The Simplest Way to Teach Hockey Players to Play Fast

The Simplest Way to Teach Hockey Players to Play Fast
We can help players play fast by giving them techniques to use in traffic.
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If you don’t keep up with the trends in the game, then you’re likely to get left behind at some point. The game is always changing.

Defence used to rule the day because it was the only hope the NHL had to defeat the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders teams of the 1980s. Enter the stay-at-home defenceman responsible for clutching, grabbing, and shot-blocking his way to the Stanley Cup.

I’m looking at you, New Jersey Devils.

The Why

Hockey is a copycat game. Coaches are obsessed with improving their team’s chances of winning, so we watch what other teams do to win.

In the past few years coaches at the minor hockey level have dedicated their efforts to skill development because, and try not to act too surprised here, having more good hockey players than the other team improves your chances of winning. Neat, huh?

Well, nowadays, skill is obviously important, but how you use that skill is paramount. A player can have a great shot, but if they don’t get to use it, then what’s the point?

We can help players play fast by giving them techniques to use in traffic . . .

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Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at The Coaches Site, current General Manager and Head Coach of the MJHL Niverville Nighthawks, former Assistant Coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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