Kim McCullough

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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Don’t overpay for a loss

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

A coaching mentor of mine used this phrase recently and I thought it was pure gold – so I had to share it with you. We “overpay” for mistakes and losses all the time.

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Three mistakes that lead to defensive disasters

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

Playing great team defense doesn’t end up on a lot of highlight reels. Sure, you’ll see bone-crushing hits and game-saving stops on the TV, but you rarely hear much about the “not-so-sexy” stuff that keeps the puck out of the net. Here are three mistakes that aren’t always the direct cause of a goal against, but are quite often the starting point where it all starts to break down.

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Two keys to peaking in the postseason

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

It’s hard to believe that the playoffs are here already, isn’t it? Playoff hockey may be the fastest and most exciting version of the game, but after a long season of playing, practicing and traveling, players, parents and coaches alike run the risk of getting worn-out and stressed-out.

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Are you distracted?

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

One of the biggest challenges for all hockey players is being able to stay focused throughout an entire season, game or even practice. Distractions are everywhere and with playoffs and season-ending tournaments approaching, the amount and intensity of these distractions seems to be multiplying. Every player will get distracted by different things and that’s why each player must come up with their own strategy for combating their distractions.

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