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.
It is important that the coach stress the fundamentals of killing penalties, stop players often to correct them and give them feedback. Your penalty killing can mean the difference between winning and losing.
Teams with a high penalty killing percentage are usually at the top of their league in the standings and are often championship contenders. Successfully killing penalties can be the difference between winning and losing games. In a game a timely penalty kill can swing the momentum in a team’s favor and lead to a win.
Coaches are often looking for small group drills to work on skills, conditioning and goal scoring. Here are 4 drills that are designed for small area scoring. Defensemen are welcome to join in as well! Stress quickness, but proper skating, shooting and tracking rebound techniques!
Goaltenders and team defences today are so good that it is very hard to score goals. Seldom does a goalie get beat by a direct shot, in fact, the statistic prove that the majority of goals are scored off rebounds, tips and second chances.
Your goalie is your last line of defense, your defencemen must get the puck up to your forwards, but it is the forwards that have to score goals and create offense for their teams. In this article, we will look at tips for the forwards when they are playing offense.
When we think of forwards in hockey, we think of great passing plays, shots and scoring goals. Seldom do we think of forwards playing defence.
“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team” -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In sports, the team that finishes on top is not always determined by the most talent but by the team that plays like a team.
With the speed of today’s game and forwards tracking back (backchecking) so hard on the puck, having a trailer on a 3-on-1 or a 3-on-2 situation doesn’t work anymore.
When we think of a competitive athlete, we think of people like Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins, Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens and Michael Jordan, former Chicago Bull. These players play the game with a passionate heart that will let nothing get in their way.
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