From Behind the Bench: Developing the Next Generation by Paul Carson

Paul Carson’s roles, duties and accomplishments are many. Published children’s book author, educator, coach, hockey dad, Hockey Canada executive, board member of the Coaching Association of Canada are just a few. He understands hockey from pee wee to pro, and as Vice President of Development at Hockey Canada, he understands the need to be progressive […]

Video | Brendan Taylor: Creating Offence Behind the Net

Ask a hockey coach if he or she would like to add more offence to their game strategy and you’re probably receive a peculiar look. More offence? Yes, of course. How? Every coach is looking for more offence, but these days it’s an incredibly broad term. “There are so many variables when you’re attacking in-zone. […]

VIDEO | Clips of Winnipeg Jets AC Todd Woodcroft’s Offensive Zone Entries

Something interesting happens about halfway through Todd Woodcroft’s presentation on the habits and tactics the Winnipeg Jets use to generate offense from zone entires. Andrew Copp, a speedy, average-sized left handed forward kicks a puck out right to a teammate in the wide right-wing lane after skating it over the blue line against the Nashville […]

Could Hockey’s Best Defensemen be Hockey’s Best Forwards?

Today’s article is a special contribution from Gus Katsaros. Young skilled defensemen are stepping into the NHL earlier and more developed than ever. Capable of a rover style, they’re integrating into more offensive chances and making impacts at a younger age with more offensive skillsets. Developing better rover defensemen should also require teaching forwards more […]

Video | Todd Woodcroft: Creating Offense From Zone Entries

Watching the rise of the Winnipeg Jets has been a treat for hockey fans and coaches in the Manitoba capital for a few seasons now, so you can imagine the excitement of seeing them in action, in games and practices, every day. Assistant coach Todd Woodcroft is one of the people responsible for flying the […]

Video | Shane Toporowski: How Skate Profiles Impact Development

Sharpening skates has turned into a science in the past decade. What hockey coach among us hasn’t wondered if the players falling all over the ice in front of our eyes can’t be blamed on whoever sharpened their skates earlier? Shane Toporowski knows what it’s like to have the local farmer sharpen his skates. Player […]

Video | Mike Weaver & the Art of the 1on1 for Defensemen

Friend of the website Mike Weaver hopped on the ice at our 2018 Hockey Coaches Conference in Toronto this past summer, and it was a valuable session for the packed house in attendance. We have to concentrate on a forward’s speed when he’s coming out of the zone.  Focused on the art of the 1on1, […]

VIDEO | Glen Gulutzan: How to Develop the Complete Defenseman

Former Calgary Flames head coach and current Edmonton Oilers assistant coach Glen Gulutzan delivered an ideal presentation for this month’s focus on defensemen. He’s been around the block now, with stops in Vancouver and Dallas, so Glen has seen a clear progression in National Hockey League D-men. So where do we start? “Defense starts at […]