The Face-Off Play that Won Game 2

Sheary's Overtime Game Winning Goal in Stanley Cup
It doesn’t get much better than scoring an overtime winner in the Stanley Cup finals. That’s exactly what Conor Sheary did last night.

It doesn’t get much better than scoring an overtime winner in the Stanley Cup finals.  That’s exactly what Conor Sheary did last night.  The goal was scored off a set face-off play that was executed perfectly.  There are a lot of moving pieces and timing is critical, but below is a breakdown of exactly how the Penguins executed the play and took a 2-0 series lead.

Interview with Denis Savard

Interview with Denis Savard
In this interview with Denis Savard we find out a lot of his thoughts on the game, thoughts on coaching, thoughts for young hockey players, and more...

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1. (0:25) What’s your earliest memory playing hockey?

2. (1:22) Why do you think hockey is the greatest game in the world?

3. (2:36) What's your first memory in the NHL, being drafted by the Blackhawks?

4. (4:00) What's your most memorable goal in your NHL career?

5. (4:40) How’d you pull off the spin-o-rama and what was the process behind it?

IHS Blueprint Webinar with Denis Savard

Denis Savard Shows his Blackhawk Stanley Cup Ring from 2015
View our webinar featuring Denis Savard. We give a brief demonstration of IHS and our organizational platform Blueprint. Denis covers breakouts and power play breakouts as well as some drills to compliment the systems.

We had a great time today sitting down with Hall of Famer Denis Savard. In the webinar Denis not only shows off the latest Stanley Cup ring, he also discusses keys to breakouts and power play breakouts.  In addition to discussing the systems he also offers up some great drills to compliment these systems.

Chris Howard (Ice Hockey Systems President) gives a quick overview of IHS and some of the new features available to our members.

4 week Summer Off-Ice Program for Youth Hockey Players

4 Week Off-Ice Summer Hockey Workout Program
The summer is a great time to work on speed and strength. Here is a 4 week off-ice summer program for youth hockey players with a heavy emphasis on leg strength and explosion. Most of the exercises are hockey specific.

If players commit to this 4-Week Summer Training Program, they will see an increase in their strength, power, and speed.

The program below consists of great hockey specific exercises and no weights or gym membership is required!  There are 4 workouts scheduled for 4 different days of the week, along with Thursday being a dedicated off-ice stickhandling & recovery day.  The workouts are organized into the following categories:

Start Practice with 6 Progressive Over-Speed Hockey Drills

Russian Hockey Player with Puck
This blog includes 6 overspeed drills that are great to get your practice started off on the right foot.

Overspeed hockey drills are ones that force players to move their feet faster than what they are comfortable with.  When you are looking for a high tempo practice then starting the practice with a series of overspeed drills can be a good idea.

Over-Speed Skating Drill #1
Over-Speed Skating Drill #2
Over-Speed Skating Drill #3
Over-Speed Skating Drill #4
Over-Speed Skating Drill #5
Over-Speed Skating Drill #6

How to Structure your Hockey Tryout

Hockey Coach
This post will help determine how to structure your hockey tryout including what % of skill drills, battle drills, and scrimmage you should be using. It will also give a guide as to what your goal should be for each session.

Having a well structured tryout will give you the best chance to put together a team that you are confident in. You never want to leave tryouts with a sense of doubt and you never want good players to leave tryouts thinking they didn’t get a fair shot. This segment will provide advice on the best ways to structure an efficient hockey tryout so you are able to get a good evaluation and feel comfortable with your selections.  A key element for a good tryout is a good set of drills that allow you to evaluate the players properly.

Setting the Tone for Tryouts

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This tryout blog focuses on setting the tone for tryouts. It will help you establish a team philosophy and set the tone for both the players and parents.

Within the coming weeks and months hockey tryouts will be taking place all over the world. It’s an exciting time for any coach and their program, but as I experienced first-hand it can also bring stress, frustration and second guessing. The way you run your tryout can set the tone for the rest of the season. A well run tryout can set your program on the path to success, but a poorly run tryout can swirl into a disaster that’s tough to recover from.

How to Run a Successful Hockey Tryout

Youth Hockey Tryout
This blog post is an introduction to a series of 5 articles on how to run a successful hockey tryout.

“364 more days until next year’s tryouts – I gotta toughen up.”  That famous line from Happy Gilmore rang through my head the day after my tryouts in 2007.  I did not bring my A-game, something wasn’t right, I didn’t have the intensity or energy that I needed, I disappointed them.  I didn’t fall all over the ice or complain about the net being regulation size, hell I didn’t even get cut……… it was my first year as a head coach and I was the disorganized one running the tryout.  I was more nervous than the players and it probably showed.

Establish Puck Possession in the Offensive Zone

Offensive Zone Entry
The blue line is the most strategic area of the ice. Gain the blue line with possession and you can generate scoring chances. If you hold the blue line and force the other team to give up possession you will give up less scoring chances.

The blue line is the most strategic area of the ice.  Gain the blue line with possession and you can generate scoring chances.  If you hold the blue line and force the other team to give up possession you will give up less scoring chances.  Here are a couple of ways to attack the blue line and maintain possession in the offensive zone.

Soft ship overlap possession hockey drill

Working on the Goal Scorer's Touch

Buffalo State Goal Celebration
This blog will give examples of how getting the puck off your stick quickly can result in goals and drills that will allow your players to develop a quick release.

The ability to get the puck off the stick and on net is a skill reserved for goal scorers.  So many young players want to take that extra stick handle, and in doing so spoil their scoring opportunity.  Examples of both were evident in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. Take Daugavins play in overtime of Game 1 in the Cup Finals for example.  Instead of releasing right away, one too many moves (and a great play by Oduya) took the scoring chance away.