Who IS my Competition Anyways…?

Coaches' Corner, Philosophy
"Who is my competition anyways...?" This is the question EVERY player should ask him or herself! The purpose of this blog is to help build better teams, by providing players, coaches, and parents with useful drills, tools, and information. You often hear me talking about on-ice strategies and tactics, or off-ice drills and workouts that will give you an EDGE over your competition. They're all the same... Well... Almost! As you move into higher levels of play, the skill-sets of each player become more and more similar. Think about it... who scores the most goals at mite hockey? It's the kid who can skate the fastest! Who scores the most goals at Peewee? Now that most kids can skate, other tactics like shooting, playmaking, and read & react abilities start…
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Unbelievable Goalie Slide Board

Unbelievable Goalie Slide Board

Coaches' Corner, Goalie, Hockey Drills, Hockey Equipment, Individual Skill Drills, Off-ice Training, Skills, Useful Products
Check out this Slide Board Designed Specifically for Goalies! Every now and then I come across a hockey training product that just makes me go "wow!" That's what happened when I first saw the X-Goalie Crease Slideboard from XHOCKEYPRODUCTS. Now, I'm admittedly NOT a goalie guy. But it's not hard to tell when something is going to be beneficial for an athlete. Watch the videos I've included in this post, and check out how closely this product allows the goalies to mimic their on-ice movements. Incredible! Here are a few of the features you should know about: Regulation-size Crease The X-Goalie Crease Slideboard features an NHL regulation goalie crease that utilizes Fan-tastic Sports technology along with the "ProHybrid Visual Lead Position System." This system allows a goalie to develop muscle…
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NHL Play Dissections

Coaches' Corner, Defensive Zone, Neutral Zone, Offensive Zone, Philosophy, Special Teams, Team Strategy, Team Systems
Check the Embedded PLAYLIST Above, for Updated NHL Play Dissections This post is a little different than usual. I've recently put together a number of videos dissecting various NHL plays and situations. I've been posting these videos on my YouTube Channel, but I thought my blog readers might find them useful too. So... the video above is actually a PLAYLIST, which will update itself whenever I post a new play dissection to YouTube. When you hover your mouse over the video, you'll see the other play dissections I've already posted. Many of these dissections will refer back to concepts we've discussed in the Coaches' Training Course, so take a browse through the course if you haven't yet. I'm going to be posting more play dissections as we progress through the…
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Effective Off Ice Hockey Training

Off-ice Training, Speed, Strength
Interview with Tyler from NHL Digest:NHL Digest March 11, 2010 8:06 PM by Tyler Effective Off Ice Hockey Training Off ice hockey training has been an area of extreme interest to me ever since I played college hockey. You see, I was the kid that had some talent, (not much) but enough, to play on the top teams growing up. But, I was a tall, but underweight and weak defenseman. As you know, those don’t go together! It wasn’t until I reached college and my hockey coach put the a large emphasis on off ice training that I really started to develop. To make a long story short, I often wonder what might have been if I had started an off ice hockey training program in my early teens? Since…
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