New England Hockey Journal’s RinkWise

New England Hockey Journal’s RinkWise listeners will hear from hockey influencers and leaders at all levels, delivering advice and direction like you’ve never heard before.

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7 days ago

In this episode of the New England Hockey Journal's RinkWise podcast, hosted by Evan Marinofsky, the guest is Tyler Holske, GM and head coach of the South Shore Kings, 2024 Dineen Cup champ, and assistant GM and director of scouting for the Sioux City Musketeers in the USHL. Tyler discusses balancing multiple roles, the trend of drafting based on player size, and the challenges of transitioning from prep to junior hockey. They delve into the importance of selecting the right time for young players to move to juniors, the significance of game experience for goalies, and the value of division three hockey for player development and education. They also touch on the nuances of college recruitment, the role of practices, the importance of playing minutes, and the vibrant Foxboro Prep League. The episode concludes with 'Overtime,' featuring quotes from hockey legends and discussions on toughness and mistakes in hockey.
Topics
01:23 Discussing the 2024 Draft and New England's Performance
02:36 The Trend of Size in NHL Drafts
04:28 Challenges and Decisions in Junior Hockey
06:39 The Value of Prep School and Junior Hockey Experience
09:40 Coaching Insights and Player Development
16:38 The Importance of Division III Hockey
21:26 College Recruitment and Commitment Challenges
25:23 The Struggles of Junior Hockey Goalies
26:09 Importance of Game Time for Goalies
29:37 Choosing the Right College for Goalies
32:39 The Foxborough Prep League
35:28 Overtime: Fun and Insights
42:49 Conclusion and Farewell

BU Coach Jay Pandolfo

Wednesday Jun 12, 2024

Wednesday Jun 12, 2024

In this episode of the New England Hockey Journal's Rinkwise podcast, Evan Marinofsky and Patrick Donnelly host Jay Pandolfo, a renowned figure in hockey. The conversation covers Pandolfo's remarkable career trajectory from playing at Burlington High School, BU, and a 13-season stint with the New Jersey Devils. With two Stanley Cups and extensive experience both as a coach and a scout, Pandolfo provides insights into his current role as BU's head coach. Key topics include the evolving landscape of hockey recruitment, the impact of the COVID-19 era on player development, and the challenges of coaching at the collegiate level. Pandolfo also shares his perspectives on the differences in coaching styles over the years and offers advice to young players and their parents about navigating the hockey world.
Topics
00:28 Guest Introduction: Jay Pandolfo
01:57 The Changing Landscape of College Hockey
05:20 Recruiting Challenges and Parental Perspectives
09:06 NIL Impact on College Hockey
13:16 Personal Reflections and Career Decisions
20:39 Support System and Staff Contributions
21:41 Navigating College Hockey and NCAA Changes
22:07 Transition from NHL to College Coaching
27:45 Reflections on NHL Career and Winning Stanley Cups
31:35 Coaching Philosophies and Influences
32:01 The Role of Communication in Coaching
38:14 Advice for Hockey Parents
39:28 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Freddy Meyer on Skill Development

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

The guest is Freddy Meyer, the head boys' coach at Rivers and former NHL player, to discuss various facets of hockey development. Freddy talks about his transition from professional hockey to coaching, emphasizing the importance of fundamental skills and development over strict game planning. He also shares insights on being both a coach and a hockey parent, the impact of social media on skill training, and the significance of a supportive role for parents. The podcast also touches on his experiences playing in the NHL, his thoughts on concussions, and his efforts to promote a high-level summer hockey league.
Topics
00:37 Guest Introduction: Freddy Meyer01:08 Coaching at Rivers and Dream Big Hockey01:32 Middle School Baseball Coaching02:05 Wiffle Ball and Athletic Beliefs02:54 Successful Season Recap04:09 Youth Development and Coaching Philosophy08:24 Transition from Pro Hockey to Coaching12:36 Balancing Development and Game Planning17:26 Skill Development Trends and Social Media Impact23:13 Taking a Risk: Joining the National Program23:23 Adapting to New Competition24:00 Physicality and Penalties in High School and College24:26 Reflecting on Career and Concussions25:08 Changes in Hockey Over Time25:26 Facing Tough Opponents26:17 Memorable Moments and Players29:42 Concussions and Player Safety33:25 Retirement and Transition to Coaching38:01 Advice for Hockey Parents44:46 Promoting Summer Hockey League46:04 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Wednesday May 22, 2024

In this episode of the New England Hockey Journal's Rinkwise podcast, host Evan Marinofsky is joined by Patrick Donnelly to discuss the recent Mass. Hockey Festival, where they evaluated young hockey talent including the 07s, 08s, and 09s age groups. They explore standout players across various positions, the impact of playing in different competitive environments like prep schools and the MIAA, and the potential for these young athletes to move on to higher levels of play. Additionally, they cover the nuances of scouting and identifying talent in youth hockey, the challenges of evaluating goaltenders in festival settings, and share personal insights on the progression of young players. The conversation also touches on the future of girls prep hockey and the academy model, emphasizing the growth and development of hockey talent in New England.
Topics
01:32 Exploring the World of MIAA Baseball02:07 Hockey Players and Their Spring Sports Choices04:27 Mass. Hockey Festival Highlights and Food Reviews06:44 Deep Dive into the 07s: Prospects and Performances12:56 Spotlight on Standout Defensemen and Surprises19:33 Highlighting Standout Players and Teams20:46 Deep Dive into Forwards and Defensemen Performances22:30 Spotlight on Surprising and Strong Performances24:08 Focusing on the 09s: Future Stars and Development Prospects32:29 Evaluating Defense and Goalie Prospects Among the 09s36:55 Reflections and Insights on Hockey Talent Evaluation

Wednesday May 08, 2024

Balancing Acts: Parenting, Fan Etiquette, and Navigating Sports Culture
Former BC QB & Hockey Dad Scott Mutryn provides insights into fostering children's athletic careers, emphasizing the importance of supportive environments and independent decision-making. He also tackles the unwritten rules of sports fandom, from jersey wearing to the contentious debate on leaving games early. Through personal anecdotes and reflections, the discussion covers the emotional depth of being a sports fan and parent, debating the values of staying till the end of a game against practical concerns. 
01:16 Scott's Journey from Football to Hockey Parent05:30 The Intersection of Football and Hockey in Family Sports18:15 The Importance of Multi-Sport Participation and Specialization Debate23:56 Navigating Youth Hockey and the Impact of Practice Over Games32:23 The Transition from Youth to Prep School Hockey34:29 Navigating the Hockey Community: An Outsider's Perspective34:57 The Allure of Hockey: Physicality, Skill, and Community36:45 Hockey Parenting: Embracing the Journey and Lessons Learned42:06 Youth Sports Philosophy: Enjoyment Over Winning47:46 Navigating Sports Fandom: Rules and Etiquette51:48 The Sports Fan Constitution: Debating the Do's and Don'ts01:02:00 Concluding Thoughts: The Joy and Pain of Being a Sports Fan

Kent School Coach Dale Reinhardt

Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

Hosts Evan Marinofsky and Patrick Donnelly chat with Kent head coach Dale Reinhardt about the transition from hockey season to school responsibilities, the recruitment process for student-athletes, and the importance of choosing the right path for youth hockey players. The coach shares insights on balancing sports and academia, the evolving landscape of hockey recruitment, and stories from his coaching career to illustrate the journey of developing players. The discussion also touches upon the benefits of multi-sport participation, the impact of the transfer portal and NCAA changes on recruitment, and personal anecdotes from Reinhardt’s playing and coaching career to shed light on the realities of youth hockey development and recruitment.
Topics:
00:59 Life After Hockey Season: Transition and Activities01:48 Recruitment and Changes in Hockey Culture at Kent03:01 Balancing Sports and Specialization in Youth Hockey13:21 The Journey from Youth Hockey to Coaching19:57 Reflecting on Youth Hockey and the Shift in Team Loyalty23:40 Exploring a Player's Season and Mental Growth24:51 The Importance of Personalized Paths in Hockey27:00 Navigating Junior Hockey and College Commitments28:26 The Evolution of Prep Hockey and Recruitment Strategies34:47 Adapting to Changes in the College Recruitment Process38:00 Guidance for Players Choosing Junior Leagues and Future Prospects

Tuesday Apr 02, 2024

Evan and Pat count down the 10 biggest stars in boys and girls prep hockey.

Tuesday Mar 26, 2024

Evan Marinofsky and Pat Donnelly examine the championships of the boys and girls MIAA seasons and the top storylines and players that paved the way to those titles. 

Friday Mar 15, 2024

Evan and Pat previewing and predicting the MIAA title games.

Friday Mar 08, 2024

Evan Marinofsky and Pat Donnelly break down the NEPSAC Championships.

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