Day 4 Recap: 2022 College Hockey Inc. Virtual Coaching Clinic

Presentations from Matt Nicholson and Garrett Raboin took place Thursday.

Another day, another pair of insightful presentations during the The College Hockey Inc. Virtual Coaching Clinic! Thursday featured an in-depth look at why space and time are so valuable for defencemen, and a peek behind the scenes at what it takes to build a brand new hockey program from the ground up.

Reminder: this exclusive event is only available to members of The Coaches Site. Join now for full access! Once you become a valued member, the Virtual Coaching Clinic presentations can be viewed for 30 days upon their release. Two more videos will be released each day this week.

Understanding Spacing and Timing for Defencemen

“Not every defenceman is gifted offensively. However, every defenceman can defend if they want to. Defence is a want factor.”

If you want it bad enough and are willing to do what it takes, you might have a shot at playing defence for Matt Nicholson at Robert Morris University. The RMU bench boss understands the value of a strong mindset, as well as spacing and timing for defencemen, and his presentation outlined how to maximize them all. Be prepared to take notes!

Nicholson’s full presentation can be seen here.

How to Start a D1 Hockey Program From Scratch

There are no shortcuts to success, especially not when starting a university hockey program from scratch, like Augustana University Head Coach Garrett Raboin.

Not many people get the opportunity to build something from the ground up like Raboin has, but hearing how he’s handling such a daunting task will leave you with takeaways on how to improve your program – guaranteed.

Raboin’s full presentation can be seen here.

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Derek Jory

Derek Jory is the Director of Content at The Coaches Site. He previously spent 14 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks as their head writer and social media expert.

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