How to Install the Sniper’s Edge Indoors

Hockey Equipment, Off-ice Training, Skills
Here's a Quick Tutorial on Installing the Sniper's Edge Indoors A few weeks ago I published a detailed review on the Sniper's Edge, which is a shooting tarp that can fit in the opening of any standard two-car garage. The product is fantastic, and I had a blast putting that review together. You can check it out here: FULL SNIPER'S EDGE REVIEW. Since then, I've relocated to a bigger house (Weiss Tech HQ), and the new house has a pretty big unfinished basement... perfect for my new hockey training facility! Benefits of the Indoor Installation After getting everything moved in, one of the first things I did was install my Sniper's Edge in the basement. As much as I liked it outdoors, I must admit, the indoor install has been…
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Introduction: Objectives and Considerations

Coaches' Corner, Hockey Equipment, Off-ice Training, Skills, Useful Products
Home Hockey Training Objectives and Considerations This is the 3rd of 3 intro videos for the Home Hockey Training Center. Check out the first two videos before moving on to this one. Here are the links to videos 1 and 2: Video 1: Course Overview Video 2: Skill Development Strategy Before you start putting together your Home Hockey Training Center, it's important to have a game plan. Here's an example of the things I thought were important considerations for my situation. I think this list is a good start, but I'm sure there are other considerations that might fit different scenarios: Age: older players are bigger and stronger, which may have implications on how sturdy the equipment needs to be, and how much space you'll need Ability: more advanced players…
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Finnish Half-Ice Drill

Finnish Half-Ice Drill

Half Ice Drills, Hockey Drills, Misc. Drills, Passing
Finnish Half-Ice Drill Over the past few weeks I've posted a few of my favorite half-ice hockey drills. I've had some really good response, and a few of our readers even sent me some of their favorite half-ice drills as well... THANKS!! This drill is from Petri Väisänen (from Finland), and is a fantastic half-ice drill. One of the reasons I like this one so much is that it's very customizable––you can create multiple variations to fit lots of different game situations. I show a few of these variations in the video, but feel free to get creative on this one! Here's the diagram and explanation: Finnish Half-Ice Drill 1. on whistle, (D) skates up to blue line and pivots backward 2. after the pivot, (C) dumps a puck into…
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4 on 4 and PK Forecheck

Offensive Zone, Special Teams, Team Systems
Penalty kill forecheck and 4 on 4 philosophies On a 4 on 4, the philosophy is simple: treat it like a power play when you have the puck, or when the puck is loose; treat it like a penalty kill when the other team has it. Forecheck: I recommend using your standard penalty kill forecheck when playing a 4 on 4. See the section on the Modified “T” Forecheck for the full explanation. Defensive Zone Coverage: Again, I recommend using your standard penalty kill coverage when playing a 4 on 4. Pick whichever one suits your team’s strengths and weaknesses. Offensive Set-up: Run a modified version of your current power play set-up. A four-man overload is very doable (think about getting the weak-side defenseman to slide down into the slot…
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