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When all is said and done your legacy as a coach will determined by who your players become not just on the ice but off it.
"I hope other colleges and universities, regardless of the level, get involved and incorporate utilizing those players and working with the youth players. It makes the game better.”
If you can make that connection between where you think the puck is on your blade, and where it really is, then you’ll be a lot more confident and ready to make an adjustment mid-stride.
The players on Swinging Richards try to play in four to five tournaments per year, all south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Changing speeds, making tight turns, switching places with a teammate and using deception can all create confusion for opponents, providing more time and space to create offense.
In addition to getting tuned out, by not coaching kids 24-7, they are able to learn about the game on their own.
Youth athletes can and should be doing off-ice work throughout the year in order to develop their bodies, minds and performance to become the best hockey players they can be.
Ed Meerbrey, who will retire from his day job at Toshiba in June, still plays two or three times a week – sometimes against skaters half his age.
During the 2016-17 season, 235 girls players ages 18 and under were registered in Central Ohio. That total represents a 35 percent increase over a five-season span.
Make the most of practice. Put in some extra time stickhandling and shooting off the ice if you can. Get outside for some unstructured pond hockey with friends.
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