Pro Skills & Drills with Mats Lindgren – Passing Progressions

The Coaches Site and Mats Lindgren Elite Hockey is proud to present a new wave of on-ice drills you can use to deliver skill development in your practices today. Mats Lindgren is a former professional hockey player, a skilled forward who had stops with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, and Vancouver Canucks. Mats is […]

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Ray Ferraro: How to Build Up Young Hockey Players

He’s back! Ray Ferraro is a local legend here in Vancouver, though I’m not sure it’s because of his ridiculous junior hockey prowess or 400+ goals scored for six National Hockey League teams. Those items are part of it, sure, but I think one of the reasons Ray has endeared himself to the local market […]

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Todd Woodcroft: The Secret Importance of Faceoffs

“I call 24 faceoffs a night and that was the only one I got right.” That was Sidney Crosby from a couple years back after calling a faceoff play which resulted in a goal during the Stanley Cup finals. I focus on faceoffs a lot in my job – both my own team’s and others […]

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Steve Spott: Are We Setting Reasonable Expectations for Our Players?

From a hockey coach’s perspective, setting reasonable expectations is, well, a reasonable responsibility. That’s because we have the benefit of comparison. To set expectations for one player in any given season, we compare him or her to peers – other players trying to make the team, other players competing for ice time, and other players […]

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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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Fuel Your Hockey Players with Feedback: Dave Mason

“I’m a hockey guy because of these people.” Let’s put on our parenting hats for a second. When you ask your kids how hockey was when they get in the car following a game or practice, what do they say? What do they report was said by the coach? What did they learn? If you […]

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Inspiration Through the Eyes of Craig Cunningham

You could lose everything and never see it coming. That’s the best thought I came up with to introduce Craig Cunningham’s talk from this year’s Coach’s Conference. Not because I want to scare anyone, but it’s because it’s the truth. When he woke up that morning, the former Vancouver Giant thought he was simply preparing […]

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