Ice Hockey Coaching Blog

In IHS News on Thursday, May 16th, 2024 by
Belfry Coaches Workshop in Estero, Florida
Redefine Your Coaching Approach by joining IHS & Darryl Belfry in an exclusive 3 day Coaches Workshop in Estero, Florida on June 24, 25 & 26. The overall theme of the workshop will be The Art of Teaching Skill in a Team Environment. You can buy tickets to the in person event here. Highlights of the Workshop: Insightful On-Ice Sessions: Experience over 10...
In IHS News on Wednesday, May 8th, 2024 by
The Belfry Way
IHS is proud to release the first 3 episodes of, The Belfry Way, where we take you behind the scenes with one of hockey’s foremost skill development experts, Darryl Belfry. Known for his innovative methods and strategic insights, Darryl has influenced the careers of numerous NHL, PWHL, and Olympic stars including Auston Matthews, Nathan MacKinnon, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Hayley...
In IHS News on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024 by
2024 High Performance Hockey Seminar
IHS is extremely excited to present the 2024 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. The event will feature advanced hockey tactics and sport performance presentations from speakers from the NHL, PWHL, OHL, NCAA,...
In IHS News on Monday, March 4th, 2024 by
The Weekly Edge Season 2 Recap
The Team at IHS would like to thank you for your support of the 2nd Season of The Weekly Edge Newsletter. Season # 2 spanned from October 3, 2023 to February 27, 2024 and included 19 editions. Each edition had an overall theme that highlighted a practice of the week, drill of the week, coaching clip of the week, and more. All content from The Weekly Edge was added to our...
In Coaching Tips on Thursday, February 15th, 2024 by
TJ Manastersky Discusses Game Preparation, Management & Reflection
IHS had the pleasure of sitting down with TJ Manastersky, the Head Coach at Brock University, for an in-depth discussion on various game day strategies. In this interview, we cover 14 questions on game preparation, bench management, and post-game reflections. Coaches can access the full interview or jump directly to specific questions using the links provided below. If you enjoy this content,...
In Coaching Tips on Thursday, February 8th, 2024 by
Ice Hockey Zone Entry Concepts
Nothing is easier to defend than a player who sticks to the wall during a zone entry. Gaining middle ice upon zone entries causes confusion for the defenders and will open up multiple options for your players offensively. In this article, we share 9 clips that review 3 effective concepts when gaining middle ice on zone entries.   Kick-Out and Drive Cross Drops Middle Ice Delays...
In IHS News on Monday, December 18th, 2023 by
Top Practices, Small Area Games, Drills & Videos of 2023
The Team at IHS would like to thank you for all of your support in 2023. We are so very grateful to all of our members, associations, contributors, and partners. Our objective at IHS is to create content and tools that inspire coaches and players around the world. Below is a list of the most popular practice plans, small area games, drills, coaching clips, coach education videos, tools,...
In IHS News on Thursday, December 14th, 2023 by
New IHS Contributor Tyler Bielby
IHS is proud to announce Tyler Bielby, as a new contributor to IHS. Coach Bielby the Head Coach and General Manager of the St. Catharines Falcons. The Falcons play in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. Tyler was The 2022 St. Catharines Sportsperson of the Year and won the Sutherland Cup with the Falcons in 2021-22. Tyler lead a breakout discussion on Communication in Culture...
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 Friday, December 1st, 2023 by
6 Drills from New IHS Contributor Nik Passero
IHS is proud to announce Nik Passero, as a new contributor to IHS. Coach Passero is the Head Coach and General Manager of the Fort Erie Meteors. The Meteors play in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. Nik was named the Tom Kelly Memorial Award winner for the Golden Horseshoe Conference Coach of the Year in 2022. Nik lead a breakout discussion on Leading Leaders...
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...