Mark Carlson

Mark Carlson is the president, head coach and GM of the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. He joined the team in 1999 and has been coach and general manager for the past 21 seasons.

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“It's the most underrated and least mentioned fundamental in hockey.”
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What does one of the greatest drummers in rock and roll history have to do with a Virtual Hockey Summit presentation?

Mark Carlson, Head Coach & GM of the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, referenced the late Charlie Watts, legendary drummer of The Rolling Stones, off the top of his VHS presentation because Watts was a student of music who learned from listening and watching others. 

Coaching is no different to Carlson, who joined the RoughRiders in 1999 and has been coach and general manager for the past 21 seasons. Coaches who listen attentively and pick up good habits from other coaches, will become successful coaches.

During his 31-minute presentation, Carlson discussed the importance of passing and pass reception, calling it the difference maker. Why? Because it’s “the most underrated and least mentioned fundamental in hockey.”

“It's the most underrated and least mentioned fundamental in hockey . . .

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2 comments

  • I agree 100%. Reception is not talked enough about and this motivates me to turn my focus more on it. We have been so focused on passing to players in stride and the boys are doing great…understanding speed behind the puck, regrouping…it’s a ton of fun watching u11 move the puck better than most bantam teams. Anyway, thank you for the video Mark and Coache Site:-).

    Happy Holidays!