Category: Skill Breakdowns

In Skill Breakdowns on Friday, September 25th, 2020 by
Two Touch Shot: Part 2 - Backhand to Forehand
Backhand-Forehand Earlier we looked at Two-Touch forehand shots from the weakside and strongside (view the previous Two Touch Shot breakdown to learn more). This breakdown, will take a look at a third type of Two-Touch shot -- shooting on the forehand -- after receiving a pass on the backhand. Specifically, we will take a look at this type of shot on Zone Entry. While the logistics of...
In Skill Breakdowns on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 by
The two-touch shot is an advanced skill which uses technique, deception, and stick technology. The idea behind the technique is to stop (kill) the puck on the reception of the pass (FIRST TOUCH) and then release the shot with the SECOND TOUCH. We will take a look at two types of forehand two-touch shots: 1. Strong side - the player opens up to the puck Right Shot on Left Side Left Shot on...
In Skill Breakdowns on Friday, July 17th, 2020 by
Crosby Stutter Step Stop
The skill breakdown dives into the STUTTER STOP STEP, which the illusion of a cutback to escape pressure and create space. It builds off of the Open Hips & Closed Hips skill breakdowns.  For this maneuver you turn BOTH SKATES and begin to execute what looks like a traditional a two-foot hockey stop. However, rather than fully dig your blades into the ice, you quickly...
In Skill Breakdowns on Saturday, July 4th, 2020 by
Move to Open Space
In this skill breakdown below, we review 4 examples where goals were generated by the players who DID NOT originally have the puck. We show that if you are able to get open away from the puck, it can create offensive opportunities. Key Points: Head-Up: keep your head up! Be aware of where the puck is and what your surroundings are. Scan Ice: don't just stare at the puck....
In Skill Breakdowns on Friday, June 26th, 2020 by
Inside Outside Hockey Skill
This breakdown is about the inside to outside move with changing pace. We breakdown two goals, one from Connor McDavid and another from David Pastrnak. Key Points: Change of Speed - changing your skating pace can lull the defenseman to sleep while they slow down to your speed. Use Deception - as you slow down, use deception to make the defenseman bite and think you...
In Skill Breakdowns on Monday, June 22nd, 2020 by
1 v 1 Puck Battle Along The Boards
In this skill breakdown, we dive into concepts that players should keep in mind when they are 1 v 1 and going for a 50/50 puck along the boards. 50/50 simply means that it is an even race to get to the puck. This skill is becoming more and more important as teams are utilizing "soft dumps" in the offensive zone to keep possession of the puck. Key Points: Leverage - take time to stabilize your...
In Skill Breakdowns on Saturday, June 6th, 2020 by
Hockey Redirects, Deflections and Tips
Redirects, Deflections, and Tips are pure skill. It is a skill that can ultimately only be improved with repetition. In the truest sense, the best way to bet better at tipping pucks, is by tipping pucks. “It's a little bit of skill, a little bit of art. You need to have good hand-eye coordination, but I think the will of standing in front of the guy shooting the puck is the biggest part of it....
In Skill Breakdowns on Monday, June 1st, 2020 by
This is a breakdown about passing and moving to open space, which is commonly known as the Give and Go or Pass and Drive. Key Points: Head Up: Keep your head up so you know where your teammates are and where the open space is. Explode to Space: As soon as you pass the puck to your teammate, explode to open space. You can also add in deception to make the other team think you...
In Skill Breakdowns on Sunday, May 24th, 2020 by
In this breakdown we discuss the CLOSED HIP technique. The open hip and the closed hip (10 & 2) maneuvers are essentially the same technique that are applied in different situations. The closed hip maneuver is a terrific skill that uses deception, which creates elusiveness, escape-ability and puck protection. This makes players more effective and dangerous....
In Skill Breakdowns on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 by
Crosby Edges Open Hips and Feet
The OPEN HIP, or OPEN FEET commonly known as 10 & 2, and the CLOSED HIP maneuvers are essentially the same technique that are applied in different situations. In this Breakdown we discuss the Open Hip technique. It is a terrific skill which uses deception which affords elusiveness, escape-ability and puck protection which ultimately, makes players more...
In Skill Breakdowns on Thursday, May 14th, 2020 by
Key Points: Puck is on the forehand either beside or behind the heels. This forces the defender to respect the threat to pass or shoot. Both skate blades are on the ice which allows for east-west skating deception. Head and eyes are up scanning the ice for the "best" available play. When attacking in this position you will be presented with multiple options to attack. Keeping your head and...