Denis Savard

Denis Savard
Chicago, Illinois USA

Denis Savard was drafted #3 overall in the 1980 NHL draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Denis played a total of 1,196 games in the NHL and scored 473 goals and 865 assists for a total of 1338 points. Known for the "Spin-o-rama" Denis was one of the more electrifying players to play the game. Denis was inducted into the Haockey Hall of Fame in November 13th, 2000 and his Blackhawks jersey (#18) was retired on March 19th, 1998.

The Blackhawks hired Denis as the head coach in 2006 and he served as a coach until 2008 and he now works for the Blackhawks organization as an ambassador.

"These videos are designed to make you a better coach as I share with you the knowledge I have acquired in my lifetime of hockey as a player and coach in the NHL. I have filmed over 40 coaching videos for Ice Hockey Systems including some of my favorite drills and NHL style systems.  These videos will give you a complete system that covers every area of the game as well as tips and motivational techniques that will make you a better coach on and off the ice. We will be posting new videos each month, so be sure to check back often. Thanks for visiting and here’s to being a better coach."

Cheers,

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Contributions from Denis Savard

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Cycle to Backcheck Drill

Cycle to Backcheck Drill

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

This is a drill that Denis recommends at least once a week if you have the ice-time that allows for it.  The drill starts with 3 forwards cycling in the offensive zone against 2 defensemen while another line of forwards is waiting at the top if the circles with a puck to break 3 on 2 up the...

1-2-2 Forecheck

1-2-2 Forecheck

Type: Ice Hockey Systems

The 1-2-2 forecheck is very effective and is used by most top-level and pro teams. The set-up makes it very difficult for the opposing team to break out of the zone as all passing lanes are closed off, forcing the opposing team to create uncomfortable outlets.  This could be an effective...

Neutral Zone Forecheck 1-2-2

Neutral Zone Forecheck 1-2-2

Type: Ice Hockey Systems

Neutral zone play can often determine the outcome of the game and being able to forecheck properly in the neutral zone will create turnovers which will lead to more time in your offensive zone and less time in the defensive zone.  This 1-2-2 forecheck video goes over step by step where your...

3 Swing Neutral Zone Forecheck Drill

3 Swing Neutral Zone Forecheck Drill

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

This is a great neutral zone forechecking drill.  Each player has a specific responsibility and the drill works through their progression one at a time.  After the progressions the ofensive team attempts to break through the forecheck and attack the zone.

Neutral Zone Regroup Drill

Neutral Zone Regroup Drill

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

This drill involves 5 players and results in a 3 on 0 off of a neutral zone regroup.  The first regroup has the defense pass the puck right away to the strong side winger.  The winger then passes to the center who has mirrored the puck and the center then passes to the far side wing. The...

Offensive Zone Face-Off Wide D Play

Offensive Zone Face-Off Wide D Play

Type: Ice Hockey Systems

Denis Savard explains an effective offensive zone face-off play.  This play is very difficult to defend and when executed properly will result in a quality scoring chance. What do you think of this play?  Do yo have a different variation?  We would love to hear your comments.

Offensive to Defensive Zone Coverage Drill

Offensive to Defensive Zone Coverage Drill

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

This is a drill that should be ran often to go over your forechek and defensive zone coverage.  This drill requires one line at a time who will start in the offensive zone and stop in the areas of the ice based on where the coach has the puck.  The puck will move around the offensive zone...

Continuous Cycle Drill

Continuous Cycle Drill

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

The Continuous Cycle Drill is a great drill for coaches to go over some of the finer points of cycling in the offensive zone.  It is a fast paced drill that puts a log of shots on the goalies and keeps the players moving.

1 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 3 Battle Drill

1 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 3 Battle Drill

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

As Denis explains in this video, the 1 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 3 Battle Drill should help you team work on defensive zone basics. The emphasis is on the defensive zone but challenges the offensive players to protect the puck and create scoring chances against man on man coverage. The drill begins on...

1 on 1 to 2 on 2 Battle

1 on 1 to 2 on 2 Battle Drill

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

This is a small area drill that gives players a chance to work on protecting the puck in small areas.  The nets are bplace close together around one of the in-zone face off circles.  It is a fairly simple hockye drill but it can be as challenging as the players make it.  The coach...