When players are comfortable with a high pace in practice, they'll play the game with the same pace.


Every coach is looking for that perfect mixture of hockey sense and raw skill. And while hockey sense might be an intangible skill, for USA Hockey’s Dave Starman, it’s certainly not a skill that’s impossible to teach.

Enter the age of the small area game at every level of our sport. At our Hockey Coaches Conference this past summer, Starman presented several small area games ranging from simple passing sequences to more in-depth situations involving multiple rules.

When players are comfortable with a high pace in practice, they'll play the game with the same pace . . .



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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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