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Sharpening Hockey Sense: The Power of Small Area Games

By The Coaches Site, 11/24/23, 12:45PM EST

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Auston Matthews's off-season trainer shares his wisdom

This presentation explains how hockey sense can be developed, why decision making and technical skills need to be coupled, and much more.

Brian Slugocki has been playing and working in hockey for nearly 30 years. His current roles include Director of Skill Development for the Jr. Coyotes youth program, Skill Development Consultant for the NHL Arizona Coyotes and prospects, Head Coach of a 10u elite team, Skills Coach for Total Package Hockey (TPH) and he runs private and small group training for youth players up to NHL players through his company Slugocki Hockey.

Is that the guy who trains Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews in the off-season? Why yes it is.

“Not every mechanic is qualified to work on luxury vehicles. Just like every skills coach isn’t qualified to work with the game’s elite players,” said Aaron Wilbur, The Coaches Site Founder. “It takes a commitment to your craft and the acquisition of knowledge, along with years of experience. This sums up Brian Slugocki. Few coaches have built such a diverse tool box both in terms of their technical insights and in how they relate to their athletes. It’s why the biggest names in hockey trust Brian with optimising their performance.”

In this Global Skills Showcase presentation, Slugocki explains how small area games can help sharpen every aspect of your team. There’s more to mashing drills together to create a practice plan, it’s about designing practices to develop hockey sense.

Become a member of The Coaches Site to watch the entire presentation, along with 500+ hours of video from hockey’s top coaches, leaders and performance experts.


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