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Cover: goaltender development: fundamental drills for building championship habits
Goaltender Development: Fundamental Drills for Building Championship Habits
with Seth Appert,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Head Coach;
part of two NCAA Championships as an Assistant Coach at the University of Denver (1999-06);
3x Team USA U18 National Coach;
past president of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA)

"You are what you are, by the habits you create." - Seth Appert

Your goalies are a key to your team's success, and goaltending is perhaps the most important position in all sports. Developing habits are critical to being a top notch goalie. Through a series of movement drills and game situations, Seth Appert takes you through a goalie practice with detailed instruction and feedback. He covers specific drills to help you learn fundamental foot movement, improve shot tracking techniques, and help with "next save" and "next play" focus.

Goalie Fundamentals

The emphasis of this video is not for you to change your goalie's style of play, but instead show how your goalie can be their best within their own style. Practice starts with goalie fundamentals to provide a proper base to work with. It is said that 75% of the shots a goalie will face are basic, fundamental shots. It's what your goalie does with that shot that will either keep it routine, or create secondary scoring chances for the opponent.

Daily Drills for Fundamentals and Skating

Create muscle memory and correct common mistakes to get the most out of your goalies. Coach Appert provides over 10 drills to help goalies build strength in their game and get them positioned to stop pucks. These drills combine multiple aspects of previous drills to challenge goalies and prepare them to excel during games. Some of the drills include:

  • Visual Tracking Drills - Goalies need to be able to gain a clear view of the shot and watch it all the way to their glove or pad. Not only on the incoming shot, but also track the rebound to stay square to the puck at all times. Coach Appert uses a lot of visual tracking shot sequences to reinforce the importance of focus and positioning for goaltenders.
  • Fundamentals of Skating Drills - This progression challenges your goalie's foot speed. It also refines their ability to gain an angle first and use their depth to be in position to stop the puck with as little movement as needed. Keeping the feet under the body with shoulders up and hands in front helps steer your goalie's movements.
  • Wide Angle Shots Drill - This drill reinforces the need for goalies to use their stick to deflect pucks to the corner and out of play. This drill segment stresses utilizing the stick rather than just letting the puck hit the leg pads, which would create rebound shot opportunities. Goalies need to use strong foot movement to get square to the shooter and use the stick on the low shot to direct the puck out of trouble.
  • Pass - Outs Drill - This exercise is great for the goalie, but will benefit your shooters as well. With a one pass option, this drill makes your goalie move from post to post and stay square while gaining depth and remaining on angle to take the shot.

Coach Appert uses the whiteboard to illustrate the drills and demonstrates with instructional insight on ice to make this video a terrific learning tool for coaches.

Coaching goalies goes far beyond telling them to "just stop the puck." Investing time in improving your goaltenders will translate into improving the team as a whole. Even if you've never played or coached the goalie position before, this video will help you be able to provide insights and instruction to arguably the most important player on the ice.

"The biggest thing with this video is it has given me several ideas of what I can work on with my goalies in the absence of my Goalie Coach and the practice still being productive for the Goalies." - Customer Review

95 minutes. 2016.

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Cover: basic & advanced stickhandling for the modern player
Basic & Advanced Stickhandling for the Modern Player
with Eric Johnson,
Founder and Lead Instructor of Impact Hockey
Minnetonka (MN) High School Girl's Hockey Head Coach, 2015 Minnesota Class 2A State Runners-Up;
General Manager of the Minnesota Hockey Advanced Program, former WCHA St. Cloud State Huskies forward,
NHL draft pick for the Vancouver Canucks;

"This is an exceptional video in terms of explanations and demonstrations. The variety and creativity is going to set a new standard of excellence." - Customer Review

Fakes, dekes, dangles - it all means more puck control and possession for your team.

Dramatically improve your ability to maintain puck control and possession by improving your versatility with the puck. Eric Johnson creates scenarios and plays that will help you and your team build a repertoire of stick handling and puck possession techniques.

The terminology and the progression to the "next step" that Coach Johnson provides is a vital learning tool to becoming a great stickhandling hockey player. From a basic toe drag, to head fakes to perfect passing, this video addresses everything you need to become a serious threat on the ice by keeping the puck on your stick longer and reducing turnovers.

Puck Control

Perfect passing, reducing turnovers, and increasing your own time and space will make you a more valuable player whether you are a defender or a forward. Coach Johnson runs through a review of the basics of stickhandling - proper stick length, hand position and body position - then focuses on more advanced skills like puck control with the toe of the blade. Several drills are used to highlight the importance of heads up and soft hands.

Today, most stick manufactures design the stick to use the toe of the blade as the release point for shots, so players needs to be able to control the puck off of the toe. Coach Johnson presents several toe flip drills that teach players to stickhandle with the toe of the blade; a skill that has become more prevalent in modern in hockey.

Separation Moves

The ability to quickly create separation from an opponent is necessary to create time see the ice. Coach Johnson introduces the concepts of pushing and showing the puck, then flicking the puck across the body to gain separation. He details several basic dekes, step outs and puck protection techniques that help players keep possession in all three zones.

The Around the Circle drill helps players to load the puck and spring across, which draws the opponent away from your intended direction and thus create more separation.

Advanced Stick Skills and Drills

The advanced section focuses on drills that involve multitasking and utilizing several skills at once. Coach Johnson has his players pass off tires and collect the puck in order to learn how to read and react to unpredictable rebounds and passes.

Off Ice Stickhandling and Drills

You'll learn several competitive drills that can be practiced on synthetic ice surfaces to continue skill progression off the ice. Perfect for players without regular access to a rink!

This excellent content will help you and your team build puck possession and stickhandling skills that go beyond basic dekes and dangles and into puck-on-stick mastery.

"Just this mere two hours of interaction and active practice of the techniques early in the video improved my stickhandling and also my personal time of possession of the puck. I play often play defense... it allowed me to make more careful plays and set up more intentional breakouts rather than merely punting the puck due to rushed fear and lack of time to make a play. This is a very valuable video!" - Customer Review

102 minutes. 2015.

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Cover: incorporating your goalies into team practice
Incorporating Your Goalies into Team Practice
with Ken Pauly,
Benilde-St. Margaret's School (MN) Head Coach;
2012 Mariucci Award winner as Minnesota's Class AA Coach of the Year;
3x State Champions; 10x Conference Champions; over 400 career wins

and Tom Klein,
Benilde-St. Margaret's School (MN) Assistant Coach/Goalies

Goaltending is arguably the most important deciding factor in games and championships, yet coaches often overlook it at practice. Most head coaches are not goalies themselves and don't understand how to teach the position. Many coaches focus more energy on their forwards and defensemen and simply throw their goalies into drills without much instruction.

Ken Pauly and assistant coach Tom Klein offer a simple and effective set of tools that will yield big dividends over the course of a season. You'll see excellent goalie-specific drills that can be incorporated into any practice. You'll also get guidelines on how to inspire your goalies to improve during games and to compete more effectively.

6 Goalie Priorities

Coaches Pauly and Klein outline a series of drills for mastering six specific goalie movement priorities and puck stopping techniques. These priorities include

  • moving into the angle
  • shutting down the short side
  • shutting down the 5-hole
  • smothering the puck
  • controlling the rebound
  • staying on your feet when passes cross your face

In practice, Pauly and Klein constantly work on keeping their goalies on their feet when passes go across their face. Often times, goalies drop down on the pass and are not square to the puck on the shot - leaving the top corners and the five hole open. Get a drill that simulates an attack from two different angles that will train your goalies to stay on their feet and in good position to stop the shot. You can break the habit of making one "style" the primary save option - "a pass never beats you, but a shot does."

Practice Drills

Many times goalies are simply thrown into drills and bombarded with shots, which doesn't help them properly work on their skills. Coaches Pauly and Klein explain how to utilize the space you have no matter how big or small in order to give goaltenders the chance to develop the "specific skills" unique to modern goaltending.

The coaches outline a warm-up for the goalie, utilizing the space in the neutral zone to work on movement and tracking the puck, point shot drills, incorporating the second goalie into drills, 5-on-2 drills and the impact hockey ultimate tip in drill.

You'll not only learn practice drills, but equally important practice theory so you can hear how to maintain practice flow, capture the attention of all players on the ice, and create exciting game scenarios for your team.

Game Night

In this segment, Coach Pauly shows you how to challenge your goalies to play their best. This entails stopping all the shots you should, stopping most of the hard ones, and stealing one or two once in a while. He challenges his goalies to play well even when the rest of the team isn't.

Your team's success or failure is dependent on the play of your goaltenders. If a team has solid goaltending, they're more likely to have a higher winning percentage. Coach Pauly sets forth a simple, specific plan to spend more time developing goalies during practice.

48 minutes. 2015.

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Cover: creating energy with high tempo flow drills
Creating Energy with High Tempo Flow Drills
with Jeff Boeser, University of St. Thomas Head Coach;
back-to-back-to-back MIAC Conference Champions (2012-14); 2012 MIAC Coach of the Year; member of the 1976 US Olympic Team and former member of the Finnish Elite League in Europe;

and Parker Burgess, University of St. Thomas Assistant Coach

with Jeff Boeser, University of St. Thomas Head Coach;
back-to-back MIAC Conference Champions (2012-14);
2012 MIAC Coach of the Year; member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team and former member of the Finnish Elite League in Europe;

and Parker Burgess, University of St. Thomas Assistant Coach

How do you prepare your team in the days leading up to a game? A flow drill-themed practice creates on-ice energy through the use of specific drills that emphasize skating speed, hard tape-to-tape passes, accurate shooting, and, most importantly, communication. Flow day practices, which are practice sessions conducted the day before a game, are important, especially for teams with heavy practice schedules. They ensure individual and small unit skill development under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions without the physical contact levels needed in battle-focused or system-focused practices.

University of St. Thomas coaches Jeff Boeser and Parker Burgess take you through a series of drills that will get your team loose and limber, ready to play through flow day drills. Flow drills are great to use in a pre-game skate or anytime you need a high-energy practice without a lot of contact.

Coach Burgess explains and diagrams 10 flow drills on the whiteboard; Coach Boeser follows with a point-by-point commentary as the drills are run on the ice. Each drill is designed to keep the practice moving. You'll learn how Coach Boeser and his staff vary their drills to ensure a continuous, effective practice with different levels of intensity. Learning these variations will help you align the difficulty and intensity of your flow day practices to your team's unique composition. Drills include:

  • Swedish 2-0 - This high-tempo drill emphasizes one-touch passes while de-emphasizing stick handling. Players are forced to communicate on ice while reiterating the use of proper footwork.
  • Shootout - Taking the basic shootout drill to another level, this drill emphasizes getting the puck to the back of the net. It can also be used to develop breakaway plays. Choosing captains and teams enhances the competitiveness of the drill.
  • Ranger 2-1 - This continuous drill utilizes the full ice sheet. The forwards and defensemen work together to create an odd-man rush through the neutral zone while the opposing defensemen use proper gap control to play the ensuing 2v1. The key here is to emphasize good passes to get the defense moving and committing so that the offense can take an advantage.

Each segment of the presentation places an emphasis on the fundamentals of skating, passing, shooting and communicating. With approximately 30 players on the ice, Coaches Boeser and Burgess keep the practice moving at a quick pace while keeping everyone involved and competitive.

These drills will take your players out of their comfort zone and get the competitive juices flowing. Using these methods, Coach Boeser develops his team's game condition readiness and mental toughness despite running a practice focused on skating and skills development.˙Coach Boeser's tips can be applied by any coach to any level of team.

84 minutes. 2015.

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Cover: games to teach the game
Games to Teach the Game
with Jamie Rice, Babson College Head Coach;
2x ECAC East Coach of the Year; 4x ECAC East Tournament Champions

Hockey is a competitive game. The best way to prepare for competition is by developing practice habits that enhance skill development and reinforce how you want your players to respond during a game. In this presentation, Jamie Rice shares 13 of his best practice games that challenge players to compete and become fully engaged to achieve desired game outcomes.

This presentation shows how game play in practice enhances both skill development and the development of competitive game habits. In addition, the video shows how specific games and game play can create desired outcomes and set the tone for more productive practices with players engaged, excited to participate and challenged.

Coach Rice starts with a short series of team warm-up games to get the competitive juices flowing, and to get players moving both offensively and defensively.

He moves on to a game called "Beaney," a 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 game that encourages stick-on-stick defensive play and allows for significant offensive creativity. The tone for practice is clearly defined in this competitive battle game that will inspire your team to compete.

Other featured games include:

  • Finn 4v3 - There is a numerical advantage in this game that's similar to a power play situation. It creates a puck possession and support focus under pressure. Because players are moving quickly from offense to defense, game play reinforces the importance of a quick transition and how it can be one of the most opportunistic moments of the game.
  • Neutral Zone Backdoor - This game focuses on offensive opportunities involving defensemen, who are encouraged to become a part of the offensive attack through quick transition and jumping up in the offensive puck support. The game reinforces the typical 5v5 framework but allows players to join the play and create numerical advantages and backdoor opportunities. This will help encourage your team to get all players involved in the attack.
  • Levels - Another puck support game but this one encourages more open ice opportunities and develops different angles of the attack to the net. Backdoor and quick touch puck movement is emphasized. Your players will learn how to see the offensive attack with more width.

These games will teach your players to:

  • make quick decisions when passing and shooting, especially on one-touch plays
  • find the open man it tight spaces to create scoring opportunities
  • provide open passing lanes and a good target for the puck carrier

When you put players in an environment where they constantly compete, it raises the level of both individual and team competition. This presentation shows coaches how to use game play to bring out the best in their players and how to constantly create challenging practices that captivate the players.

119 minutes. 2014.

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