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August 29, 2018
  By Brian Waivada Youth hockey….so much to talk about…where to start.  For over 40 years I have been a player, coach, parent and Board Member at the highest levels of youth hockey in the US.  It’s provided me with some of the most rewarding and joyful moments of my life and also some of...
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COACHES: What does movement in the Ozone do? It creates confusion. Watch Marchessault & Theodore on this goal. When the Caps interchange along wall there’s miscommunication (freeze-frame). Both players go to one guy, leaving Wilson WIDE OPEN in the slot. Great job!
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COACHES: What a great hockey sense play by Nosek here. He sees his 2 Fs tied up behind the net so he gets back thru middle as F3. This allows 2 VGK D to play with tight gaps. He then does a great job angling w/ his stick down & causes the turnover, stifling a...
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COACHES: Give me a goalie with HOCKEY SENSE & SKATING ABILITY over one described as “ATHLETIC” or “ACROBATIC” any day of the week. This clip is a perfect example. Holtby makes these backdoor saves look easy w/ his sense & skating. Most goalies would have to make “acrobatic” save.
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I was going through some videos from last year’s playoffs and I took note of this one in particular.  A couple weeks ago, we sent out a post questioning the merits of always harping on “playing fast.”  On this clip though, playing and thinking fast can be a great advantage. Here is a fact: When...
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COACHES: In Today’s game, quick transition is the name of the game. Why? It doesn’t allow the other team time to get into their defensive structure. TBL turns the puck over twice in the neutral zone…and WSH waists no time pushing the puck up ice on these 2 goals. Great job!!
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COACHES: One of the hardest saves for a goalie to make is a pass from below the goalline into the slot. Why? They need to have awareness behind them & in front…no easy task. Part of the reason we see many teams play behind the net & have guy in soft area. Great examples here!
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COACHES: Please show this clip to your Defensemen. Look at Sbisa’s feet when he takes this shot. They are OUTSIDE the blueline. Being this high gives him TIME & SPACE from defending Wing to find a shot lane. So many youth D stand too low & are easy to defend. Great footwork too!
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  By Ian Leier I would like to start off by saying I never knew I would be a coach. I never felt the “calling” people talk about. To be honest, I lucked into the whole thing and could not be more grateful to be coaching hockey for a living. With that being said, here...
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  By Don Funaro Being a Hockey dad has been one of my life’s greatest joys. Growing up playing the great game of hockey, I had always hoped one day I would have a son who would enjoy the sport as much as I did. Fortunately my son Donny took to the game at the...
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