Kim McCullough

What scouts always ask about

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

Every year, I take my players on a road trip to the States to visit NCAA schools. We do this so that they can see firsthand what college hockey is all about both on and off the ice. We typically visit three universities on the trip and watch the teams practice, play a game and get campus tours from the coaches themselves. These tours are always an amazing part of the trip as they allow our kids to ask the coaches anything and everything about the college hockey experience. One question that the girls always ask is,: “What do you look for most in players you are recruiting?” And every single coach says, “CHARACTER.”

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What are players entitled to?

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

It seems that now, more than ever, players and kids feel entitled to have what they want when they want it – no questions asked. It’s like they think the world owes them something and they don’t need to put in the time and effort to get what they want. I know that not all kids are like this, but I have seen more and more kids and players like this in recent years. 

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Three tips for tipping

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

Being able to tip the puck effectively is a skill most goal scorers excel at. And since scoring goals is something that many girls’ hockey teams struggle with, I thought I’d share three quick tips on how to tip the puck more effectively.

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How did she do that?

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

The best female hockey players in the world have got all the basic skills down pat – they can all skate, pass, shoot, stickhandle and check effectively. For many young players, being able to execute basic skills at the right time, while under pressure and while moving at high speeds, is very challenging. But when you put the best players from across the country together to compete for a spot on the national team, you can see that they’ve all got the ability. So if they can all do the basic things well, what separates the best in this group from the rest?

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The top five skills for forwards and defensemen

 

By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

In order to be an elite level hockey player, you’ve got to be able to skate, shoot, pass, stickhandle and check effectively at high speeds. There are lots of players out there who have those skills, but do they actually know how to play their position effectively? For both forwards and defensemen, there are five position-specific abilities that you must excel at in order to play at the elite level.

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