Holiday Hockey via Pops Ryan

Happy Holidays from Weiss Tech Hockey!

photo copyThis poem came to me via Pops Ryan, Head Coach of the Rowan University Women’s Team. It was too good not to share… I know the feeling!

If your patience is tested, and your energy diminished,
Stay loyal to your team – the season’s only half finished.
If your leader in assists is still the goaltender,
Stay true to your dream – show no sign of surrender.
If they miss open nets, and are always short-handed
Stay upbeat at all times – in Hockey that’s demanded.
If you start to lose faith, because your team’s losing ground
Remember, it takes just one goal to turn things around

So may the rest of this season be nothing but thrills
May you be 99% on the penalty kills.
May each bouncing puck wind up on your stick,
May your D-Guys stand tall and your danglers be sick.
May a buzz fill the stands, may the arena be packed
May the whole hockey world know that your team’s really jacked.
May the night’s final horn sound with you One Goal up
May you defy all the odds …and may you drink from the Cup!

Pops Ryan

Happy Holidays from Weiss Tech Hockey!

Hockey Plus Minus App for iPad

This Hockey Plus Minus App for iPad is a Fast and Easy Way to Track Plus Minus During Games!

Anybody who follows my blog knows I’m a huge believer in using technology to enhance hockey coaching. I recently came across an iPad app that I’m really excited about… it’s called Hockey Plus Minus.

If you check out the app store, you’ll see there are a number of hockey stat apps that have begun cropping up, some are really complex with the ability to track tons of different stuff, some are extremely simple, and only track a few things. With all the different options out there, I figured I’d take the chance to throw in my 2 cents worth on the subject.

Here are three questions you should ask yourself before picking a mobile stat tracker:

What do you want to track?

You can get REALLY in depth with your stat tracking, or you can stay pretty basic. Higher level teams need a lot more depth in their tracking (hits, faceoffs won, shots on goal and shot locations, etc.), younger teams don’t need to dedicate as much time and effort into stat tracking––in my opinion.

What is already being tracked?

Obviously, an app that tracks goals and assists will be redundant, since that’s already being tracked on the game sheet. Some leagues require the score keepers to track shots on goal as well. I don’t care about wasting time and effort tracking things that are already being tracked.

Who will be tracking the stats?

If you, as the coach, are planning on tracking the stats yourself from the bench, you’ll need an interface that is clean and simple, that requires little time to input each event. This is the main reason I love this Hockey Plus Minus app. The interface is simple, and I can enter in the info quickly, with minimal effort.


As a coach, Plus Minus is the main stat I prefer to keep control of. The real strength of Plus Minus is what it shows over the course of a season, so if it is inconsistently tracked, its useless and might as well not be tracked at all. This app makes it really easy to track it consistently.

There are a few suggestions I’d make to the developers of this app as they roll new versions out:

  1. add the ability to view, select, and edit by individual goal (if you made a mistake and need to change it)
  2. add the ability to see the score
  3. add the ability to export a report into an excel doc

Hope this app comes in handy for you,