On & Off Ice Program


Technical Instructional Components

Skating Skill Development

Power skating is strong, fast and controlled skating. The earlier these skills become a habitual part of the players practice and game, the more likely the player is to succeed in the sport of hockey.

  Proper body posture
  Agility and balance control
  Quick starts and sharp stops
  Explosive acceleration speed and full stride leg extension
  Using both inside and outside skate edges
  Tight turns and pivots
  Lateral movement - forward and backward crossovers


Puck Control and Stick-handling development

Learning how to be able to control the puck on your stick while skating with your head-up is critical for a hockey player.

  Stationary puck control, forwards and backwards
  Skating while carrying the puck in open ice (one and two hands)
  Puck control around and through obstacles and players (tight turns and pivots)
  Quick hands and feet with the puck (stops and starts)
  Side to side or lateral movement while stick-handling
  Speed acceleration and directional changes during puck control
  Puck protection, movement, fakes and dekes in one on one and game -like situations


Shooting Development

Proper position and shooting fundamentals

  Proper body weight transfer
  Quick release
  Accuracy and power
  Shooting in stride (forward and backhand)


Passing Development

Basic body position and grip

  Forehand and backhand follow through
  Receiving (stick blade position and cushioning)
  Cradling the pass after receiving the puck
  Target passing (partner ro partner or during drill concepts)
  Leading the pass into space
  One touch passing
  Flip or saucer passing


Small Group Concept Development

Hockey is a team game which has continuous one on one and small group battles. The team that wins the battles often has the most success. Offensive and defensive strategies will be taught to the players. Hopefully what players practice can be carried over into a full game concept.

  Player movement - with or without puck
  Offensive strategies - puck protection and player support or positioning
  Continuous flow of play and transitional re-grouping
  Defensive strategies (gap control, stick lifts and poke checks)
  Opponent angling (timing - stick on stick)


Team Game Development (Strategies and Systems)

Each player will participate in controlled games under Camp Director supervision.

  Team Systems (Breakouts, Forechecking and Backchecking)
  Player Positioning (offensive and defensive)
  Team Tactics (triangle of attack)
  Puck Movement (cycling the puck)
  Offensive and Defensive Zone Coverage



Recreational Activities

  Core Fitness Training - dry land training and other hockey specific training.

  This training will increase explosive power, skating speed, core strength and balance.

  The athlete will become more efficient in actual motions when dealing with different body movements

  The training will improve the rate at which an individual can do bio mechanical work allowing your body to be retrained.

  Off -Ice Training is preventative maintenance, meaning athletes have fewer injuries during game and practice situations on the ice.

  Recreational Team Activities

  Educational Lectures and Videos