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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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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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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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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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Everybody wants to score goals.  It’s what wins games, and gets the fans out of their seats.  But why is it so hard…and what can you do to put yourself in a position to score?? Looking at these two video clips, it tells an amazing story. You need to be READY to score.  If you...
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Hitting the net is one of the most effective, yet totally undervalued aspects of scoring goals.  And it’s one of the most frustrating aspects of the game for coaches when it isn’t accomplished.  Plainly, if the puck doesn’t hit the net…it ain’t going in! There’s a bit of a guideline that coaches like to use...
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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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