November 27, 2013
Hockey Mom: Cross-ice demands a fresh perspective
By now, any parent of a Mite knows about USA Hockey’s big change from full-ice to cross-ice. Everyone has an opinion, and they generally aren’t shy about sharing them.
October 26, 2013
Hockey Mom: Watching pro camp teaches great lessons
It is as important how you listen to, understand and respond to your coaches’ criticism as it is how talented you are to begin with.
September 27, 2013
The Hockey Mom: Postcards from power skating camp
There is clearly an age element to the effectiveness of camp.
August 28, 2013
The Goalie Mom: Sometimes, the pads never quite fit
This is probably the only time you’ll catch my writing in Brion O’Connor’s goaltending column.
July 30, 2013
The Hockey Mom: Win or lose, sportsmanship must prevail
We can’t turn back time and go all “Lord of the Flies” anymore, so parents and coaches have to step up and teach kids how to be team players.
May 18, 2013
The Hockey Mom: Change is a rewarding part of the journey
As much as I sometimes long for the end of hockey season, I always mourn it when it actually happens.
May 6, 2013
The Hockey Mom on camp selection: Get input, trust instincts
Choosing a camp is no time for hasty decisions.
March 4, 2013
The Hockey Mom: Riding the wild coaster we call hockey
It was a tough game, and I was white-knuckling my coffee cup, standing at the glass.
February 6, 2013
The Hockey Mom: Great coaches have the power to inspire
The reality is that since we need coaches, parents are going to have to serve in that role.
December 30, 2012
The Hockey Mom: When did I become THAT hockey mom?
I always have had a special distaste for rabid sports parents. They rank right up there with spiders, crowded elevators and runny eggs in my “Book of Yuck.”
December 15, 2012
The Hockey Mom: The five words every hockey mom dreads
I alluded to Sam’s past experience in goal and how I was pretty sure that his appreciation of the position wasn’t going to translate to a desire to take up full-time residence between the pipes.
October 15, 2012
The Hockey Mom: Private lessons are a powerful tool
Private lessons aren’t the answer for everyone, but they're something that time-strapped parents should consider.
September 23, 2012
The Hockey Mom: Let kids run in the offseason -- with limits
Participating in triathlons and kids running events over the summer can be a great way to build kids’ confidence in their athletic abilities.
August 10, 2012
The Hockey Mom: When a 7-year-old's Fathead acts 'selfish'
Following Tim Thomas' decision to take a year off, April Bowling sat down with her son Sam to talk about his favorite NHL player's questionable move.
July 17, 2012
The Hockey Mom: How to spend my son's summer vacation
The Hockey Mom, April Bowling, debates whether to send her son, Sam, to hockey camp or put his gear away and have him take some time off.
June 17, 2012
The Hockey Mom: Tryouts turn team players into individuals
There may be no “I” in “team,” but there sure is one in “evaluation.” This reality hit me while we were watching my son, Sam, at tryouts recently.
May 20, 2012
The Hockey Mom: Learning perspectives from a Mite
NEHJ is proud to debut a new column this month, “The Hockey Mom,” by April Bowling. The column is aimed at parents who toil long hours to support their young hockey players.