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ILLUSTRATION BY Darren Gygi BEH I N D T HE G L A SS IT'S A NEW HOCKEY SEA- S O N. H o w c a n w e g e t i t together a little better this time around? Check out these hacks (solutions) from hockey parents to help you get on the right track in the rink and beyond. Hacks for Home • Hockey gear stinks. Build your own drying rack to air out the gear after games and practices. • Invest in a sport equipment dryer that folds and transports eas- ily. "It allows us to dry gear at the hotel, and between games. It's worth every cent," says Tracey Heatley of Baldwinsville, N.Y. Hotel Hacks • Hotel rewards programs save Detroit hockey dad Evan Rosenfeld big bucks. He also checks Facebook hockey groups for tips on sightsee- ing, food and road construction before heading out of town. • R e n t a n e x t r a r o o m f o r d i n - ners, socializing and knee hockey. "Everyone brings a dish to pass or chips in for groceries for lunches/ dinners in the room," says Syracuse hockey dad Steve Ragan. • The hotel ironing board can dou- ble as a drying rack, as discovered by Fulton, N.Y., hockey mom Julie Bennett. Flip it and hang gear on t h e l e g s. S h e a l s o m a k e s m e a l s ahead of time and freezes them in a gallon bag. The frozen bag keeps other items in the cooler, cold. Handheld Hockey Hacks • R i n k R a t e r l et s S c a r b o r o u g h , M a i n e , d a d J o h n n y S h e p p a r d "learn ahead of time what kind of facility you're stepping into." • Google calendar is something c e n t r a l N e w Yo r k h o c ke y m o m Traci McLaughlin can't live with- out. "It's color coded by person/ team to make things easy to find." • Cozi is king for Dawn Chizek- Walbeck of Antigo, Wis. "I color coordinate everyone and even add notes. When my kids ask what we're doing today, I tell them, check Cozi." Snack Attack Hacks • Try hockey dietitian Kim Lukhard of Hockey Mom RD's pre-skate and recovery game plan that includes cheese sticks and pretzel twists, three hours before hitting the ice. A bag of 10 pretzel twists, saltine crackers or 3/4 cup of low fiber cere- al, one hour before. And a 12 oz low fat chocolate milk and a mini bagel, 15 minutes after. • A bag of sliced oranges is a big hit before a game, says Wendy Murray, Syracuse, N.Y. "It's refreshing after a long weekend of processed junk." Travel Hacks • The wonder bucket. A five-gallon bucket from a home improvement store. Julie Bennett fills it with ice, pucks, trash, or suds for washing and flips it for an extra seat. It will become your travel "pal." • Cloths and water bottles in the doors of the backseat. Pour water o n t o a c l o t h ( B e n n e t t p r e f e r s N o r w e x ) t o c l e a n h a n d s, f a c e s, spots on clothes, spills on seats. Hockey Gear Hacks • Shoe repair shops can fix skate boots, even goalie pads. • Sharpen bargain hunting skills. • Lastly, give your gently used gear to another family. Pass along your money-saving hacks to help their budgets shoot and score too. P 14 // OCTOBER 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM COACH OF THE MONTH THE HOCKEY MOM By Christie Casciano Burns How can we get it together a little better this time around? Hockey Hacks To Get You Through The Season MATTHEW FAIRBANKS Age: 39 North Falmouth, Mass. Matthew Fairbanks only started coaching hockey last year but he has already made a significant impact on Falmouth Youth Hockey. Fairbanks grew up playing baseball and coached in college for six years, so when he was asked to become the head coach of his son's 8 & Under team, he already had the knack for the job. "The most satisfying part about coaching is seeing the kids' devel- opment each week," Fairbanks said. "I've always loved coach- ing and watching kids develop no matter what level it's at." The Bay State native has fully involved him- self in every aspect of the organization. He is on Falmouth Hockey's board of directors, he'll serve as the head coach for both the farm and 8 & Under programs, and has dedicated his summer to volunteering with the learn to skate initiatives. According to Fairbanks, Falmouth's strong hockey tradition makes it fun–for both the kids and himself. "Just the fact that the kids want to go to the rink and want to learn and want to play, that's what keeps me coming back."

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