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Quick Release & Reaction Shooting Progression

Quick Release & Reaction Shooting Progression

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...

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Backwards Crossover Start in Ice Hockey

Backwards Crossover Start

Backwards crossover starts are an important skating skill especially for defensmen. Key Coaching Points Good hockey position with bent knees and chest up. Weight on balls of our feet. Carefull not to lean too far forward...

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Tips for playing 1 on 1's in Ice Hockey (defensively)

1 on 1 Tips for Defenders

Coaching Points for a 1 on 1 (Defensively) On a rush the defense as to try and match the speed of the attacker. In defensive zone you have to take a good angle and try to dictate where you want the opponent to go. Make sure stick is on the...

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2 on 1 Tips for Defenders in Ice Hockey

2 on 1 Tips for Defenders

Coaching Points for Defending 2 on 1's Hold the middle and try to force a bad angle shot. Have good stick position with the blade of the ice flat on the ice. Never let the puck carrier cross in front of the goalies eyes.

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Breakout Tips for Wingers on Off-Hand Side

Breakout Tips (Off-Hand Wingers)

Here are a few options for wingers on their off-hand (weak) side when the puck is rimmed around the wall. First and foremost you always want to check what the opposing defense is doing. Are they allowing you time and space to gather the puck or are...

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Breakout Tips for Centers in Ice Hockey

Breakout Tips for Centers

One of the hardest things to teach centers on the breakout is the timing. It is critical that the centers have a good sense of timing so they can support the defense and wingers when they have the puck. If they get too far ahead of the play they...

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Breakout Tips for Wingers on Strong Side

Breakout Tips (Strong Side Wingers)

Here are some breakout tips for wingers on their strong side when the puck is rimmed along the wall. There are three situations listed below but on all situations the wingers should do the following three things: look up ice to see what the...

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Weak Side Face-Off Tips

Weak Side Face-Off Tips

It is important to know if you are on your strong side or your weak side and note where your opponents strong and weak side are. This will help you determine where they will most likely be trying to win the puck. Most ofter the other players will be...

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Strong Side Face-Off Tips

Strong Side Face-Off Tips

Tips for Winning Face-Offs on Your Strong Side Turn over bottom hand. Spread legs out wide and get low. Use timing to win puck back using your backhand. If you are struggling with timing then another option is to clear the circle and...

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Ice Hockey Zone Entry Tips and Options

Zone Entry Tips

Zone Entry Tips If possibe get to the middle of the ice which opens up more options. Suck the defense to the middle and then distribute puck to the outside. Create a 2 on 1 with one of the defenders. Zone Entry Options Pass puck...

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Finnish Skills Warm Up Series - 26 hockey skills drills

Finnish Skills Warm Up Series

This is a great setup for a warm-up skills series that uses progressions appropriate for novice to elite skill levels. Ben Eaves demonstrates all 26 skills and progressions of this skills series he learned while playing professional hockey in...

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Finnish Ice Hockey Skills Series Part #2

Finnish Skills Series Part #2

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...

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Forward Stride in Ice Hockey

Forward Stride

Coaching Points for the Forward Stride feet are shoulder width apart knees slightly bent weight over balls of feet use deep knee bend for maximum power extend at 45 degree angle

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Working on Inside Edges

Inside Edges

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.

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Outside Edges

Outside Edges

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.

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Inside Outside Edges Skating Drill for Hockey Players

Inside Outside Edges

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.

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Inside Outside Inside Edges Skating Fundamentals for Hockey Players

Inside Outside Inside Edges

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.

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Control Hockey Turns

Control Turns

Here are keys to the control turn: Keep center of gravity low Head leads the turn Lean into edges Inside leg should be in front leading the turn on outside edge Outside foot is slightly behind on inside edge

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Forward Crossover Start

Forward Crossover Start

Key Coaching Points Drive inside leg through ice Get low and lean into crossover Top leg crosses over Turn hips and body forward

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Backwards to Forwards Pivot

Backwards to Forwards Pivot

Key coaching points for pivoting from backwards to forwards: Make a C-cut to open up hips Bring heels together Transfer weight and push off back foot

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Mohawk Pivoting Skating Drill for Hockey Players

Mohawk Pivoting

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.

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Basic stickhandling for youth hockey

Basic Stickhandling

Key Coaching Points: Strong top hand Loose bottom hand Roll both wrists when moving side to side

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Forehand Only Puck Control - Ice Hockey Skill Development

Forehand Only Puck Control

Forehand only puck control allows you to have the puck in a position where you are ready to make a play. It requires you to move your body and hips around the puck. Keys for forehan only puck control Push and pull the puck to keep it on the...

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Pushing the Puck Demonstration

Pushing the Puck

We use this skill when we want to carry the puck at top speed. Key Coaching Points Use top hand only (either forehand or backhand). Push the puck while keeping it close to your blade (12" or less). Keep your head up and eyes up, use...

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Single Shift Hockey Move Demonstration

Single Shift

The single shift is a simple move but players that do it well are extremely deceptive. Important Coaching Points Load to one side and explode to the other. Use head and shoulders to sell the fake before exploding to the other side. Use...

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Exposing vs. Protecting the Puck

Exposing vs. Protecting the Puck

In this video Ben Eaves demonstrates the importance of protecting the puck vs. exposing it. Use your body, hips, and stick to surround and protect the puck until you are ready to make a play. Expose the puck once your are ready to make a play.

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Receiving Puck in Skates

Receiving Puck in Skates

It is inevitable thoughout a corse of a game that you will get a pass in your skates. In this video, Ben Eaves discusses the proper technique to direct the puck to your stick. The main keys are to keep your skates on the ice and angle your skates to...

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Forehand Passing Demonstration in Ice Hockey

Forehand Passing

Key Coaching Points for Forehand Passing Spin the puck heel to tow off the stick blade. Pull with top hand. Push into ice with bottom hand and turn wrist over to point to target.

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Ice Hockey Backhand Passing Demonstration

Backhand Passing

Important Coaching Points Spin the puck from heel to toe. Make sure to close the blade and follow through to target.

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One Touch Pass in Ice Hockey

One Touch Pass

The one touch pass is key for higher level players as it requires knowing where you want to pass before you get the puck. Key Points for a One Touch Pass know your target before receiving the pass. lean into your blade pressing the heel...

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Forehand Saucer Pass in Ice Hockey

Forehand Saucer Pass

Keys to the Forehand Saucer Pass Spin puck off blade from heel to toe. The more spin the flatter the pass will be. Lean heel of the blade into the ice to elevate the puck.

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Backhand Saucer Pass in Ice Hockey

Backhand Saucer Pass

Keys to a Backhand Saucer Pass Spin puck heel to toe. Lean heel of blade into the ice to elevate the puck. The more spin the flatter the pass will be.

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Wrist Shot in Ice Hockey Demonstration

Wrist Shot

The wrist shot is a sweeping motion where the puck rolls of the blade from heel to toe. Keys to a good wrist shot include: start with good hockey position with knees bent and slightly bent at the waist. good weight transfer from back foot...

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Snap Shot in Ice Hockey Demonstration

Snap Shot

Snap shots are generally more effective than wrist shots becuase they are quicker and can catch goalies by surprise. Here are some key to a good snap shot: use the natural flex of the stick to generate power by driving the heel of the blade...

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Catch and Release Shot in Ice Hockey

Catch and Release Shot

Ben Eaves demonstrates a Catch and Release Shot. This shooting technique can catch a defenceman and goalie off guard because it can result in a quicker shot release. Keys to a Good Catch and Release Shot present your stick so your...

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Backhand Shot in Ice Hockey

Backhand Shot

Keys to the Backhand Shot lean onto strong side foot. spin the puck heel to toe. follow through towards the intended target.

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One Timer Shots in Ice Hockey

One-Timer Shot

One Timer Coaching Points You must receive a pass that can be one-timed, typically somewhere between your legs. Strong top hand. Lower hand drives heel of stick into the ice. Turn on back hip. Weight shifts from back foot to front foot...

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Strong Side One Timer Ice Hockey Shot

Strong Side One Timer

The key to a quality one timer on your strong side is your lower hand. It has to be firm and dig into the ice as the puuck arrives. It is more of a re-direction so the bottom hand needs to be firmso the puck does not slide off the toe. Key Points...

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Shooting in Stride - Ice Hockey Skill

Shooting in Stride

Shooting in stride is a great skill for all players to add to their skill set. The exceptional goal scorers are typically very good at this. The reason it is so effective is that it catches the defense and goalie by surprise. Therefore the shot...

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Net Front Tips in Ice Hockey

Net Front Tips

Key Points for Tipping the Puck in Front of the Net Take away the eyes of the goal tender. Use a strong base with stick between your body. Be ready to tip the puck on either side of your body. Tip the puck down if possible.

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Changing the angle of your shot in hockey

Stationary Pull & Release Shooting Progression

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...

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Deceptive Point Shooting Progression

Deceptive Point Shooting Progression

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...

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