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Paul Vincent's Secrets of the Pros: Skills & Drills to Develop the Hockey Player

featuring Paul Vincent,
Director / Owner / Lead Instructor of PV Hockey;
skills instructor with over 35 years of coaching in the NHL working with the Chicago Blackhawks during their 2010 Stanley Cup season, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Minnesota Wild; as a coach, he has won championships at every level:

  • 2010 Stanley Cup (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • NCAA National Championship (RPI)
  • Prep School Champion (Cushing Academy)
  • HS State Champion (St. John's Prep)

and Mike Donoghue,
Head Strength Coach & Director of Performance; trains all levels of athletes from NHL Professionals to Youth Players

As the speed of the game increases, it's important to understand how using the inside and outside edges of skate blades can get your players to the puck first, increase time and space between players and the opposition on offense, and eliminate time and space from opponents when on defense.

Longtime NHL skating coach Paul Vincent presents a simple, yet highly-tailored skating program that teaches players edge work and technique. Through repetition of these drills, skaters can improve speed and agility to gain an edge on the ice. Coach Vincent teaches stops and starts used by current and former NHL players that go beyond the basic V and crossover. This video also includes an essential off-ice segment that gives players the foundation to perform on-ice skills.

Drills to Become a Better Skater

Coach Vincent begins with a simple 15 minute warm-up that focuses on every aspect of skating. If done repetitively, this warm-up will provide a solid skating foundation of edge work, stride lengthening, balance, and agility.

Next, he covers stops and starts with five separate drills to stress the importance of explosive movements while using full control and focus. Although players may feel like they're falling, it's this motion that motivates the body to hit peak skating speed. By focusing on stopping and using body direction to their advantage, your athletes will gain an extra step on the opponent on their takeoffs.

Beginning with the crossover start, Vincent adds several examples of how specific players have adopted different types of transitions to gain an edge in the NHL. For example, Paul Kariya used a drag and stop technique that varies significantly from the normal start and stop taught to most hockey players.

From there, Vincent moves into the agility section, breaking down each move in a progressive manner. He demonstrates how length of stride plus frequency of stride equals speed. You'll see a series of edge to flat skating drills to teach balance, agility, and athletic positioning. Your players will focus on limiting extra upper body movements, which helps them control stride extension and recovery motions.

Coach Vincent adds four drills for perfecting the crossover, an important technique for gaining speed and momentum. He breaks down the crossover by isolating each specific movement before putting it all together at the end.

Off-Ice Skating Training

Through a progression of over 15 exercises, strength training coaches Mike Donoghue and Artie Hairton demonstrate off-ice drills and stretches that facilitate performance of Coach Vincent's skating program. They focus on hip flexion, weight transfer, lateral hip stability and single leg strengthening drills.

Becoming a better athlete is the underlying focus that all up-and-coming players should strive for, and this video will show you how to help your players achieve that goal!

98 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Open Practice: High Intensity Hockey Drills

with Enrico Blasi,
Miami University of Ohio Head Coach;
2009 national runner-up; 2 Frozen Four appearances;
2006 Spencer Penrose National College Coach of the Year;
2010 College Hockey News and CollegeHockey247.com National Coach of the Year honors; 5x CCHA Coach of the Year recipient

Get your team ready for the heat of battle with these high-intensity practice drills used by the Miami of Ohio Redhawks to prepare for game day. Head coach Enrico Blasi shares warm-up, full ice, and small area game drills that focus not only on the team's level of competition and execution, but also - most importantly - on having fun. The drills are explained step-by-step on a marker board and demonstrated in a live practice setting.

Warm Up Drills

Blasi walks you through two drills that get your players' feet moving while working on shooting, passing, and the transition from offense to defense. The 2x0 Back Check Support Drill emphasizes quick footwork and a strong back check that works on the transition from defense to offense.

Full Ice Drills

Blasi shares three customizable drills that focus on players' ability to identify the situation on ice and communicate with teammates. Athletes work on positioning, attacking, gap control, and net battles. The 2x2 Four Puck Drill, for example, uses battles in front of the net to teach proper technique for gaining position, crashing the net, and tips/screens in front of the goalie.

Small Area Game Drills

Using your own coaching philosophy, customize drills to work on body and stick positioning in front of the net, puck protection, stick control, creating/eliminating space on the ice, and quick feet movement necessary to gain possession. Blasi shows you how to use a common garden hose to teach your players posture in front of the net and how to protect the puck from turnovers in tight situations.

This presentation is jam-packed with drills designed to help you plan and run an intense hockey practice. All coaches know that a player's development starts and ends with a great practice. Blasi shares his key points of offensive and defensive awareness, body and stick positioning, and creating and eliminating time and space - all with an endless amount of effort.

If you're looking for drills to accelerate the pace and competitive level of your practices, this video will get you started. Blasi shares customizable drills for the intermediate-level players that target specific scenarios on ice that require high levels of focus and intensity.

Prepare your team to handle the rigors of competition by implementing high-tempo drills into your practices.

53 minutes. 2016.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Dynamic Warm-Up Drills to Maximize Performance
with Blaise MacDonald,
Colby College Head Coach; former head coach at Umass-Lowell and Niagara University

Coach MacDonald has over 30 years of coaching experience at the DI and DIII levels. He was the first head coach in program history at Niagara. Within four years of founding the program at Niagara, MacDonald was named ECAC West Co-Coach of the Year and led the Purple Eagles to the NCAA quarterfinal round. He was named College Hockey America's Coach of the Year, and was voted runner-up for the Spencer Penrose Award as National Coach of the Year. He has won National Titles as an assistant coach (Boston University) and a player (twice at Rochester Institute of Technology). An All-American Defenseman at RIT, Coach McDonald has recruited and coached over 30 NHL players.

The first 15 minutes of any practice are crucial. Players at all levels can quickly become bored at the start of practice and lose their excitement and drive to be on the ice. As a hockey coach, it's your job to establish an excited mindset for your players for their upcoming time on ice. In doing so, you will provide better growth opportunities for players throughout practice.

Blaise MacDonald shows you how to create a practice environment that will get - and keep - your players mentally and physically involved and ready to compete at the highest level.

Coach MacDonald provides more than 16 challenging drills for getting your practice going with a BANG! Each drill targets a specific skill-set to develop your players. Your athletes will be excited to start practice knowing they'll have a puck on their stick a majority of the time.

Warm-Up

A good warm-up is essential to mentally prepare for the practice's upcoming activities. Coach MacDonald focuses on the individual technique of certain drills to get players stimulated with a good warm-up. As the video progresses, the technique is used in tactical situations to augment learning and development.

In the 3 Zone Warm-up, players use all three zones of the ice at the same time, creating three different "stations." Working in stations at the start of practice will incorporate many of the players and ignite their enthusiasm by using multiple nets for a visual effect, with the ability to read and react during these drills.

Drills

  • 5 Net Chaos - Teaches recognition skills, edge work and the ability to skate with your head up and read off another player's actions.
  • 1 Touch Passing - Players quickly pass the puck puck between one another or with multiple players without handling it. Players may be stationary or constantly moving.
  • Keep Away 1v1 - Players pair off and play 1v1 in a game of keep away that emphasizes skating, stick handling and puck protection. When the puck is turned over, the game continues 1v1.
  • Cross Ice 3v3 - This drill raises competitive level in a fast paced, continuous action that allows players to develop creativity in their individual and team games.

If your team comes to practice lethargic and without any juice, this video will help you explore changes in your preparation to energize your athletes.

65 minutes. 2016.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Passing and Receiving Drills to Maximize Performance
with Blaise MacDonald,
Colby College Head Coach; former head coach at Umass-Lowell and Niagara University

Coach MacDonald has over 30 years of coaching experience at the DI and DIII levels. He was the first head coach in program history at Niagara. Within four years of founding the program at Niagara, MacDonald was named ECAC West Co-Coach of the Year and led the Purple Eagles to the NCAA quarterfinal round. He was named College Hockey America's Coach of the Year, and was voted runner-up for the Spencer Penrose Award as National Coach of the Year. He has won National Titles as an assistant coach (Boston University) and a player (twice at Rochester Institute of Technology). An All-American Defenseman at RIT, Coach McDonald has recruited and coached over 30 NHL players.

If your team can't pass or receive the puck, they can't breakout or attack. Yet, many players and coaches don't spend a lot of practice time on��these fundamentals. In this hockey video, you'll learn how to create a culture that values effective��passing and receiving.

Blaise MacDonald teaches you how to train your players to become effective passers in game situations and how to get in the best positions on the ice to support the passer. He also runs through easy-to-teach passing and receiving drill concepts that will improve your players' essential skills and, in turn, elevate your team's practice habits.

Mechanics of Passing and Receiving

Opportunities to score are constantly available, but you have to be ready for them in order to take advantage. Coach MacDonald does a terrific job of detailing the technical aspects for better passing accuracy and how to improve players' ability to receive and control passes. Teaching points cover:

  • Proper grip strength on the stick for passing and receiving the puck
  • Stance and weight transfer
  • The angle of the stick blade to the puck on its approach
  • How to create passing lanes
  • Hockey is a fast-paced, ever-changing game, and knowing what kind of pass to make is essential for success. Players must master passing and receiving in order to be effective in game situations. Coach MacDonald details six kinds of passes:

    • Forehand
    • One Touch
    • Backhand
    • Saucer
    • Aerial
    • Indirect

    Passing and Receiving Drills

    Passing is a skill that requires a great deal of practice. Coach MacDonald shows you how to get your players passing with proper technique at game speed using a variety of both full ice and half ice drills. Non-puck carriers and players looking to receive the puck have to work harder than the puck carrier. Anticipation, movement and preparation by the receiver are critical elements in a successful passing game.

    These drills range in difficulty from basic to advanced. Coach MacDonald diagrams the drills on a whiteboard and demonstrates them with his team on the ice.

    Drills include:

    • Numbered Passing - A great communication drill that reinforces heads-up puck movement, forward thinking, recognition, and clear communication.
    • Neutral Zone Indirect Chip Drill - A multi-player passing drill that involves tracking passes and indirect puck movement leading to a 2-0 net attack. This is an effective drill to teach players to use space on the ice to create open passing lanes and soft chip passing.
    • Swiss Five Pass - Great for one-touch passing, quick footwork, and multi-pass puck exchanges. Skating agility and athletic posture through passing is a key that reinforces being a good receiver and providing hands out to present a target for the passer.
    • 6 Man Timing - Features many exchanges with the puck, forward thinking, incorporates good passing, receiving, timing, counter attacks and quick ups. Your forwards and defensemen will benefit greatly from this drill alone.

    This video featuring Coach MacDonald is sure to help players of all skill levels get better at passing and receiving the puck.

    72 minutes. 2016.

    DVD
    Buy at Championship Productions

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    Maximizing Hockey Performance 2-Pack
    HD-05011A: with Blaise MacDonald,
    Colby College Head Coach; former head coach at Umass-Lowell and Niagara University

    Coach MacDonald has over 30 years of coaching experience at the DI and DIII levels. He was the first head coach in program history at Niagara. Within four years of founding the program at Niagara, MacDonald was named ECAC West Co-Coach of the Year and led the Purple Eagles to the NCAA quarterfinal round. He was named College Hockey America's Coach of the Year, and was voted runner-up for the Spencer Penrose Award as National Coach of the Year. He has won National Titles as an assistant coach (Boston University) and a player (twice at Rochester Institute of Technology). An All-American Defenseman at RIT, Coach McDonald has recruited and coached over 30 NHL players.

    The first 15 minutes of any practice are crucial. Players at all levels can quickly become bored at the start of practice and lose their excitement and drive to be on the ice. As a hockey coach, it's your job to establish an excited mindset for your players for their upcoming time on ice. In doing so, you will provide better growth opportunities for players throughout practice.

    Blaise MacDonald shows you how to create a practice environment that will get - and keep - your players mentally and physically involved and ready to compete at the highest level.

    Coach MacDonald provides more than 16 challenging drills for getting your practice going with a BANG! Each drill targets a specific skill-set to develop your players. Your athletes will be excited to start practice knowing they'll have a puck on their stick a majority of the time.

    Warm-Up

    A good warm-up is essential to mentally prepare for the practice's upcoming activities. Coach MacDonald focuses on the individual technique of certain drills to get players stimulated with a good warm-up. As the video progresses, the technique is used in tactical situations to augment learning and development.

    In the 3 Zone Warm-up, players use all three zones of the ice at the same time, creating three different "stations." Working in stations at the start of practice will incorporate many of the players and ignite their enthusiasm by using multiple nets for a visual effect, with the ability to read and react during these drills.

    Drills

    • 5 Net Chaos - Teaches recognition skills, edge work and the ability to skate with your head up and read off another player's actions.
    • 1 Touch Passing - Players quickly pass the puck puck between one another or with multiple players without handling it. Players may be stationary or constantly moving.
    • Keep Away 1v1 - Players pair off and play 1v1 in a game of keep away that emphasizes skating, stick handling and puck protection. When the puck is turned over, the game continues 1v1.
    • Cross Ice 3v3 - This drill raises competitive level in a fast paced, continuous action that allows players to develop creativity in their individual and team games.

    If your team comes to practice lethargic and without any juice, this video will help you explore changes in your preparation to energize your athletes.

    65 minutes. 2016.



    HD-05011B: with Blaise MacDonald,
    Colby College Head Coach; former head coach at Umass-Lowell and Niagara University

    Coach MacDonald has over 30 years of coaching experience at the DI and DIII levels. He was the first head coach in program history at Niagara. Within four years of founding the program at Niagara, MacDonald was named ECAC West Co-Coach of the Year and led the Purple Eagles to the NCAA quarterfinal round. He was named College Hockey America's Coach of the Year, and was voted runner-up for the Spencer Penrose Award as National Coach of the Year. He has won National Titles as an assistant coach (Boston University) and a player (twice at Rochester Institute of Technology). An All-American Defenseman at RIT, Coach McDonald has recruited and coached over 30 NHL players.

    If your team can't pass or receive the puck, they can't breakout or attack. Yet, many players and coaches don't spend a lot of practice time on��these fundamentals. In this hockey video, you'll learn how to create a culture that values effective��passing and receiving.

    Blaise MacDonald teaches you how to train your players to become effective passers in game situations and how to get in the best positions on the ice to support the passer. He also runs through easy-to-teach passing and receiving drill concepts that will improve your players' essential skills and, in turn, elevate your team's practice habits.

    Mechanics of Passing and Receiving

    Opportunities to score are constantly available, but you have to be ready for them in order to take advantage. Coach MacDonald does a terrific job of detailing the technical aspects for better passing accuracy and how to improve players' ability to receive and control passes. Teaching points cover:

  • Proper grip strength on the stick for passing and receiving the puck
  • Stance and weight transfer
  • The angle of the stick blade to the puck on its approach
  • How to create passing lanes
  • Hockey is a fast-paced, ever-changing game, and knowing what kind of pass to make is essential for success. Players must master passing and receiving in order to be effective in game situations. Coach MacDonald details six kinds of passes:

    • Forehand
    • One Touch
    • Backhand
    • Saucer
    • Aerial
    • Indirect

    Passing and Receiving Drills

    Passing is a skill that requires a great deal of practice. Coach MacDonald shows you how to get your players passing with proper technique at game speed using a variety of both full ice and half ice drills. Non-puck carriers and players looking to receive the puck have to work harder than the puck carrier. Anticipation, movement and preparation by the receiver are critical elements in a successful passing game.

    These drills range in difficulty from basic to advanced. Coach MacDonald diagrams the drills on a whiteboard and demonstrates them with his team on the ice.

    Drills include:

    • Numbered Passing - A great communication drill that reinforces heads-up puck movement, forward thinking, recognition, and clear communication.
    • Neutral Zone Indirect Chip Drill - A multi-player passing drill that involves tracking passes and indirect puck movement leading to a 2-0 net attack. This is an effective drill to teach players to use space on the ice to create open passing lanes and soft chip passing.
    • Swiss Five Pass - Great for one-touch passing, quick footwork, and multi-pass puck exchanges. Skating agility and athletic posture through passing is a key that reinforces being a good receiver and providing hands out to present a target for the passer.
    • 6 Man Timing - Features many exchanges with the puck, forward thinking, incorporates good passing, receiving, timing, counter attacks and quick ups. Your forwards and defensemen will benefit greatly from this drill alone.

    This video featuring Coach MacDonald is sure to help players of all skill levels get better at passing and receiving the puck.

    72 minutes. 2016.



    DVD
    Buy at Championship Productions


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