Ice Hockey Coaching Tips & Drills

VIDEO | Florida Panthers Skills Coach Paul Vincent at the AHCA Convention

Last month the team at The Coaches’ Site travelled to Naples Florida for the AHCA Convention to host a very special speakers series. The series mirrors what our annual conference looks like, only an abbreviated version. This year we were fortunate enough to host three presentations: Bakersfield Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft on his role […]

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A Behind-the-Net Powerplay Formation Driven By Analytics

You often hear people describe sports leagues as copycat leagues. Whenever a team does something different, the rest of the league is quick to adopt their own version of it. In the NHL, over the last several years, teams have largely adopted the 1-3-1 as their default Power Play formation. While this is certainly dangerous […]


PODCAST | Mike Donaghue: How to Avoid Summer Training Overload

While The Coaches Site team was down in Florida for the AHCA Convention, there was no shortage of interesting people to talk shop with. One of those people was Mike Donaghue, a strength and conditioning coach by trade, and a master organizer and details implementer by necessity. Listen to this week’s podcast to learn why […]

How to Coach with the Distractions of Multiple Sport Athletes

There’s not a hockey coach in Canada who would argue that it’s disadvantageous for young athletes to play multiple sports during the summer. Goaltenders who also play baseball? They’re good with the glove. Defensemen who play soccer? They develop quick feet and learn how to defend with their skating. Forwards who play basketball? They learn […]

The Regroup | Comparing the Predators & Jets’ Powerplays on Game 7 Eve

Welcome to an early advanced edition of next week’s Regroup. We couldn’t wait. It’s a big night in the NHL. Game 7. This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs have been nothing if not dramatic. You’ve got Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals finally slaying their white whale, or in this case, penguin – you’ve got the […]

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CoachThem Drill of the Week: 1on1 Offensive Zone Sneak

Get your players thinking in a game-like situation. Drill Description: F1 starts at the blueline.  D1 starts in front of net (facing up ice). F1 skates 3/4 speed, behind goal line, around the net (staying against boards). Coach passes to F1 at any point. D1 remains stationary until pass is made. D1 reacts and angles F1 towards the […]

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The Coaches Site is Going to the World Championships

The IIHF Coaching Symposium is coming to Copenhagen’s Aalborg University on May 12th and 13th, and The Coaches Site is going to be there. The coaching symposium runs in concert with the IIHF World Championships. The World Championships are a huge deal in Europe. People take weeks off work in order to celebrate hockey on […]

UNB Head Coach Gardiner MacDougall: From Grit to Great

As the Head Coach of one the most successful university hockey programs in Canada, Gardiner McDougall knows a thing or two about the importance of grit and how it translates to greatness. University hockey players in Canada face a unique set of challenges – going to class, going to the rink, going to the library […]

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