This month we’re focusing on defensemen. The trends they’re developing, the way coaches use them, and even what to say to them after a tough shift. It’s all well and good to talk the talk, but in his on-ice presentation this past summer at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto, Jon Goyens delivered a beautifully simple set of defensemen progressions coaches can use whether their players are six years old or 36.
Sometimes the progression will go sideways because the player turns the wrong way. But that really isn’t a mistake. It’s just a different progression.
That was Goyens after one of his players turned the wrong way during a drill. There were a lot of coaches critiquing his every move, but the mistake didn’t phase him whatsoever. Why? Because mistakes happen. Be ready for them, be engaged, and you’ll know what to do when they do occur.
You have to give your defensemen the tools to be creative in the offensive zone. Even if you don’t think you’ve got the horses. You might surprise yourself.
Check out a trailer for Jon’s presentation below, and if you like what you see, watch the full premium video with a TCS membership.
- (MEMBER VIDEO) Jon Goyens: Activating Your D in the Offensive Zone
- Glen Gulutzan: How to Develop the Complete Defenseman
- (MEMBERS VIDEO) Jim Playfair: Defensemen Details
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