Jack Blatherwick

How can you lengthen your stride?

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The short answer: “Lengthen your stride by making it wider with on-ice and off-ice practice.” Photos describe it better than I could with 1,000 words. 

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Interdependence: Using ALL your tools

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

When great hockey coaches speak, it’s wise to listen. Tim Taylor was the head coach of the 1994 U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey team and several U.S. teams in World Championships. He was also the head coach at Yale University for 28 years. Taylor defined OFFENSIVE CREATIVITY as “using all the tools available to beat the defense.”

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By itself, weight training is inadequate

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

It is common for high school and college hockey players to refer to off-ice workouts in this way: “I am going to lift all summer.” But this neglects the best way to improve skating: the COMBINATION of strength training with sprints, jumps and on-ice reps.

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U.S. women bring home another gold medal

Team USA proves that creative offense and solid defense are not mutually exclusive

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The U.S. Women’s National Team has now won seven of the last nine IIHF Women’s World Championships, so one might think it’s easy to predict the winner. You’d be wrong. Canada won the first eight championships once the tournament began in 1990; and in the Olympics, after USA won the first gold medal in 1998, Canada won the next four.

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Sprints and jumps

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The math is simple and compelling: Strong relationships exist comparing vertical jump or short off-ice sprints to skating speed, acceleration and cornering agility (correlations are: 0.5 < r < 0.9). We’ve found these relationships on every team tested in 40 years – more than 100 teams at every age from PeeWees to high school, juniors, college, Olympic and NHL teams.

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