Should your minor hockey team be practicing the same way as the Toronto Maple Leafs? That’s the basis off the question Dave Starman asked the room at this summer’s #2018HCC. As a pro scout for the Montreal Canadiens, Dave has intimate access to practices at the NHL level, and that’s part of the reason he does things the way he does at the development level with USA Hockey.

“You can get a lot more done in 10 feet than 15 feet if you design the drill or station properly.”

For Dave, creating fun practices with a ton of puck touches, shots, and passes doesn’t just help teams with their current players, it increases retention rate at all levels.


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David Starman

Starman has spent 11 years as an NHL scout with Toronto, Montreal, Seattle.  He is a member of USA Hockey Player Development staff in New York State and has spent  25 years as an instructor with USA Hockey Coaching Education Program.
Starman tended goal for the University of Hartford before turning to the other side of the game, becoming the youngest head coach in Central Hockey League history in 2000 when, at age 31, he took over the Memphis River Kings. Starman later guided the New York Junior Bobcats of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League and was associate coach of the New York Apple Core of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. Starman is now one of the nation’s most respected college hockey TV analysts.

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