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January 19, 2017

Pavel Datsyuk Stickhandling – Was He Only Average?

Pavel Datsyuk Stickhandling Training – Was He Only Average?

In this video, I’m going to explain why you probably have more talent than Datsyuk.

Yes, that’s right.

You have more talent than Datsyuk.

You’re probably watching these clips right now and thinking that I’m nuts. And you’re right.

Datsyuk wasn’t known as the magic man because he had more talent and skill. He was known as the magic man because he had magic mechanics.

His mechanics allowed him to use less skill to achieve more magic.

Confused?

Did you know that cross country skiers have way more aerobic capacity than runners? So their lungs and hearts can process oxygen way better than runners.

But if you put a skier in a race with a runner – the runner wins every time.

Why? Because the runner has better mechanics.

Datsyuk has better mechanics than most players. At Train 2.0 we call them magic mechanics.

His mechanics literally make it EASY for him to display magical skill.

Your mechanics make it hard to display magical skill. You’ve practiced all these drills to develop your hands, but the mechanics you are using are making it really hard. Kind of like the skier trying to run.

The most important part of Datsyuk’s magic mechanics is his hip movements. Everyone thinks he has the best hands. He really has the best hips.

The two things he did better than anyone is the hip scissor and the 45 degree step. I’ve mentioned both in my McDavid and Karlsson video breakdowns.

What if you had more talent and skill than Datsyuk and you had just been taught the wrong mechanics? What if there was a way to literally make a quantum leap in your development?

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– Jason

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December 10, 2015

[Video] The Skill that Makes Deceptive Players

One thing elite players do to be deceptive

I’ve spoken poorly about goalies, tried to give advice to them, and shared some embarrassing stories. That said, I have a large amount of respect for them and what they do. Unbeknownst to most of my audience (slightly on purpose), I do actually know a fair amount about goalie mechanics, purely out of some weirdo interest I have. I somehow always end up beside them in the dressing room (maybe because I’m about as weird as them)…and I love it because I usually pick their brain on goalie-ing techniques, learning techniques and strategies. What strikes me is that they usually have a much stronger grasp of skill development and learning philosophy than the average player.

For this reason, in my first year with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, I asked my goalie for some feedback. I think I just said to him, “give me some feedback” to see what he would come up with.

He told me, “You are very predictable.”

So I asked, “What does that mean? How can I change that?”

He replied, “I don’t really know, but you’re really predictable with the puck.”

Not really the super detailed and technical feedback I was hoping for. But helpful nonetheless – at least it gave me a place to start.

So I started noticing which players were more deceptive and harder for me to check. Then I observed what they did differently. You might imagine that there is probably traits that they exhibit that predictable players don’t, and you’d be right? After a while, I noticed one subtle thing that they did: they moved the puck first.

I will pause here to tell you that if you are already very deceptive and skilled, you will probably only be mildly intrigued by this article, primarily through a sense of validation. Otherwise, it won’t be useful to you. But if you are moderately skilled and you find yourself having a hard time creating time and space for yourself, this article might have some good information for you to apply immediately.

So let’s say you’re playing as predictable you…you start at the goal line and skate down the ice towards the right boards and the far blueline. Then you want to change direction to where the far blueline and left boards connect.

As predictable you, you would turn and shift your whole body to change direction.

As deceptive you, you move the puck with a roll of your wrist, and then your stick, arm, shoulder, chest, hips, legs, and feet would follow the puck in that order.

As predictable you, the defenseman (who is an expert body language reader) easily picks up on your intended movement because your entire body is SCREAMING “I’M GONNA GO THAT WAY!!”

As deceptive you, the defenseman (who is told not to look at the puck) starts to read your movement a split second later because the only body signal you give that you’re planning on changing direction is a quick and subtle flick of the wrist. This split second of difference makes players who routinely change direction by moving puck first more deceptive.

Of course, the deceptive version of you will need to improve their stickhandling precision to be able to carry out this change. But that’s why you’re here isn’t it? To get better? I thought so.

Here is a video showing some changes a player made over the course of about 5 minutes by starting to change the habit of moving puck first to change direction. You’ll first notice that the puck is flicked into open space with a roll of a wrist, and then his body catches up. You’ll also notice that at first he seems to be working very hard to change direction. You’ll then notice that in the second clip his change of direction becomes more effortless as he becomes more comfortable with the skill. Effortless grace is another trait of deceptive players.

Before you watch and try this drill, let me tell you that we preceded it with about 50 minutes of changing this player’s habit from being an arm-based stickhandler to using his top wrist to stickhandle. But more on that coming later….

 

Watch for this trait of moving the puck first in the skilled and deceptive players on your team. Then go ahead and practice this in practice. Soon it will become automatic.

-Jason

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January 15, 2015

Ubyssey Edition – How to Improve your stickhandling

In this “Frosted Tips” article, I had the chance to interview my teammate, Anthony Bardaro, on his tips for improving your stickhandling.

Check out this link: HERE

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.

P.S. If you liked this article because it was different than most Drone Coach advice, and you’d like to get to work on becoming a Hockey Wizard, then click here to check out the benefits of becoming a Train 2.0 Member.