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February 27, 2014

Belfry Stickhandling

Sometimes I get to watch videos or come across resources that illuminates things that I see, but don’t really recognize a pattern yet. The proverbial “Aha!” moment. This is one of those videos.

Oftentimes you see players that are good stick handlers….they seem to do something different. I wasn’t really able to pick up on exactly what it was they did differently. This video shows what that is. As soon as I saw this video, I went out to my team’s practice and immediately noticed that the best puck handlers on my team had this habit.

Increasing puck contact time while stick handling seems to be a priority of Belfry. If you’ve seen the Patrick Kane stick handling video, you’ve probably seen that he stick handles in a very distinct way. Belfry is his skill coach, so I assume that this was taught to him.

If you’ve ever seen Datsyuk stickhandle, especially in warm up, he also uses this technique. I have video of him in warm up which I’ll post soon.

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February 25, 2014


I was inspired to write this post after meeting some family in Winnipeg. One of my cousins that I’d never met before turns out to be quite a hockey player, and we chatted a bit about why I do what I do after my own games. While I share my guidelines for recovery with my clients in the summer time, I wanted to write a blog post to put down my latest thoughts on an important subject: recovery. This article will have a broad scope because I’m going to talk about my thoughts on recovery in general, and also my specific habits that I engage in to aid my recovery after games and practices.

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February 18, 2014


Reading a book called “Thinking” edited by John Brockman put me back in touch with my concept of TENERGY. I said I would further explain my idea of TNERGY and why it’s important to consider in my post on my hockey sense model.

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February 11, 2014

Coaches as Habit Makers

I was coaching atom players the other day, and I was the assistant coach on the ice so didn’t have complete control over the group. I noticed that many of the young players were not keeping good habits. For example, they were not paying attention to what their sticks were doing during the drill: some had them in the air, some had them flying around out of control, and yet some had them trailing behind them as they skated. Had this been my practice, I would have stopped the drill and made each of the players aware of their stick behaviour. We wouldn’t have moved on until each of the players had perfect stick behaviour during the drill. This may sound extreme, but I consider my role as a coach to be the supreme habit maker.
February 4, 2014


Injunctification: big word…but what does it mean? How does our obsessions with the way things were cause us to make poor decisions that impact our future?
February 4, 2014

10,000 Hours – What you probably don’t know

I’ve been making the distinction between deliberate practice and just practice. Deep work and shallow work.

10,000 hours can be deceptive, if you think that all you need to do is practice or try something for 10,000 hours. When Eriksson did his study, his estimate of what made greatness was 10,000 hours of DELIBERATE practice. Deliberate practice is full engagement, the brain is struggling and completely focused on its task. The attention of the brain cannot be diverted elsewhere because it is so engaged in the task at hand.

Deliberate practice is synonymous with “deep work”. For example, shallow work is answering emails and texts, arranging documents, checking Facebook, etc.. Deep work is value producing work.

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February 4, 2014

Patrick Kane and Darryl Belfry

Patrick Kane and Darryl Belfry

I’ve mentioned Darryl Belfry before on my blog, mostly because I look up to him in terms of his approach to coaching. A friend of mine recently sent me this article as a corollary to my “Coaching: Cause vs Effect” article. His comment was that the coach of the future will focus more on analytics than on outcome. I couldn’t agree more.