Dwayne Blais

Dwayne Blais has been involved in skill development for over 25 years, working with players and teams from minor hockey to the NCAA, OHL, and NHL. After an NCAA and pro playing career, Dwayne began coaching with Western University and in the QMJHL with the Saint John Seadogs.
Dwayne now works with the London Knights and Western University as a skill development coach. He previously worked with the Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators.
Dwayne has created a curriculum for a variety of skill development programs throughout Canada and the United States. You can find many of Dwayne’s teaching techniques online at the National Skill Development Association, where he shares his knowledge with parents, coaches, and players to help them gain a better understanding of how to teach applicable skills necessary to play at the next level.

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"Deception really separates great players from good players."

What’s the difference between a good player and a great player?

According to Dwayne Blais, the founder of the National Skill Development Association, the answer to that question is deception.

Blais spoke at the Global Skills Showcase on “the great skill of deception,” and broke deception down into three layers: head/eyes, hands/stick/puck, and feet.

“I feel that deception really separates great players from good players,” said Blais. “The more we can help young players become deceptive, the better they’re going to be as they get older and move up levels.”

Watch the full 25-minute presentation with a membership to The Coaches Site.

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