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KIDS: What a Game 7 between Vegas and San Jose! Let’s take a look at the 4 PPG’s for the Sharks in the 3rd… And watch the front of the net on each goal.  Fleury had no chance with Timo Meier causing havoc on every one.  Whether off the pass or the shot directly, Meier’s...
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I am a big believer, especially at the younger levels, in being aggressive on the penalty kill. Why? Because it teaches ANTICIPATION, which I think is the best penalty killing fundamental a player can possess.  The ability to read a play and act to disrupt that play is a great, positive habit while penalty killing. ...
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Pat Maroon sends his team to the Conference Finals! And they did it using my favorite faceoff play.  We call i “Around the Pile.” On this play, the wings line up on opposite sides. You can see Maroon (lefty)  lines up on the wall while Thomas (righty) lines up in the middle. First of all,...
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As coaches, one of the most important values that we can teach our kids is the ability to communicate. On the ice, communication flat-out makes the game easier.  In a game where time and space is of the utmost importance, communication can help your teammate gain a just little bit more…which can lead to big,...
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COACHES: How engaged are you in teaching 1v1 stick battles?? With physicality in the game going down, the emphasis on stick battles is going up, especially in tight spaces. Check out Jeff Skinner on these two goals. Two stick battles won and then two beauties!
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The word “TRACK” is reallllllly buzzy right now.  At the end of the day, it’s the same thing as what we learned…BACKCHECK. But now, tracking is taking more of a nuanced role in the game and is being talked about more strategically…rather than when I was growing up where backchecking was just something you did...
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It’s that time of year.  The time of year where things start to pick up and start to get a little more serious. Especially in the 82-game grind of an NHL season…this is the time of year where details begin to matter a little bit more, physical and mental toughness begin to matter a little...
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I played against Joe Pavelski in the USHL back in the early 2000s.  His Waterloo team ended my junior career in the playoffs. I played against Joe Pavelski in college three years later in the NCAA Tournament.  His Wisconsin Badgers beat us in triple OT to advance to the Frozen Four where they would eventually...
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“YOU CAN’T GIVE A GOOD PLAYER A BAD PASS” When you get to the highest levels of hockey, this is the absolute truth.  In all different shapes, sizes, and directions, top players are able to handle pucks no matter what the circumstance. But not only can they handle the tough passes, they can make a...
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Having the ability to make an indirect pass off the wall is one of the most undervalued skills in hockey.  Most people think that indirect passes are unskilled plays…but I think it’s the exact opposite.  The degree of difficulty in making this kind of play into an area or on a player’s tape is much...
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