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Players and parents often ask what a scout looks for when they evaluate players. I’ve gotten to know several scouts through the years, and had the opportunity to ask one up-and-coming scout what he looks for in a player. This perspective is courtesty of Pierre-Olivier Rondeau, a scount for Selects Hockey and Co-Director of the Kingston International Youth Hockey Festival. Pierre is also involved with several organizations and coaching AA hockey.
First criteria is; skating skills: skating acceleration, skating stride, skating agility, mobility skating, backwards skating.
Second test: Puck handling: Passing game, controls the play, give and receives passes, win faceoff.
Third test: Hockey Sense: Vision, Playmaker, Anticipation, Plays good position, with relexed puck.
Fourth criteria: Scoring / shot: Sniper finisher, slap shot, wrist shot, natural goal scorer.
Fifth criteria: Competitive and agressivity: aggressive, tough and respected, intimidating.
Sixth criteria: Character / Leadership and attitude: Natural leader, a team player, a warrior, a grinder, a maintenance player
Seventh Criteria: Offensive and defensive skills: Backchecking game, forechecking game, power foward, can play the point and power play, can play on penalty kills, good rushing defenseman, cover well his player.
To finish the evaluation of a goalies: Lateral agility movements, quick up-down, control rebounds well, puck control, recovers quickly when the goes down, plays angles well and good outside the crease, quick gloves years challenge the shooters.
Don Lucia speaking on coaches and parents in youth hockey.
The Magic Hockey Helmet -- great insight from the mind of a kid!
Great tips for players of all positions from Let’s Play Hockey:
I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who views this site and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. I hope you will continue to visit the site and find the materials we post useful.
Skate hard & keep your head up. See you around the rinks!
Keeping statistics for your season can prove to be a daunting task. Lots of parents are hesitant to take on the role, and finding the best way to track them can be a pain. Over the past several seasons, we have come up with some formats that seem to work very well. Below are download links to some of the blank forms we’ve found useful.
Game Stat Sheet (PDF) [Contributed by forum user Blue Chicago]
If you have forms you’d like to share, please send me an email!
The concept behind HockeyShare is to share and exchange hockey information for the betterment of everyone involved. I was lucky when Robert Potvin from Chambly, Que, Canada emailed me a couple weeks ago and sent me some great documents on cycling and defensive tactical play. These documents he put together are very well written and give a great overview of how to introduce these topics with your team. He even included several ready-to-run drills with the explanations. We’ve provided our viewers an English and French version to download and read in PDF format. Special thanks to Gilles Plante for translating the French document to English!
Please let us know if you find these documents helpful by leaving a comment!
As a hockey coach, one of the best things you can do to improve your practices is to have a proper game plan in place before you set foot on the ice. This also includes bringing your assistant coaches up to speed on the drills and techniques you will be focusing on during the session. By properly planning, you greatly increase the chances of running a “successful” practice. Having everyone (entire coaching staff) on the ice working toward a common vision and knowing exactly what emphasis points there are for drills helps eliminate mixed messages to the players and makes your coaching staff look much more professional.
If you don’t have the luxury of a great drill diagramming software like DrillDraw, you can still make effective practice plans. I’ve assembled some helpful resources to help you out. I’ve included two practice plan templates and several hockey rink diagrams. I hope you find these useful in your hockey endeavors!
Hockey Practice / Drill Planning Templates
Hockey Practice Plan Template (This is the one I use daily for practice)
Hockey Rink Diagrams:
Here are a few great inspirational / team-building quotes I’ve found over the years. I hope you enjoy!
“A championship team is a team of champions” – Unknown
“A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others.” – Norman S Hidle
“It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit” – Unknown
“Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success” – Unknown
“Always give 100%, and you’ll never have to second-guess yourself” – Dan Valenti
“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Liane Cordes
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments” – Jim Rohn
“Leadership is an attitude before it becomes an ability” – A.S. Migs Damiani
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Success doesn’t come to you…you go to it!” – Unknown
“Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character” – Tony Robbins
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” – Tony Robbins
“Whatever you do on a continuous basis creates a pattern and it becomes who you are. If you make a conscious decision to try to do the right things in all situations, then that’s just who you are, and you become a high character guy” – Tony Richardson
“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself” – Unknown
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships” – Michael Jordan
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
“None of us is as smart as all of us” – Ken Blanchard
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself” – Henry Ford
“Teamwork is the ability to work as a group toward a common vision, even if that vision becomes extremely blurry” – Unknown
“Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all” – Alexander the Great
“People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.” – Dr. Allan Fromme
“If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team” – Bud Wilkinson
“Overcoming barriers to performance is how groups become teams” – Katzenbach & Smith
“A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together” – Unknown
“It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice” – Eric Lindros
Every week I get several questions via email asking about different parts of the game. One topic that comes up very often is the 2 on 1 – how to defend it, different plays, passing vs. shooting, etc. Over the next few weeks, I will be breaking down various aspects of the 2 on 1 rush. In this first post, I will focus on a simple play for when you think you’re out of options offensively.
2 on 1′s are one of the most exciting & coveted scoring opportunities in the game. When a 2 on 1 occurs, coverage has been blown somewhere, or someone has gotten beat. This situation presents itself with several very unique situations both offensively and defensively. It is one of the most challenging plays to defend against skilled forwards.
Let’s start with the classic version of the 2 on 1 rush. Picture two forwards roughly as wide as the hash marks, with one defender playing in the middle of the ice. As the forwards get closer to the net, the natural tendency is to converge on the net. This makes sense because the shooting angle gets better as we get in closer to the middle of the ice. Most times, weak-side forwards are taught to “crash the net”. This typically entails driving to the far post with his/her stick on the ice. Here’s a diagram so we’re all on the same page:
As the forward gets closer to the net, he/she has several things to analyze:
1) Is the goalie cheating to the pass?
Often times the puck-carrying forward will find him/herself running out of time and space as all 3 players converge on the goaltender. In this classic 2 on 1 formation, if the defenseman stays in the passing lane, he/she is essentially forcing the puck carrier to shoot the puck. When the strong-side forward shoots the puck, this is implying two things:
1) the goaltender takes the shooter
Note: I will get into defensive theories for 2 on 1′s in a later post – but for now, let’s assume this is how the defenseman is playing the rush.
Now that we’ve decided the puck carrier is going to shoot, it’s necessary to discuss the right and wrong way to approach a shot. If F1 in the diagram above is a right-handed shot, he/she will have the illusion of having more net to shoot at short-side than is really there (assuming the goalie is playing his/her angles correctly). This is caused by the puck being on the inside of the ice, and the goalie lining up on the puck, not the shooter’s body. The reverse illusion may appear for a left-handed shot in the same scenario, with more space appearing to be visible on the far-side. Shooters need to be aware of this illusion, as a missed short-side or far-side shot almost always ends the rush as quickly as it started.
There are legitimate times when a goaltender is giving you space to shoot…this can come from bad angling, poor stance, lack of confidence, etc. If you have a good scoring opportunity, by all means, don’t pass that up – try to hit it! However, if you find yourself without anywhere to go, and no good scoring option, there is still one GREAT option left. Shoot for a rebound!
Many youth players never think of shooting the puck to do anything other than scoring. This mindset needs to be altered. If F1 has no big holes to shoot for on the 2 on 1 rush and cannot get a clean pass over to F2, his/her mindset needs to shift on how to get F2 the puck to stuff it in the open net. If the goalie is squared up correctly, a shot off the goalie’s left (shooter’s right) leg pad – if done correctly – will lead to a rebound right in the middle of the ice. The placement of the shot is critical to increase the likelihood of the rebound going where you want it. Shooting too far to the left (closer to the 5-hole) can cause the puck to die in front of the goalie – giving the goaltender a better chance of controlling and freezing the rebound. The height of the shot is also critical. The shot needs to be just above the foot cover and below the knee in order for the rebound to sit in the middle of the rink (see the goaltender illustration below).
If executed correctly, F2 should have a tap-in goal to the empty net. This is a good play to practice, as it teaches players to go hard to the net with their sticks on the ice as well as stopping at the goal line on a rush.
In the upcoming 2 on 1 segments, I will discuss playing a 2 on 1 defensively and offensive creativity. As always, feel free to send your comments and thoughts to me via email at kevin [ at ] hockeyshare [ dot ] com
Skate hard & keep your head up! See you around the rinks.
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