All posts by Nathan Leslie

A True Hero: Dad, This One’s for You

For many years I have worked with kids for a living, however I have no idea what it will feel like when it’s my son I am coaching. Instead, I […]

Play Like a Riverbank Ranger… Nothing More and Nothing Less

Sometimes I wonder how I ever made a life in hockey. If ‘becoming a hockey player’ really requires 10,000 hours of training, and thousands of dollars, then how did I […]

How to Make the Perfect Saucer Pass

A saucer pass spins like a UFO through the air, hence the name. The key in making a successful saucer pass is to start the puck at the heel of the blade, and slice the blade as you follow through. I like to compare the motion to a cut serve in table tennis.

Your Hockey Path — Where will it lead you?

One of my favourite times of year is when I enter the classroom setting with our various skills academies and discuss hockey opportunities around the world. Hockey has been an […]

Learn How To Roof The Puck

In this video we learn how to roof a puck, which means shooting the puck under the cross bar from in close. Pretend to dig a hole under the puck […]

So, what do hockey scouts really look for?

So, what do hockey scouts really look for? It’s a question every serious hockey player will ask as he or she approaches Bantam and beyond. Scouts rate players in five […]

So, what do hockey scouts really look for?

So, what do hockey scouts really look for? It’s a question every serious hockey player will ask as he or she approaches Bantam and beyond. Scouts rate players in five […]

The Value of the Long-Term Athlete Development Model

I grew up in small a prairie town. I lived my first 10 years a short skate down icy 8th Street to the rink in Carman, Manitoba. From November to […]

Improve Your Puck Skills With This Simple Piece Of Home Made Equipment:

This simple piece of equipment can quickly help increase puck skills and offensive awareness. The ‘horse,’ as we like to call it, is used to simulate the ‘attack triangle’ of […]

Hockey Life Sweeter as a Journey — 5 Ways to Celebrate The Moment

Everywhere around us we see opportunities for self improvement. Businesses exist to help you improve your image, your relationship, your financial independence, your body and so on. I personally see […]

We Are F-A-M-I-L-Y — Values That Build Winning Teams

Watch an interview with any athlete or coach who has just won a major title and you will invariably hear the words “hard work,” “determination” and — nine times out […]

Hockey Unity in Belfast

Today I spent the afternoon diving into the history and mission of Hockey Education Reaching Out Society. When we spoke about the program’s member cities, and specifically the Belfast Ireland contingent, I was reminded one of my fondest hockey memories. It had to do with being part of something unique and much greater than myself.