QuickStickz Review

QuickStickz Review

Coaches' Corner, Fun, Hockey Drills, Hockey Equipment, Individual Skill Drills, Misc. Drills, Stickhandling, Useful Products
QuickStickz is a Fun and Effective way to Develop Stickhandling Ability I've been really excited to get this post out, and let you know about a cool product called QuickStickz. QuickStickz is an innovative new way to work on your stickhandling abilities off the ice, and it's a lot of fun too! A few months ago I was invited to take a look at QuickStickz, which is a video-game-based, hockey stickhandling development system. I had seen the product before, but I'd never had the chance to get my hands on one. The idea seemed really cool, so I was excited to see what it was all about. How it Works: QuickStickz uses a special infrared camera that connects up to your PC via USB jack. The camera combos up with…
Read More

Timing and Support Tactics

Coaches' Corner, Neutral Zone, Philosophy, Team Systems, Useful Products
Timing and Support: Two concepts that can greatly enhance a player's ability to read and react! Timing and Support are extremely important concepts for a hockey player to understand. Having a sound understanding of these key concepts will allow him to adjust to different coaching styles and systems, no matter what the positional set-up may be. In this video, I show an example of timing, support, and multiple receiving zones, using a simple "swing" regroup. For a more extensive explanation of these concepts, check out Hockey Canada's "Goals" video series 1 and 2. These videos can be purchased at http://breakaway.hockeycanada.ca/ ENJOY!
Read More

Skating: PowerSlide Hockey Slide Board

Coaches' Corner, Hockey Drills, Hockey Equipment, Individual Skill Drills, Off-ice Training, Skating & Agility, Skills, Stickhandling, Useful Products
The PowerSlide Hockey Slide Board Allows you to Imitate a Skating Motion while Developing Other Skills A while back I was talking to one of my coaching buddies about some of the cool off-ice training equipment that is available these days. I mentioned something about combining a hockey slide board with a stickhandling skill pad, and how it would be cool to be sliding back and forth while stickhandling, passing, shooting, or anything else. At the time I thought my idea was completely original... but, it turns out that innovative hockey coaches have had their players doing this for years! What You Get, and Set-up: So... here's what I did. I picked up the PowerSlide slide board from HockeyShot. It's a really high quality slide board that is portable, so…
Read More

Stickhandling: SmartHockey Ball Review

Coaches' Corner, Hockey Drills, Hockey Equipment, Individual Skill Drills, Individual Skills, Off-ice Training, Puckhandling, Skills, Stickhandling, Useful Products
The SmartHockey Stickhandling Ball is Something Every Hockey Player Should Have in His or Her Bag! Every once in a while a hockey product comes along that just makes sense. The SmartHockey Stickhandling Ball is one of those products. I've been using the Smart Ball for about 7 years now, and I've really enjoyed it. There are a few reasons why the Smart Ball is such an effective stickhandling tool. Versatility and Durability Since it's a ball, the Smart Ball can be used on many different surfaces. You can take it inside and use it on carpet, bring it to the rink and use it on the rubber flooring there (I keep a Smart Ball in my bag to use for warming up my hands before games), or you can…
Read More

Stickhandling: Dryland Flooring Tiles

Coaches' Corner, Hockey Equipment, Individual Skills, Off-ice Training, Passing, Puckhandling, Shooting, Skills, Useful Products
Dryland Flooring Tiles are one of the Most Versatile Hockey Products on the Market Today In this post, I wanted to introduce an extremely effective and versatile product, HockeyShot's Dryland Flooring Tiles. The reason I say this is such a versatile product is that you can literally design your "floor plan" to fit your training objectives. This might mean using six or eight tiles as a shooting pad, or it might mean going wall to wall with them in your basement for a fully functional stickhandling, passing, and shooting facility. Not only are the flooring tiles versatile in how they can be used, but you also get a lot of flexibility when it comes to timeline. You don't have to outfit your whole room all at once... These tiles are…
Read More