Ice Hockey Coaching Blog

In IHS News on Wednesday, August 30th, 2023 by
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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...
In IHS News on Sunday, January 29th, 2023 by
Updated Practice Plan Printing Options: Grid Layout Is Back
Hi Hockey Coaches! You might have noticed we have updated the framework for printing practice plans, and after many requests, we added back the Grid Printing Format.  We made these updates based on our 2022 member survey along with all of the coaches that took time to write in and provide us feedback over the past year. Below we will explain the highlights of the...
In IHS News on Monday, January 23rd, 2023 by
7 Transition Drills From TJ Manastersky & Brock University
IHS is proud to announce a new collaboration with TJ Manastersky, and Brock University! The collaboration includes a practice plan with 7 drills that focus on transition. IHS Members and many hockey coaches around the world are familiar with TJ, the content he shares on twitter, and The Coaching Project Newsletter (we highly suggest following TJ on twitter, and subscribing to...
In IHS News on Thursday, December 22nd, 2022 by
Top Drills, Games & Practice Plans of 2022
The Team at IHS would like to thank the hockey community for all of your support in 2022. We are so very grateful to all of our members, associations, contributors, partners, and anyone who took the time to reach out to us this past year. 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,...
In IHS News on Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 by
LiveBarn Announcement
This new partnership gives IHS access to LiveBarn content allowing IHS members and LiveBarn subscribers to upload video footage of drills, practices, and games from LiveBarn into their IHS Libraries. Partnership Details IHS and LiveBarn have partnered to bring two powerful resources together to help coaches of all levels.  This new partnership gives IHS access to LiveBarn content...
In Coaching Tips on Monday, September 26th, 2022 by
Battle Practice Day With Kendall Coyne Schofield
Kendall Coyne Schofield, the captain of the USA Women’s National Team, and a Player Development Coach for the Chicago Blackhawks discusses the benefits of a Battle Practice Day. Kendall explains how her teams at Northeastern College, and the USA Women’s National Team utilize different formats of a Battle Practice Day. Northeastern College created a year long competition...
In IHS News on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022 by
The Weekly Edge
IHS is proud to announce the launch of The Weekly Edge - a newsletter that features some of our favorite hockey content from IHS and around the web. The goal of the newsletter is to bring fresh ideas to your inbox early in the week to help you make practices fun and engaging so you and your players can develop throughout the season. The Weekly Edge will be sent on Tuesday mornings from...
In Coaching Tips on Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 by
7 Drills That Use Face-Off Circles As Boundaries
Below we give examples of 7 different hockey drills and small area games that utilize face-off circles as boundaries. No cones, boards or barriers are needed! Use the ideas below and create your own drills with our drawing tool! Join Hockey's Premier Coaching Resource Sign Up Today 1. The Circle Warm-Up Series The Circle Warm-Up Series is from NewEdge Hockey Development. Utilize...
In Off-Ice Training on Monday, July 25th, 2022 by
6 Week Off-Ice Training Program for U12 - U14
The 6 Week Off-Ice Training Program was designed for U12 - U14 youth hockey players and was created to help kids build a better athletic foundation, control their bodies, and be less injury prone. There are no weights used in this program. Only 3 pieces of equipment are suggested, but all exercises can be modified if you do...
In IHS News on Thursday, July 7th, 2022 by
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IHS for Associations is excited to announce our newest feature: Association Sharing. With this new update, any piece of content created by a coach in an association can be shared with the entire association with a click of a button. This will allow for easier collaborations across your association and encourage coaches to share what has worked well for them with drills, practices, systems...
In Off-Ice Training on Friday, July 1st, 2022 by
Eating, Sleeping and Training Tips for Youth Hockey Players
Sleep, Nutrition, and Training Triad Ben Eaves discusses how sleep, nutrition and training can all work together or against each other. Learning and following a few simple but fundamental rules will help athletes get the most out of their training whether it is off of the ice, on the ice, or in the classroom. In the 2 videos below, Coach Eaves discusses 3 easy to follow sleep...