Behind the Bench with Mike Smith

I grew up playing minor hockey in Hamilton, Ontario. At the age of 14, I moved away from home to play hockey at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. After playing 4 years of Prep High School hockey against some of the best schools in the Canada and the USA, I played Tier 2 hockey for the Detroit Compuware…


Little Leader of December – Ben Harriman

Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, this little leader decided to share a video clip of his efforts to give back to less fortunate people in his community. As Ben mentions in the video he raised $50 last year for the Food Bank and matched it with $50 from his piggy bank. He really enjoyed giving…


Little Leader for November – Carter Astle

I feel I am a great leader in my community. I am always volunteering with the younger kids in my community on the ice with the initiation group demonstrating drills as well as helping with reading and drawings at the daycare. I also organise in a fundraiser (floor hockey tournament) every year for our summer bible camp. The…


Behind the Bench with Rob Mullaly

  I grew up and played my minor hockey in Fredericton, NB. During my last year of university, I began coaching minor hockey in Fredericton (PeeWee, Bantam and Midget) and did this for almost 10 years before getting married and starting a family. I later got back into coaching when my kids started playing hockey….


What does it take to be a Champion?

Champions come in all shapes and sizes. They can be tall, short, fast, fancy, rough or even lucky. No matter what they look like, they all have one thing in common. They win with a unified team effort. Champions don’t care about the number of points they have on the scoresheet, the highlight reels or…


East Coast Ice Featured Coach: Kenny Kyle – Fredericton Flames Atom Minor

I grew up in Salisbury, NB and played my minor hockey in Petitcodiac, NB.  As a child, I did not have the opportunity to begin playing organized hockey until I was approximately 11 years old.  Having missed some significant development years is the obvious reason I did not have a career as an NHL Superstar. …


East Coast Ice Little Leader of February

SIMON GALLANT – OWNER & OPERATOR OF “SIM’S POPCORN STOP” “Sim’s Popcorn Stop” came to life when 9-year-old Simon Gallant, from Cocagne, New-Brunswick, decided he wanted to become an entrepreneur.  He spent all summer 2015 researching the type of business to get into.  Finally, he came up with the idea to sell popcorn; simple and…


East Coast Ice Little Leader of December

Annie Audet – #22 on 2006 Belledune Storm, Owner of “Wheeler’s Waffles” Annie started her business in August 2015.  We all clearly remember when and how the idea came to her. Our family was heading home after the kids had spent a week at Andrews’ Summer School.  Annie and her brother Jansen both said they…


Simple exercises to develop an efficient skating stride

  We all know the importance of speed in today’s game. You just have to look at all the recent champions to validate the skating argument. Team Canada’s World Cup squad suffocated opponents with their skating, taking away time and space at both ends of the ice. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup this…


East Coast Ice Featured Coach: Marc Bourque – NB Ice Novice Major

I am a Dieppe native from a prominent hockey family. I am currently coaching 4 teams (2008 NB Ice, novice major, and 2 ringette teams) and truly enjoy every minute of it all. Highlights from my playing days include international play in Germany and the Canada Winter Games. As a teenager ( a long time…