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 […]

The Regroup | Coaching the Modern Defenseman

Predictions for Stanley Cup champions are starting to roll in all over the hockey landscape and if you pay attention (or you were anything other than a goal scoring forward during your playing days), you’ll notice a common theme amongst all the picks. Defensemen. What do the Nashville Predators have in common with the Winnipeg […]

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VIDEO | How Sidney Crosby Protects the Puck

Players struggle to protect the puck in the corners for many different reasons. You probably wonder how players like Sidney Crosby can just so effortlessly keep the puck in the corners without ever seeming like they will lose it. The Crosby Protection formula works even though Sidney is not the biggest guy when it comes […]

The Erik Karlsson Deception Guide

What makes Erik Karlsson so deceptive with the puck? What allows him to deke players out on a consistent basis? After spending thousands of hours studying NHL deception mechanics and puckhandling patterns, I realized that Mr. Karlsson not only showed up in my analysis on a consistent basis, he was successful more than almost any […]

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The Art of Winning Puck Battles With Your Hips

How do players with amazing battling abilities keep control of the puck in tight situations. How do they emerge victorious, puck on their stick, from almost every corner battle? How does Sidney Crosby effortlessly fend off the best defenders in the NHL? How do smaller players win the puck in the corners against that bigger […]

The NHL Intensity Formula: How to Up Your Game Like You Never Thought Possible

Coaches often tell their players to ‘be more intense’ or ‘battle’ or ‘compete’. Experienced players likely have an idea what this means. But for younger players from junior to minor hockey these instructions are often not clear. So players will often hear these terms but never act on them because they simply aren’t sure what […]