Ice Hockey Coaching Blog

In Coaching Tips on Wednesday, December 6th, 2023 by
10 Offensive Zone Faceoff Plays
Face-off plays are fun.  Players love them and there seems to be more face-off intensity when your team is ready to run one.  Having a few good face-off plays for your offensive zone can really help your team gain an edge while improving communication among your players.  Below we share 10 face-off plays from our new clip library.  We start with some simple face-off plays...
In IHS News on Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 by
Busy off-season in 2023 at IHS
New in 2023 It has been a busy off-season for the team at IHS as we strive to build the best resource in hockey. We hope you enjoy all of the new content and features heading into the season, and know that there is still plenty more to come. Please also be sure to checkout the "Sort By Newest" filter added to the Drills and Coaching Clips pages to stay on top of some of the newest content...
In IHS News on Wednesday, October 25th, 2023 by
6 Drills from New IHS Contributor Jeff Meredith
IHS is proud to announce Jeff Meredith, as a new contributor to IHS. Coach Meredith has been the head hockey coach at Fredonia State for over 35 years. The Fredonia State Blue Devils play DIII NCAA Hockey in the SUNYAC Conference. Jeff lead a breakout discussion on Empowering Athletes at the Brock University High Performance Hockey Seminar and shared 6 drills with...
In IHS News on Thursday, October 19th, 2023 by
6 Drills from New IHS Contributor Wes Wolfe
IHS is proud to announce Wes Wolfe, as a new contributor to IHS. Coach Wolfe is an Assistant Coach with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Wes presented on Developing Hockey IQ at the Brock University High Performance Hockey Seminar and shared 6 drills with the IHS community. You can view all of his content on his contributor page or by clicking any of the links...
In IHS News on Wednesday, October 11th, 2023 by
6 Drills from New IHS Contributor Brad Flynn
IHS is proud to announce Brad Flynn, as a new contributor to IHS. Coach Flynn is the Assistant Coach of the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Coach Flynn has was also an Assistant Coach at Brock University and has coached in all 3 Major Junior Canadian Hockey Leagues (OHL, WHL, & QMJHL). Brad presented on Practice to Game Transfer - Skill Development at...
In IHS News on Wednesday, October 4th, 2023 by
6 Drills from New IHS Contributor Steve Wiedler
IHS is proud to announce Steve Wiedler, as a new contributor to IHS. Coach Wiedler is the Interim Head Hockey Coach of the University of Vermont Men's Hockey Team. The Vermont Catamounts play Division 1 NCAA in the Hockey East conference. Steve presented on Practicing & Developing The Penalty Kill at the Brock University High Performance Hockey Seminar and shared 6 ...
In Coaching Tips on Tuesday, September 26th, 2023 by
Season Launch Guides: Videos & Resources For U8 - U18 Age Levels
The Season Launch Guides are all available for replay or for those that were unable to attended the live events. The videos & materials provided for each age level are intended to help coaches kickstart their season by providing tips to create an environment that elevates the development of their players and team. We were honored to have each of the 4 events hosted by two of...
In IHS News on Thursday, September 21st, 2023 by
6 Drills from New IHS Contributor John Dean
IHS is proud to announce John Dean, as a new contributor to IHS. Coach Dean is the Head Hockey Coach of the Soo Greyhounds. The Greyhounds play major junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). John presented Teaching Offensive Creativity Through Systems at the Brock University High Performance Hockey Seminar and shared 6 of his favorite drills with the IHS community. You can view all of...
In IHS News on Thursday, September 14th, 2023 by
IHS Launches Coaches Clip Library
Watch the video above to learn about IHS's newest product!  We are excited to announce a groundbreaking development at IHS. We've secured a license, allowing us to enhance our platform with hundreds of coaching clips from the NHL. These coaching clips will allow our members to find teachable moments that are performed at the games’ highest level and share them with their players. We have...
In IHS News on Wednesday, September 6th, 2023 by
6 Drills from New IHS Contributor Jason Lammers
IHS is proud to announce Jason Lammers, as a new contributor to IHS. Coach Lammers is the Division 1 Men's Head Hockey Coach at Niagara University. The Niagara Purple Eagles play in the Atlantic Hockey Association in the NCAA. Jason presented on Bench Management at the Brock University High Performance Hockey Seminar and shared 6 of his favorite drills with the IHS community. You can view...
In IHS News on Wednesday, August 30th, 2023 by
GHN Announcement Banner
Acquisition Details Ice Hockey Systems has announced its acquisition of content from The Global Hockey Network. This move brings in over 400 pieces of content, spanning a range of skill and age levels, with a notable concentration on youth development. The content was developed with care and expertise under the guidance of The Global Hockey Network Group, consisting of Dave Cochran, Dave...
In Coaching Tips on Friday, August 11th, 2023 by
Intro to Body Contact & Checking Course
IHS is thrilled to announce our collaboration with Professional Skills Coach, Mark Zarbo, for the development of a Body Contact & Checking Course. The course consists of 5 practice plans and 27 unique drills that help players learn the fundamentals of body contact and checking. Coaches can utilize the course to help their players learn...
In IHS News on Thursday, August 10th, 2023 by
IHS is excited to announce an upcoming slate of age-specific Season Launch Events available for IHS Members Only.  The events will be interactive and are intended to help coaches kickstart their season by providing tips to create an environment that elevates the development of their players and team.  The Season Launch Events will be streaming live on IHS. ...
In IHS News on Monday, July 31st, 2023 by
High Performance Hockey Presentations Are Live
The Brock University High Performance Hockey Seminar Presentations are now live on our Coach Education Section! We would like to thank TJ Manastersky and Brock University for all of their hard work to make this event a success! We are also extremely grateful to all of the presenters for openly sharing their experiences, research and concepts to help other coaches get better. Thank...
In Coaching Tips on Friday, June 16th, 2023 by
10 keep away games that develop hockey players
Keep away games are a microcosm of the game of hockey. Teams with the puck want to keep possession, and teams without the puck want to gain possession. Coaches should be utilizing keep away games in their practices to help players be creative while practicing fundamentals in a fun and engaging manner. Make sure to keep score in every game, the players will love it! Coaches can easily modify...
In Coaching Tips on Friday, June 16th, 2023 by
6 Examples of Deception
Use deception! Give them false information! Hockey players hear these terms all of the time, but what do they actually mean? In the world of hockey, deception is a mix of fakes that are designed to misdirect the opposition. It's the art of making your rivals believe you're about to do one thing, only to surprise them by doing something entirely different. Deception is the key to...
In Coaching Tips on Sunday, May 21st, 2023 by
How To Become a Better Scorer in Front of the Net with Tips and Deflections
Most goals in the NHL, or any league at any age level, are scored within 5 feet of the net. During practice, drills are often set up in a ‘flow’ like routine where players make passes & skate to the coach’s script finishing with a shot without any pressure from inside the circles. Very rarely is a goal scored where the offensive player has 2 seconds to load & release his/her shot without...
In Off-Ice Training on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023 by
DeBrincat's explosive first three steps to win puck
Why are the first three steps important? If our player and the opponent both recognize the pattern of play & pick the most effective movement solution, then it comes down to who can use their legs/body to create an advantage to fight for space and/or the loose puck. When coaches ask questions to other coaches about players; they usually revolve around: How is her/his level of ‘...
In IHS News on Thursday, April 20th, 2023 by
High Performance Hockey Seminar at Brock University
IHS is extremely excited to present the Brock University High Performance Hockey Seminar! Come learn, connect, and share with the hockey world for a 1 day event! TJ Manastersky, the Head Coach of the Brock Badgers, will serve as the event's moderator. Date Saturday, June 3, 2023 at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario (45 minutes from Buffalo, NY and 1 hour 15 mins from Toronto)....
In Coaching Tips on Tuesday, March 14th, 2023 by
The Weekly Edge Season 1 Recap
The Team at IHS would like to thank you for your support of the inaugural season of The Weekly Edge Newsletter. Season # 1 finished with 26 editions, with each edition including a drill of the week, practice of the week, video clips, social spotlights, and more. If you've wrapped up your season, we hope you had fun while learning hockey & life lessons in the process. If you're still...