What does good coaching look like?

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Every so often a kind soul would pass my way and say something like, “You’re doing a nice job with your team, Hartz.” It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the kind words, but I was always left to asking myself, “Nice compared to what, compared to who?”

Really, how does a coach really know? I wondered what another coach would be doing with my team. What talents might they pull out of my team that I was not? Would my team with a different coach develop an alternative identity for better or for worse?

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A call for some new hockey stats

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Most teams keep statistics. Many of these stats give us information we can use. It is common for teams to record and know face-offs won, hits, shots on goal, and of course, the ultimate stat – the score. Some of these stats have been kept for ages, some are newer. The information provided in these stats can tell us lots of things. I, for example, often look at a forward’s stat sheet at the end of a night and look at the S column, which stands for “shots” on goal. I look not only at the individual, but also his/her entire line.

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Team identity

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

I was asked the other day how a coach goes about creating a team identity. The coach of any team has the responsibility to establish many of the values by which his/her team will play. If in college or pros, the way the team recruits or drafts are part of this process as well.

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The dinosaur and the wooden stick

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

I haven’t been around much the past number of years, so there is lots I have to catch up on. I had some time last Friday afternoon, so I decided to visit a hockey superstore. I looked about the store at just about everything. Beautiful store, I thought to myself. I took an extra special look to see if/and or how many wood sticks make up the stick rack inventory in today’s world.

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What is your why?

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

I had the great fortune to be invited to spend this past weekend with the St. John’s University hockey team. As much as I hope to give and share my knowledge with others, like the Johnnies hockey program, it is the gifts these young men bestow upon me that reawaken my own understandings of things.

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