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Nichols’ Notes: New App Lets You Train Like A Wild Player

Nichols’ Notes: New App Lets You Train Like A Wild Player
Chris Nichols

Interested in a new twist to your workout?

The Minnesota Wild has released a downloadable app that lets you train like its players.

“It’s geared toward what I literally put our guys through,” Kirk Olson, the Wild’s strength and conditioning coach, said. “I had my heroes growing up. I was always of the mind-set, ‘What do they do to work out?’ And the neat thing, I’ve seen this firsthand.

“I’ll have the Okposos and Zach Parises down at training center in the summer time, and I’d see these little kids watching these successful NHLers work out right before they’re about to do the exact same workouts.

“It’s really cool.”

Source: Russo/ Star Tribune

Source: Wild’s press release

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The Calgary Flames may have a number of young players in key positions as they battle for a Western Conference playoff spot, but Bob Hartley says they seem to be handling the situation just fine.

“The kids seem to be dealing with pressure in a real nice way and basically we never use the word ‘pressure’ in our locker room,” Hartley said. “We’re having fun with our situation, we’re not getting rattled; we lose one and the next morning we’re back and addressing what we could have done better and it’s over. We get on the ice for practice and our focus is always on our next opponent.

“We have absolutely no reason to change our approach with our players or demand on our players to change the way that they’re doing things because I feel that they’re doing great.”

Source: Johnson/ Flames’ site

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Bryan Murray will be honoured by fellow NHL general managers on Monday night.

Aside from his decades upon decades of work in the hockey world, the manner in which he’s helping others through his public fight against cancer has touched so many onlookers.

“He’s serving a higher purpose by everything that he’s he doing in this case,” Nashville Predators GM David Poile said. “He’s doing his job, which is his purpose, but he’s also serving the greater purpose for the big picture on the cancer in terms of telling his story. You know it’s going to have some positive effects down the line for a lot of people.”

Source: Whyno/ Canadian Press

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Peter Horachek went through cancer surgery five years ago, and that helps his keep a broader perspective on things like the current state of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I have gone through tougher things,” Horachek said. “I have had cancer, and that is a lot tougher than going through this.

“My father died of it. You realize there are things that are bigger than hockey and so you deal with it and try to be the right person.

“As I say, there are things that are worse, things going on in the world that are worse, and we try to say, ‘Listen, you deal with this as a person who can stand up and be counted for. Try to show your character.’”

Source: Koshan/ Sun

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Steve Tambellini recently reflected on the invaluable lessons he learned from Pat Quinn, in whom Tambellini has told at the end of his playing career that he eventually would like to manage an NHL team.

“It was an incredible education of how pro sports works, aside from the hockey side,” said Tambellini.

“He just said, ‘If these are your goals, then you’re going to have to learn how hard these people work on the business side of hockey.’

So, when you’re spending these dollars on the players, you need to have an appreciation how hard a job it is for the people behind the scenes to generate this revenue.”

Source: Jamieson/ Province

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NHL: JAN 06 Avalanche at Blackhawks

How has Jarome Iginla impacted Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly’s approach to their game since joining the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent?

Duchene: “When it comes to what I have learned from Jarome as both a player and a person, I think after having seeing the way he approaches the game on and off the ice it reinforces a lot of the habits that I have. I think any time you see a future hall of famer doing things that you already do, especially in terms of off-ice preparation, it’s a good sign that you are on the right track.”

O’Reilly: “Being able to play with Jarome has showed me that as you get older and continue to play at a high level, you have to consistently work on your game. Although he has had success, it has showed me that he doesn’t look at arriving anywhere. He is continually striving for more success.”

Source: NHLPA

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Ray Emery has seen his share of peaks and valleys throughout his career.

How does he get through it all?

“Don’t read the papers,” Emery laughed. “It’s been different. Ups and downs or whatever. It’s fun, it’s a ride and I’m a competitive guy. The downs are just as fun as the ups because you get to come back. It’s been cool.”

Asked how many years he’d like to keep playing, the 32-year-old UFA-to-be replied: “As many as I can.”

Source: Brennan/ Ottawa Sun

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In the wake of becoming the Capitals’ franchise leader in assists on Sunday night, Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom was asked about a saying from his homeland; where nobody wants to be the tallest shaft of wheat in the crop.

“I know what it means,” said Backstrom. “You just want to be average, you don’t want to stand out.

“That’s for sure the culture there. You can’t stand out because that’s rude, kind of. That’s why I think a lot of Swedish players are like that.

“Let’s say you do something good. It doesn’t have to be in hockey or sports, you shouldn’t stand out, you should be normal. That’s how Sweden is. People aren’t jealous of other people. That’s what I would say it is.”

Source: Gormley/ CSN

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Jon Cooper saw a glimpse of 3-on-3 overtime last week when matching minors were called in Tampa Bay’s game against Boston.

3-on-3 is being discussed by NHL GMs this week at their meetings.

Thoughts?

“That was the first real glimpse that I got to see of it and it was pretty uneventul until (Boston) had one play … and got a great scoring chance,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “I guess for me if statistically it proves, and it has in the American League, that it’s ending games before the shootout in a higher rate, then I would be for it. I like the shootout, I think it’s entertaining for the fans, but I think there’s way too much emphasis put on it in the sense that too many games are settled through it.’’

Source: Erlendsson/ Tribune

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Really good story here about the relationship between Braden Holtby and Olie Kolzig, which has stayed strong through the years.

Holtby reflected on how valuable it was to him to have that person with whom “you know everything is safe with him, you can talk about anything.”

“That was one of the things I looked forward to coming to the rink last year, was to talk to Olie, not necessarily playing hockey all the time,” Holtby said at one point. “You know you’re gonna have a friend, a person to talk to you, just get your mind away from all the other things going through your head.  He made it fun last year when it wasn’t a very fun situation.”

Source: Sorensen/ CSN

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Ted Nolan has raved about the highly-effective job Arturs Irbe has done with Buffalo’s goaltenders, but Irbe’s handiwork also extended to Team Latvia’s sensation, Kristers Gudlevskis, at the last Olympics. Nolan was the coach of that team.

“I’ve seen him do miracles with the young kid drafted by Tampa Bay playing in Syracuse,” Nolan said. “This kid came from a Junior B level of hockey. … To face the shooters we did there, I thought he was tremendous.

“I just watched the progression of Kristers from the month that we had to work with him. It was incredible. Arturs does a good job.”

Source: Vogl/ News

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The New Jersey Devils will be wearing their original colors on Tuesday night for the fifth time since 2010, which is about the right amount of time to see them for GM Lou Lamoriello.

“I think there’s a lot of nostalgia when you see that out there,” Lamoriello said. “I think the players too enjoy putting it on. It’s certainly different. It brings back the past and I think it’s a good tradition to wear it once a year.”

Source: Gulitti/ Fire & Ice

Nichols’ Notes
Chris Nichols

Chris has written about both hockey and fantasy hockey for a number of media outlets over the last 14 years, including a combined decade with Sportsnet.ca and ESPN.com. He launched NicholsOnHockey.com in February of 2014. An aversion to wearing socks sparked a move from his hometown of Edmonton to San Diego, California in the mid-’90s, and the Oilers have not won a Cup in his absence.

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