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Collection of Hockey Resources, Drills, information, tips, FAQs, Rules, equipment, all the information you will ever need about hockey!

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Drills

Drills (32)

Section containing a database of hockey drills for players and goaltenders alike. These drills will help you increase your team's performance and skills.

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Equipment

Equipment (8)

Information about equipment including reviews, buying guides and general tips.

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Coaching

Coaching (1)

The coaching section provides coaches with coaching tips and learning, planning and evaluation tools. 

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Beginner's Corner

Beginner's Corner (10)

Section dedicated to beginners in the game of hockey. Features information about the game, some tips, guides and information for new or aspiring players.

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Techniques

Techniques (2)

Section dedicated to explaining the various hockey techniques. The section is split in two major categories, player techniques and goaltender techniques.

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Friday, 05 October 2012 18:44

The T-Push

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The T-push is a core mobility technique for a goaltender. It is a quick movement used over relatively long distances (within the crease). It is usually used to follow the puck during a pass. The goaltender must be aware that he may have to transition to a butterfly slide should the pass become a one-timer.

  1. To perform the T-Push dig your inside skate edge into the ice with the leg (outside leg) opposite to the direction of travel.
  2. Transfer all your weight to the outside leg.
  3. Turn the inside skate so it points in the direction of travel.
  4. Turn your body towards the location you want to move to.
  5. Push off with the outside leg.
  6. When you reach the required location, stop using the inside leg.
  7. Re-position your legs to square off with the puck.

As you progress, the motion will become fluid with steps 2 to 5 occurring simultaneously.

A few points to note:

  • The technique is performed from the basic stance.
  • Lead with your stick!
  • Move only the legs, the upper body should not move other than the initial rotation to stay square with the puck.
  • Quick, powerful pushes, long strides. You should not need to do this technique twice to reach your destination.
  • This technique is not for small adjustments!
  • If you are T-pushing from one post to the top of the crease on the opposite side (crossing the crease completely) you can stop with the same leg that pushed off to stay squared up with the puck. In all other situations, stopping with the same leg will get you out of position.
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 21:19

The Shuffle

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The shuffle technique is one of the most basic and important ones to know as a goaltender. It allows the goaltender to move from side to side while maintaining proper position and is used to remain in position when the puck moves on the ice surface.

  1. To perform the shuffle dig your inside skate edge into the ice with the leg (outside leg) opposite to the direction of travel.
  2. Transfer all your weight to the outside leg.
  3. Once this is done, move the inside leg in the direction you want to travel.
  4. Push off with the outside leg.
  5. Shift your weight back to normal.

As you improve on this technique, the movement should become fluid, steps 2, 3 and 4 should occur almost simultaneously.

A few points to note:

  • Keep both skates facing forward, they should not move from the basic position
  • The technique is performed from the basic stance, the goaltender should be ready for a shot at any moment.
  • The movement involves only the legs, the upper body should always be facing the puck.
  • Skates should always remain in contact with the ice to ensure proper balance.
  • SHORT quick movements, this technique is for small adjustments not large distances
  • The inside skate should be scraping the ice surface (making snow) while moving

 

Sunday, 26 August 2012 09:57

How do you play defense in non-contact Play?

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Playing Defense in non-contact play is more difficult than when contact is permitted since you are unable to surprise the opponent with a good hit taking him/her out of play. The way to play defense is similar but relies much more on poke-checking and being more passive than playing the body.

This is an interesting question and it does happen from time to time in hockey games, especially ones where there is alot of physical play.

Monday, 06 August 2012 15:03

Am I too old to start playing hockey?

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This is one of the questions I see quite often posted on ask yahoo. Am I too old to start playing hockey?

The answer is simple - absolutely not!

Saturday, 07 July 2012 12:58

Goalie Glove Buyer's Guide

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The goaltender glove is the most versatile piece of equipment. Not only is it used to make amazing saves, it is also used to cover up loose pucks and handle the stick. Having a good glove is therefore extremely important to ensure good goaltending performance. This buyer's guide will help you assess which glove is best for you!

Sunday, 17 June 2012 12:39

Leg Pads Buyer's Guide

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It is time for you to purchase a new set of goaltender leg pads. Perhaps this is even your first set! All the terminology, different sizes, manufacturers and price points available can be quite confusing. For this reason, we have compiled this buyer's guide to help clear things up.

 

 

Thursday, 07 June 2012 08:52

Coaching - Intro

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This article is a brief introduction to coaching useful for beginner and veteran coaches alike. It goes over the basics of the game of hockey including the role of strategy, principles and player ability.


Friday, 01 June 2012 16:51

Double 2v2 with cross

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012 19:59

Recovery

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