Ben Eaves

Ben Eaves
Columbus, Ohio USA

Ben recently retired from an 8 year professional hockey career in the AHL and Europe after being drafted in the 4th Round of the NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Previously he played four years at Boston College where he served as a two time Captain, earned All American honors and won a National Champion in 2001. His father Mike, a former Calgary Flame and Minnesota North Star coaches the men’s hockey team at the University of Wisconsin, His brother Patrick just finished his 12th season in the NHL after an impressive 32 goals, starting the season with the Dallas Stars and ending with the Anaheim Ducks.

Ben has also earned his Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He has recently worked with his dad at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN as an assistant coach and was head of the strength and conditioning program.

For the past two seasons Ben has been an assistant coach the University of Miami, OH where he was in charge of player development. He has recently accepted a job to be the Columbus Blue Jackets U18 AAA head coach where he will also be working on skill development with the pro players.

Ben works with many college and pro players during the off season working on skill development and off-ice strength and conditioning.

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Quick Release & Reaction Shooting Progression

Quick Release & Reaction Shooting Progression

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

An excellent progression to work on Quick Shot Release & Reaction time! This series is commonly practiced by NHL All-Star Zach Parise to work on his quick release. Below we dive into the setup, coaching points and how it can be practiced on and off of the ice.  Progression # 1: Look Back...

Deceptive Point Shooting Progression

Deceptive Point Shooting Progression

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

Getting shots through from the point is extremely important. It can be the difference between a wasted scoring opportunity or breakaway for the other team! Here are 3 Different Shots for a defenceman to practice with a simple set up. The goal of this progression is to get comfortable with quickly...

Changing the angle of your shot in hockey

Stationary Pull & Release Shooting Progression

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

Coach Ben Eaves demonstrates a simple, yet highly effective 3 part progression to practice changing your shot angle. This progression can be done on and off the ice. It is important to practice the pull & release shot for two major reasons: 1) Confuses Goaltenders Goaltenders today are...

Finnish Ice Hockey Skills Series Part #2

Finnish Skills Series Part #2

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

Ice Hockey skills progressions are extremely important for the development of young ice hockey players. They need to work on fundamental skills on a consistent basis to help improve their game. In this video, Ben Eaves demonstrates additional skills for the Finnish Skills Series. To view the...

Off ice training program for hockey players - Part #1

Off Ice Training Program For Speed, Power, and Agility - Part #1

Type: Blog entrys

The exercises and training program outlined below are designed to help hockey players increase their speed, agility, and power. It is appropriate for Midget, High School, Junior, College, and Pro level players. Please do not use this training program on Bantam (U14) age level or lower. It is a...

Mohawk Pivoting Skating Drill for Hockey Players

Mohawk Pivoting

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

Keys for Mohawk Pivoting Try to touch heels together by opening up the hips. Maintain speed by using inside edges and pushing of inside edges. Finish by closing hips and getting toes pointed up ice.

Inside Outside Inside Edges Skating Fundamentals for Hockey Players

Inside Outside Inside Edges

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

Key Points for Inside Outside Inside Edges Lean into inside edge with gliding leg in a 1/4 squat position. Pivot toward your big toe and spin on the ball of your foot. Finish 360 degree turn with 180 degree mini jump to inside edge.

Inside Outside Edges Skating Drill for Hockey Players

Inside Outside Edges

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

Inside / Outside Edges Key Points Lean into the inside edge with gliding leg in a 1/4 squat position. Pivot toward your big toe & spin on the ball of your foot. Lean into outside edge holding 1/4 squat position.

Outside Edges

Outside Edges

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

Key Points for Working on Outside Edges Lean into the outside edge as if you are falling over. The more you lean, the more force and power you create. Lead with your head, the head dictates where the body goes.

Working on Inside Edges

Inside Edges

Type: Ice Hockey Drills

Key Points Lean on edges as though you are going to fall over. Keep a 1/4 squat position in the gliding leg. Lead with your head, the head dictates where the body moves.