Ask any NHL coach what is the hardest skill or attribute to find, and they’ll tell you it’s goal scoring.
Fifty goals in a season used be a benchmark for goal scorers. Now-a-days fifty goals is reserved for the super elite and one thirty goal season will turn an average player into a multimillionaire.
In the spring of 2016, Brennan Sonne he called us and said he had a presentation he thought would be a great fit for our annual TeamSnap Hockey Coaches Conference. According to Brennan, who is now a head coach in France but was an assistant with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, he had discovered where goals come from.
You heard that correctly.
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We asked Brennan to elaborate and all he said was: “Trust me. Your audience will want to see this!”
Luckily for us, we did trust Brennan and invited him to speak at our 6th annual conference. It was well worth it and as it turned out, he did in fact discover where goals come from.
Brennan and the Silvertips coaching staff analyzed 503 goals from the 2014 NHL playoffs and 228 goals from the Silvertips 2015-16 season. What they discovered was that shot selection and shot location made a big difference in terms of a puck crossing the goal line.
(Note: Brennan was hired as the head coach of the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades in July of 2021)
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