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"Winging It" at Practice

At the beginning of the 2018-19 season, I committed to pre-plan practices and deliver all the plans and diagrams of each drill to my...

Dear Coach!

Dear Coach! Congratulations on your first hockey coaching job. It’s going to be a great 1988-89 season, and you are going to have a...

Lateness will not be tolerated...

Our season ends the second weekend in March at our National championship tournament. We begin again the second Monday in September - this...

32 Years of Power Play Frustration

My first season of coaching was the 1988-89 season. We didn’t fair very well that year. We were last in our league but managed to win our...

The 2020-21 Season in Preview

I take great relief in knowing that others are often going through the same things I go through. For instance, the other day a friend of...

Hockey Futures When You Are in Grade 10

After the 2016 NHL draft, I wrote a post called The NHL Draft and the Reality of "Making It". The post explored the simple statistics of...

Chasing Meaningful Statistics

I have a love/hate relationship with hockey statistics. Now, don’t get me wrong. I can find my way around an Excel spreadsheet quite well...

Tools to Prepare for Next Season

Our season ended just over a month ago at our championship tournament. We were one of the lucky ones. We managed to get our championship...

The Hockey MacGuffin

I know this dates me, but when I was 12 years old, I went to see the original Star Wars movie in the theatre seven times. It was simply...

A Little Help Here, Please

I truly enjoy receiving messages, e-mails and comments about my posts. I do my best to reply to all and often, the questions I receive...

Helping Correct Bad Hockey Habits

I wanted to title this post “Things that Drive Me Nuts” but I wasn't sure that was an appropriate title. I have to say though, there are...

Four Questions

We ended our season on March 9th this year. It was a Saturday and we managed to win our last game 5-3 with empty-net goal - a good way to...

What Makes a Hockey Drill Great

I want to share with you a drill we used many times this year. We call it the Yale 1v1. I like it for many reasons that I'll share with...

The Coaching Pyramid (Part 6)

I've said this many times this year that in 31 years of coaching hockey, this season was the most extraordinary and rewarding season of...

The Coaching Pyramid (Part 5)

My son Ben, who is grade 12, was hired this week to do some math tutoring for a young grade 8 student. He did the prep work necessary,...

The Coaching Pyramid (Part 4)

Just before the first season that I coached hockey after finishing playing, the head coach I was going to work with and I traveled to...

The Coaching Pyramid (Part 3)

It’s really great to connect with other coaches in the summer. We are so busy during the season that often there is no time to just chat....

The Coaching Pyramid (Part 2)

Carolyn Waldo was Canada’s top synchronized swimmer through the 1980’s. She won world championships, and Olympic and Commonwealth games...

The Pyramid

So, this is the official end of my five month hiatus. I have taken a break from writing to do what I truly love - coaching hockey. And,...