Coaching Hockey Successfully

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Human Kinetics, 2003 - Medical - 227 pages
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There's a lot more to coaching hockey than teaching players how to shoot a puck. You have to train them to execute advanced skills and tactics, evaluate their technique, and give them exercises and drills to hone their skills. Additionally, you have to organize your team, select equipment, motivate your players, plan practices, and pull everything together for competitive play.

Coaching Hockey Successfullymakes all these tasks much easier by guiding you through every aspect of the coach's role giving you a blueprint for establishing a successful program. It's an all-encompassing manual for beginning coaches and a thorough reference for more experienced coaches.

Author Dennis “Red” Gendron has coached hockey at nearly every level of competition, from youth summer clinics to NHL teams, and his teams have won everything from high school state championships to a Stanley Cup. In Coaching Hockey SuccessfullyGendron shares his experiences and wealth of knowledge to help you build your own winning hockey program.

Coaching Hockey Successfullygives you advanced skills, drills, and strategies for play in the defensive, neutral, and offensive zones. The book addresses a wide spectrum of vital coaching topics:

- Developing a program philosophy
- Motivating players
- Planning the season
- Preparing for practices
- Building a feeder system
- Handling game situations
- Evaluating performance

You'll find helpful information on special teams, bench coaching, scouting, and program analysis, plus sample practice plans to guide you through the season.

Whether you're new to coaching or merely looking for more effective ways to teach hockey techniques and tactics, you can turn to Coaching Hockey Successfullyfor expert advice and insights to help you round out your program.

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About the author (2003)


Over the past 20 years Dennis “Red” Gendron has coached hockey at nearly every level—with consistently great results. As a high school coach he was twice named Coach of the Year for high school hockey in Vermont and led his team to four state championships; as an assistant coach at the University of Maine, he steered his players to an NCAA championship; and as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils, he helped guide the team all the way to a 1995 Stanley Cup. He has also coached the Albany River Rats, a minor professional team, and the US National Junior Team, a national select team that competes internationally. He is presently a professional scout for the Devils.

Through the years, Gendron has attended countless hockey symposiums as both participant and presenter at venues all over North America and in Europe. In addition to his coaching experiences, he is known as one of the finest hockey clinicians in the world. He has spent most of the last 20 summers working with players from the earliest stages of their development to those who compete at the most accomplished levels. He previously served as USA Hockey's New England Director of Coaching Education, and he has been very active as a Huron Hockey School Instructor.

Gendron has a master's degree in education administration from the University of Maine at Orono. He lives in Clifton Park, New York, with his wife Janet. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, coaching softball, and reading.

K. Vern Stenlund is a leading hockey instructor who played professionally and has coached at all levels. He is also a consultant to the Huron Hockey School and has assisted in establishing satellite clinics in the United States and Canada.

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