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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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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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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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GOALIES: Cal Peterson does it all in this clip. He starts by fighting to see the puck through traffic and tracks it across bodies down to his foot. He is able to lock on to the rebound as a result of this great tracking. He then demonstrates a great understanding of pushing flat or parallel...
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GOALIES & COACHES: It’s a game of bounces! Linus Ullmark certainly gets a bounce here. However, let’s notice how he does a great job keeping his head over his shoulder watching the puck very well and is able to respond. This clip is posted because developing goalies are generally too afraid to take chances handling...
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GOALIES & “F1s”:  Puck pursuit is mentioned all the time. As goalies we have to be ready for a tenacious player when we handle the puck. Joseph (TBL #7) shows us just this. Corey Schneider’s focus is on the strong side of the ice while Joseph screams down the weak side surprising Schneider when he...
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GOALIES: In any breakaway situation, maintaining a great gap (space between goalie and shooter/puck) is essential. On this penalty shot, Antti Raanta has to deal with a slow entry then multiple angle changes. Raanta perfectly engages a small drift once the shooter enters his lane. The shooter ends up shooting and Raanta is perfectly on...
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COACHES: Using a “Rimmed Release” behind the net in the Ozone is a great way to relieve pressure from the defensive team. It helps to spread them back out & maintain possession. Here are two examples from the EDM/STL game last night that ended up in goals. Great job!!
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The days of the goalie always looking for a whistle are dying. In this clip we see Jimmy Howard cover the puck and clearly look to move it to another teammate. The opposition does a good job of maintaining coverage to force the offensive zone faceoff. This is just great awareness, hockey IQ and strategy...
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Our position is continually becoming more and more refined. However, a lot of the “big” moments in a game comes down to the goalie and the shooter. In this clip we see John Gibson hold his edges and trust his raw puck stopping ability to win in this game of “chicken” over Gustav Nyquist.  #DontBlink
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