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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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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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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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Home School Hockey
with Andrew Trimble, Founder Scoring Concepts;
Kingswood Regional (NH) High School Head Coach; a coach with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs program; 2013 NHIAA DII Coach of the Year

In this fun-filled, easy-to-follow template, Andrew Trimble shares five off-ice activities that can be added to any existing program or workout.

This DVD is for players of all ages, skill levels and abilities who want to maximize their training time. Demonstrated by a high school player and youth-level player, the drills shared here can be done in a backyard, a nearby field, alone, or in a group setting. A variety of strategies are used to keep players interested in reaching their fitness level goals. Segments include:

  • Driveway Drills - Improve your stickhandling, eye/hand coordination, shot power and accuracy with drills that can be done on your driveway or other flat surfaces using tools from your basement or garage. You'll learn how to improve soft hand techniques using balls of different sizes and weights. The use of balls of different sizes and weights overloads the players` central nervous system creating and improving soft hand techniques.
  • Cardio Conditioning - These drills will greatly improve balance, coordination, power, speed and core stabilization while maximizing cardiovascular conditioning. The focus is on hockey specific movements improving power, speed, strength and athleticism through plyometric set training.
  • Strength Training - Coach Trimble demonstrates 10 hockey-specific, strength training exercises that focus on developing leg strength, core stability and overall total body strength. Drills in this segment use the athlete's body weight or simple at-home materials to build strength.
  • Synthetic Ice Drills - Understand the power and versatility of training with this new technology that that can be easily installed in garages, rec rooms, backyards and basements. More than 20 drills are offered that will enhance power skating skills, quick starts and acceleration; puck handling skills, shooting and passing skills; strength and endurance.
  • Video Analysis - All players love to see their skills in action. Find out how your smart phone, camera, or video device can be used to correct some of the weaknesses in your player's game. Taking a simple approach, this segment shows you what to look for and how to correct it with positive feedback.

This video proves that dry-land training can be a lot of fun and that you don't need high-tech equipment or large facilities to reach your fitness goals!

61 minutes. 2014.

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'Goalie Coach' Coaching Kit
HD-01922A: with Joe Bertagna, Director of the Bertagna Goaltending School,
Commissioner of Hockey East, Executive Director of the American Hockey Coaches Association,
and former Boston Bruins (NHL) and `94 U.S. Olympic Team goaltending coach

Learn from the best! World-renowned goaltending coach Joe Bertagna has designed Goaltending Basics to highlight the essential ingredients toward becoming a successful goaltender! Segment 1: Basic stance: basic stance, butterfly stance, and smothering stance. Segment 2: Movement: forward/backward, shuffle, and T-glide movements. Segment 3: Recovery ability: working up and down, on the stomach, and on the side recovery skills. Segment 4: Save techniques with detailed guidelines for positioning, defending, and making the appropriate choice of equipment for a shot on goal. Segment 5: Game situations: change of directions, poke checks, tying up the puck, cover-ups, and defending the wraparound, puck handling for behind-the-net strategies, techniques for leaving the puck in a desirable position, screen situations, and breakaways. Segment 6: Mental aspects: details the role of the coach in keeping the goaltender in the proper state of mind and offers mental techniques and strategies to maintain an edge!

57 minutes. 2002.

HD-01922B: with Joe Bertagna, Director of the Bertagna Goaltending School,
Commissioner of Hockey East, Executive Director of the American Hockey Coaches Association,
and former Boston Bruins (NHL) and `94 U.S. Olympic Team goaltending coach

Coach Joe Bertagna believes it imperative to create and implement practice drills for your goaltender that best simulate the reality, confusion, and chaos of game situations. Bertagna's drills cover a wide range of skill development ranging from fundamental through highly competitive game-like situations including: pre-practice/pre game drills, movement around the crease, move and clear, stop and gather, drills from the corners, dump in and break out, pass from the corner, 1 on 1 attacks, 2 on 1 attacks, lateral motion breakout, rebounding, determining angles, among others. Bertagna shares advice on creating your own drills for game situations and follows with progressive drills that add even more confusion and chaos at game speed! Bertagna offers a helpful selection of "after practice" drills that further assist goaltender development. Bertagna concludes his information-packed presentation with valuable coaching tips including off ice coaching strategies to help your goaltender become more successful.

47 minutes. 2002.

HD-01922C: with Joe Bertagna, Director of the Bertagna Goaltending School,
Commissioner of Hockey East, Executive Director of the American Hockey Coaches Association,
and former Boston Bruins (NHL) and `94 U.S. Olympic Team goaltending coach

Through his vast experience, Joe Bertagna has observed that young goaltenders play the position by "reacting", intermediate goaltenders "anticipate", then react, and the advanced goaltender has developed the ability of influencing play through the development of an established "method." The Advanced Goaltender takes you through a methodical process of helping you, the coach, become the catalyst for taking your goaltender beyond reacting to learn and establish a method. Bertagna takes you through game-like situational variations of: odd-man coming into the zone, plays down low, puck behind the net, leaving the net and handling the puck, and breakaways. In each demonstrated situation, Bertagna details what the goalie should see and how the goalie should react and shares the components of how to develop these situations into a method. Bertagna delivers the essence of developing today's goaltender through knowledge, anticipation, decision-making, execution, and having a method.

27 minutes. 2002.

HD-03947: with Joe Bertagna,
Director of the Bertagna Goaltending School,
Commissioner of Hockey East, Executive Director of the American Hockey Coaches Association, and former Boston Bruins (NHL) and U.S. Olympic Team goaltending coach

and Mike Morrison,
former NHL Goaltender and member of the 1999 NCAA Champs from the University of Maine Black Bears.

In this 9-part presentation, legendary goaltender and coach Joe Bertagna incorporates the latest, cutting edge goalie instruction with traditional, time-tested techniques required for success.

Starting with the stance, coaches Bertagna and Morrison show how the stance has been affected by newer equipment and technology. To fill the space between the pipes, Bertagna and Morrison demonstrate the most effective stance for dropping into the butterfly position and maintaining a focus on the inside of the skate blades.

With the stance established, Bertagna diagrams the traditional 5-hole template of vulnerable shooting areas. Using the "new" stance, Morrison reviews the areas of the net that are the hardest to cover showing why it's important to be able to butterfly and extend.

In the blocking segment, Bertagna and Morrison discuss the way today's goalies make saves focusing on the fact that reaction saves have diminished and block saves are increasing. Included are both body position techniques and location tips. You will also see drills that train today's favored blocking techniques. A separate segment focuses on chest shots where the coaches cover trapping techniques along with a high goal shot drill that challenges the goalie with a variety of chest shots.

In the "crease movement" segment you will learn to get your goalies to the right place at the right time and under control. This segment includes:

  • 5-cone crease drill to train short precise movements.
  • "C" step instruction with six key phases plus shooting drills for training the "C" step.
  • Butterfly Push including situations when to use it, technical breakdown and tips for performing the skill, includes demonstrations with a variety of puck positions and how to move on each.
  • The Coil: This modern technique system is used to stop pucks low in the zone. Morrison demonstrates when and how to use it, identifying the pros and cons of this method of play.
Bertagna and Morrison close the DVD with detailed segments on strategies for defending shootouts, breakaways and puck handling. He also details glove positioning on the stick to make the best passes when clearing the puck. Bonus instruction covers the coil and how to execute the Y-drill to train your goalies by combining movement skills.

This DVD is incredibly comprehensive as it identifies the transitions in the position along with new techniques and strategies that will enable you to train your goalies to be more effective in front of the net by influencing the shooter as well as making more stops! A must have for goaltending coaches and for goaltenders!

78 minutes. 2011.

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