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Cross Behinds – Power Skating (Video)

Jan
5
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Instructional 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


 

Shooting from a D to D Pass

Dec
15
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Instructional Video
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This week’s video covers the technique behind quickly shooting at the point off of a “d to d” pass.

Teaching Points:

  • Quick release is key
  • Make sure the shot gets through (look, find the lane)
  • Eliminate un-necessary stickhandles
  • Quickly open your body to the net, moving around the puck
  • Puck should be under your body when you shoot
  • Common mistake: Having puck too far ahead of body, causing high or weak shots
Here’s an example from the NHL:

 

Quick Shooting Release – Video

Dec
6
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Instructional Video
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This week’s video covers the technique and practice tips for releasing a shot off of one quick cross-body lateral move.

Teaching points:

  • Eliminate additional stick handles
  • Transfer your weight to shooting side
  • Knee bend to generate more power
Want to see this move in action?  Check out the 2nd goal by Datsyuk in the video below: 
…And Henrik Zetterberg’s goal against Anaheim:

 

Defensive Zone Pickup (Video)

Oct
20
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Instructional Video
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A good breakout pass can be the difference between creating an offensive scoring opportunity, or finding the puck in the back of your own net. Last week we covered passing options for neutral zone regroups – in this week’s video, we’ll take a look at options for picking up a loose puck in the defensive zone.

Teaching Key Points:

  • Prior to picking the puck up:
    • Look over your shoulder prior to picking the puck up
    • Angle in when approaching the puck (don’t skate straight at it)
  • Strong-side pass option (wing or center):
    • Move the puck quickly
    • Eliminate unnecessary stickhandles
    • Avoid rimming the puck around the wall if at all possible
    • Identify which pass option is available prior to picking up the puck
  • D to D pass:
    • Move the puck quickly
    • Eliminate unnecessary stickhandles
    • Know if your partner is right or left-handed
    • Don’t jam your partner up by putting the puck to close to the wall
    • Don’t rim the puck around the wall
  • Escape turn:
    • Use the net for protection initially
    • Turn toward the boards, protecting the puck
    • Move the puck quickly
    • Accelerate out of the turn

 

Defenseman – Walk to the Middle (Video)

Oct
5
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Instructional Video
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A defenseman’s ability to quickly move laterally to the middle of the ice at the point while maintaining control of the puck and properly reading options is a skill often overlooked.  In this 7-minute video we cover the techniques, teaching points, and visual references for defenseman to improve their blue-line mobility.

Forehand Side Key Points

  • 2 Main Options
  • Backward quick start
    • explosive first steps – cover distance quickly
    • move toward the blue line to create additional space between yourself and the attacker
    •  head up as you move so you can see your options
    • feet can go outside the blue line
  • Forward quick start
    • explosive first steps – cover distance quickly
    • head up
    • when you’re ready to move the puck, bring the puck under your body so you can use your stick’s flex to put a hard shot on net (or hard pass to an option)
Backhand Key Points
  • 2 Main Options
  • Backward quick start
    • explosive first steps – cover distance quickly
    • move toward the blue line to create additional space between yourself and the attacker
    •  head up as you move so you can see your options
    • bring the across your body to your forehand side quickly to increase your strength with the puck and improve your shooting angle
    • feet can go outside the blue line
  • Forward quick start
  • explosive first steps – cover distance quickly
  • head up
  • bring the across your body to your forehand side quickly to increase your strength with the puck and improve your shooting angle
  • protect the puck with your body
Reading the Shooting Lane Key Points
  • Read your lane from the “eyes of the puck” – players often see the lane (openings in coverage) based on their body position rather than from where the puck is traveling.
  • If the opponents body is in the pucks lane to the net, look for a short-side, back door, or safe (corner) option.
  • If the opponents body is coming toward your body, you typically have a lane to move the puck directly to the net.

 

Related Video :: Backward Quick Starts


 

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