at GoDaddy suggested she download another browser (and that worked) but she also said my mom should monetize her site with AdSense. And so she did. And so I did too. Last night, the ads came on.


The Hockey Mom on Digg

I’m telling you this because this morning, my Digg morning roundup had a very surprising item – an item I WROTE! Holy jumpin’, as they say in St. Louis. I’m getting popular! The story they featured is about ice rinks and their hot water addiction — I have been working on a piece that talks about solutions, but one of those solutions is highlighted in my piece about Keene ICE in Keene, NH. I can’t shout out enough about their rink, the people behind it, the great community spirit – and the great energy saving methods they implemented into their rink – including a system that lets them maintain the ice without using hot water. I’m not going to say more, just read all about it here.

March 21, 2016

I just got off the phone with Dr. Alan Murdoch, who coached the non-varsity, non-scholarship hockey club at Iowa State University for 43 incredible years. He hung up his head coach’s whistle just over two years ago, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of hockey just yet — in fact he’s far from it. Today, for example, he was on his way to an American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Men’s Division 2 Tournament in West Chester, PA, and he had a few minutes to kill before his flight out of O’Hare in Chicago. So I asked him about growing up as a baby boomer in Neepawa, Manitoba.

Al was the baby of the family and, being raised on a farm, a pond would freeze over sometime in the fall. He would grab his older brother’s beat up skates, put on a couple more pairs of socks on, and walk to the pond and start playing. When he got older and knew how to drive, he’d often take his family’s truck out to the pond and stay there and skate as much as he wanted.

School was in a one-room school house, with about 24 students all tolled, and in the winter, Al would go out with other kids from the school, shovel off a pond next to the school and they’d skate during recess and lunch.

Growing up, his favourite team was the Montreal Canadiens, in the era of Rocket Richard and Jean Béliveau.

“Saturday nights were hockey nights. We’d pop popcorn on a steel skillet and listen to the game.”

Red BerensonWe chatted a bit about two other Canadian coaches: Red Berenson from my home town of Regina, Saskatchewan, who’s in his last year as coach of the University of Michigan’s Wolverines, a spot he’s held for 32 years. My son Nic, who’s now a Bantam, went to the Red Baron’s hockey camp with his best friend Max a few years back, and the two of them had a blast and learned a lot too.

Al’s flight was being called just as we’d started to talk about another Manitoba boy, Dauphin-born Barry Trotz, coach of the Washington Capitals. I wouldn’t be surprised if Trotz wins the Jack Adams Award for Coach of the Year (and if the Caps win the Cup). Of course, I’m a bit bias since Trotz, like me, went to Notre Dame College out in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, I’d say it’s Barry’s time to Luctor et Emergo and come out victorious.

I’ll check back with Al Murdoch in a couple of weeks and we’ll talk about his quest to get Iowa State University’s hockey program NCAA status, something he’s been working on for about 40 years…Stay tuned!


March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

This morning, I called up Terry O’Malley, because a couple of days ago I read about a rink on Father David Bauer Drive and I wanted to know more about Father Dave and his connection to Wilcox, Sasktchewan and to my alma mater’s founder, Father Athol Murray. I knew that Terry would know.

Terry is now a Citizenship Judge for Saskatchewan but when I first me him, he was a high school teacher at Notre Dame College in Wilcox; I was in the three-year Arts program there, an affiliation the school had with the University of Regina. Terry and his wife Debby moved their family to Wilcox where Terry taught and coached, same with another of his friends, Canadian Olympic and NHL player Barry MacKenzie. Both were lured by none other than priest and hockey coach Father David Bauer who worked some small miracles to get some Canadian hockey teams together for Olympic games in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. Terry and Barry played together in the 1968 Olympics where they won bronze; Terry also played in 1964 and 1980.

I asked Terry how he met Father Dave, a Basilian priest, and the conversation went a little like this.

Terry: Well, he was my bantam coach at St. Mikes in Toronto. That’s the renowned hockey school where the likes of Mohavelich and Keon went.

Me: And how did you get in there?

Terry: It’s sort of a funny story. I told my mom that I wanted to go to St. Mikes because all my friends were going there. She told me to fill in the application and take it to the school on the admissions day. I was there with a friend of mine and we were in line, waiting for our turn.

After waiting for about an hour and a half, this Basilian priest comes out in his long robe and says, “That’s it! We’re full! We can’t take anymore! Go home!”

I was with Mike Lenhardt and the two of us decided to see if there was a way we could sneak in the basement and somehow get to the office. We found an opening and eventually we made it to the office — it was a really big school, and we had no idea where we were going so it took us a long time to find it.

When we got there, the priest asked us how we got in. We told him that we’d always been in, we just got lost.

He took our applications and we both got in. And we both graduated from there, too.

Terry sent me a 31-page document that chronicles his relationship with Father Dave, who died in 1988. It’s an exciting story which I hope will be told some day.


March 16, 2016

Today I was speaking to Nate Leslie, one half of the brother duo that makes up Vancouver-based Leslie Global Sports. In addition to running an annual hockey camp at the Queenstown Ice Arena in New Zealand (see Hockey Mad in the Land of the Kiwis) , Nate and his brother Boe have some other extremely interesting projects on the go. In February of 2015, the two bros went to Mongolia with a professional film crew, with money they raised on Kickstarter, to teach kids how to play, and coaches how to coach. The film documenting the project, called “Rinks of Hope” is now complete and has been shown publicly a couple of times, but the brothers are looking for a network to take it on and show it to wider audiences. If you have any ideas, contact them through Leslie Global Sports. And tell them that Colleen sent you!


Nate’s involved in another venture: How To Play Hockey Dot CA, a video library of over 100 five to 10 minute instructional videos on terminology, tactics, theories and systems of hockey. They have a 20-minutes FREE sampler of their library that you can access by giving them your email address, and they also have an affiliates program that lets you add a coded logo to your website to get sales from your site credited to you.



Headlining The Hockey Writers

Headlining The Hockey Writers















The Seals Documentary and Why You Should Be Part of the Crowdfunding Effort

The Seals Documentary







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April 3, 2015 – David Pastrnak, Teen Bee – How the Bruins right-winger is the right kid for the job.
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April 1, 2015 – Willie Desjardins for the Jack Adams Trophy posted on

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March 30, 2015 – Bridesmaid Battle: Blues v. Canucks – published on The Hockey Writers

March 30, 2015 – The Hockey Mom has its best day yet for blog visitors due to my Reddit posting of Hockey Helmet Ratings


March 26, 2015 – The Hockey Mom has had 3,000 visitors to date. Hooray!


poweringsportsMarch 23, 2015 – Powering Sports – Capitain, Our Captain

March 23, 2015 – Powering Sports – Capitaine, notre capitaine

March 20, 2015 – Created The Hockey Mom’s Facebook page – I’d love it if you would follow me there.


March 17, 2015 – Japers Rink – Tuesday Caps Clips: Nearly Buffaloed in Buffalo

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