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Habits
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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“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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“Deception” is a huge buzzword in hockey circles today.  “Providing misinformation” to the defender while you have the puck or when you’re going to retrieve a puck is a habit that is becoming a staple in the hockey development world.  And for good reason, as it can be very beneficial during a game! When most...
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COACHES: How much are you emphasizing the use of crossovers in practice? Check out these goals from Draisaitl & Barzal last night. Zero strides as they rush up the ice…only crossovers. Crossovers can help you to gain speed & manipulate the D’s feet!
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COACHES: This is a great clip to show your kids of an “Area Pass.” Sometimes you can’t go tape-to-tape and you have to put the puck where your teammate is going to be. This example from BOS ends up in a goal. Great job!!
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COACHES: A lot of development coaches are teaching players the “two-touch” shot off a pass. Upon receiving the pass, Virtanen stops the puck…and then rips it off his stick fast. The quick “two-touches” allows for a quick release and power on the shot! Great example here!!
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Why is it important to be a “two-way” player? There are a lot of players (most that are the best on their team) that don’t think they have to care about playing well defensively because they are putting up points. I have a story for them: While I was playing at Cornell, a kid named...
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KIDS: This clip shows the difference between a team that’s winning (CAR) and one that’s losing (MIN). Check out the effort on the backcheck by CAR after he gets his shot blocked. Then notice the lack of backcheck by MIN when they turn the puck over. These little things win games.
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KIDS: SOUND ON & listen to the WSH bench go nuts after Jay Beagle blocks these shots. I’ve always thought there was a psychological advantage for a team that gets loud for sacrifice plays. Shows they’re engaged in the game & in it for each other. HUGE display of a great culture!
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