Is your team ready for the season?
Like, truly ready? Showing video and powerpoint presentations until your players fall asleep is easy. But according to long-time Portland Winterhawks coach Mike Johnston, more is not always better.
In his presentation at a past Hockey Coaches Conference in Toronto, Johnston shared his typical plan for training camp. It included the systems he teaches each year, as well as the rules he sets out for his team.
“Early in my career I had too many rules. I believed I needed to control everything, but all it led to was players catching me in loopholes.”
The Winterhawks have five pillars, Johnston says:
- Mike Johnston: Teaching concepts and principles
- Mike Johnston: Creating offence off neutral zone transitions
- Mike Johnston: Breakout passing
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