My Youngest Student…

Miscellaneous
I know... it's not really a "Drill or Skill," but I had to post this! We took our little boy (Tyler) skating for the first time this week. He's 19 months old, so his feet are still pretty small. The only skates we could find that were small enough were the "bob" skates that have the two blades. At first he looked like Bambi out there... but then he learned to bend his knees... by the end he could take a few steps on his own before falling. The best part of all... after we finished, he wanted to go back on the ice for more! It was a proud moment for me :) We got it all on tape - enjoy!
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Figure 8 Shooting and Deflection

Figure 8 Shooting and Deflection

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Shooting
Figure 8 Shooting and Deflection is a Great Shooting Drill Here's a quick and effective hockey shooting drill that incorporates shots from the points, and deflections in front of the net. I like to run this drill from both ends so the forwards get plenty of chances to execute. Encourage your defensemen to fire low, hard shots on net that the forwards will be able to deflect. This is a great game simulation drill for everybody! Here's the explanation: Figure 8 Shooting and Deflection 1. Forwards & Defensemen line up as shown 2. First forward passes to the near defenseman, then skates around the top of the circle and drives the net. 3. Far defenseman fires a low, hard shot for a deflection 4. Forward deflects the puck then skates…
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How to Buy Hockey Skates

Hockey Equipment
I am often asked questions about hockey equipment––like, what brand names are best? what size to get? how much to spend? I have found that there is no “one single answer” to these questions that is correct for everyone. Taste in hockey gear is a very personal thing… and varies from one player to the next. All I can do is tell people what I like, and hopefully that helps to give a good starting point. So––today I'm going to tell you how I purchase my skates… feel free to comment on anything you agree or disagree with! There are many different types of skates out there… some cheap, some expensive; some stiff and difficult to break in, others soft and easy to break in, some wide, some narrow… you…
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Wiseman Drill

Wiseman Drill

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing
Click Here for a printout of the Wiseman Drill you can take to the rink with you. The "Wiseman Drill," named after one of my old coaches, is a great passing and timing drill (one of my favorites!). This drill incorporates many game simulation concepts such as one-touch passes, timing, support, offensive attack, and odd-man rushes. Furthermore, there are numerous variations and options you can work through with your team. So be creative, and have some fun with this one!
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Off-ice Hockey Agility Drill

Off-ice Training, Speed
The Dot Drill is One of my Staple Off-Ice Agility Drills The Dot Drill is one of the most effective off-ice hockey agility drills I’ve ever seen. This drill is easy and inexpensive to set up, and only takes about a minute of the athlete’s time each day – so there are no excuses not to do it! Remember, the dots should be placed in a 2′ x 3′ rectangle, with one dot in the middle. Each dot should be about 5″ in diameter. You can spray paint the dots onto your garage or basement floor, or onto an old piece of carpet. You could also use something less permanent such as sidewalk chalk or tape. I prefer the rubber dot drill mats because they have better grip and are…
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