"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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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. He is currently the Professional Skill Coach with the Detroit Red Wings.

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