David Starman

Starman has spent 11 years as an NHL scout with Toronto, Montreal, Seattle.  He is a member of USA Hockey Player Development staff in New York State and has spent  25 years as an instructor with USA Hockey Coaching Education Program.
Starman tended goal for the University of Hartford before turning to the other side of the game, becoming the youngest head coach in Central Hockey League history in 2000 when, at age 31, he took over the Memphis River Kings. Starman later guided the New York Junior Bobcats of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League and was associate coach of the New York Apple Core of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. Starman is now one of the nation’s most respected college hockey TV analysts.

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"...this is the best time for us as coaches to be able to take the simplest of skills that we teach our players and show them how it is transferable into game situations."
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In episode 5 of The Breakdown with Dave Starman, Dave takes a look at how to improve your player’s fundamental skills of passing and shooting.

With a lot of youth hockey seasons coming to an end, Dave feels it’s a great time to double down on some of the basic skills and tactics of the game.

“To me, this is the best time for us as coaches to be able to take the simplest of skills that we teach our players and show them how it is transferable into game situations.”

Watch as he shares some great drills to help your players work on their one-timers, catch and release shooting, and getting pucks through traffic.

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2 comments

  • Great stuff as always. Perfect series to share with youth coaches in your world that struggle for ways to show and explain the basics of skill.

  • Thank you for “Breakdown”. Your explanation to the many facets of the game are very helpful to me. But, I do have a question regarding another aspect of the game. What is the best way to practice puck support in practice with bantams and pee wee? Can you suggest any drills?