It’s Not a Race to the Puck… It’s a Race to the LANE to the Puck!

Coaches' Corner, Philosophy
https://youtu.be/_K8kbnDluUE Sometimes a slightly different way of explaining things can make a big difference in a youngster's mind... We often talk about winning races and winning battles, but when you ask a group of players what are they racing to, most of the time they say "TO THE PUCK!" While gaining puck possession is the goal, it's not entirely true that we're racing to the puck, or that we're battling for control of the puck. We're actually racing to the LANE to the puck, and battling for control of the LANE to the puck. Furthermore, we're not actually racing to the net... we're racing to the LANE to the net. Once you control the lane, you control the route to the destination, whether it be the puck of the net.…
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Cross-Ice 3 Pass & Shot Drill

Cross-Ice 3 Pass & Shot Drill

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing, Shooting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63PMAJn7gnU Here's an awesome drill I came up with to add a little "flow" in a station setting. Player skates out and receives a pass from the first player in the line straight acrossTouch pass backLoop and receive pass from the other line, as shownShoot Variation: If it's going well, add the stretch pass variation as shown in the blue lines DOWNLOAD PDF PRINTOUT HERE
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Developmental “Triage” in Hockey Coaching

Coaches' Corner, Philosophy
Developmental "Triage" in Hockey Coaching Hockey is a MASSIVE game. There is so much to learn that it can literally take a lifetime to master every element. And even then… the best players and coaches are always still looking for ways to improve. So what should you work on… and when? How do you decide what the next steps should be to keep your players moving forward at the optimal pace for them? This video discusses what I call Developmental “Triage.” It’s based around a recent conversation I had with a coach, who said to me “There’s so much to teach my team… where do I even start?” We had a great discussion about it, and it was one I thought would be useful for other coaches as well… so…
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Backchecking Tactic: In Action

Backchecking Tactic: In Action

Neutral Zone, Neutral Zone Tactics, Team Skills, Team Systems
Perfect Backcheck and Angling in Action This is a quick clip that shows a perfect backcheck with excellent angling, executed by Team Canada's Jeff Carter in the 2014 Winter Olympics. In the clip we see a principle I teach my kids even as young as U6 and U8; that is the tactic of "Stick on Stick, Shoulder on Shoulder." Thinking about backchecking in these terms helps kids comprehend taking away the skating lane. Combine this tactic with our 5-Card approach to backchecking, and it'll be much more difficult for the opponent to create offensive opportunities. Here's a link to our 5-Card Backchecking video Enjoy!
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2-1-2 Stack: In Action

2-1-2 Stack: In Action

Offensive Zone, Team Systems
How to Execute a Proper 2-1-2 Stack Forecheck In the past we've talked quite a bit about the 2-1-2 forecheck. There are various ways of performing it, but the two main ones we tend to see are the "spread" and the "stack." 2-1-2 "Stack" Explained Executing the 2-1-2 stack is quite simple, and can be broken down into 3 key steps: F1 hits and pins F2 picks up the puck F3 reads and reacts, providing mid-depth support See our chalk-talk video on the 2-1-2 Forecheck here: 2-1-2 Stack & Spread Explanation 2-1-2 "Stack" Details The key to an effective 2-1-2 "Stack" is for F1 (the first forward on the attack) come in aggressive. If F1 is lazy getting in, the play won't work. F2 must also get in hard to…
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