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Cornered Coach: Puck Luck

My two sons are a pair of puck heads. And I mean that literally, as they both love to sniff out black rubber jewels at all the many hockey games we attend. As I write this blog, I take a quick peak to the book shelf on my right and view a virtual puck pedestal.

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Cornered Coach: Little Big Men

You know the old saying. "Good things come in small packages." But in hockey, you can change the first word of that statement to “Great." As I've mentioned a few times in this blog, my two little lads and I spend a lot of time hanging out at historic St. Michael's Arena in Toronto watching the Jr. A. Buzzers strut their stuff.

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Cornered Coach: Stand on Guard for Thee

It's one of the best memories of any hockey parent's life. The first time your little Gretzky or Wickenheiser-wannabe stands at attention for "O Canada.” A lot of Canadian kids first strike the pose in the basement – the prelude to chasing a tennis ball around with a mini-stick.

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Cornered Coach: The Human Touch

Why is the NHL community such a big bunch of cry babies? And now that I've stirred the pot in a blatant attempt to capture your undivided attention, allow me to explain.

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Cornered Coach: Puck-Stopping Partners

It's a strange relationship. Two goalies on the same team – partners playing a unique position, and yet competing against each other at the same time. But before we delve into the specifics of this fascinating dynamic, here's a point for goalie parents to ponder.

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Deflections - What to Eliminate

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” - Sherlock Holmes. Now we apply this to minor hockey practices.

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Deflections - Finding Resources

Everyone wants drills. It’s 4pm on practice day and you need to be at the rink for a 7pm 50-minute session. You have a good idea of what you want covered but work, family, and a car needing a tune-up have interrupted hockey planning.

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Deflections - Dangerous Drills

Are some drills inherently dangerous? What makes them so? In fact, how do you define danger in a sport rife with contact? Do you remember the gut-buster drill, aka wallies? Sprint across the rink, touch the boards with your stick, repeat till either your thighs explode you upchuck last night’s dinner into a garbage pail the coach conveniently left at the bench. 

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Deflections - Tightening the Bolt

Sometimes you need to tighten the bolt. If you riffle through a drill book or site, you’ll find an endless list of wonderful drills which have various types of resistance. 2-on-1s – 3-on-1s, which become 3-on-2s – small area games that are essentially battle drills. These are all great and have their place.

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Deflections - That First Tournament

What would happen if minor hockey tournaments didn’t exist? Panic in the motel industry? Anxiety among parents having no place and no one to party with on weekends?

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Deflections - Start With This

You’ve got your team. Practices begin soon. What do you start with? Not a drill. Not even a type of drill. Not a particular skill or tactic either. While those will come into play, the number one place to begin is with establishing (pick whichever ones apply): tone, work ethic, routine, teaching approach.

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Deflections - How to Start…

Who thinks about hockey in the dead of summer? Frankly, only unusual people like me who use the cozy weather to bone up on research, check out who’s doing what, and soldier on in the pursuit of further coaching knowledge.

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Deflections - Teaching Kids Hockey IQ

Unofficial survey. Your answers will not be shared. That’s because you’ll keep them to yourself.

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Deflections - Hockey IQ For Kids

At a workshop, when asked for priorities for next season’s team, a coach tossed out Hockey IQ. It seemed like a perfectly reasonable response, except for the fact he was coaching atoms.

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Deflections - Inquiry Based Learning: Part 2

At a coaching clinic, I tossed out examples of how one might use questioning to draw better executed skills from kids. The easiest and most visual one was how to improve crossovers with younger children. 

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