Our game is moving in a pleasant direction.
In last week’s speaker series post highlighting Joe Quinn we talked about the value of individual skill development that professional hockey players can employ with their respective teams. We talked to USA youth hockey director Kenny Rausch on the Glass & Out podcast a couple weeks back about small area games and cross-ice hockey for youngsters. And we talked to Topher Scott awhile back about youth hockey organizations deploying a development model instead of a competition model.
Safe to say the record number of Americans drafted to NHL clubs this past weekend would serve as evidence that the belief in skill development and positive reinforcement.
But what’s the point of it all?
Scoring goals. The object of the game is to score more goals than your opponent after all. It’s important to work on your team’s strategy when you don’t have the puck – defense wins championships, as the out-dated saying goes – but we as coaches have more control than ever on the offense.
Enter skills coach Tim Turk. As an NHL shooting coach with the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Arizona Coyotes, and Carolina Hurricanes, Turk has made a career out of teaching hockey players how to put the puck in the net.
Which is great, because it’s one less thing you don’t have to worry about. We tell the goalies to just stop the puck, maybe moving forward we can tell the players to just shoot it past them. Alright, it’s probably not that simple, but Tim Turk will have some helpful knowledge you can pass on to your players next year when it comes to the most important element of our game.
Scoring. It’s the most fun, too.
From last week, in case you missed it…