What are attack triggers and why are they key to killing a penalty? Find out from Starman and Jackson.

In this edition of The Breakdown, Dave Starman invites University of North Dakota Associate Head Coach Dane Jackson to share his key components to what makes a successful penalty kill, with a focus on pressure and attack triggers.

Jackson, who has coached at UND for 17 seasons and handles the team’s penalty kill, credits the advancement of the modern power play, which has forced him to adapt his tactics.

“The power plays are getting more and more organized. They’re sharper, they know the pressures coming. Our penalty kill has to be more selective on when we go and get those triggers in force situations.”

Starman and Jackson break down what the visual cues are for those attack triggers, when to go for the shot block, and provide a checklist for all coaches to improve their penalty kill.

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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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