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Skill Development Videos
Hockey Player Position
This video reviews the proper hockey position for players. While it is very basic, it's important to teach the proper hockey position to make sure...
This is a great video that teaches the fundamentals of forward skating. Coaching Points: Start in Hockey Position Keep your elbows by your side...
Coaching Points for the Forward Stride feet are shoulder width apart knees slightly bent weight over balls of feet use deep knee bend for...
Single Leg Pushes
Single leg pushes in ice hockey are great to work on especially for younger players. Coaching Points Start in Hockey Position Tight base is...
One-Leg Drag - Forward Skating Exercise
This exercise helps players work on the technical aspects of the forward stride. By dragging the toe on the ice it forces them to bring the extended...
Quick Fix: Forward Skating
Here are some tips to help hockey players work on their forward stride and be a more efficient forward skater. Tip #1 - Keep your head square. Tip...
Using Edges: The Basics
Your skates are equiped with an inside and an outside edge. It is important for young hockey players to get comfortable using both edges. Your 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...
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...
Quick Fix: Outside Edges
When players are learning to use their outside edge it can be tough for them to learn to trust that outside edge. Encourage them to lean into that...
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...
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...
Quick Fix for Skating - When Players Skate on Outside Edges
Here is a quickfix for coaches who are trying to help their young players with their skating. This will help you work with your players when...
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...
A Jam Turn is an extremely tight turn that allows us to change direction quickly and under control. It is not quite a stop, the Jam Turn allows us to...
A punch jam in ice hockey is a term used to describe a deceptive move by the puck carrier. It can be described as almost a half of a jam turn. A jam...
Hockey Stop: Tips on how to do a side stop in hockey
Most players will have one side that is stronger than the other when they do a hockey stop. Therefore it is important to work on both sides when...
Quick Fix: Stopping
One of the more difficult fundamentals for young players to get comfortable with is the hockey stop. A major problem area is that players like to try...
Quick Fix: Side Stopping Part 2
Two common issues we see in the hockey stop are: The trailing skate tends to drag behind during the stop. Tend to catch the outside edge of...
Forward Cross Overs
In this video we breakdown how to teach the forward cross overs. Step #1 - Outside Push Step #2 - Cross Over Step #3 - Under Push Coaching...
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
How to Skate Backwards (for hockey players)
In this video Dwayne Blais teaches the fundamentals of backwards skating. Coaching Points start with good hockey position. carve c-cuts out in...
Quick Fix: Backwards Skating Part 1
One way to get the players to get into a good body position and get used to making C's in the ice is to have them drop their stick and place their...
QUICK Fix: Backwards Skating Part 2
For young players we do not have to emphasize "carving a C" quite so much when teaching them how to skate backwards. Instead we can work using both...
Backwards Crossover Start
Backwards crossover starts are an important skating skill especially for defensmen. Key Coaching Points Good hockey position with bent knees...
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...
How to Do Backwards Cross-Overs
In this video we break down backwards cross-overs into three simple steps: Outside push (c-cut). Continue with the c-cut and bring the foot over...
How to Perform a Transition Turn
Transistion turns in hockey are necessary any time you need to change direction in the game of hockey. In this video Dwayne Blais discusses how to...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 Touch...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. Be...
3 Puck Possession Positions
In the video above, Coach Eaves demonstrates the 3 Fundamental Puck Possession Positions. It is important for players and coaches to...