Daily Drill Section One Table of Contents
I started this Daily Drill Thread the year after I coached in Salzburg, Austria with the Red Bull organization. It was a unique coaching experience because the owner of Red Bull mandated there had to be coaches from every major hockey nation. They recruited me from coaching the Women's Team at Mount Royal College and I went as a skills coach, assistant for the U20 and pro teams and head coach of the U17. We all worked together. M-W the pro's did skills in the morning and T-Th the U17 team did skills. They all had regular off-ice training which included the skating treadmill once a week and 4 on ice practices and usually two games. It averaged 45 trainings per month. There were two Swedish, one Finnish, Czech, Slovakian, Russian, Austrian, American and the Pierre Page was the head coach and he had a Canadian goalie coach. So I got to see how high level coaches from all over the hockey world ran practices. The official language was english and all but the Czech and Russian coach spoke it well. I have attached a picture of the Red Bull Staff 08-09 season.
This wasn't a problem as I have coached many international groups including eight summers with Korean teams from youth to college to pro. No one spoke very good english in these groups. In Guadalara, Mexico I did a week long camp and the kid's only spoke Spanish. In the hockey camp in Vierumaki, Finland I did for three summers the asst. coaches spoke english (they played NHL) and in Hamar, Norway the other coaches spoke it. Most of the players in Austria understood english to varying degrees.
I should give a little of my background so you can judge whether the Daily Drill material will be worthwhile.
I grew up in Calgary and played Jr. A and then went to Bemidji, Minn. where I played on the varsity team and graduated with a PE degree. I played one year after that in a semi-pro league in Sioux City, Iowa. I came back home, got married and started teaching. I now have a total of three Education degrees. I coached hockey at the school and minor hockey and attended every international coaching cymposium I could and then was called to be an men's asst. college coach. I did this one season and then was head coach for the next three. I got gassed and then was assistant at the U of Calgary for 8 years and in that time coached with 5 coaches who moved onto the NHL; one now is head of Czech Hockey. At the same time I also coached my son's teams during the late 90's and early 2000's. From 2003-2008 I was head coach of the women's team at the college level until I resigned after being offered the position with the Red Bulls. I was only home one week in 7 months and my wife was by herself. It wasn't working very well so I resigned and returned to Calgary. I was asked to coach in the women's pro league WWHL and did that for two seasons until the team ond league folded. I was then asked to coach the U18 female team and I am doing that as of March 30, 2012 and have agreed to coach the next season.
This site has ideas from most hockey countries and most drills and games have video examples with many international groups. All the drills and games have diagrams and pdf's with the description, diagram and video link if there is one.
Along the way I met Juhani Wahlsten of Finland and we work together and have written a coaching manual which is the official program of Austria (we trained the coaches in Vienna) and a required part of the Finnish coaching program. This site is intended to continually update the material.
This is a drill that Vladimir Jursinov used last year in our skills sessions to create flow. He came one week per month to work with the players. I have posted a video of one of his puck handling practices.
B600 Jursi Flow 3-0 Passing
Face the puck, Lots of passing in nzone
1. Pass to the far blue line.
2. Players leave from the far blue line.
3. Skate and protect the puck.
4. Pass 2-5 times in the nzone.
5. Attack in a triangle and a one times shot. Look for the rebound.
6.F3 skate over the blue line to start another rep.
7.Pass from far blue and repeat.
8. Do from both ends.