Pro hockey is a lifestyle
Professional hockey player development has evolved into a lifestyle top players need to live. It’s a lifestyle that focuses on the speed and skills that are crucial elements of the new generation game. More and more players use dynamic skills with the puck on their stick.
There are 5 basic skills needed to play this game: skating, body contact, stick handling, passing and shooting. It is well documented in many world-class athletic magazines and books written by professional coaches and mentors; it takes 10,000 hrs to be a master of any one skill.
Pro Puck Control
In Pro Puck Control the focus will be mastery of 3 basic skills: stick handling, shooting, and passing. Instruction and practice will include moving the puck in traffic, play making, protection of the puck, passing and receiving, shot release accuracy and speed, creating time, space and gap control.
Pro Skating Skills
Skating skills will include skating laterally with the puck, balancing, turning, agility, change of speed, edges and quick starts. This happens automatically when adapting and adjusting feet for puck protection, shooting, passing/receiving and changing speed to find open space and holes to create chances.
players say it best
Tyler Toffoli #73, Los Angeles Kings
Thanks to coach Tate Philips stick skills development I learned to be very creative with the puck and see the game with confidence as my puck skills became exceptional. He has also helped me understand the little things of puck protection and gap controls on one on one situations of the game.
Ryan O'Reilly #90, Buffalo Sabers
Thanks to coach Tate for three years of my life. In my early years as a teenager he fined tune the skills I needed to play in the National Hockey League. He is the best teacher of the game when it comes to breaking a play down and correcting the individual skills needed to get to the next level.