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RUSH Hockey Talk
41 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Transform your game with a ProMentor
RUSH Hockey owner and founder Kelly Katorji speaks with Craig Myeroff and Dana Trivigno from ProMentor about their innovative platform, which supports young players who seek to improve their game through mentorship. In this podcast, the guests explain how the app works, the expansive value of mentorship provided by professional athletes and the different ways players can utilize the service, based on personalized need.
19 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Promoting peak performance
RUSH Hockey owner and founder Kelly Katorji talks to vice president of VoxxLife Kevin Duguay, a sport therapy and human performance consultant. Duguay discusses several new wearable technologies his company has developed which help athletes and students decrease stress, increase optimism and dramatically improve their performance.
29 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Picking what’s best for you
RUSH Hockey owner and founder Kelly Katorji talks to Seth Goodrich, director of Collegiate Prospects Combine (CPC) and North American Elite (NAE) hockey. In this conversation, Goodrich discusses his experience coaching girls hockey, the hockey landscape in New England and the challenges players face when choosing which league to join.
55 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
The coaches’ roundtable
Kelly Katorji, owner and founder of RUSH Hockey, talks to four distinguished women’s hockey coaches: Josh Graser (Utica College), Kaylee Harnen (Curry College), Jackie Kooistra (Aurora University) and Mike O’Grady (Chatham University). In addition to discussing their early experiences and personal memories of their time in the sport, each coach shares an essential piece of advice for the hockey stars of tomorrow.
25 minutes | May 28, 2021
Hockey never has to end
RUSH Hockey founder and owner Kelly Katorji talks to Alexis Moed about her hockey journey, from childhood to Boston College to her current role as president of the New York Islanders Girls Elite Hockey program. As Moed neared the end of her time with the BC Eagles, she worried her life in hockey was coming to an end, but she eventually realized there were many more opportunities for her to thrive in the sport she loves.
50 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
The journey from player to coach
For the first episode of RUSH Hockey Talk’s third season, Darryl Giancola returns for a conversation with Courtney Kessel, his choice for the greatest hockey player he ever coached. Kessel fondly recalls her experience with Giancola and discusses her evolution from star player into her current role as coach at Princeton University.
35 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Mentorship in youth hockey
Darryl Giancola – teacher, coach, meditation instructor and longtime friend of Kelly – joins RUSH Hockey Talk to discuss meditation and the importance of mindfullness in both sports and in life. He also touches on youth coaching and what it actually means to be a good coach. Surprisingly, it means more than how many ‘wins’ a team gets. Have a listen to find out more.
24 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
Hockey in the South
Tim Healy joins Kelly on RUSH Hockey Talk to talk about his various roles with the Junior Canes program in Raleigh, North Carolina. He speaks about the juggling act of being assistant director for the girls Jr. Canes program, the coach for the boys Jr. Canes program and the coach for the ACAJ Division One Men’s hockey team. Healy also discusses how his various roles extend far beyond just being a coach or director, but to be an advocate to help grow the game of hockey down South.
29 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
College hockey life
Becca Vanstone, a close friend of RUSH Hockey and rising junior star at Yale, joins Kelly on RUSH Hockey Talk to discuss her experience growing up playing in leagues around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), winning the championship for Team Ontario and the feeling of winning gold for Canada’s U18 team against the United States. She also elaborates on college and hockey life in the U.S., as well as some of the key factors that helped her decide to go to Yale.
34 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Life as female pro hockey players in Europe
Finnish goaltender and four-time Olympian Noora Räty and player turned coach (turned player again) Melanie Jue join Kelly on RUSH Hockey Talk to discuss life as a professional hockey player in Europe and how it differs from playing in North America. Both guests discuss playing with boys for the majority of their junior careers, the challenges involved, and how at the time, there was a complete lack of female hockey role models. Melanie speaks on her wild transition from player, to coach, back to player again – which was an unheard-of journey then, and still is to this day. Noora enlightens viewers on life in the WHL, from the teams to travel, stress and everything in between.
29 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Great news: Prom isn’t cancelled!
For a super special edition of RUSH Hockey Talk, fashion designer @JimmyleeSteinfeld joins Kelly to talk about his new initiative, Prom On – a virtual event hosted on Jimmylee’s IG Live on Thursday, June 25 from 7-8p.m. Filling the void for all the students whose proms have been cancelled this year, Jimmylee speaks on how this is not just a great opportunity for people to join in on the fun, friends and fashion that makes prom so special – but to also have the chance to win 1 of 100 JLS designer dresses being given away during the event!
31 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
Sports, academics and the NCAA
Joe Corapi, an ex-Penn State athlete, joins Kelly on RUSH Hockey Talk to discuss how he got involved with SAT training and provides insight for students on balancing being both a great athlete and an exceptional student. This involves not only training the body physically, but also preparing for American standardized testing (SATs and ACTs), which is necessary to qualify for certain NCAA programs.
31 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Coaching on a national level
Josh Sciba, head coach of Union College women’s hockey team, joins RUSH Hockey Talk to discuss his life as a coach. He speaks on his experience being part of a program that suddenly ceases to exist and the effects on players. He also touches on his involvement with the USA U-18 women’s national team (which won gold in Slovakia in ’19), the type of steps required for coaches to get involved with national team programs and why he continues to go to coaching conferences every year.
53 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
COVID-19 and hockey: a roundtable discussion
Kelly chats with an all-star lineup of coaches, scouts and consultants about navigating the hockey landscape within the world of COVID-19, and what the future might look like. Guests include our very own Josh Piro, senior consultant and director of scouting, Mike O’Grady, head coach of Chatham women’s ice hockey, Casey Handrahan, assistant coach of UConn women’s ice hockey and Jerry Harrigan, former coach of Laurentian University women’s ice hockey.
34 minutes | May 27, 2020
Research and relationships
Sports media specialist and award-winning journalist Jeff Hicks visits with Kelly to give expert insights on the world of sports journalism. From maintaining relationships with the people around you to doing your homework on those you’re profiling, Hicks explores the secrets of being a successful hockey writer and reporter.
38 minutes | May 20, 2020
Path to the pros
Jamie Goldsmith, former pro hockey player and current girls’ hockey coach & assistant director of admissions at The Gunnery in Connecticut, joins RUSH Hockey Talk to discuss the path to the pros and the benefits of attending prep and boarding schools.
33 minutes | May 13, 2020
Feel well, live well
Kevin Duguay, managing director and sports therapy consultant at VoxxLife, returns to RUSH Hockey Talk to discuss the neuro path to faster wellness. Duguay goes in-depth on how VoxxLife products can help both performance and recovery – as well as simply help people be their best at any activity – every day.
47 minutes | May 6, 2020
Training during quarantine
RUSH Hockey founder and owner Kelly Katorji once again joins Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) trainer and facility owner Billy Larkins to answer all of your questions about training – but this time with a focus on conditioning during quarantine. From setting schedules to getting REM sleep, Larkins discusses what you need to know about how to push through this pandemic.
41 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
Views from the Atlantic
RUSH Hockey founder and owner Kelly Katorji talks to former National goaltenders Katherine Purchase and Carly Jackson, as well as former college assistant coach Stephen Friars. All hailing from the Atlantic provinces, our guest discuss their experiences playing and coaching hockey at home and abroad, and what helped make them successful.
21 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
Focus on flexibility
RUSH Hockey founder and owner Kelly Katorji talks to personal trainer and stretch therapist Ryan Herszkowicz about the often-forgotten importance of flexibility training. Herszkowicz explores how specific stretch training can improve your overall game and gives you the tips you need to get started at home.
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