John Russo

Coaching defensemen

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Most defensemen coaches are assistants at almost all levels.  While they may also be in charge of the penalty kill and/or some other aspect of the team strategy, their primary duties are working with and directing defensemen, including during games.

Consequently, there are several pretty specific and a few more general things that they must do to optimize the defense group.

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Performance

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

I was most recently talking to a high school coach and mentioned that I want “performance” from my players – and if I got it I didn’t care if we won the game or not. The coach asked me to define “performance” and did I really think that was the only thing that mattered.My response went something like what I’ve written below.

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Hockey coaching should really be called hockey motivating

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Each year (for 25 years), I have had a guest writer for the “Coaches Corner” – to provide a new and fresh view from an outstanding young coach.

A Wayzata native, Judd Stevens starred at Wayzata High School where he earned All-Conference, All-Metro and All-State honors and was a 2001 Mr. Hockey finalist in his senior year. He went on to be a part of two national championships for the University of Minnesota, and was captain in 2004-05. He was Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-WCHA in 2003-05, then went on to play pro hockey in Sweden.

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Offseason hockey training: Untangling the web

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Each year (for 25 years), I have had a guest writer for the “Coaches Corner” – to provide a new and fresh view from an outstanding young coach.

A Wayzata native, Judd Stevens starred at Wayzata High School where he earned All-Conference, All-Metro and All-State honors and was a 2001 Mr. Hockey finalist in his senior year. He went on to be a part of two national championships for the University of Minnesota, and was captain in 2004-05. He was Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-WCHA in 2003-05, then went on to play pro hockey in Sweden.

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Seven characteristics of elite defensemen

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Each year (for 25 years), I have had a Guest Writer for the “Coaches Corner” – to provide a new and fresh view from an outstanding young coach.

A Wayzata native, Judd Stevens starred at Wayzata High School where he earned All-Conference, All-Metro, and All-State honors and was a Mr. Hockey finalist in his (2001) senior year. He went on to be part of two national championships for the University of Minnesota, and was captain in 2004-05. He was Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-WCHA in 2003-20, then went on to play pro hockey in Sweden.

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