The Key to Human Performance

There is not one single key to human performance. Rather, you will need many keys to unlock your way to performing your best in an ever-changing landscape. From a coaching standpoint we should be creating an environment that promotes continual growth through a commitment to empowering individuals so they can have ownership in their developmentContinue reading “The Key to Human Performance”

Talent that Whispers

There are two types of talent. Talent that shouts and talent that whispers. Talent that shouts is the the type of talent that is hard to miss… it’s the shiny object that everyone notices as unique and special. Talent that whispers is less obvious. It’s the undervalued talent that is hard to identify. The problemContinue reading “Talent that Whispers”

Board Play, Changing Speed, and Scoring Goals

When looking at every goal the Curry College hockey team scored in 2019/20 it was interesting to see how many goals happened after successfully taking the puck off the boards.  If I categorize our goals by the original zone that the scoring play started, the percentage of goals originating with successful board play is asContinue reading “Board Play, Changing Speed, and Scoring Goals”

Unlocking Human Performance

Dr. Gary Bowman is a former college hockey player and professional strength coach in the American Hockey League. He currently oversees Propel Health and Human Performance We cover the keys to unlocking human performance: -Empowering young athletes to take responsibility of their development-Re-thinking fitness testing-Gaps in player/coach communication-Recruiting and the evaluation process-Selecting a college fromContinue reading “Unlocking Human Performance”

There is an ‘I’ in Team

There is an ‘I’ in Team. Every team is built with a group of individuals who have personal beliefs, values, struggles, strengths, etc. The key is to remember we are coaching people, not a sport. Understanding this is a competitive advantage. The player development process cannot be a “cookie cutter” or one-sized fits all approach.Continue reading “There is an ‘I’ in Team”

Podcast – Truths and Trends in Player Development with Chris DePiero

Chris DePiero has been a Coach, Scout, Manager, and Athletic Director across all levels of hockey including high school, university, Jr. A, Major Junior, NLA, NHL, and the IIHF. His range of experiences provides a truly unique perspective on player development and leadership. Topics we dive into include: -What separates a world-class player?-Coaching John TavaresContinue reading “Podcast – Truths and Trends in Player Development with Chris DePiero”

We Need More Problem Solvers

My coaching dream is to be in the championship game, standing behind the bench and watching my players make decisions and solve problems. I would be leading a group of people that are elite at adapting in the moments that matter the most. In a sport like hockey, adaptive performance is omnipotent. The pace ofContinue reading “We Need More Problem Solvers”

Podcast – Leadership in Coaching with Ryan Warsofsky, Head Coach, Charlotte Checkers

Ryan Warsofsky was hired by the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League in the summer of 2019 as the youngest Head Coach in professional hockey. I catch up with Ryan Warsofsky to talk about the lessons in leadership he has gained through his unique and quick rise in the coaching ranks.

Team Defense: Take Away Space, Pressure the Puck

Playing defense is about getting the puck back. The best teams are attacking without the puck in order gain possession as quickly as possible. In defensive possession moments such as defensive zone coverage, many forecheck situations, and faceoff losses, the goal is to eliminate space and isolate the puck carrier from their options. In defensiveContinue reading “Team Defense: Take Away Space, Pressure the Puck”

Podcast – Recruiting Character with Steve Wiedler, Associate Head Hockey Coach, American International College

Steve Wiedler has been a key piece on the coaching staff led by Eric Lang that has orchestrated a remarkable turn around at American International College. In 3 years, AIC went from last place to first place and playoff champions including a stunning run in the NCAA tournament. In the 2019-20 season, they repeated asContinue reading “Podcast – Recruiting Character with Steve Wiedler, Associate Head Hockey Coach, American International College”