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Let the new generation just play, coaches

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As we know or at least are somehow aware, everything around us evolves in one way or another, shifts form and shape to something else.

So does the hockey — the players and hopefully the coaches as well.

The organizations that own the teams have done so: from being a club, they have grown to be a big, big company with varied grades of international repute no matter where they are situated.

I am quite sure that I am not alone with the following question that is always current: how will the game evolve in the future?

Well, as some say in some situations, and I’d like to bring it up as well; the future is already here. In this very moment as we experience it.

There are many talents, young prospects with a bright career in sight, and some of them have won titles already, and have been drafted high amongst the NHL organizations.

Closest in mind are of course Patrik Laine, Sebastian Aho, Jesse Puljujärvi, William Nylander and Austen Matthews if we count those names that have been on everyone’s tongue the last year.

My question about them for example: are we seeing a new generation of hockey players of a kind that we have never seen before?

In many ways, I’d like to answer yes to that question.

We saw it during the U20 World Championship in Helsinki, Finland, that they played a way we haven’t seen anything like before.

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That provoked me to come to an insight about coaching, that also today’s coaches perhaps should modify their way of coaching. Not only just a bit. Perhaps totally different from what we are used to seeing?

I can understand – from a coaching point of view – that it is tempting to claim that the coach is behind the master plan for everything that happens on the ice and is responsible if they lose a game.

Moreover, it is also tempting to show off the front of the team and the other staff that you are skilled with the whiteboard and pen, by drawing a scheme that concerns 5 on 5, Power Play, Box Play or killing the opponents’ attempt to score at the end of the game.

But, that’s just a small part of the whole thing, and the players know all those things quite well, at least they should know if they are up at the pro level and not down at the pee-wee.

When it comes to those mentioned players above, I don’t think they need to see a playbook at first hand, they seem to be somehow too smart for that.

I think today’s coaches and the new generation of coaches should think much differently from the previous generation of coaches, as the most important thing for this kind of players, is to keep believing that they can do wonders on the ice, that they can use all their current capacity the best way they can.

And, most of all, that they are able to evolve those natural skills they have and keep forcing themselves to make it happen by extra training, whether it is skating, shooting or passing.

It requires some guts from a current coach to just let them play, guide them through though all moments that can occur on the ice, but give them liberty to discover by themselves what is working or not on the ice.

An added thought from all this:

My greatest fear is not that their teams would lose, but rather it would be a soul killer for me and probably for you as well to see these guys be dragged down by thousands of playbook pages and die in there.

If they would do the latter, it would surely be a devastating loss for the game we all love so much.

So, again, my mind about all this in other words:

Just let them play and they will give you, coach, more than you ever could ask for.

Perhaps old Herb Brooks would say this again if he were still alive, something every coach should be able to say to all of their exceptional talents that stand front of them:

You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.

– Herb Brooks

Arto Palovaara, Sunday Chronicler for Sports Rants Europe. Previously, he contributed for the betting company Betsafe, Svenska fans, Get real hockey and Ice nation UK. He is also an educated archaeologist and life coach who loves literature and history. Not to forget: probably he is the only sportswriter that plays the banjo.

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The New World of Sports Betting in the United States

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Earlier this year a monumental breakthrough was achieved when the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, known as PASPA, allowing each state in the nation to decide if it wants to allows legal sports betting or not.

That led the nation, and all of the states, on a new path, with a lot of lucrative opportunities in an industry that has operated underground for decades.

With casinos and eSports thriving, sports betting adds a brand new element to the gambling industry and presents one of the richest outlets for businesses, the government, and the nation.

There will likely be a boost in employment rates, a growth spike in business, and an influx of money that no longer has to be hidden from the eyes of the government.

As of now, a number of states have already started their journey, and another, Utah, has decided not to act on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of sports betting, opting to maintain their stance on forbidding sports betting, at least for the time being.

As the world of sports, eSports, and gambling embark on this industry shifting journey, let’s take a deeper look at what has been going down so far, and what is in store for the sports betting industry, thanks to an info graphic from NJGames.org.

The info graphic will take a look into the impact that sports betting legalization is expected to make on the nation’s economy.

The info graphic takes into account that the United States’ gambling industry already generates around $28 billion. The legalization of ports betting legalization is expected to increase tat number dramatically.

Additionally, sports betting operations will also result in a higher number of jobs, and the info graphic will provide you with an estimated number of both direct and indirect jobs that will open with the introduction of sports betting.

As the fantasy football season is ready to kick off for many of you, we should start seeing a lot of changes to the sports betting landscape and it will be interesting to see just how companies in fantasy sports navigate through the implementation of these changes.

The future of the sports betting industry seems bright, and there seems to be quite the trickle down effect that will have an immediate benefit to numerous industries.

Whether you’re ready or not, legalized sports betting is on the way, if it hasn’t arrived in your state already, and big things are on the horizon.

 

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Capitals owner Ted Leonsis Pays for 200 Employees to go to Stanley Cup Final Games

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Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is celebrating the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final for the 1st time in 20 years in a special way.

According to the Washington Post, Leonsis surprised 200 employees of Monumental Sports & Entertainment with tickets and a chartered flight to Vegas for the first leg of the Stanley Cup Final.

The employees were chosen based off how closely they work with the Capitals, as well as seniority, and they received an email last week from a senior VP that had the subject line: “Let’s go to Vegas.”

The selected employees received tickets to Games 1 & 2.

“It’s truly amazing and out of this world,” Omar Castro, a guest relations manager, said.

“I never expected an owner of the company to do this. We get to share in this with them. … He’s thinking of us as part of a family, as part of the experience. There’s no reason for him to do it. All I can say is a big thanks to Ted and his family for the opportunity, and for truly making this into something memorable for all of us here in the company.”

Not only did Leonsis provide tickets, but he also organized two chartered flights and is putting the employees up at the Excalibur.

 

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How Will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018?

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How will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018? That is tough to answer. Last season, it was a turbulent season for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2017, the Cowboys finished with a record of 9-7 which placed them second in the nFC East. However they did not make the playoffs. RB Ezekiel Elliott missed five games due to his domestic violence suspension. When he returned, he was a very productive member of the team.

Entering the 2018 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to return to the playoffs and ultimately looking to go to the Super Bowl. To start the 2018 campaign, the Dallas Cowboys had to go through Free Agency. During the Free agency period, the Cowboys signed six players which include Joe Thomas of the Green Bay Packers and Allen Herns of the Jacksonville Jaguars. OG/C Joe Looney re-signed a 2-year contract with the Cowboys while LS L. P. Ladouceur resigned with Dallas for a 1-year deal.

For the players that have departed, a total of 15 players have left the Cowboys. Since their departure from the Dallas Cowboys, some players have either signed with other teams, looking for work, or retired from the NFL. Here is the breakdown:

QB Kellen Moore, TE James Hannah, and Jason Witten retired from the National Football League. WR Bryce Butler, OT Benson Mayowa, and CB Bene Benwikere all signed with the Arizona Cardinals. FB Keith Smith, OLB/MLB Kyle Wilber and WR Ryan Switzer all signed with the Oakland Raiders. OG Johnathan Cooper signed with the San Francisco 49ers, OLB/MLB Anthony Hitchens signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and CB Orlando Scandrick signed with the division rival Washington Redskins.  As for players looking for work, that honor goes to RB Alfred Morris and WR Dez Bryant. 

Once Free Agency had finally concluded, it was time for the 2018 National Football League Draft. This years Draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It is the first draft to be done in a NFL stadium. For the Dallas Cowboys draft board, the Cowboys will have eight picks this year. During the draft, 6 out of eight players were offensive players. Also during the draft, the Cowboys traded their pick to the Los Angeles Rams for WR  Travon Austin. 

With the players the Dallas Cowboys wanted to draft now on the Dallas Cowboys roster, it’s time to take a look at the 2018 Dallas Cowboys regular season schedule. This season, the Cowboys will start the 2018 season on the road against the Carolina Panthers on September 9. The Cowboys first division test comes in the second week when the New York Giants come to AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys bye week comes during week eight. After the thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys will have another Thursday Night Football game. This time it’s at home against the New Orleans Saints. The Dallas Cowboy regular season finale will be on November 30, 2018 at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants.

So after breaking down the 2018 offseason and upcoming schedule, I believe it will be a tough season but I believe that the Cowboys will do better in 2018.

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