Part 1 | The Key to Mental Toughness: Concentration & Focus

You’re playing the first place team in your league. They have the top goaltender and you’re not very optimistic about your team’s chances to win. During one of your shifts, you have a breakaway and the goalie makes a great stop. Your reaction is to tell yourself, “I knew this guy was good, we are […]

3 Tips for Young Defensemen to Master Backwards Transitions

Vancouver Hockey School students work on backwards transitions at Rep Prep Camp   As a coach or parent of a young defenseman you watch in agony as your future star continuously gets skated around while attempting to play a 1 vs 1. You hear the coach or parent yelling in desperation “pivot, pivot backwards” without […]

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Barry Jansen – Assessing Your Leadership Style

How would you define your leadership style? If you’re struggling with this question perhaps you’ve never considered how effectively you lead and communicate with your players and staff. So much of the focus with coaches is on acquiring new drills, or learning about new tactics and systems, that it’s easy to overlook that there is […]


  Advanced tracking and net space coverage allows today’s NHL goaltender’s to maximize their game. The true understanding of advanced tracking enables goaltender’s to maximize visual connection to the puck and use of visual lead as it relates to the save cycle. Box control enables goaltender’s to simplify their game by maximizing net-space coverage while […]

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Built for Hockey – How to Know if You’ve Played a Good Game

3-Step Framework for Evaluating Your Performance in Hockey

Picture this… You just finished up your hockey game and are on your way home when you get a text from your friend. “How’d the game go?“ It went well, you tell him. Your team won! “That’s great! How’d you play?“ This one’s a little harder to answer… If you’re like most players, you’ll answer […]

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You’re going to want to read this one because I believe it’s critical to understand the mind-set of young hockey players. Believe it or not, we all share the same role as parents, on-ice coaches and strength trainers. We have a duty to teach and educate them, and we have a responsibility to help them […]

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Game Mapping For Goaltenders Volume 2

In my previous article I introduced the concept of game mapping, philosophies behind it and expectations of the process. Today’s article is going to break down a sample map and discuss common techniques used by goalies in each specific zone. Again this is a sample map, please remember that each goalie is unique therefore their […]

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Do You Have a D-Zone Dilemma?

It amazes me how much trickles down to minor hockey from the NHL from a coaching perspective. We watch so carefully how the “Ken Hitchcock’s” of the world piece together their system play and how they play against different opponents that we often think, as coaches outside the NHL, that we should be adopting those […]

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Maximize save execution and post save recovery

  Pasco Valana of Elite Goalies helps you make small adjustments to make big changes in your game. In this clip Coach Valana shows you how to have a proper set up for your pads to help you in your butterfly stance.     For more from Pasco and Elite Goalies checkout

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