A podcast by a Swede, about Swedish Junior Hockey, for the North American listener.
Dag Wenstrom is one of the most experience high level skills and off ice coaches in Sweden and the rest of the hockey world. He has run Swetec Hockey for about 25 years. In this episode we dig deep of how specialized and focused training care create success and how not to be average, a problem that somewhat exist in Swedish hockey today.
Tommy Enroth and his two brothers Mattias and Jonas grew up playing hockey and other sports in Stockholm. In this episode we discuss how the influence of his dad, neighborhood competition and the fun of hockey set them up for success. We also talk about earning a university degree while playing and how this is a problem in Swedish hockey.
Jarno Pikkarainen is the new J18 Region coach in VIK Hockey Vasteras and we talk in this episode about the recruitment of players from U16 to hockey gymnasium and NIU and how J18 Region is a super tough league in the Swedish Junior System.
In this episode, Jesper Eriksson and I speak about the move from Stockholm to play for one of the best junior teams in Sweden, the competition and the decision to move to Canada to play for Bradford Rattlers in the GMJHL and bringing home the championship this past season.
Sean Werth, the GM for Canadian Junior A Bradford Rattlers in the GMHL and Jacob Dahlin talks about the recent success after the championship season in the GMHL. Canadian Junior Hockey and also the Eliteprospects showcase tournament and off season training program that Sean has been a part of the past 8 seasons.
James Reason, CEO of TargetAid and Board member of Varmdo Hockey and I speak about youth and junior hockey in the Stockholm, Sweden Region and how it is a breading ground for top talent but also breadth. We talk about lessons learned from an administration standpoint and how it correlate with Swedish Hockey philosophy. We also talk about the TargetAid fundraising platform that his company partners with sports organizations and pr...
Glenn Hefferan and Jacob Dahlin sit down and go in depth (sorry for the length) in USA hockey and do a deep dive into what the numbers are telling us where D1 commits are coming from in USA Hockey.
Anny and Mange Safstrom are partners in life but also have a common goal in helping athletes with both skill development and injury prevention. They together run Skills & Prehab for individuals and teams involved in mainly hockey but also figure skating in the southern part of Sweden.
Darryl Wolski with 2112 Hockey Agency and College Hockey Family Advisor (CHFA) has been in the hockey business sin 1985 when he worked as an announcer for the Winnipeg Jets and cheering on Swedish players Thomas Steel and Bengt Lundholm. IN this episode we break down the different junior leagues in Canada and United States and talk about different paths to play junior and college hockey. We also throw in some anecdotes about play...
Alex Houston, goaltender for NCAA D1 Canisius College in Buffalo, NY has already racked up an impressive resume at that age of 20. As owner of Midwest Knights and while playing juniors he succeeded in recruiting top players to his summer program and established himself through solid relationships and by being not too far removed from the game himself. He was quickly approached by his junior team Pueblo...
Nick DiLisi with 93 Hockey Services and Jacob Dahlin speaks on the topic of being an agent and family advisor for European players in the US and US players playing in Europe.
Wouter Hazebroek from Holland now lives in Falkenberg on the West Coast of Sweden. He is the developer of Hockeygymnasium.se website that gives detailed information about everything on Hockey Academy Gymnasium 9-12th grade in Sweden. In this episode we discuss the differences between NIU and LIU, next year's age group 2007 will be be selected and how SIHF supports and pushes the development of hockey at the youth level.
Johan Eriksson with Avenue Sports Management in Muskoka, ON Canada returns for a second appearance on the podcast to give the Swedish player the detailed information on how to make the transition from Swedish Junior Hockey to US and Canadian Juniors and College.
In this episode we break down the different levels of junior hockey in US and Canada as well as the detailed import rules and restrictions for college. The idea is to give...
Henry Acres from BC, Canada played juniors in the BCHL and eventually found himself on a worldwide journey in Australia, Norway and Sweden playing at variety of levels. A visit to the local bank in a small town in Northern Sweden changed the path where he met his future wife. Henry is a coach, mentor, administrator and teacher and uses his platform to form relationships with players in Canada and Sweden.
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Alfonso Acevedo with roots in El Salvador grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and his interest and love for hockey has provided a path through various online publications to now being the European Scout for Recruitscouting.com covering Sweden and Finland.
In this episode we talk about the recent world juniors and his view on the Swedish players and also the upcoming draft.
Jacob Rhodin - big scorer from Karlstad, Sweden via hockey gymnasium and juniors in Leksand sought a restart in the Canadian junior leagues and have found his own path with the goal of playing college hockey in the US. Jacob shares his experience and challenges along the journey, how to get cut and persevere, how to compete with fellow draft picks and finding his own path and success.
Mike Bloome is the Director of Player Personnel with Lone Star Brahmas in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). IN this episode we break down the steps for being noticed by scouts and GM's in the NAHL, how the rules work for transfers and imports as well as how NAHL teams recruit and eventually sign players to their roster.
Larissa Mills from London, Ontario, CAN grew up as a multi sport athlete and earned her education in education with a focus on behavioral management. Today, she spends her time helping athletes, families and individual focusing on the mental game and wellness.
In this episode we dive into the need to work on the mental game and how to separate yourself as an athlete, individual, coach or organization by a strategic approach to men...
Urban Omark is the first returning guest on the Swedish Jr Hockey Podcast. We dive right into the strengths and weaknesses about the Swedish Junior Hockey system, how different clubs have it and compare Swedish clubs internally as well as vs. National Development Program in the US. Urban speaks from experience from working with some of the best athletes in the northern Swedish area in Orkoldsvik and MODO Hockey.
Oskar Skiold grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm in a hockey family. His dad played minor professional hockey in his hometown and Oskar followed his footsteps. In this episode, we follow the twists and turns from his adolescence into adulthood from Stockholm junior hockey to the US and how he walked on at the University of Wisconsin to now playing minor pro in Sweden.
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