Habits, Effort, Culture

HABITS, EFFORT, CULTURE      |       FORECHECK-BREAKOUT      |      NEUTRAL ZONE      |      SPECIAL TEAMS      |      OZONE-DZONE      |      ENTRIES-BACKCHECK      |      GOALIES

Communication

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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Stick Battles

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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Stretch Run Sacrifice

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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Handling Bad Passes

“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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Indirect Passes

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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Hitting the Net

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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Using Eyes for Deception

“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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Using Crossovers

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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Area Pass

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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