How to Protect the Puck with Pavel Barber

A couple weeks back we hung out with Glenn Carnegie in a video to help our players figure out what to do with the puck once they retrieve it. I’ve used those tips in my own practices multiple times since – getting the puck below the dots, switching sides, plays off of cycles, round-downs, and […]

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Why Does Sacred Heart Track Scoring Chances?

Joel Beal, Associate Head Coach at Sacred Heart University. The Pioneers have been harnessing the power of analytics for three seasons. “Each year we have been able to tweak our reporting and our data collection to further understand what is occurring during those 60 minutes of a game from a statistical standpoint. The customization ability […]

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How Bench Metrics is Making Analytics Accessible

If hockey is anything, it’s adaptable. Changes have come to equipment, player size and speed, rules, penalties, salaries, even teams come and go. Perhaps the most recent change to alter the direction of the game is the increasingly widespread adoption and utilization of analytics. Jay Varady and Michael Zucker, founders of Bench Metrics, were some […]

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Todd Woodcroft: Who’s Ready for Faceoffs?

How do you start the game? How do you start the shift? How do you start a powerplay or a penalty kill? Faceoffs. It takes a lot of practice time to perfect faceoff plays, but it’s a crucial aspect of the game, especially if you are coaching at a level where there is parity. What do […]

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Three Disciplines You Can Practice to Keep from Being “That” Hockey Dad or Mom!

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day” Jim Rohn In hockey arenas, there seems to always be “that” hockey parent. The one who yells and screams at the referees, coaches and even their own kid. They are often over attached, takes things personal, is very self righteous as their version […]

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Jason Dorland on Motivation: What’s Your Fuel?

“Ran her fastest times in the last two years of her career. Who does that?” That’s Jason Dorland. He’s talking about Robyn Meagher, a Canadian Olympian and a world champion. Jason is talking about experiences in sport, specifically the fuel that motivates us to compete. What motivates you to compete? What motivates your players? For […]

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5 Things Every Centerman Needs to be Effective in the D-Zone

1.Behind the net flush out When the opposing team stops behind the net with the puck in the defensive zone, both D must post up on the sides of the net with the centerman at the top of the crease protecting the house. The weak-side defenseman should always automatically flush the forward out onto their […]

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How To Understand What Makes Your Player Tick

Have you ever struggled trying to get your player(s) to do the little things you know that can help them be successful? I’m not just talking about helping them be better on the ice but also in school and around the house (like doing simple chores for mom or dad). Every year I have parents […]

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Why is Teambuilding So Important for Hockey Teams?

It just is. Oh great, thanks! Article complete, let’s go for a beer! … but seriously, why is teambuilding so important for hockey teams all the way from university through junior and into peewee and atom? It’s an area of training camp in which I’ve admittedly never been terribly strong. Sure, I can run an […]