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3 Things You Need To Know About First Step Quickness

The hardest part of my job is educating parents and coaches by having them understand the facts and myths about off-ice development.  Most of all understanding that it’s a long-term […]

Common Tight Turn Mistakes

As I’ve been focusing this week’s skating instruction on various types of tight turns, I’ve seen three common mistakes pop up at every level we teach.

Training Tips for Spring

If minor hockey players aren’t physically and mentally exhausted after a long regular season, now they are driving their bodies further into exhaustion, creating more physical imbalances and in some cases, which I’ve seen, mentally burning out from hockey. Aside from the experience playing in highly competitive tournaments, spring hockey eats up the most valuable time of a young player’s development.

You’ve Got To Hit The Net

I was recently re-reading an article by Earl McRae of Sun Media about a friend of mine, Mike Bossy. Mike and I played against each other in the National Hockey League (NHL) during the years that the New York Islanders won four Stanley Cups. In his interview, Earl McRae asked Mike why players in today’s game miss the net so much.

Video: Chaos in the Pucks Drill

Drills that create chaotic situations and force players to adjust to oncoming traffic help simulate game situations. Even the pros do this simple drill. 

Video: The Crossover

Smooth and efficient crossovers allow a player to change direction while maintaining speed. Here are the keys: Keep your blades flat on the ice as long as possible. Keep your […]

Goals, Resolutions and Ultimate Success!

Setting goals not only helps young hockey players to stay focused, but also can be a strong life skill for achieving success in future endeavors. Coaches set goals for their team and it should be no different for parents and players.

Video: Winning Face-offs

There are many different strategies for winning face-offs. In any of these, body and stick positioning are very critical in maximizing stability and strength. Watching the referee’s hand is the key to timing the face-off as well. This simple short video gives just a few tips to increase your chance of winning a face-off. Good luck!

Great Skating Makes a Difference

I sometimes wonder if skating experts, or “Power Skating” coaches don’t try to invent their own list of skating tip priorities as a marketing angle. If you search out some of the leading teachers online they all have certain points they emphasize, and a surprising number of them contradict each other.

A Victory For All Of Us!

During my 15 year NHL career I had the privilege of participating in two Stanley Cup finals, winning one in 1986, and losing to Calgary in 1989. The feeling on the ice with the Cup was surreal…

Setting Up A One Timer

The keys to making great contact on a one timer include dropping your bottom hand, rotating the stick to close the blade, getting your nose over top of the point […]

Let Hockey Give You a Lifetime of Memories

I think parents and coaches would agree with me that as we age, the most important thing we can hold dearest to our hearts is sharing memories. My point is such that sometimes the focus on competitive hockey can be narrowed towards just winning, but there’s much more behind what the great game en-compasses. The hustle and bustle of getting to practices, games and tournaments during a hockey sea-son can leave families forgetting what it’s really all about.