Even though the NHL players and owners are having trouble figuring out how to divide up an incredibly large cake, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be hockey this fall. My own recreational hockey (or is that wreck hockey) begins next Thursday in Hazelridge, and I know many others are either already on the ice themselves or taking the kids to the rink.
About a year ago I began hunting around for some good tutorials to improve my own game, as I haven’t been in a formal hockey practice for nearly 25 years, and even then, my fundamentals weren’t that hot. As it turns out, there’s a ton of great material on the web (surprise!) be it Youtube videos or websites dedictated to the coaching / training side of the sport.
One particularly good site is How to Hockey.com which features training videos and articles on things like improving your shot, stickhandling, skating and coaching. There’s a lot of material to check out, and more importantly to practice and use in a game. So have a look and let me know what you find interesting (or better yet, create your own post on the topic).
My main goal this year is improving my shot, which is inconsistent to say the least. In a fast paced game, the chances to score a goal can be few and far between – so it’s important to make the most of your opportunities. So to start with, I found this advice on taking a good snap shot.
Here’s a great little video of Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capital displaying his shooting prowess. Funny guy.
Keep your head up, your stick on the ice, and have some fun.