The Power of the Hockey Community When a Teammate Needs Help

Everyone here at TCS HQ is involved with the game in one way or another, and the relationships we’ve created, the memories, the experiences both good and bad… None of that can hold a jockstrap to the power of our community when one of our members is in a tough spot. A powerful young coach […]

VIDEO | Toronto Maple Leafs Goalie Coach Steve Briere: the Goalie Business Plan

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been adding important people to the culture of their hockey team for awhile now, and for Maple Leafs Goalie Coach Steve Briere, it’s important to be an impactful piece of the puzzle. Everything I have in life comes from being a goalie. Playing in front of pressure is the greatest gift […]

Is the Powerplay Drop Pass Working? Here’s an Alternative

This is a special contribution from Gus Katsaros, a hockey analyst with McKeen’s Hockey focusing on the integration of analytics, video and systems analysis. Follow him on Twitter: @KatsHockey Let’s talk about the power play drop pass, a near universally adopted tactic promoting controlled zone entries. I am not a fan of this play and […]

VIDEO | Mirtle & Bourne: Current Trends and the Future of Analytics

Sometimes the best perspective is an unbiased perspective. That’s the basis of The Athletic, a sports-writing company started a couple years ago with a mission of providing in-depth sports content that goes further than the average newspaper. James Mirtle is one of the architects of The Athletic, and one of the driving forces behind their […]

John Becanic & Hockey IQ: Think Fast, Play Fast

John Becanic’s presentation at our 2018 Hockey Coaches’ Conference in Toronto delivered the essence of a movement hockey coaches all over the world are looking to capture. Which is a slow way to say “John taught us how to coach players to play fast.” Much simpler.  If the player senses you’re not confident in your […]

Video | San Jose Sharks Assistant Coach Dave Barr: Analytics and Post Game Analysis

The San Jose Sharks have been a regular season powerhouse since Joe Thornton first started growing a beard following his trade from the Boston Bruins. Year after year, the Sharks are a contender. That simply doesn’t happen in the long-term of the NHL if an organization isn’t able to adapt with the natural progression of […]

Greg Cronin: The PK Pushdown, Penalty Routes, & When to Pressure

Colorado Eagles head coach Greg Cronin takes immense pride in his responsibilities, primary among which was his dedication to the penalty kill in his four years as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders before moving to Colorado. As a specific special teams’ coach, there aren’t many better feelings than a successful PK or […]

Drill of the Week: Charlie Huddy 2on2

Drill Description: F1 & F2 pass puck to D1 from red line who passes D to D F1 & F2 swing through, D2 passes to F2 who quick touches to F1 F1 & F2 regroup with D3 & D4 and then play 2on2 with D1 & D2 D3 and D4 then take two new forwards […]

Video | Paul Boutilier: How to Evaluate & Guide Hockey Players to Think & Play Fast

Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League, the farm team of the Ottawa Senators, is a hotspot for teaching young hockey players about the importance of playing fast. It sounds easy enough, but for Assistant Coach Paul Boutilier, playing fast on the ice all comes back to the amount of information retained off the ice. […]