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Diary of a Season 2019-20

I didn't do this last season as I was and assistant coach for college men and then remained in that position but also took over the college women's team. I am head coach of that team for this season.

I will post pdf's of the practice plans. My assistant coaches run part of each practice and I don't have their drills. We just started with three optional ice times last week where about 60% of the team was in town and had our first official practice September 3 with the whole team.

At present we have 2 G, 13 F, 8 D and practice three times this week and have one game on Friday and two games Saturday in Red Deer.

Here are two of the optional ice times.

I send the practice plans to the team and coaches each day.



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Practice One and Two

We started with a team meeting where everyone introduced themselves, I told them about what kind of team we would practice to be and we went over some of the things we need to get done right away.

The goal is for everyone to get a feel for their skates and the puck plus work on individual offensive skills and lots of game situations.


Practice Two is designed so I can run it myself as Mike who always can come has to go to meetings with the big boss of Canada who comes once a year. Jim said he would try to get there but an alleged criminal needed a lawyer and he couldn't leave. It is 4:30 practice and Kailey and Melissa are at work.

The practice went well. We did Wally's breakout sequence up to 2-0 with the goalies passing and one timers at the far end. I introduced the Four Chamber Attack which is used in the NHL and all higher levels of hockey now instead of the traditional offensive triangle. We played games with good habits and skills such as goals only count on one touch shots.



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Practice Three - 09-05-19

We are in a tournament this weekend where we play 3 games in 22 hours. I decided to do a lot of team play since our first two sessions had a lot of skating. It is good to introduce things and let them sink in. We met at 5:15 and I used my big 3D magnetic board to go over the forecheck, dzone, pk, pp. About two weeks of practice in 90' We are playing on international sized ice and two of my players are on the golf team and will miss the first two games, two are injured and another has a bad shoulder and can only play one or two of the three games. So I need to play a style that is aggressive but can be played effectively with only 3 lines. We played this style when I was with Pierre Page with the Salzburg Red Bulls It is a 2-2-1.

I also wanted to introduce the low 1-3-1 and 2-1-2 Spread Power Plays. So probably way more teaching than can be absorbed but it is a template for the early season.

This is a different team a few seasons ago and another forecheck but it is the same magnetice board which is a great coaching tool.
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20171018181259925



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Played in a tournament after only three practices. Three games in 22 hours. It gave me a chance to watch our ten new players.

We have 3 returning players out with injury including last years MVP who hurt her knee water skiing and another got hurt second period of the first game. We also have two veterans on the college golf team and they missed the first two games in a golf tournament, then drove almost three hours to make the last game. So played without 3 of our top 5 players.

We played with 9 forwards and 5 D. Ten played their first college games. We had five good periods and four weak periods. We ran out of gas the third period of games two and three. No wins but lots of good things happened. Other teams had structure and full lineups. We will be ok after about ten practices to establish our systems and good playing habits and improve team fitness.

We don't play our first league game until mid October, so we need to use our time wisely.

I have the coaching staff and players to do it.


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I will also post our practice plans on my One Drive so players and coaches can view them before practice.

Some game video is also there.


https://1drv.ms/u/s!AukXg5gWoW-9hccPLkJlh1rzHS54iA?e=M1cnGl


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Practice 09-11-19 and 09-12-19


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Practices 09-16 and 17 - 19

Mondays we practice for one hour and then do forty five minutes of spin on the exercise bikes. Fridays we just to the spin class until our season starts October 18. Mini training camp.


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Practice Sept -18

We prepared for 3 home exhibition games this weekend. Thursday vs. U of Calgary, Friday vs. Olds College, Saturday vs. U of Lethbridge.

We have two of our top forwards injured and will miss three players on Saturday with two captains on the gold team and one playing soccer and the coach would like another which would leave us with 13 skaters. We have to see how many healthy players we have after the first two games.


Team ended the three games 1-1-1 and played well 8 of the 9 periods. We worked really hard and our team play was good. We need a lot of work on passing; both the pass and the puck support. Overall I was pleased with where we are with a month of practice before our first league game Oct. 18.

Our practice focused on passing skills and puck support for an hour and then we did spin for 45'. One player was cut to finalize our roster.


https://1drv.ms/v/s!AukXg5gWoW-9hcdaYcGA_TDVz7kRgg?e=9qQwc5 is a link to a video of our game vs. U of Lethbridge.


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Practice September 24

Lots of focus on passing and making plays from below the goal line. We also did a full ice transition game and the goalies had a lot of time with Melissa.

Practice September 25

Lots of passing. Played a passing game instead of the battling game in the plan.


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Practice September 30

Mental Health meeting then a 30' ice time.
Chaos puck handling in nzone while goalies stretched.
Shots from 3 lines.
Zig zag skate x 3 with agility, passing and shots.
Carolina 2-0 to 3-0 weave
Russian scrimmage


Change and 45' of spin class.



Practice October 1

Finnish warm up where the D-F-G have one section of the ice.
Two pass with various rules.
Passing overspeed and catch and release shots.
Continuous 2-1 and 2-2
F and D break into groups for 15' skill work.
2/3 ice game with Jokers
Shootout.


Meet in room and give out team swag.

Assistant coaches ran the next practice as I went to Bemidji to see their new facility and meet the coach of the women's team and watch a Div. 1 game.


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Practice SAIT W 10-07-19

Worked on the power play at both ends of the ice.

Practice SAIT W 10-08-19

Lots of passing skills and worked on the 1-3 PK vs. the 1-3-1 PP.


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Practice 10-09-19 SAIT W

3-5 vs spread 6-5 with goalie pulled
Situations 2-1, 2-2, 3-2 Shots and passing

Practice 10-10-19 SAIT W

Worked on 3-5 vs. the Spread and 6-5 with the goalie pulled.

Team Building - Archery Tag


After practice we had submarine sandwiches and then went to Archery Tag for team building.

Team Covenant

After archery tag each of the four captains met with their study group to come up with ideas for our Team Covenant.



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Specialty Team Scrimmage with Jr. Chaos

10' warm up

3' player at bench

5' PP 5-4

3' at bench

5' PK 4-5

Repeat PP 5-4 and PK 4-5 for another 5' each.

Players at bench

5' PP 5-3

Players at bench

5' PK 3-5

Repeat PP 5-3 and PK 3-5 for 5' each.

Players at bench 3'

6-5 for 6'

Players at bench

5-6 for 6'

Team Covenant:

After archery tag the previous night, each of the four captains met with their study group to come up with ideas for our Team Covenant and the next day everyone met to discuss all of the groups ideas and develop the players own Team Covenant.


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Practice October 15-17

Oct 15
Game situations, 1-1, 2-1, passing, game.

October 17
Pp, pk, game situations Skating, slap shot, passing, 1-1,
Pp breakout


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Practice October 21

Shots, pass while skating, weave,
Breakout options, forwards and D specialty
Eyes up, move puck quickly, close support
Goalie passing, slap shot

Practice October 22

Exams, injuries and 3 at soccer so 12 skaters
1-1, 2-1
Overspeed
Game situation shootout


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Practice October 23-24

Practice October 23

Skate, pass, timing, agility, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2
Forecheck walk though
3 team game with dump in
Face off review
Angling

Practice October 24

65’ and then video in room. Pass and timing
Regroup, nzone, defensive zone skating Shots from 3 lanes
Defensive zone review Shootout


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Practices October 28-30

October 28

Big moves – loose shoulders - deception
King’s court tournament. Games with various situations and rules.

October 29

Mike Tschumi planned and ran the practice. Passing, face off plays, Mel worked with the goalies. I did the 3 shot, 3 pass agility drill. We had a two shot 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 shootout.

October 30

Passing, high rotation and D exchange Timing, point shots,
Power play Penalty kill
Dzone Game
Shootout

October 31

Halloween full ice tournament in costumes. Four teams played a round robin of full ice 4-4 and games lasted 7'. Winning team won a box of 16 chocolate bars.



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Practice November 4-5

Date: 11-04-19 Time: 16:30-18:45 Venue: SAIT Arena

Notes: Lots of team play review.
Agility, shots, puck handle Four chamber attack
Power play review Defensive zone coverage review
Puck support game

Date: 11-05-19 Time: 18:15-19:45 Venue: SAIT Arena

Notes: Many game situation drills and games and stations for D, G, F.
Transition 1-1, 2-1 and 3-2 to 5-5
1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 5-5
Breakouts with D – F passing in lines
Goalie practice
Passing quick up
Angling – adjusting gaps
Back checking transition


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