Bill Peters & the Importance of Situational AwarenessPermalink to

Bill Peters & the Importance of Situational Awareness

Bill Peters, Head Coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, is here to tell you that the theory floating around that faceoffs are overrated is…overrated. For Peters, faceoffs matter. “A faceoff is your team’s first 50/50 battle of the shift. So you know if your team is engaged emotionally by how they execute off draws.” That’s Bill […]

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Tampa Bay Lightning’s Frantz Jean on Scouting GoaliesPermalink to

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Frantz Jean on Scouting Goalies

Frantz Jean on Scouting Goalies Goaltenders have some of the most interesting stories of all. And yeah, it might be because they’re a little off. But more likely it’s because they see the game from a perspective that’s just not normal for regular coaches. In fact, they see so much more of the game because […]

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Dallas Eakins: What Comes First, Character or Leadership?Permalink to

Dallas Eakins: What Comes First, Character or Leadership?

Dallas Eakins has gained plenty of recognition over the years for his contribution to the analytical side of the game. We’ve got standard stats such as goals and assists and we’ve got advanced stats like corsi and WOWY’s. But for Coach Eakins, those statistics don’t amount to much if we’re overlooking two crucial aspects of […]

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Pro Players Panel with Natalie Spooner, Brendan Gaunce, & Mike DucoPermalink to

Pro Players Panel with Natalie Spooner, Brendan Gaunce, & Mike Duco

“He knew he could push me vocally maybe moreso than some other players.” That’s Brendan Gaunce in the video below talking about his first season of professional hockey played for brand new Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green with the Utica Comets. For Gaunce, the approach taken by Green to treat each player differently, as an […]

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Travis Green: The Education & Evolution of a Hockey CoachPermalink to

Travis Green: The Education & Evolution of a Hockey Coach

  Something funny always happens when there’s big hockey news in a major Canadian market. The opinions start to emerge. “I heard he’s a real hard-ass.” “I heard he’s great with the young guys.” “I heard he takes three creams and six sugars in his coffee.” The truth is that the only people who have […]

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Jay Woodcroft: Creating Offense From the CyclePermalink to

Jay Woodcroft: Creating Offense From the Cycle

You can’t coach offense, right? Not the case, according to Jay Woodcroft of the Edmonton Oilers. The video excerpt below was captured just after Woodcroft and head coach Todd McLellan moved on from the offensive firepower of the San Jose Sharks to a hard-luck story in Alberta’s northern capital that would gift them some kid […]

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Jim Robinson & Injuries: How Do We Keep Our Players on the Ice?Permalink to

Jim Robinson & Injuries: How Do We Keep Our Players on the Ice?

If I ran an informal twitter poll with my incredible army of level-headed, conscientious followers asking which league, the NHL or the NFL they thought incurred more injuries, what do you think the results would be? What do you think? “Hockey is nearly 20 to 30% greater than the NFL in terms of games lost to […]

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Dr. Justin Davis: Debunking the 10,000 Hour RulePermalink to

Dr. Justin Davis: Debunking the 10,000 Hour Rule

This is seriously madness. Weird science. The 10,000 hour rule is a myth? Come on. For years we’ve been teaching young hockey players about the value of repetition. Whether you’re taking a wrist shot or performing a breakout to the coach’s expectations, the more times you can repeat the skill or pattern, the more it will […]

The Influence of Analytics in Today’s Game: James Mirtle, Tyler Dellow & Scott CullenPermalink to

The Influence of Analytics in Today’s Game: James Mirtle, Tyler Dellow & Scott Cullen

“If you’re coaching a team and there are things that are just luck that you can’t control or that are heavily luck-dependent, spending a lot of time trying to fix them is a waste of your time.” – Tyler Dellow If you had a time machine and could go back and watch hockey from, say, […]

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Willie Desjardins – Building the Foundation for a Winning Team CulturePermalink to

Willie Desjardins – Building the Foundation for a Winning Team Culture

“Champions are made in empty gyms” – Muhammad Ali  Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Willie Desjardins opens his presentation with this quote from Muhammad Ali to emphasize that championship teams are created in practice and that, as a coach, what happens in practice is on your watch. Meaning you’re responsible for the actions, attitude and work […]