Kim McCullough

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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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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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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The “Five Player Rule” in girls’ hockey

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

The “Five Player Rule” in girls’ hockey has absolutely nothing to do with the number of players out on the ice. On every team, there are usually five players who are really dedicated and driven to get to the next level. It’s not that the other players aren’t trying their hardest or giving their best. It’s just that they’re not quite as focused on getting to the elite level. Not every player wants to play college hockey and not every player wants to play in the Olympics. It’s neither good nor bad, but it is a reality in the women’s game.

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