Alyssa Gagliardi

Alyssa Gagliardi is a former D1, US Women’s National Team and women's pro hockey player (NWHL/PWHPA). She currently works for the Carolina Hurricanes in a youth hockey development role, as well as coach for U14 AAA and U19 AAA teams for the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes youth organization.

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Gagliardi’s presentation hones in on defence, specifically in your own zone, when the opposing team has the puck.
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“Hockey is a complex game with a lot of moving parts. We can’t control everything at every moment within the game, but we can always look to influence parts of these moments.”

Alyssa Gagliardi, a former D1, US Women’s National Team and women’s pro hockey player (NWHL/PWHPA), was one of the presenters at our Global Skills Showcase this past March and her talk was one of the highlights of the five-day virtual event.

Gagliardi’s presentation hones in on defence, specifically in your own zone, when the opposing team has the puck. Although ultimately it’s about preventing a goal, in the moment the goal is to quickly regain possession of the puck. 

“We need to teach players to control the tempo of the game, even when we don’t have the puck,” she explains. “We don’t just have to be reactive without the puck, we need players to be proactive and develop the mindset and skills to understand how to dictate the tempo and the space within the d-zone.”

Gagliardi’s presentation hones in on defence, specifically in your own zone, when the opposing team has the puck . . .

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