Shot Selection

“Shot Selection” is a term you usually hear more about in basketball, but it is just as important in hockey. Working to get into better positions before shooting will dramatically increase the number of goals scored. Follow these guidelines: 1) Get closer to the net before you shoot. Statistically, over half of all goals are scored … Read more

The Ultimate Woodpecker #87

Our Woodpecker drill is all about protecting the puck. Sydney Crosby protects the puck better than anyone…


  1. Eyes up.
  2. Keep your feet moving.
  3. Body between the puck and your opponent.

Think about this video when you are doing the Woodpecker drill!

10 For The Team Workout

A simple workout that takes 10 minutes and doesn’t require any special equipment. You can repeat this workout daily. If possible, add 10 minutes of stick-handling and/or 10 minutes of shooting practice each day. There are three sets. Each takes 3 minutes with NO REST between any of the steps or sets. Warmup – 30 … Read more

The 1-2-3 4Check

The forecheck system that I like to use the most is called the 1-2-3 4Check. The numbers refer to players crossing the blue line – first player, second player, third player and fourth player. The first player into the zone is called THE MISSILE. This player pressures the puck carrier and “takes the man”. As … Read more

How To Choose Team Systems

My systems have to: 1) Put offence first! It is our responsibility as coaches to foster as much offensive ability in our players and help them to find ways to score more goals. Offence is fun! 2) Be simple! Systems should be easy to teach, easy to remember and use unambiguous and nested language to 3) Encourage full … Read more

What Makes Sport Fun and Not Fun

Very interesting research by Dr. Amanda Visek. Click on the link below to see the 81 things that make sports fun and the 91 impediments to having fun in sports: Fun-Not Fun Maps Data based on Visek, A.J., (2015). The fun integration theory: Towards sustaining children and adolescents sport participation. The full study can … Read more

Killer Attack Triangle in Action

Using the Triangle to Open Up Space on the Attack A few years ago, I did a quick video dissection of Joe Pavelski’s over time goal against the LA Kings. This video shows perfect execution of one of the Attack Triangle options we outline in the Coaches’ Training Course and in the Playbook. Here’s a … Read more

5-Card D-Zone Coverage in Action

[youtube] A good example of our 5-Card D-Zone coverage. They call it a “sagging zone coverage” in the video. We modify it a bit from the video, by not rotating from our positions nearly as much. Centre should always be between the puck and our net. When in doubt return to your 5-Card position … Read more

1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck in Action

Here is a really good example of the 1-2-2 Foosball Forecheck in action. Key points: F1 pressures from the outside and tries to force opposing D to switch sides. F2 and F3 move across like they are on a foosball bar. D1 and D2 move across like they are on a foosball bar. Strong side … Read more