Minimalism in hockey coaching
Giving players less so that they can accomplish more
Minimalism in skill development
On Friday I visited my friend and mentor Peter Smith (head coach, McGill WHKY). We spent three hours in his backyard catching up and talking hockey.
Amidst all the uncertainty and challenges related to the next USports season, one thing that has given Peter lots of satisfaction is witnessing three of his grandchildren (two boys and one girl) growing up and becoming excellent young athletes in hockey and baseball. Naturally the subject of our conversation soon turned to player development - how to help talented, motivated and curious kids maximize their potential.
Peter, who’s been coaching hockey (and other sports) for close to 40 years, has long been a fan of using teaching aids (cones, sticks and even discarded tires from his old Chevy Cavalier) in on-ice drills.
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