Steve Adams - Lifeblood of The Inside Edge, has been involved in all levels of hockey for the last 20 years. Whether it is in the role of playing, managing, coaching, or scouting, Steve has been involved in nearly every aspect of the game. He has worked diligently to establish trusted connections with many NCAA coaches and has developed many long-term relationships with general managers and coaches from a variety of WHL and Junior A teams. Steve's "tell it like it is" attitude makes him the first point of contact for many coaches, scouts, and players all over North America.
Steve's true passion is helping players get the opportunity to move on in hockey and to accomplish their goals.
We're the first to recognize that this page is wrongly named. Steve hates writing and avoids it whenever possible - those who know him will confirm that the notion of him maintaining a blog is ludicrous. Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, are the reliable methods of keeping up with him. Of course you can always call him too.
HOW DO I PROPERLY TRAIN TO PLAY HOCKEY?
I believe there to be three key factors: leg strength, back strength, and flexibility from the rib cage down. These three things directly correlate to everything you do in hockey from skating to shooting to physical play and injury prevention.
WHAT DO SCOUTS LOOK FOR IN A PLAYER / GOALIE?
For a player, skating is the number one priority. Being able to pass while moving your feet. Reading a play and being able to consistently putting self in good offensive or defensive position. Every time.
For a goalie, making the first save, competing on the second shot, talking to your defensemen, and controlling rebounds so they go in the boards and not in the slot. Also, if you’re 6’3, that helps.
ARE JUNIOR SPRING CAMPS IMPORTANT?
It depends on the camp size, how you were contacted, and how many players from your team were contacted in the same fashion. If your entire team got a letter, not that important. If the head coach hasn’t contacted you, not that important. If the team has made a serious effort in getting you to camp, then yes, it’s important.
SHOULD I FIGHT IN A JUNIOR / WHL TRAINING CAMP?
There are consequences to playing a physical style of game. If you are known for physical play, you will more than likely be asked to fight, but remember, fighting alone will not help you make a team, especially in Junior A.