Opening weekend

Yeehaw! It’s finally that time of year. The Minnesota Gophers open up the hockey season with a preview for next year’s Big Ten hockey conference rival, Michigan State.  Even better is that I’m finally in a place on earth where I can watch the games.

It’s the last year for the Gophers to leave their mark on such teams as the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota (ya, I said Fighting Sioux), the Mavericks of Mankato, and I’m sure we’ll all miss the battery throwing fans of St. Cloud State. Or not.


I’ve been out of the loop long enough that I need to do my homework so I know who the hell these boys are so after some programming work, that’s my chore for today.

On another happy, hockey note. The kid walked away with three assists last weekend down in Texas. OH! A funny irony. One of Eddy’s best fights last year was against some punk on the Tornado. See below…

Well, now these two play on the same team. And they’re buds. That’s hockey.

Can’t wait!

“Why is a puck called a puck? Because dirty little bastard was taken.”

Martin Brodeur

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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