Archive for November, 2009

>Social Media and hockey a good match

Posted: November 19, 2009 in Hockey

Parental Guidance
(For California Rubber magazine)

It’s hard to open a newspaper or turn on the television these days without reading or hearing about Twitter, Facebook, or some other form of social media. The phenomenon continues to grow in popularity and many or our youth hockey players – as well as their parents – are becoming part of this ever growing community.

In the last few years, email has allowed team managers, coaches, and parents to disseminate information about team events, fundraisers, tournaments, or schedule changes in a flash and keep everyone on the same page. The Internet took the whole concept of quick information exchange for youth hockey teams and leagues to the next level, allowing each team or club to have their own website complete with rosters, photos, and statistics for their youth players.

With the advent of web 2.0, even more is possible. There are blogs where people can report on their team’s latest activities and forums where scores can be posted. Forum members can also communicate with people from other teams or other leagues and share information. So Cal and Nor Cal can network with each other, and California hockey folks can meet East Coast or Midwest hockey parents.

I’ve seen some very productive forum topics on the hockey boards with some insightful questions and answers posted. Topics cover everything from coaching styles, advice about off-ice training and camps, as well as all of the latest (and sometimes very entertaining) gossip about local teams and leagues. It’s mostly in good fun and folks tend to stay respectful of each other. Once an interesting topic gets started, the comments begin to fly and you’ll find yourself being drawn to check on the forum every day to catch all of the latest postings. Who will be an A or a B team this year? What tournaments will teams attend? Which kids are playing where? All of this information eventually makes it to the forums.

Facebook is another fantastic social media tool for parents of youth hockey players. We’ve been able to keep up with our friends playing for teams back in Michigan, as well as friends at other clubs in California. On game days, we text each other with scores and share our success stories. We also share video files on web sites like You Tube. My son and I even have our own You Tube show called “Hecka Hockey.”

Social media has allowed the hockey community to become an even tighter knit group in California, and has proven helpful for both parents and coaches. I encourage all of you to explore the web and to see what’s out there. If you’re on a social networking site like Facebook already, see if there are any hockey related pages you can become a fan of like Rubber Magazine. You could even ask your association if you can start a page for your team. The more we can network with each other and share, the more we can help to grow the sport of hockey on the west coast.

BROOKS, Calif. – Comedian and actor Sinbad will tell you that he doesn’t tells jokes – “I don’t know any,” he admits – instead, he stalks the stage, telling real-life stories. His comedy has been described as large, physical, and impetuous, and mirrors the everyday lives of the audiences who flock to see his shows. It’s this type of relational comedy that Sinbad will be performing on Jan. 29 at Cache Creek’s intimate Club 88 for what will most likely be a sold out crowd.

Fans of Sinbad may remember his stint on TV’s Star Search, which helped to launch his popular success and led to stand up appearances and acting gigs. He made his big screen debut in the 1991 gridiron comedy “Necessary Roughness,” with other motion picture credits including “Houseguest,” “First Kid” and Jingle All The Way” as well as a cameo in “Coneheads.” He was also the voice of the canine Riley in “Homeward Bound II.”

On television, he starred in the title role of the “Cherokee Kid” on HBO, and was the star and executive producer of his own acclaimed Fox TV sitcom, “The Sinbad Show” and “Sinbad’s Summer Jam Weekend II” airing also on HBO. “Sinbad’s Summer Jam” won the prestigious NAACP Image Award consecutively for two years in the “Most Outstanding Variety Series/Special” category.

Sinbad, who has built a loyal following with sold-out comedy shows and has gone from being one of America’s best-loved and funniest comedians to national stardom on television and movies, is also a recipient of the Harvard University’s 1997 “Artist of the Year” award and the 1994 “Candle” award from Morehouse College honoring his excellence in Arts and Entertainment. Loved by audiences nation-wide, this experienced performer is sure to provide plenty of laughs for his fans during his one night stand at Cache Creek.

Tickets are available now through on the web: or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $59, $49, and $39.

Singer Keith Sweat set to take the stage at Cache Creek

BROOKS, Calif. – Harlem born R&B singer Keith Sweat worked his way from an ordinary 9-to-5 job at the New York Stock Exchange to super stardom in the late 80s. Working during the day and singing in nightclubs at night, he was discovered in 1987 and released his debut album “Make It Last Forever,” which went on to sell four million copies.

The biggest hit from this album, “I Want Her,” hit #1 on the R&B charts and #5 on the Pop charts and the title track from the album went on to hit #2 on the R&B charts. Sweat continued to chart fairly well with his sophomore album, “I’ll Give All My Love to You,” which hit #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, and “Keep It Comin’,” which debuted in the Top 20 of the album chart. Sweat released subsequent albums “Get Up On It,” and his self-titled fifth album, “Keith Sweat” which hit #5 on the Billboard 200. From that album, the single “Twisted” hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Nobody” also hit at #3.

In the years that followed, Sweat managed and produced several other artists in addition to touring nation-wide. Fans of his distinct R&B style will have the chance to hear Sweat perform when he makes a stop at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s intimate Club 88 on Saturday, January 16th at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available for $75, $65, and $55 through on the web:, by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.