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The Poke Check

A really good video about defensemen poke checking.  All good points but he forgot to mention 1 thing. DON’T LOOK DOWN AT THE PUCK!! Check it out. http://www.hockeyshare.com/video/  

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Wrist Shot: Most Effective

A valuable article from Toronto about the percentages of using a wrist shot vs other shots and where those shots come from. http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/nhl/article/1318452–nhl-goal-scoring-dominated-by-wrist-shots-star-analysis-shows

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BASE Hockey Custom Sticks Factory Direct

http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/2013/01/16/former-nhlers-to-offer-shot-analysis A nice article about our Custom Sticks.  Check it out and ask me about how you can get your Custom Stick and improve your shooting. Chris

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Getting “Cut” from the team

Sept. 11, 2012 I hope everyone had a great summer and all the kids are doing well in their tryouts if they are still going on. I wanted to write a note about NOT making the team you wanted and how to deal with it. Before I

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Adam Henrique’s Game Winning Goal in Game 5

June 8, 2012 Did everyone notice Adam Henrique’s goal for the New Jersey Devils the other night.  There are 2 things on that goal that really stood out for me and made me want to share with you. 1.  He received the pass in his skates: 2.

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Puck Placement

May 31, 2012 Watching Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night I thought about how the L.A. Kings did a great job of keeping the puck away from one of the best puck-playing golatenders of all time in Martin Brodeur.  With the new rules the

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Wrist and Forearm Strength

Apr. 20, 2012 I think this will be one of my first OFF-ICE tips of the day. I order to develop a good strong shot you need to practice of course, but you also need to develop the strength in your wrists and forearms. This is evident

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Value of the “Quick Release”

Apr. 15, 2012 The big slap shot.  It’s impressive but rarely is the best choice of shot during a game.  Whether you are a forward or defenceman it is very important that your shot make it to the net as quick as possible. This takes away the

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Corner Battles

Apr. 12, 2012 Whether you play in the corner like Sidney Crosby or Dustin Penner, every hockey player needs to learn how to handle the traffic and contact in the tight areas. While Penner can hold players off with sheer size and strength Crosby does it with

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Stinky Gear??

Apr. 10, 2012 If you have young hockey players at home you have that awful smell too.  Here’s how kids smell in minor hockey. Initiation: They smell like new gear. Actually smells pretty good. Novice: No real smell yet, but wait. Atom: Slight odour begins but it’s

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:45 Second Shift Length

Mar. 27, 2012   Below is a link to a former teammate of mine showing how :45 seconds is an ideal shift length. If you are working hard enough you should be out of breath after :45.  If not you’re letting your team down. Coaches, try this

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100 Pucks a Day

Mar. 20, 2012 They say if you want to get great at anything you need to put in 10,000 hours.  I believe it.  Hockey is no different. Ice time is very expensive but there are lots of things you can do on you driveway at home or

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Choosing a new stick

Mar. 13, 2012 With lots of sticks on the market and the kids on your team telling you what stick is best it’s hard to choose. Here are a few things to look for. 1. Flex: When you see Alex Ovechkin take a slap shot and his

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Defenseman Gap in 1 on 1’s

Mar. 5, 2012 The “Gap” between the defenseman and the attacking forwards is crucial.  Too much gap and that forward has lots of time to pick up speed.  Too close and you run the risk of allowing another player to sneak in behind you. A good rule

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Shoulder Check

Mar. 2, 2012 “Head on a Swivel” is a common phrase by coaches.  This simply means that you should be looking around constantly.  Don’t get caught “Puck Staring”.  It happens to everyone. If a player can shoulder check or have his/her head on a swivel then that

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Tight Turns

Feb. 27, 2012 Ever seen or felt your skates stutter or chatter on a tight turn?  Thats because there is uneven weight distribution as you go through the turn.  Here are a couple points. 1. Both feet need to be flat on the ice.  I see lots

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Shoot from everywhere

Feb. 21, 2012 I’m not saying you can’t pass the puck but the law of averages shows the more pucks you put on net, the more chance you have of  scoring a goal.  The career leader in Single Season Shots on Goal is still Phil Esposito at

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Give and Go

Feb. 19, 2012 The “Give and Go” is an effective tactic in hockey that doesn’t get used enough for a couple reasons. 1.  A player thinks he can beat another player by himself. 2. Not communicating on the ice with your teammates. This tactic takes TRUST in

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Watch where you are shooting

Feb. 17, 2012 OK.  So we know we have to shoot with our heads up right?  When I played I would get frustrated because I believed I hit a lot of cross bars and posts.  Not on purpose of course, but it just seemed that way.  Until

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Use Your Stick – Video Tip Of The Day

Here is a quick video that shows the defenseman how to use his stick when facing a one on one.

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