Here’s a Quick Tour of my Basement Hockey Training Center!
You may have already heard… but we recently moved houses (literally across the street, actually!). We’ve got two crazy boys, and a third boy on the way, and it was just time to expand. Lucky for us, a bigger house across the street went up for sale just at the right time, so we jumped on it!
It’s taken a bit of time to get everything moved over and situated, but I finally had a chance to sort through, and set up my hockey training center. You might remember, space was a big concern in my old house, and I had most of my stuff crammed into the one side of our two-car garage. In our new house we have enough room to put it all in our unfinished basement, and I’m really happy about how it all turned out!
I figured I’d shoot a quick vid with the iPad, just to show you my new set-up. With summer quickly approaching, be on the lookout for more off-ice training videos, tips, and drills from Weiss Tech Hockey!
A Detailed Analysis of the Winnipeg Jets’ Penalty Kill Forecheck and Defensive Zone Coverage Setups
In this video we walk through a detailed analysis of the Penalty Kill Systems the Winnipeg Jets are using. Remember, systems play is very subjective – everyone has their own opinions… this is my two cents worth!
Here’s a quick breakdown of what to look for:
1-3 Forecheck: F1 tends to commit too early, allowing the Wild defenseman to walk out from behind the net uncontested.
F1’s Angle: Breaks my cardinal rule for trap-style forechecks – DON’T GET BEAT BEHIND YOU!
NZ Transitions: Jets rely too heavily on picking off passes in the neutral zone, and not enough on solid angling and positioning. This won’t work as well against the better teams.
PK DEFENSIVE ZONE COVERAGE:
Triangle +1 against Umbrella: Not a good systems match-up in my opinion. Angles are off, and it allows the opposing team’s “Quarterback” to easily pass to whomever he wants.
Standard Box against Overload: Good systems match-up, but the Jets need to tighten up on a few things (see next few points)
Weak-side Forward: Tends to over commit, leaving the opposing far defenseman open
Net-front Coverage: Jets are letting a player sit right in the middle of their coverage, in front of the net
I look at the off-season as a chance to put some distance between me and my competition. A chance to pick up an advantage, or to gain an edge over my opponent, or in some cases, a teammate with whom I might be competing for a top spot!
I’m sure you’re going to enjoy the videos – I’ve had a blast putting them all together for you!
As you know, I’m a HUGE advocate of improving your game during the off-season. I’ve found that the off-season is a time where you can make massive gains in strength and speed, as well as a time where you can fine tune other elements of your game like shooting and stickhandling.
My attitude toward the benefits off-season training is part of the reason I got so excited when my good buddy Jeremy Rupke over at howtohockey.com told me about his idea to create the Slapshot Challenge. He is challenging every hockey player to improve their slapshot this summer, and will be coming out with loads of material to help you along the way. Here’s a quick video with the details:
I’ve known Jeremy for a while now, and he is a great hockey guy who definitely knows his stuff… check it out, and sign up to participate!
One of my favorite Hockey Body Checking Drills to work on body positioning and angling
Remember, as you progress into hockey body checking drills, to stress that the purpose of body checking in hockey is to separate the man from the puck. To do this effectively, players need a strong base in the following areas:
“Raw” Skating Ability
Body Positioning (Angling, Gap Control, etc…)
Make the Hit
Here’s the explanation:
1. Players start facing each other on dot
2. (F) picks up a puck and drives wide
3. (D) skates around cones as shown, then angles
4. (F) has to drive around lower cone before cutting to the net
Variations: (a) take out the cone at hashmarks (b) allow forward to cut inside earlier