AAGHA High Performance Off-Season Training Program

The Ancaster Avalanche Girls Hockey Association is excited to announce our new High Performance Off-Season Training Program.

This program is open, and free, to all girls who are currently playing hockey in Ancaster or are planning to join us next season. Now is a great time to start to get prepared for tryouts.

For skaters, this is an 8-week program which combines the elements of the popular 5,000 Puck Challenge (shooting), the 10,000 Touches Challenge (stickhandling) and the 30/30 Circuit Challenge (bodyweight workout). You will access the program through the TeamBuildr app or website which provides every player with a fun, daily workout program that they can do on their own or with a friend or family member.… Read more

Ancaster Girls U15AA (2020-2022)

Fun and Challenging, Competitive Hockey with Positive High-Level Coaching and a Focus on Player Development, on a School and Family Friendly Team

We are actively recruiting competitive girls born in 2006 and 2007 for the 2020-2021 season.

For more information, please contact:

Stephen RaittHead Coach
Ancaster Girls U15AA (2020-22)
Ancaster Girls High Performance Director
Email: AvsCoachSteve@gmail.com
Cell: (905)741-3536

Coach Steve

More information on our team and my coaching philosophy will be provided here shortly.

This site is used to communicate with players and families. Individual player skills, team tactics and professional systems can be found here, as well as some stuff that is just for fun.… Read more

Ancaster Avalanche U18AA High Performance Off-Season Training Program

Workouts start Monday, July 5th, 2020.

For skaters, there is an initial 8-week program which combines the elements of the popular 5,000 Puck Challenge (shooting), the 10,000 Touches Challenge (stickhandling) and the 30/30 Circuit Challenge (bodyweight workout). You will access the program through the TeamBuildr app or website which provides every player with a fun, daily workout program that they can do on their own or with a friend or family member. The app also contains a video demonstration teaching each of the moves and skills.

For goalies, there is an initial 8-week program that combines physical preparation, stretching, the 30/30 bodyweight workout as well as juggling and ball work.… Read more

Takeaway Skills – Pavel Datysuk

Pavel Datysuk is the master at taking the puck away from opponents.

He uses three primary methods.

  1. The Canoe Stick Lift. This is a stick lift with a flat, horizontal blade (so it doesn’t get stuck) just under the hands of his victim.
  2. The Blindspot Takeaway. Watch how he gets in the blind spots of his victim and then waits for the moment.
  3. The Stick-to-Puck Poke Check. He suddenly extends his stick, usually with one hand on his stick to extend his reach, and jabs the puck off his opponent.

Most importantly, his feet never stop moving so he can quickly accelerate away after he gets the puck.… Read more

The Importance of “Good Sticks”

The value of having a “good stick” sounds obvious, but many miss the fact that “good stick” doesn’t involve lunging at the opponent to knock the puck free.

By simply presenting your blade in the area of the offensive player’s puck-handling (stick-to-puck) while maintaining your defensive positioning, it’s stunning how often you make them do something they don’t want to do.

You aren’t trying to actively take it. There’s no reaching poke for the puck, and there’s no swing of the stick to knock the puck away, because those are weight-shifting actions that talented players expose and burn defenders with (particularly the swinging at the puck part).… Read more

Fast Toe Starts

One of the easiest ways to add speed is to improve your starting speed. Every player can use this skill 8-10 times every shift. It makes a tremendous difference but needs to be practiced regularly.

Most players are really sloppy with there starts and spin their wheels far too much.

Watch this video and look for all the different opportunities to use this skill.