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Hockey’s Great Debate: Analytics vs Eyeballs

In Coaching Hockey, Tactics by Kelvin Cech

It’s interesting how slow the hockey industry is when it comes to adopting new tactics to improve your team. I’m not old enough to remember Roger Nielsen re-inventing hockey by literally cutting video tape for hours on end in order to show his players what he was seeing. I’m also not old enough to to remember when Fred Shero hired …

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Walter Aguilar: Building Trust Between Hockey Players & Coaches

In Leadership by The Coaches Site

“If you can get your players into that zone and executing your game-plan more often, then you’re going to find a greater level of success.” Walter Aguilar spoke at our conference this past summer and his presentation instantly struck a chord with me – with most of the coaches in attendance too, I’m sure. One of the main things Walter …

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3 Things to Help Create a Positive Team Culture

In Culture, Leadership by Kyle Elmendorf

With the arrival of each new season comes new players, tests, challenges, triumph, and defeat. It’s part of what makes our job as coaches so exciting. Each season is a new challenge and opportunity. As coaches, a lot is thrown our way and it can be overwhelming at times. Head coaches have a lot of responsibility and many people looking …

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Todd Woodcroft: Who’s Ready for Faceoffs?

In Skills by The Coaches Site

How do you start the game? How do you start the shift? How do you start a powerplay or a penalty kill? Faceoffs. It takes a lot of practice time to perfect faceoff plays, but it’s a crucial aspect of the game, especially if you are coaching at a level where there is parity. What do I mean by tight? Well, …

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Six Things a Hockey Coach Can Remember to Perform at Their Best!

In Leadership by Walter Aguilar

“You can’t be common, because a common man goes nowhere. You have to be uncommon.” -Herb Brooks USA Hockey Coach 1980 Being a hockey coach can be an amazing and fulfilling experience. However, it can also be a very stressful and difficult experience. Coaches are required to lead the team strategy, work the bench during games, be the motivator, hand …

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FROM BEHIND THE BENCH: Trailblazer by Jim Paek

In FROM BEHIND THE BENCH, Leadership by The Coaches Site

In 2014, Jim Paek was presented with a challenge. After being named head coach of the South Korean national team, his objective was to make the team competitive for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. Korea recently finished the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A in second and ranked 18th in the world overall overall. The …

3 Things to Say When Your Spring Hockey Team is Getting Obliterated

In Leadership by Kelvin Cech

Some of the articles I’ve been writing lately for The Coaches’ Site are based on the expertise of other coaches. Geno Auriemma and body language, the search for character before stats from Dallas Eakins, the proper way to practice from Pete Carroll, and the inspiring journey of South Carolina Basketball Coach Frank Martin. I’ve learned a lot from the expertise …