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All Access Hockey Practice with Rick Bennett

featuring Rick Bennett,
Union College Head Coach;
2017 ECAC Coach of the Year - 2x ECAC Coach of the Year;
2014 NCAA Champions; 2014 and 2012 NCAA Frozen Four;
2014 Spencer Penrose Award (AHCA National Coach of the Year), College Hockey News Coach of the Year and U.S. College Hockey Online Coach of the Year;
Back-to-Back-to-Back ECAC Tournament Champions (2012-14); 4x ECAC Regular season Champions;
played for Providence College - was co-captain, 2nd team All-American & Hobey Baker Finalist (1990)

with John Ronan and Matt Alvey, Union College Assistant Coaches

This all-access video featuring Rick Bennett, Union College head coach, takes you into a college practice setting for multiple days. You'll see what takes place after a day off and experience what practices are like leading up to games later in the week. These practices include small area games, small skill stations, full ice high tempo drills, a goalie drill session, dryland training, weight training, and an in-depth sports psychology session!

Practice Day 1

This practice, which takes place after a weekend of games, is lighter with a skill-based theme featuring some specialty team work. Coach Bennett, through a series of six drills, has his team work on passing, the penalty kill, and shooting. Of note is the use of different weighted pucks in drills that emphasize passing and moving. See how the use of weighted pucks help the players work on and develop a good touch on the puck, which is crucial for a good passing game. See the importance of this touch as the passing drills are made more game-like.

Other drills include a penalty kill/power play drill that helps the short-handed team work on covering the passing and shooting lanes as the attack team moves the puck around the zone attempting to pull the defense out of the lanes. See how to be more successful in winning the 3v2 up top battles as well as the 2v2 down low battles.

The 4 Net drill promotes scoring, touches, and shooting. These four 'coaches choice' stations work on different aspects of puck battles with the goal of getting the puck to the net. The on-ice portion of this practice concludes with a session for the goalies; watch as they work on their recovery saves and lateral movement.

The off-ice portion of day one includes sitting in on a game file review session with the team, an overview of the strength and conditioning aspects, and a discussion about the process and staples that are responsible for building and maintaining the team culture at Union.

Practice Day 2

Day two has more emphasis on defensive zone play. Through a series of six drills, Bennett has the team work on movement/spacing/shooting, taking away time and space in the defensive zone, defensive zone coverage, and a great drill that works on read and react.

See how Coach Bennett's TNT (talk now time) concept is used to help the defense sort through the chaos being created by the attacking team. During the 5v1 - 5v4 Power Play Progression, you'll learn to methodically train your man-up unit to think ahead to its next move while the players have the time and space to do so. See how, as man-down players are added, this premeditated movement becomes increasingly important as the penalty killer unit increasingly covers the passing and shooting lanes.

In the Kong game, you'll see how the creative use of a dog Kong toy as a puck trains offensive players to work on puck control with an unpredictable 'puck,' while defensive players work on read & react skills and taking away time & space. The unpredictable movement of the Kong mirrors a game situation where a player is having difficulty handling the puck. This is going to help the defense recognize those situations where they can apply more pressure on an attack player. It's also a good hand-eye drill for the carries.

Practice Day 3

Day three places more emphasis on offense. Coach Bennett has the team work on transitions, forechecks, and offensive movement with th

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Practice To Game: Blueprint For Success!

with Bob Montrose,
Owner of Peak Performance Training Camps;
former John Marshall/Lourdes (MN) HS Girls Head Coach;
Back-to-Back-to-Back Big 9 Conference Champions (2014-16)

Many players get nervous, lose their poise, and make crucial mistakes in the game of hockey. Bob Montrose will help minimize these mistakes and help resolve the many issues coaches have with a player's clouded judgment.

Coach Montrose understands players' need for simple concepts and has developed a teaching style in which his players respond well to; they learn to be effective on the ice by playing fast and under control.

The first video (two-video set) focuses on simple system play in each of the three zones - the defensive zone, the neutral zone and the offensive zone. By minimizing the number of options players need to remember, the learning cycle is shortened. This enables the team to play with speed due to no delays in the decision-making process and all players understanding what their teammates are trying to accomplish. By giving players a limited number of options and training them to communicate with each other, your team can become a force on the ice.

The second video contains 13 drills that teach players how to make decisions on the ice during a game. Drills include a passing progression that incorporates the in-game decision-making process and intense, game-like drills that provide players with the opportunity to make real-time decisions.

A featured drill loved by Coach Montrose's players is called '10 Goals in 7 Minutes', a high-paced, game-like drill that pits the forwards against the defensemen and goalie. The objective is to score, or prevent, 10 goals from being scored in 7 minutes. For each repetition, there are three scoring opportunities presented: a 1v0, a 2v1 and a 3v2. All players get involved with this highly-competitive and action-packed drill that has athletes working on all aspects of hockey in a competitive and FUN atmosphere.

There isn't a single cone used in any of these drills, making this a simple framework for teaching how to play the game of hockey. Coach Montrose explains and illustrates his concepts for making the game simple for players.

183 minutes. 2017.

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Developing an Effective Transition Game

with Chris Brooks,
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Head Coach;
2016 NCAA Division III National Champions;
Back-to-Back-to-Back NCAA DIII Frozen Four appearances - he led the team to National Runner-Up finishes in 2014 and 2015; 2016 DIII Coach of the Year;
Back-to-Back Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioners Cup Champions (2016-17)

Neutral zone transitions are an important skill for all teams. Shifting from defense to offense quickly is vital to improving scoring opportunities.

2016 D-III National Championship coach, Chris Brooks, gives you the skill techniques, positional breakdowns, and multiple options to teach your players how to transition the puck from the neutral zone into the offensive zone quickly. Using whiteboard illustrations followed by on-ice demonstrations to reinforce the crucial coaching points, he gives you a better understanding of spacing and puck support as it relates to the transition game. This will allow your players to move the puck more effectively, create speed through the puck, and transition and counter-attack during games.

Key Teaching Points

Transition hockey is about giving and getting time and space - two crucial elements in keeping possession and controlling the puck. Breaking down the key teaching points into both the forward and defensemen positions, Brooks ensures everyone is on the same page. If the forwards can anticipate what the defensemen are going to do, then it will allow your team to transition faster as a unit, leading to better puck possession and more offensive chances.

Brooks teaches players the key points that will improve their ability to transition into the offensive zone. The coaching points help with understanding on how to stay in control and keep possession of the puck. You'll learn:

  • Staying inside the dots and how it allows forwards to be in a good spot offensively and defensively.
  • How to get forwards to anticipate, not react, to the play.
  • The physical techniques needed to improve athletes' chances to move the puck quickly up ice.

Progressive Drills

Beginning practices with a neutral zone transition drill, Brooks reinforces the systems and techniques of quickly transitioning from defense and creating offensive scoring chances. He offers up 13 high-energy drills mimicking game situations to get every player involved right from the start. Each drill includes getting shots directed towards the goaltender as an added warm-up.

The Neutral Zone Three Variations Drill is the perfect game scenario example of how to quickly move the puck into the offensive zone.

  • Forwards and defensemen learn three options to move quickly through the neutral zone as a unit of five depending on the opposition's forechecking system in the neutral zone.
  • Players are taught options for getting the puck to the net once they enter the zone.

This video from Coach Brooks will help your team generate more offensive attacks without sacrificing defensive coverage. Develop the skills necessary to have an effective transition game!

100 minutes. 2017.

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Essential Elements of a Successful Power Play: Breakouts, Entry Plays and Formations

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 National Coach of the Year honors; 5x CCHA Coach of the Year recipient

Coach Enrico Blasi takes you through the basic power play principles of creating scoring chances/opportunities, building momentum and scoring goals. The power play is all about supporting the puck, options and creating odd-man situations.


You are given three power play breakouts: All 5 Back, Double Post, and Single Post.

Coach Blasi diagrams each breakout and defines each player's role as the play progresses up ice, zone by zone. Each step of the way, you are shown passing options and what players must do to support the player with the puck and those away from the puck. By giving each player lane responsibilities/rules to follow, your team will create width and depth for effective exits from your zone and entries into the opponent's zone.

The on-ice session shows how crucial timing, speed and players knowing their routes on the breakout are to having a successful breakout and offensive zone entry.


Coach Blasi then goes back to the drawing board to take you through three power play formations: Overload, Umbrella, and 2/3 High-Low Support.

Detailed options are presented for each formation and then presented on ice in a walk through. Coach Blasi always has players looking for options with and away from the puck. Athletes always try to find the open man and create scoring chances with constant movement and creativity. Each power play formation has its own unique characteristics. This gives your power play the ability to adapt to your opponent's penalty kill system, quickly moving from one formation to another if needed.

This video from Enrico Blasi has everything you need to kick your power play up a notch!

28 minutes. 2017.

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Paul Vincent's Secrets of the Pros Hockey 2-Pack

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.


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)

In this video, Coach Paul Vincent uses his straightforward skill development concepts to teach you how to take your players' stick handling and passing game to a higher level.

This video features instruction for players of all ages that will develop a wider range of motion with the puck and sharp passing and receiving skills. Vincent's no-nonsense approach is detailed, yet easy to follow.

Off-Ice Training

Athleticism is not only built with on-ice training, but reinforced off-ice as well. Vincent integrates two off-ice coaches, Mike Donoghue and Artie Hairston, to help you learn everything you need to beef up your off-ice training program. The off-ice training includes 11 exercises that enhance players' overall athleticism. Training focuses on improving core function and using plyometrics to increase explosiveness.

On-Ice Training

Using a progression and breaking the skills down to components, Coach Vincent presents over 30 stick handling and passing drills used to demonstrate the full range of motion and hand, foot, and eye coordination needed to succeed. Drills include:

  • Big Sweep - A technique to utilize a full range of motion that uses the bottom hand slide, which was developed by European players to create more space and optimize deception.
  • Post to Post - A puck handling drill to break the habit of hand tucking. The drill shows players how to be ready to pass, shoot, or make evasive moves without tipping off the opponent to their intention.
  • Bunt Passing - Uses the short stick blade to reinforce passing and handling the puck on the heel to mid part of the blade, which is the strength of the stick blade. Also helps athletes quickly move the puck from reception to release with accuracy and speed.
  • Two Net Lane Passing With Defender - This is a continuous cycle drill that shows the importance of dropping the puck.

Vincent's drills serve coaches and players at all age levels and reinforce key stickhandling and passing techniques. You'll see how to better utilize tools readily available tools at your rink to create stimulating drills. Help your players learn to execute deceptive moves and heads-up puck handling today!

78 minutes. 2017.

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