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Jaclyn Hawkins

Overcoming postpartum depression through hockey

Hi everyone! Thanks for clicking that link that brought you here to my first blog entry in eight years. You...
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The beginning of WHL Academy

My kids were 11 months old when I started to formally create what is now WHL Academy. I was in...

Confessions of a Hockey Daughter

  My mom, Cherri Johns, wrote an article a while back about confessions of a hockey mom. I thought it...

The Start of a Hockey Addiction

I fell in love the moment my skates touched the ice for the first time. Or maybe it was before...

To Bag Skate or Not to Bag Skate

How many times have you heard the stories told about these awful bag skates? The ones where you expect practice,...

Growth Mindset and Your Athletes

Sometimes I feel the need to go back a re-read a book or article, or watch a movie that I...

The Off-Season for Hockey Coaches

The summer is a buzz in the hockey world. What camps did we sign up for? Who is offering the...

The Coach and the Village

In one of those indelibly etched memories, my son was playing rep baseball in our small town. He was probably...

Positivity and the Power of a Smile

The word “positivity” has been rattling around my head for the past couple of weeks. It started with an e-mail...

Confessions of a Hockey Mom (Daughter Edition)

  I have a few confessions to make as a mom of a daughter playing hockey: I deliberately buy pink...

Hockey Coaches Learning from Baseball Coaches

This week, my office organized a “Career Showcase” for the high school aged students at the school that I work...

Skill Development Tips

I seem to have been doing a lot of “bookmarking” of articles, videos and websites lately – both on the...

Learning from the Olympics

Hockey tournaments are fun. The NHL tournament – the Stanley Cup Playoffs – is the hockey world’s longest tournament and...

The Hockey Coach as Disruptor

I read an interesting article this week about being a “disruptor”. It followed an entrepreneur who started a new business...

Tough Conversations About Unrealistic Expectations

I was chatting with a fellow coach the other day. She coaches a pretty good Midget A team with some...

Reckless Abandon

I only played AAA hockey with the Agincourt Canadiens until Atom. It was a time when there were many more...

Blake Bolden Shares her Experience Playing in Switzerland

I remember speaking with Jaclyn Hawkins in 2016 about playing overseas. After doing some research, I fell in love with...

Offence From Below the Goal Line

I have always had a hockey fantasy of having an application similar to NHL18 that would allow me to control...

Random Thoughts on Coaching Hockey

I am spending the weekend in Halifax doing some scouting of a girl’s peewee and bantam tournament. The top teams...

The Ecstasy of Scoring Goals

We get older and slower while the game gets faster. But the rec hockey buzz we get from scoring a...

When a Player’s Parent is Right

I certainly have an open door policy when it comes to talking to my players. I invite them to come...

Teaching the Art of Anticipation

One of the metaphors (similes? I didn’t do well in English class) I use regularly when talking about defense and...

A 10-Point Early Season Tune-Up

Now that it’s the middle of October, by my calculations, if you started your hockey season in September and end...

Life in Austria

Hello all! For those of you who haven’t read my previous blog, my name is Allie and I’m a goaltender...

Make your Practice Drills Count

I mention this a lot and truly can’t emphasize it enough: if you want to become a better coach, you...

Team Discipline Starts Behind the Bench

A coaching colleague of mine was watching a Midget boy’s game this week while her team was getting ready for...

The Journey to Salzburg

Hello all!   My name is Allie, 24 years old, an American from Canton, Michigan and I recently moved to...

A Thank You to the USWNT

To the US Women’s National Hockey Team, I’d like to say thank you to each and everyone for your bravery,...

Special Teams Take Centre Stage as Les Canadiennes Split Series vs. Brampton Thunder

Montreal (November 28, 2016) – In two tightly contested battles in front of two great crowds, special teams were at the...

Survival of Professional Women’s Hockey Hangs in the Balance

After playing in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League with the Buffalo Beauts, I signed a contract...