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Rock for Hockey would like to thank Dave Coyne and the Grundy Senators for inviting us to their Opening Day on September 8th, 2018!  We were able to set up a table and interact with a lot of Grundy families and spread the word about our mission!  We also want to than the Grundy organization for its very generous donation to Rock for Hockey through their Chuck-A-Duck event.

We truly appreciate the support that the Grundy families and their organization have shown to us.

Pictures of the 2018-2019 SEason Opening Day can be found HERE.

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Rock for Hockey Application for Assistance

Attached is the Official Rock for Hockey Financial Assistance Application.

Rock for Hockey Award Application – v1

Some notable guidelines from our Application Process:


The purpose of this application form is to gain information to review your request for financial assistance from Rock for Hockey. Your application will be reviewed by our board members. The board will make awards based on your family’s financial information. The board does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, or gender.

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for an award:
• Player must be a US citizen
• Player must be a resident of either PA, DE, NJ, MD, VA, or Washington DC at the time of application
• Player must be between the ages of 11 and 16 at the time of application
• Player must be have played the last two (2) consecutive seasons
• Player must be playing the 2018 – 2019 season in PA, DE, NJ, MD, VA, or Washington DC
• Player must compose and submit an essay as outlined later in this application
Applicants may choose to submit the following optional information:
• Additional Information (Section VI)
• A third-party reference (Section VII)
While these sections are optional, their inclusion may better help the Rock for Hockey Board evaluate your application by providingmore contextual information.

Families may be asked to submit the last two (2) years of income tax returns during the review process. Submission of the tax returns is not required to be considered for assistance.
The following applies to awards:
• A single award will be given to a player from an organization or club. That is, no more than a single player within an
organization or club may receive an award for a given season.
• A maximum of four (4) awards will be given each season.
• Award nominees will have five (5) days after award notification to submit a testimonial to Rock for Hockey. If the testimonial is not received by midnight on the fifth day, the nominee will forfeit their award and another nominee will be chosen from the pool of applicants. No exceptions.

Your application and related information will remain confidential and secure


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Welcome to the NHL Gear Fanatic’s Online Paradise

Welcome to the NHL Gear Fanatic’s Online Paradise

Hockey fans are always interested to know what sticks, gloves, helmets, pants, gloves, blockers, pads and masks NHL players are using. However, nobody likes going to the dentist — and finding out what gear players use is like pulling teeth.

No more. The recently launched website www.GearGeek.com tells you everything you want to know about NHL equipment used by every active player in the league. GearGeek is the world’s first online database of NHL equipment, with more than 3,500 items used by 700-plus NHL players.

And, site information is updated daily, so real gear fanatics can stay current as players switch equipment over the course of the season.

Player equipment choices can be viewed in a number of ways. You can sort by brands, teams, positions, stat leaders and salary cap leaders. So, if you want to know every piece of gear your favorite player/goalie is using — no problem. If you want to know which brand of stick is most popular on a certain team, for a certain position, or for the NHL as a whole — you can get the answer within a couple of seconds.

GearGeek is free to use, and requires no registration or login. Just visit the site and start getting answers to your hockey gear questions … without pulling any teeth.

AJ Lee is the Marketing Coordinator for GearGeek, the first and only online NHL player equipment database.

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Understanding and Dealing with Bullying

Understanding and Dealing with Bullying

It is difficult to deal with any problem in a way that will make it permanently go away unless you understand why the problem exists in the first place. Bullying is no exception to this rule.

Understanding the Bully
First, you have to have an idea of how a bully actually feels as well as define it properly so you can avoid identifying an experience as bullying when it is not one. If you are being bullied it is by someone who is acting aggressively toward you either in a verbal or physical manner, or both. A bully usually tries to find a victim that they feel is weaker than them in a physical way as well as mentally—someone they perceive will probably not fight back or won’t fight back. A bully will try some insulting or degrading behavior out the first time to see how the victim reacts. If the result is to their liking and they feel powerful over that person, then they will continue a pattern of activity that will elicit the same results.
Most often, a bullies behavior is a result of someone bullying them. This could be someone at home—a parent, older sibling, or extended family members—or it could be another student. Most often, their chose of who they victimize has nothing personal to actually do with the victim, but everything to do with how the victim reacts to them. Bullies will move on to someone else if you deter them properly the first time.

Ways to Deter Bullying

1. Don’t Give In
A bully will strike when it is least expected to try and find someone to bully on a regular basis. If they observe someone who is caught up in a vulnerable situation at school during an activity or during an after-school activity, they will pounce on the chance to bully. They will believe they have found someone who is weak or scared and won’t defend themselves. The person may feel weak in the moment, but the bully doesn’t know that. If a bully approaches in this manner, children need to be taught that a bully is weaker, or else he would not be resorting to bullying to feel more powerful.
So, a child should be taught that they should never show the bully any attention that will make them feel good about their actions. Don’t show that you feel hurt. If it is possible, walk away as if nothing happened. Bullies love attention; they don’t care if it happens to be negative attention. So, a bully will more than likely be confused and not follow you, and they will walk away as well. This especially works if the bully has no audience and it is just his potential victim and himself face-to-face.

2. Be Aware Of The Bully And His Cohorts In Crime
When a child is able to avoid a bully, then this will usually alleviate the pattern of bullying activity that the child faces on a regular basis. Bullies tend to get tired if they have to constantly seek out their victim. If the person they are bullying is in close circumference to them, then they will be more apt to consistently bully them. This includes people that the bully calls friends or groups that they bully seems to hand around.
The potential victim of a bully should not only avoid these groups in school if at all possible but avoid them in social activities off the school premises as well. For example, if a bully lives near you and walks home with the same group every day, there is a strong likelihood that the victim will be setting themselves up to be bullied on a daily basis after school. Parent need to be aware of these situations and talk to your child about other routes they can take home as well as other students or friends of theirs who could possibly walk with them. There is usually safety in numbers just as a bully finds safety in the attention he gets from his group of friends.

3. Don’t Use Reverse Psychology
Trying to deter a bully by putting yourself down usually backfires. It only re-enforces the bully’s belief that you have low self-esteem and won’t defend yourself. This is especially true if the bully is approached while with a group of other students. This will only egg the bully on to victimize even more and with an observant audience watching. It is also a way of acting just like them that may garner you a reputation at a bully, too.
But, if a bully approaches a victim and begins a barrage of insults or physical threats, the best thing is to stand up for yourself. Whatever insults the bully is eliciting, give them right back and do it with confidence. This works especially well if there is a crowd watching. Most bullies will back down at this point and look for someone else to bother. Saying this, going too far with a bully who is known for physical violence is not the answer. If this is the case, then walk away and don’t use this technique that may lead to physical harm.

4.If Bullying Becomes Dangerous, Seek Out An Authority Figure You Trust
This leads to the most important thing to remember and that is if a bully threatens physical harm to a victim, then that person needs to seek help as soon as possible. First, the child needs to tell their parents. Parents will usually seek out an authority figure at the school, or if it is an after-school activity, a coach or other type of instructor. They should then ask for a private meeting in another location away so that others on the team or other parents will not be involved. This will alleviate any issues with gossip and keep the problem between the parents, the victim, and the authority figure.
Some bullying victims don’t feel comfortable initially telling their parents; they feel ashamed at being victimized. So, they can seek out a school counselor or teacher that they trust to keep their secret about the bullying, but also be able to help them to stop it. In more severe cases, victims can seek help from a police officer either on the school campus they attend or go directly to the local police station and file a police report. Many schools today have officers in the school to help with this.

So, it is important to remember that a bully is usually being bullied as well, so the first choice should always be to stand up for yourself and never allow anyone to turn you into a victim of bullying. And if you see someone else being bullied, stand up for them as well.

Jessica Kane is a writer for SteelLocker Sports, a leading retailer of brand name hockey equipment at great discount prices.

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Brandon Capaletti of Cisco Athletic Gets Into Importance of Hydration

The importance of hydration for good health and properly functioning body systems cannot be overstated, especially for the young athlete. According to researcher Dr. Susan Yeargin from the University of South Carolina, up to 75 percent of young athletes aged eight to 18 are dehydrated before they even arrive at practice. And because most athletes are only replenishing 2/3 of the water they lose after competition, they are in danger of consequences that include heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Hydration plays a major role in the health of the young athlete, which is why Cisco Athletic created this guide on how much of a sports drink or water the youth athlete should consume. Click here to view the complete guide!


Brandon Capaletti is Vice President of Cisco Athletic, an athletic apparel manufacturer of adult and youth custom uniforms. Cisco makes jerseys for 18 different sports, including volleyball, basketball and baseball.

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