Teaching approach


The amount of hockey training materials available today is staggering.

A quick browse of the Internet shows that research into player performance and physiology is at an all-time high.


The problem is that the information doesn’t make its way to the players. Because coaches need to cater to their teams during drills, they often do not have time to make sure players are truly learning the techniques, tips and tricks that will make them more successful. 

Defensemen and goaltenders seem to be left behind at most practices. Goaltenders have goaltender consultants and coaches- defensemen probably need them even more!


Coaches are busy working on team defense, forechecking systems, power plays and penalty kills. A good coach will make time for skill development, but at most levels there is little to no time available for micro-tasks, micro-skills and on-ice awareness training.


What I try to do is to break down the patterns and micro-tasks within particular game play situations to help the player recognize and anticipate the most advantageous body and stick positioning and risk/reward ratio for the particular situation. Players must read and recognize when to pressure, when to contain, how to influence opposing players. I study offensive patterns and attack strategies and how to identify them and disrupt them.


Defensemen training


I specialize in coaching defensemen. Good habits, micro-tasking, and knowledge of ice geography are key. I work on gap control, stick and body positioning, three-point stepouts and many other key skills. Defensemen are responsible for so much, it is truly the most pressured position other than goaltender. Key skills are overspeed, quick feet, information gathering, d pair communication, under-handling, breakout options with goaltender communication and quick puck movement.


Specialized power skating

Backwards power skating is essential for defensemen and, at all levels, it does not get the emphasis it needs. Players need to work on pure power using a "toe push" and swizzle position without crossovers, and they need to focus on a strong base for body checking while in a tight gap. I use a weighted power-sled as well as resistance bands to power your defenseman's workout.


Age levels


I work with defensemen of all ages (girls very welcome too). The intensity will always be there for the older players who want and need it. For the younger ages it is toned down appropriately.


Safety is mandatory. Warm ups and cool downs are required for all sled workouts especially advanced sled workouts for 16-20 year olds where I might get into heavy weights. Stretching during the cool down will be observed for each session. Sled workouts are for a maximum of 20 minutes with a liberal work to rest ratio. 

Static stretching after the on ice session with the sled is recommended. We are looking for about 20 seconds of power. 1:3 to 1:4 work/rest ratios are what we are looking for as a baseline. 

This most closely follows a 1 minute shift which most defensemen experience. Please remember defensemen are not as easily changed as forwards and therefore have about 15 seconds more shift time than forwards, especially with the second period "long change."