7 Tips to help your Team Create more Offence

Enio Sacilotto

Enio Sacilotto is President of International Hockey Camps and operates the Mental Edge High Performance Training. Enio has 39 years of coaching experience (professional hockey in Europe and the WHL's Victoria Royals). Currently, he coaches at the Burnaby Winter Club Hockey Academy and the Croatian National Men's team. If you have questions or are interested in his services, contact Enio at [email protected] or call 604-255-4747

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Add these little details to your game and watch your offensive production grow!
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Every hockey player and teams at all levels love to have the puck on their stick, play offence and score goals. Playing with the puck is what makes hockey a fun sport to play. This article offers you seven simple tips to help players and coaches with their offensive game. A short video clip accompanies each tip.

In a recent interview, Martin St. Louis,  head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, talks about the jump from coaching youth hockey, to the NHL (see video below). He said, “hockey is hockey, NHL players are the finished product, while youth players are developing, the principles are the same!” Players and coaches can apply these tips from the U10 level up to professional hockey. 

1 – DEFEND TO GO ON OFFENCE – The trend in hockey today is to be a puck-possession team.  The goal is to play with the puck in the offensive zone as much as possible. When your team loses the puck, all five skaters must transition from offence to defence as quickly as possible and work to get the puck back. Defensemen must defend the rush with a good gap, and forwards must track-back, get a stick on the puck, body-on-body, and create a turnover in the high offensive zone or neutral zone.

Add these little details to your game and watch your offensive production grow . . .

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