Hockey Share Drill of the Week – 3 on 3 with Neutral QB

    Drill Description:  1) Players compete 3 on 3 2) When a change of posession occurs, players must pass out to coaches before they can attack the net Notes: Coaches can be substitued with extra D to keep more skaters involved. To keep the drill competitive, you can have the group that scores stay […]

Hockey Share Drill of the Week – 3 on 3 Time Bomb

    Drill Description:  Teams play 3 on 3 in the neutral zone. If the puck goes past the blue line, the attacking team has 3 seconds to regain control of the puck. The defensive team is not allowed to cross the blue line. If the offensive team fails to retreive the puck in 3 […]

What is a ‘Hockey Guy’?

Is it the guy who sits in a bar yelling at the players zipping across the enormous tv screen? Yelling at them to ‘hit ’em’ or ‘shoot’ or ‘move the *&*#$* puck!’. Or is a ‘hockey guy’ the guy who can tell you who the Canucks drafted first in ‘76 (trick question, first pick that […]

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Five steps to overcoming fear in Hockey!

It’s that feeling you get before the game.  Sometimes, it even happens during the game. You do your best to shake it off, take your mind off it, and psych yourself up…whatever it takes to not dwell on it. But, it’s there. It’s the one four-letter word you actually don’t like using or thinking about: […]

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Hockey Share Drill of the Week – 4 Corner Criss Cross Passing

    Drill Description:  X1 passes to X2 and begins looping around the far NZ faceoff dot. X2 passes across the ice to X3 and gets an immediate return pass. X2 passes across ice to X1 who is looping around the far dot line (staying out of the center circle). Opposite lines go simultaneously. Notes: […]

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Video: Shannon Miller – Torpedo Hockey

There is no doubt that our game has become considerably faster and more skilled in the past ten to 15 years. Even fourth line players have the skill and skating ability to keep up with the superstars in their respective leagues. So while the overall product has arguably been enhanced, one area that remains a […]

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Built for Hockey – How to Know if You’ve Played a Good Game

3-Step Framework for Evaluating Your Performance in Hockey

Picture this… You just finished up your hockey game and are on your way home when you get a text from your friend. “How’d the game go?“ It went well, you tell him. Your team won! “That’s great! How’d you play?“ This one’s a little harder to answer… If you’re like most players, you’ll answer […]

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HOW TO BUILD INCREDIBLE CONFIDENCE FOR YOUNG HOCKEY PLAYERS

You’re going to want to read this one because I believe it’s critical to understand the mind-set of young hockey players. Believe it or not, we all share the same role as parents, on-ice coaches and strength trainers. We have a duty to teach and educate them, and we have a responsibility to help them […]

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Game Mapping For Goaltenders Volume 2

In my previous article I introduced the concept of game mapping, philosophies behind it and expectations of the process. Today’s article is going to break down a sample map and discuss common techniques used by goalies in each specific zone. Again this is a sample map, please remember that each goalie is unique therefore their […]

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Minor Hockey Talk: Oldschool Vs Newschool

With Special Guest Rick Lanz

If there’s one thing we know it’s that there’s not one specific way to make a hockey player. They come in all shapes and sizes, from various economic back grounds and more and more from all over the world. It’s like buying furniture from Ikea, following the instruction and then voila…you’ve got yourself an NHL […]