Enio Sacilotto brings over 31 years of coaching experience to HockeyNow. Since 1984, he has been the President of International Hockey Camps, which offer specialized programs to improve hockey performance. For 20 seasons, Sacilotto was a head coach for teams all over the world and is currently an Assistant Coach for the Victoria Royals.
A career coach, renowned public speaker and writer, Enio has a keen interest in skill development and personal growth training for players and coaches.
We are early into the off season and you are working on fitness, getting some on ice training and playing spring games and tournaments. Have you planned for next season?
The key to a successful offence is the ability for defensemen to retrieve the puck, make the first pass to the forwards, begin the attack and then to get up ice as quickly as possible and join the attack.
In my last post, I looked deeper and defined what both concentration and focus are. Today, I’ll be breaking down three exercises that will help you improve your focus. Athletes who understand how to focus have the ability to achieve peak performances regardless of pressure.
You are playing the first place team in your league, they have the top goaltender and you are not very optimistic about your team’s chances to win going into the game.
It is important that the coach stress the fundamentals of killing penalties, stop players often to correct them and give them feedback. Your penalty killing can mean the difference between winning and losing.
Teams with a high penalty killing percentage are usually at the top of their league in the standings and are often championship contenders. Successfully killing penalties can be the difference between winning and losing games. In a game a timely penalty kill can swing the momentum in a team’s favor and lead to a win.
Coaches are often looking for small group drills to work on skills, conditioning and goal scoring. Here are 4 drills that are designed for small area scoring. Defensemen are welcome to join in as well! Stress quickness, but proper skating, shooting and tracking rebound techniques!
Goaltenders and team defences today are so good that it is very hard to score goals. Seldom does a goalie get beat by a direct shot, in fact, the statistic prove that the majority of goals are scored off rebounds, tips and second chances.
Your goalie is your last line of defense, your defencemen must get the puck up to your forwards, but it is the forwards that have to score goals and create offense for their teams. In this article, we will look at tips for the forwards when they are playing offense.
When we think of forwards in hockey, we think of great passing plays, shots and scoring goals. Seldom do we think of forwards playing defence.
“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team” -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In sports, the team that finishes on top is not always determined by the most talent but by the team that plays like a team.
With the speed of today’s game and forwards tracking back (backchecking) so hard on the puck, having a trailer on a 3-on-1 or a 3-on-2 situation doesn’t work anymore.
When we think of a competitive athlete, we think of people like Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins, Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens and Michael Jordan, former Chicago Bull. These players play the game with a passionate heart that will let nothing get in their way.
The main goal of the defenceman is to stop goals first, which was discussed in a previous blog. Here, we will be looking at 7 rules for defencemen playing on offence.
Many players and coaches are interested in improving their competitive edge and small area games are perfect to develop the battling spirit in hockey players. In these games, players are forced to think and move quickly, and they must do so in a confined space.
Passing is one of the most important fundamental skills for players of all levels. The ability to pass and receive the puck is the difference between a good player and an elite player.
With spring hockey tournaments in full force and our Western Hockey League playoffs happening right now, there are and will be many big games where the results will be on the line.
Playing defence in hockey is a challenging position to play. Like a goaltender, it takes many years of repetitive training to master the specific skills required to be an effective defenceman. Here are some helpful defensive tips that will help you think like a top defenceman.
A breakaway is when you as a player are approaching the goalie with no defensive players in the way. Here are some tips to maximize your chances of scoring in this situation.
By Enio Sacilotto / At the minor levels we cannot expect our players to be ready for all games as young players may not even be aware of what it takes to be ready for a game. Here are nine tips that teach players to be ready for game time...
By Enio Sacilotto / Below are eight tips on how coaches can help their athletes be more competitive...
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