Kim McCullough

The three “A’s” of college hockey

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

July is a busy month for college hockey recruiting in North America. Between provincial and national tryout camps on both sides of the border and the big showcase tournament that just finished in Boston, there’s no shortage of opportunities for players to show their stuff in front of scouts. One of the most common questions I get from players, parents and coaches about the whole college hockey recruiting process is: “What are the scouts looking for?”

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How to fake a shot

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

You’ve heard the term, “Fake it until you make it” before, right? Well, players need to use a lot more fakes before they make their plays on the ice if they want to get to, and excel at, the next level. You want to be completely unpredictable to your opponents. If they know what you’re going to do, it’s much easier to stop you.

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Moving on up

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

Even though spring is finally in the air and summer is right around the corner, many of us have already started to think about next season. So I wanted to share a little bit of advice for those of you who are moving up a level next season. Whether you are making the jump from A to AA, house-league to travel, midget to junior, or minor hockey to college hockey, the same advice applies: What brought you success here won’t guarantee you success there.

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Do you even need a good slap shot?

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

How many times do you think a forward takes a slap shot in a game? I think back to my playing days and I’d say I probably only took one a game to dump the puck in –maybe one or two more if I was out on the penalty kill. So you can understand how it makes me a little crazy as a skills coach when forwards ask to work on the boomers? It’s not a complete waste of time, but they’d be much better served working on something else.

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It’s all in your head

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

Like most coaches, I’m constantly looking for ways to give my teams and players an advantage – especially when we’re in the thick of the playoffs. I just re-read an amazing book by Carol Dweck called “Mindset” and I wanted to share a key concept from the book with you as I know it will help players, parents and coaches alike to take their mental game to the next level. 

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