Virtual Hockey Summit: Day 5 recap

Derek Jory

Derek Jory is the Editor-In-Chief of The Coaches Site. He previously spent 13 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks as their head writer and social media expert.

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A recap of Friday, including a conversation between Rick Bowness and Kevin Bieksa on the fundamentals of playing defence.
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That’s a wrap. The Virtual Hockey Summit ended Friday with – you guessed it – five outstanding presentations. That’s been the theme of the week: educational talks from the best minds in the hockey and sports world.

If you somehow missed any or all of the action this week, don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Sign up for The Coaches Site (for only $99 CDN) and get access to every Virtual Hockey Summit session. Videos are available on-demand now and will be for 30 days post-event.

A membership will also give you FREE access to our upcoming College Hockey Inc. Virtual Coaching Clinic, taking place Oct. 4-8.

Here’s a recap of Day 5:

A CONVERSATION BETWEEN A FORMER PLAYER & COACH: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PLAYING DEFENCE

Knowing Rick Bowness, head coach of the Dallas Stars, and Kevin Bieksa, broadcaster with Hockey Night in Canada and former NHL defenceman, were sitting down to chat is enough to move the needle. Mix in the lessons they shared and this was easily one of the best presentations of the week. Bowness coached Bieksa in Vancouver for seven seasons, so the chemistry between these two is amazing.

 

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HOW TO TEACH GOAL SCORING

What are the three S’s? And what is the difference between “green, yellow and red” shots? Marcus Gustafsson, founder of Hockey IQ Program, gave a presentation that not only answered these questions, it also provided a goal scoring self-evaluation sheet coaches can start using with their players today. Save. Print. Use.

 

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WHY SIZE DOESN’T MATTER: HOW UNDERSIZED PLAYERS ARE MAKING AN IMPACT

Little things can make a big difference in life. As can undersized players in hockey. Emily Engel-Natzke, video coach with the Hershey Bears, discussed the emergence of undersized players over the last 5-to-10 years and how those players use speed, agility, quickness and hockey sense in tight areas against larger opponents.

 

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SKILL ACQUISITION

Bring together Yogi Svejkovsky, the skills coach for the Abbotsford Canucks, and Kris Beech, the skills coach with the Vancouver Giants, and any discussion about skills will be a good one. This one was indeed.

 

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DEVELOPING THE MODERN NHL PROSPECT

The game is changing and so are the many ways that its prospects are trained and developed before they ever touch NHL ice. Moderated by Scott Wheeler, national NHL Draft and prospects reporter for The Athletic, this conversation about the modern NHL prospect was joined by Chris Abbott (GM of Rogle BK), Trevor Georgie (president & GM of the Saint John Sea Dogs) and Pat Malloy (NHL player development & performance coach).

 

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