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Vancouver Canucks Skill Coach Glenn Carnegie: Puck Protection

In Drills, Skills by Kelvin Cech

“I want to get that puck with body position already established.”

The first thing that’s obvious when you meet Glenn Carnegie is how passionate he is about the game. We were fortunate enough to be able to watch Glenn in action behind the scenes in the last couple weeks working with some injured Vancouver Canucks players at the University of British Columbia. Brandon Sutter and Bo Horvat were both put through the paces by Carnegie, and as you can imagine, it’s important for NHL teams to get it right when players are injured. 

So for Carnegie, it’s not just about teaching skills, it’s about teaching the right skills at the right time. Puck protection and other drills and methods Glenn creates are born out of a deep understanding of how hockey players work, how they think, and what they need to feel confident.

Because as we all know, confidence is everything in this business.


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It’s a lot easier to protect the puck when you’re confident. In one of our on-ice presentations at the 2017 Coaches’ Conference, Glenn worked with a handful of midget and junior hockey players to demonstrate puck protection techniques he uses at the NHL level.

One of the best things about these on-ice videos is watching the pros in action. Their movements, their terminology – it’s all so valuable. Watch below as Glenn establishes body position before retrieving the puck.

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Kelvin Cech

Kelvin Cech


Former editor in chief of The Coaches Site, current head coach of the Winkler Flyers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. See All Posts By Kelvin


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