Kim McCullough

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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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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The perfect shot


By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

It happens in every girls’ hockey game I watch. A player gets the puck in the slot with a clear lane to the net, and they end up passing it to a player in a worse scoring position or they take too long to make a decision and turn over the puck. Girls’ hockey players are guilty of waiting for the perfect shot. Instead of getting pucks and bodies to net, and finding ways to score ‘greasy’ goals, they squander great scoring chances. I’m sure you’ve seen it before, too.

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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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The give and take of girls’ hockey


By Kim McCullough, M.Sc, YCS

Puck possession is an interesting stat to track in girls’ hockey. While it’s nice to see your team have the puck more often than the bad guys, I’m sure you’ve seen many instances where one team dominates the other in terms of time with the puck and the team with less time of possession wins. A more critical stat to look at is your giveaway-to-takeaway ratio.

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