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Ice Hockey Skill Development Videos
Puck Retrieval Along The Boards
Retrieving the puck along the boards happens countless times throughout the course of the game and it is where many 1 on 1 battles are won or lost....
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...
Close Open Close Stickhandling Series
The Close Open Close Stickhandling Series is a progression of 4 exercises that help players get comfortable with separating their upper body from...
Backwards Crossover Start
Backwards crossover starts are an important skating skill especially for defensmen. Key Coaching Points Good hockey position with bent...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Coaching Points for the Forward Stride feet are shoulder width apart knees slightly bent weight over balls of feet use deep knee bend for...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
Key Coaching Points: Strong top hand Loose bottom hand Roll both wrists when moving side to side
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...
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 single shift is a simple move but players that do it well are extremely deceptive. Important Coaching Points Load to one side and...
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...
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...
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...
Important Coaching Points Spin the puck from heel to toe. Make sure to close the blade and follow through to target.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Keys to the Backhand Shot lean onto strong side foot. spin the puck heel to toe. follow through towards the intended target.
One Timer Coaching Points You must receive a pass that can be one-timed, typically somewhere between your legs. Strong top hand. Lower hand...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
Shooting Off The Pass - Corners
A great skill to help you increase your chances of scoring a goal is to learn how to quickly shoot off a pass! In video above, we show you...
Shooting Off The Pass - Point
A great skill to help you increase your chances of scoring a goal is to learn how to quickly shoot off a pass! In the example above, we...