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A lot of hockey teams training wrong?



I watch a lot of hockey, which is a natural thing for me because I write about hockey – mostly about the KHL though and varied subjects connected to the hockey.

However, I have noticed a few things at least, and I had to ask if it was just me or if someone else had noticed the fact that there are so many injuries in some leagues such as the Swedish SHL and the Finnish liiga.

I tossed out the question of why there are so many injuries in these leagues for example and I was replied to by Leif Stromberg who has been coaching in the Swedish SHL and the second league, Allsvenskan.

More about Leif Stromberg’s statistics you can read here

Stromberg told me that we have to dare to make the training individual, dare to stretch out the limits, dare to rest and increase the pulse.

He also mentioned that pretty much everyone is formed in the same mold, which means that everyone is training the same way, the STAC training method, and 3D training.

Teams want also only to practice the physical part with elements of hockey rather than build up the foundation with conventional strength training.

You often forget why a house stands in the storm….the foundation

Another reliable source, a male hockey player who wanted to be anonymous this time, told me pretty much the same thing as Leif Stromberg said.

This hockey player I have no cause to doubt because I know that he has been playing in varied European leagues, even a few games in the NHL and is a still active player in one of the best European leagues.

He told also that there is so much business in all these training concepts. Many of these trainers are pounding themselves on the chest and saying that they are the best physical trainers, to try to sell their own training concept as much as possible.

“Most of these physical trainers have unfortunately not been trying these exercises themselves or been playing hockey at all, only went through fine educations, so they wouldn’t know really, ” said the source to me.

Another addition from the hockey player as well:

“Many players are lazy and try to find a detour to success instead of making real plans for the physical part versus ice training.”

I also asked him how they train over in the NHL. He said that in the NHL they often train to keep themselves in shape and for keeping down the weight.

Very interesting points of view and it gave me also a greater understanding why a lot of injuries turn up.

From the NHL I receive an answer from another reliable source with deep insights in the league, and the game schedule in combination with all the long travels is to blame in their case, said this source to me.

However, I brought up with Leif Stromberg another aspect of this injury matter I have noticed myself during all the years. It happens also in the KHL and NHL apparently but because of different reasons and not at all as frequently is it because of the lack of skill or bad timing.

In the Swedish SHL and the Finnish Liiga, there are often very badly timed checks, which are caused by the lack of skill in judging  when to set in a check or when avoid the check.

My opinion, though, such as it is, is that if you are a good defender, you don’t have to check that particularly often or that hard, only close the way or give a nudge to the opposing player so he or she lose the balance and the puck.

Stromberg told me though that they must educate the players in early stages how to receive a check and how to give one, in other words, the technique of checking  in both aspects.

As a comment on the checking aspect, it’s also a lot about respecting each other on the ice.

With that said, injuries happen and it’s unavoidable due to the nature of the hockey game, but I am somehow convinced when I received Stromberg’s point of view on this that the teams and the players can do a lot to cut the injuries down.

Perhaps, in the bottom line of all this, it is up to the player to think in different ways how to avoid as much as possible being injured.

Ask yourself why some players are seldom hurt and some all the time.

It can’t be only bad luck on the ice, even if that does occur, of course, more rather about habits in the training and preparing for the season and the games.

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit






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.


Flyers Remove Statue of Kate Smith



The Philadelphia Flyers have joined the New York Yankees in the removal of ties to singer Kate Smith, whose famous rendition of “God Bless America” was played at both Flyers and Yankees games.

Earlier this week, the Yankees decided to suspend the use of Smith’s rendition, which was played during the seventh-inning stretch, while they investigated allegations of racism against the later singer.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” which
originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals” and was considered satire but includes racist language, including the line;
“Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

The song was recorded by Smith and Paul Robeson, who was black.

The Flyers put out the following statement on Sunday (h/t ESPN):

“The Flyers have enjoyed a long and popular relationship with ‘God Bless America,’ as performed by the late Kate Smith, a woman who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor for her patriotic contributions to our nation.

“But in recent days, we learned that several of the songs Kate Smith performed in the 1930s include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”

Smith, who was popular during the WWII era, recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among various other treats. 

Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” back in 1939 which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman similar to Aunt Jemima.

“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

The odds aren’t good that Smith’s songs will return to their prominent places during sporting events such as they were with the Yankees and the Flyers.

There is a lot of cleaning up to do when it comes to racism in sports, and weeding out songs attached to artists with questionable, and controversial, backgrounds such as Smith’s, is important in pushing forward towards the future.

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The New World of Sports Betting in the United States



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

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



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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