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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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Cover: the defensive skating system
The Defensive Skating System
with Adam Nicholas, North Yarmouth Academy Director of Player Development;
Lewiston Maine IACS Skating and Skills Coach;

Shut down high-scoring forwards using the Defensive Skating System! Adam Nicholas has taught this effective system to players and teams at every level - youth, high school, college and the NHL.

Because crossing over gives your opponent time and space creating trouble for your defense, this system enables defensive players to stay square to an opponent, recover, maintain a tight gap and maintain speed without crossing over.

This system can be used by players of all levels. The system starts with a simple T-push and advances through 20 progressive drills and skills for improving defensive skating, such as:

  • The Lidstrom Arcing Technique - Allows for quicker left/right reactions when closing on an opponent.
  • Niedermayer Progression - Enables defensive players to gain momentum without crossing over and to more effectively recover to the left or right and to re-gap to stay in good defensive position.
  • Tight Air - Allows defenders to maintain momentum and containment when forwards make turns in the corner.
  • Box Drill Progression - Teaches how to maintain speed in the neutral zone enabling players to track opponents and maintain a tight gap when accepting an on-coming rush.
  • Defensive X Drill - Combines all of the defensive skating techniques from this progression for developing proper tracking control.

Also included are stick handling tips to improve defensive performance in tandem with the skating techniques.

This is system isn't just for defensemen, it's for any player that needs to shut down a rushing opponent. Order now and start improving your defensive skating.

43 minutes. 2014.

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Cover: becoming a champion hockey player
Becoming a Champion Hockey Player
with Enrico Blasi,
Miami of Ohio Head Coach;
2009 NCAA National Runner-Up;
2006 National Coach of the Year,
3X CCHA "Coach of the Year"

One of the fastest rising coaching stars in all of hockey is Miami of Ohio's Enrico Blasi who has earned a reputation for being one of the sport's finest teachers, technicians, and motivators. In this series for aspiring hockey players, Coach Blasi provides a resource that shows how athletes can improve in all phases of the game. Also included in the series is a Strength Training DVD featuring Matt Cady, Coach Blasi's strength and conditioning coach at Miami. This series is a must for any ice hockey player looking to achieve at a higher level!

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