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Drills from Miami of Ohio Coach Rico Blasi

February 25, 2014 Drills, Hockey Blogs No Comments

Here are some drills from head coach Rico Blasi that he runs with his D1 Miami of Ohio team. Obviously at this level these drills are done at a very high tempo. Some of the drills we have on the site already in a similar style, but I thought it would be good to group all these drills together anyway. The drills cover  warm-up, passing, read and react, coverage and player battle areas of the game.

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Need a Little Help Recruiting From My Coaching Friends

February 6, 2014 General, Hockey Blogs No Comments

It’s that time of year when I have to start recruiting players for next years team. It’s a time consuming job watching other teams play so I can scout the players on their teams. I thought that I would send out this simple request and see if any of you know players in my area that I should be looking at. I coach in the Philadelphia, PA area for the Jr. Flyers organization. My team is the U16 National, so I am looking for players with birth years of 1998 or 1999 for the upcoming season. If you have a player on your team, or know of a player on another team  that is interested in playing high level AAA hockey for a successful club please let me know. Our team plays in two leagues. The Atlantic Youth League and the Tier I Elite League in the Northeast and Mid-West regions. We get a good amount of exposure to college recruiters as well as NAHL scouts looking to build their pipeline. Each year between five and seven players from our youth and Junior programs get tender offers in the NAHL or go off to play in College hockey programs. The director of our hockey program is a local USHL scout as well. Give it some thought and if you know anyone please send me an email with whatever information you may have or just give them my email address and have them contact me directly.  If you follow me on Twitter please retweet this to your followers so I can get more eyes on it. If I can pull in just one player that I may not be aware of right now that would be excellent. Thanks everyone for considering my request.

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World’s Best Teams Use Small Area Games

January 29, 2014 Hockey Blogs No Comments

Recently I saw a post on USA Hockey’s website talking about how the best teams in the world use small area games to improve their players.

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Top 10 Most Viewed Drills from 2013

January 17, 2014 Drills, Hockey Blogs No Comments

I thought it would be interesting to see what the top viewed drills were in 2013 and share that with everyone. I was surprised a little by one or two, but the others seem to make sense. Many can be run on half ice, which so many organizations are doing now to get more teams on the ice each week. Here is the list of the top 10 in order of most views.

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@DerekSchooley Shares With Us a Defensive Zone Coverage Drill

January 15, 2014 Defense, Drills, Hockey Blogs No Comments

Robert Morris University head ice hockey coach Derek Schooley sent over a defensive zone coverage drill that works on 1×1, 2×2 and 5×5 skills. This drill is excellent for use on half ice practices as well as full ice practice slots. Every coach needs to work on his teams defensive zone coverage throughout the year and this drill gives us a way to accomplish that goal while working on other defensive skills and keeping the tempo high.

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