Daniel Tkaczuk's Column

What to look for in a hockey camp

What to look for in a hockey camp

by Daniel Tkaczuk - July 31, 2012 11:35 AM EDT

The former professional player and current on-ice teacher writes about what you should look into when deciding on what hockey camp to attend.
What do you look for in a hockey camp? July and August is hockey camp time. Hundreds of camps run throughout the US and Canada in hopes of developing players and driving business.


Pros and cons of playing summer hockey

Pros and cons of playing summer hockey

by Daniel Tkaczuk - May 8, 2012 3:35 PM EDT

Is playing the game year-round too much for kids, or can it be helpful?
There has been a lot of debate in recent years over young players getting involved in summer hockey.   More than half of the players I have talked to in the Greater Toronto Area play (or intend to play) in organized tournaments in May and June this year and they expect to travel to Boston, Minnesota, Detroit, Ottawa and even Europe.


Changing the perception of a .500 record

Changing the perception of a .500 record

by Daniel Tkaczuk - March 11, 2012 10:50 AM EDT

With the NHL's awkward points system, .500 doesn't mean what it used to.
Down the stretch of the regular season, NHL teams continue to push and analyze their chances of getting into the playoffs. There is a lot of scoreboard watching and “what-if” scenerios to ponder.


Growth and memories of Canadian world junior hockey

Growth and memories of Canadian world junior hockey

by Daniel Tkaczuk - January 7, 2012 10:03 AM EST

In Calgary to celebrate 30 years of the Program of Excellence, this former junior writes about that growth and his fondest memories.
Like many Canadians, as a youngster I rushed to my TV set during the holidays to watch our team in the World Junior Hockey Championship. Luckily, my dream was realized in ’98 and ’99 when I was chosen to represent my country.


Hockey's best mustaches

Hockey's best mustaches

by Daniel Tkaczuk - November 13, 2011 10:35 AM EST

In November, many men grow mustaches for a good cause, but few match up to these ones.
Yes, it is November and charitable efforts inside the hockey world to raise funds and awareness towards prostate cancer is in full force. Players and team personnel have climbed onboard at every level by growing mustaches.


Who goes to training camp?

Who goes to training camp?

by Daniel Tkaczuk - September 21, 2011 12:04 PM EDT

The sixth overall pick in 1997 writes about the different types of players at NHL training camps and the situations in which they find themselves.
This time of year brings back many memories for me. Players are full of anticipation and excitement to finally put all that hard work during the summer months to good use at an NHL training camp.


Inside NHL draft combine interviews

Inside NHL draft combine interviews

by Daniel Tkaczuk - June 5, 2011 12:27 PM EDT

The 1997 Calgary Flames draft pick talks about his experience with the interview process with NHL teams.
The roller-coaster draft year of on-ice scrutiny is finally over. You have prepared and worked throughout your life to get noticed by the NHL.


Hidden pros and cons of life after pro hockey

Hidden pros and cons of life after pro hockey

by Daniel Tkaczuk - May 8, 2011 2:25 PM EDT

The 12-year pro and NHL first round pick talks about the good and bad skills and traits a player takes into his life after hockey.
So you want to become a pro hockey player? Follow your dreams of making it to the NHL and winning the Stanley Cup? Make a living playing a sport that you love? Live in the spotlight? Growing up and going through the Canadian minor hockey system, players get a wide array of advice on the world of hockey.


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