Scoring goals is a difficult skill to develop. The great majority of players need to develop a better tactical and technical awareness when developing sniping proficiency and success.
It goes without saying that concussions are a hot button issue in major sports. Sidney Crosby’s struggles with concussions have been a topic of conversation among hockey analysts for several years now. Since January 1, 2011, Crosby was injured in 5 separate incidents that resulted in concussion-like symptoms. His injuries caused him to miss several games, and cast doubt on his longevity in the game.
Every week without fail, somebody will send over an email or message asking how much weight they should lift for a given exercise. Of course, an infinite amount of context comes into consideration such as their goals, their current strength level, what exercise it is, are they in-season or off-season, etc.
Hockey is in a state of constant evolution. From technological advancements to the shifting focus onto specific areas of the game, players, coaches and trainers alike have been finding new ways to adapt to the ever-changing environment, both on and off the ic
My name is Greg Cugnet. I am a physiotherapist working with the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Hockey Team. Since my time with the team has begun, one thing has become increasingly clear to me: hockey players have tight hips!
Every coach and player is always in search of more offence. But where does offence start? In general terms, offence starts with how you manage the puck in the offensive zone. The key is having a plan that forces the other team to defend while allowing your team to stay patient and pounce on scoring chances.
Sven Butenschon is entering his second season as the head coach of the UBC Men’s Hockey Team. Sven had tours of NHL duty with the Pittsburgh Penguins (more on that in a minute), the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, and Vancouver Canucks before packing up his family to play a few more years in Europe.
It seems in today’s game that young player’s are treated more and more like tiny professionals. Go to an atom practice and it’s not unusual to see coaches instructing their players on the finer details of complex systems that they’ve picked up watching NHL games.
School is finally out, kids are excited and families are on their way to enjoying summer. Whether you’re up at the lake, cabin, or just chilling in the back yard, I know you’re wondering what your young hockey player can do to stay in shape.
During this time of year one of the most common questions I hear as a professional goalie coach is, “What should be my training plan be for the summer?” and “Should I be on the ice training all summer?”
The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and the weather has finally turned to warm after a long winter. The outdoors are practically calling your name. But you’re in the gym, training hard for next season.
We are early into the off season and you are working on fitness, getting some on ice training and playing spring games and tournaments. Have you planned for next season?
The key to a successful offence is the ability for defensemen to retrieve the puck, make the first pass to the forwards, begin the attack and then to get up ice as quickly as possible and join the attack.
The sun is shining, the weather warming up, pools are being open, and the shorts and sandals are being taken out of the closet. But before we dive into three months of swimming, golfing, cottage getaways, and beach vacations, young hockey players will find out what team they’ll be playing for come September.
1) Prospect Profiles: Alexander Alexeyev, Hunter Holmes & Xavier Bouchard
2) Ask a Coach: University of Vermont Associate Coach Kyle Wallach: Academics, Recruiting & Preparation
3) 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year: November Shortlists
4) Cornered Coach: The Peanut Gallery
5) The Search Begins for the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year