Pavel Datsyuk End-to-End Goal: Dissected


Pavel Datsyuk End-to-End Goal: Dissected

In this post we’re dissecting Pavel Datsyuk’s end-to-end goal against Nashville. As great as the individual effort was, there are quite a few team details that really made this play possible.

datsyukIt starts with Datsyuk providing proper support for his defenseman in the defensive zone. He picks up the puck and initiates the breakout to the right winger. After making the breakout pass, he follows up the play, providing mid-lane support on the breakout. As the breakout is happening, the weak-side winger blows out of the zone, pushing the opposing defenseman back, which opens up space for Datsyuk to wheel. The play finishes with the opposing defenseman reaching for the puck, and Datsyuk eats him alive.

Great individual effort, made possible by well-structured positional play.

Hope this helps!

Bongo Board for Improved Hockey Balance




Use the Bongo Board to Improve your Hockey Balance While Away from the Rink!

I recently had the chance to test out a number of new products from HockeyShot’s balance line. I’m a big believer that developing balance and coordination off the ice can lead to improved performance on the ice. The first product I tested out was the 20″ Wobble Board. The next product I checked out was the Bongo Board, which is shown in the video above.

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DSC_0026Construction:
At first glance, the Bongo Board looks like a skate board without wheels. It’s made of solid maple plywood, and has a non-slip surface on the top. The underside of the Bongo Board has the track, with the bungee cord, which fits with the double ball bearing wheel system. The construction is durable, and able to withstand the rigors of regular usage.

Usability:
The Bongo Board will take some practice before you’ll be able to use it effectively. Although once you’ve figured it out, it’s a lot of fun (and a great workout too!). Athletes with a skateboarding background will likely pick it up faster than I did.

Once you’ve got the hang of it, there’s a lot of stuff you can do:

  • Kick Flips
  • Ollies
  • 180’s
  • etc…

Obviously… for hockey, you’re going to want to “Bongo” while stickhandling!

Benefits:
The benefits of using the Bongo Board are pretty obvious for hockey:

  • Improved Balance & Control
  • Increased Coordination
  • More Strength in Calves and Ankles
  • Variety of Power Exercises that Executed
  • Great way to develop “independent” Hands & Feet (hands and feet are active together, working on different things)