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One Timers – Video

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This week’s video covers the basic technique of the one-timer shot. One-timers are excellent for creating fast scoring opportunities and not giving the goaltender a chance to set prior to the shot.

Key Teaching Points

  • Puck should be shot similar to a slap shot, located between the middle of your feet and the back foot
  • Hands just over shoulder-width apart (this will vary based on the degree of knee bend and “sitting” in to your shot)
  • Transfer the weight to the back leg
  • Low stance on the shot motion, transferring your weight to your front foot
  • Open your hips and front foot toward your target
  • Be prepared (and practice) adjusting your stance to accomodate for passes slightly off target
Example from the NHL:


Forehand Passing & Receiving 101 (Video)

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This week’s video discusses the basics of passing and receiving on the forehand.

Passing Key Teaching Points

  • With beginners, start with feet perpendicular to the target
  • Puck on the middle of the blade
  • Bring puck behind the back foot, slightly cupping the puck
  • Head up, look at your target
  • Push the puck forward in a straight line, transferring weight from the back leg to the front leg
  • Open your hips as you transfer the weight
  • Point your stick directly at the target on your follow through
  • Follow through low to the ice
Receiving Key Teaching Points
  • Start with blade flat on the ice and not angled
  • Blade should be parallel to the passing stick for optimal control
  • Blade should start about 6″ inside your front foot if feet are perpendicular to passer
  • Catch the puck in the middle of your stick blade
  • Absorb the impact of the puck by having a slight give (only a few inches) to the stick
  • Avoid un-necessary stickhandles before moving the puck again
Here is a link to the PassMaster used in this video.  Note that I do NOT make any money if you buy this, I’m providing the link because I like the product and find it useful.


3 Stickhandling Warmup Drills (Video)

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In this week’s video, we cover three drills to improve stickhandling, footwork, and range of motion with the puck.

These drills can be incorporated into warmups or laps.  These drills will force players to be light on their feet and become comfortable transitioning their weight while moving the puck, which is key when executing moves in game situations.


Posting 2 on 1 Timing Drill

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This intermediate drill focuses on quick passing, defensive regroup puck movement and timing. This drill requires relatively advanced passing abilities and good timing abilities to execute effectively.  I would also recommend having at least 9 forwards and 6 defensemen to run this drill.

View Drill Page to Use in Practice Plans


Cross Behinds – Power Skating (Video)

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I hope everyone out there had a safe and happy holiday season! We’re back from our short break (and lots of hockey travel) with some new content for 2012.

In this video, we will cover a power skating maneuver/drill to improve backward outside edges. This drill forces players out of their comfort zone with cross-overs by doing a very unnatural cross behind.

Key Teaching Points

  • Knee bend
  • Controlled upper body
  • Weight on the balls of the feet
  • Push your toe down in to the ice as you push off
  • Listen for a push every step



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