Technique is important.
For former Winnipeg Jets assistant coach Todd Woodcroft, starting each shift with possession of the puck has been a big factor in his team’s impressive climb up the standings in recent years.
Technique is clearly a crucial component of taking a faceoff. Being able to win a draw can lead to a long and productive career in the National Hockey League or any league, really. If you can skate and compete at an even level while the play is flowing, but you can add proficient faceoff prowess to your arsenal, then you’re a valuable asset to the coach.
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Currently, Todd is the Head Coach for the University of Vermont Men's Hockey team. A frequent guest of The Coaches Site, Todd has over 20+ years experience in the NHL and internationally. Todd began his career with the Minnesota Wild in 2000 and has worked for the Washington Capitals, the LA Kings, the Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets. He also spent a year in the KHL as the Assistant General Manager/Director of Player Personnel for Dynamo Minsk.
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Todd began his coaching journey as a Video Coach for the Wild and branched off into scouting, ending up as the Scouting Director for the Flames before coming back to his true passion for coaching with the Jets in 2016. He has coached in 7 World Championships and one World Cup representing Canada,Belarus, Switzerland and Sweden. He won a Stanley Cup in 2012 with the Kings and two Gold Medals (Canada, 2004 & Sweden, 2017).