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My  coaching  style

My experience in the hockey field is huge. In addition to being among the 6% of Quebecers who have managed to be drafted by the NHL, I was able to do well despite a serious back injury that prevented me from performing with the Montreal Canadiens. And like any player who sees his dream slip through his fingers, I moved completely away from hockey for many years, before rebuilding myself mentally and becoming stronger.

 

That's why a few years ago, I made a remarkable comeback in hockey, but as a personal hockey skills coach, calling himself  “The Hockey Skills Improver”! I share my technical expertise, my zest for life and my intensity with players who need it and who, like me when I was young, had the dream of achieving a professional hockey career. In doing so, I help them avoid many obstacles that could normally slow them down.

 

My coaching strength lies in my strict approach to achieve excellence in every facet of the game, while keeping a human attitude that makes me a favorite choice for all of my students, as young or as old as they are or as ungifted or as talented as they become - I stay true to myself no matter how young or old my clients are, no matter if they have a natural gift or not and no matter how talented they have become. I know what it takes to have a successful professional hockey career and I won't give up until my clients achieve a high standard of performance for quick and amazing results.

 

That’s why I excel with any hockey player, because I understand them, I know their dreams, I know what they go through and I can support them in their process towards excellence in this magnificent sport that is hockey.

 

Hockey is still in my heart, even though now it’s less in my legs and my shoulders…

 

an  optimization  specialist

 

The one and only way to get great results is to do an excellent analysis of the player's technical weaknesses in a game situation. By doing so, the goals that need to be achieved become clearer and the pitfalls can be quickly overcome. I can then become an inspired collaborator and a heartfelt partner in the constant progress of the player.

 

Because excellence is not only in mastering the techniques of skating or shooting, but it also lies in a winning attitude, this is why my preliminary analysis of a player's weaknesses consists of the following points:

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Skating

Balance

Powerful strides

Explosion

Acceleration

Low center of gravity

Agility

Speed

Mobility

Change of direction

Forward-backward crossovers

Stopping

Tight turn

Transitions

Use of all specific muscles

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Shooting

Weight transfer

Wrist shot – power, precision and in stride

Slap throw - power, precision and in stride

Swept throw - power, precision and in stride

backhand shot - power, precision and in stride

Weight transfer pass - power, precision and in stride

Saucer pass - power, precision and in stride

Screen shot

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Stick Handling

Stick grip (lower and upper part)

Weight transfer

Feeling of the puck

Agility

Face-offs

Soft hands

Dekes

Puck protection

Facing the play

Poke checking

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Physical Shape

Endurance

Breathing

Peripheral vision

Body Check - Giving and receiving

Blocking shots

How to defend yourself in a fight

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Equipment

Skate lacing

Height, flex and curve of the stick

Helmet and visor

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Hockey Sense

Create opportunities

Give yourself options

Guarding defensively

Getting open offensively

Reading the play

Create open space

Positioning in all 3 zones

Action reaction

Game anticipation

Cutting passes

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Mental Approach

Love for the game

Detect the opponent's weaknesses

Take advantage of the opponent's weaknesses

Consistency

Spectacular

Creative

Aggressiveness versus violence

Disciplined

Shooting frequently

Able to intimidate (master on the ice)

Surprising the opponent

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Attitude On The Ice

Does he work in both directions of the rink?

Is he responsible defensively?

Is he a «Puck Hug»

Is he arrogant?

What does he do with his puck possession time?

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Attitude On The Bench

Does he complain to the referee?

Does he encourage his teammates?

Is he a team player?

Years  of  hard work  that  paid  off

My expertise in the field of hockey is wide and varied. Since I returned to this world in 2013, I have held many positions in several organizations. From chief operating officer for the Guimond sports complex, to president of the Emperors hockey program at Letendre College and to head coach jobs for the USPHL Western Rebels and for the Ulysses M15 Division 1 program. With the astonishing results that these-my teams achieved, I am always ready to take on new challenges that come to my way.

 

The success of my team optimization program is simple; 70 percent of the technical benefits of my individual skills coaching program and 30 percent of the performance of the practice drills, along with sound advice to head coaches.

 

Main  points

 

Targeted choices of exercises based on the current weaknesses of the team

Accurate coordinated execution of exercises to save fractions of seconds

Application of basic techniques and their improvement of execution speed

Support and advice for coaches to make their lives easier

Coaching behind the bench during matches

Consultation with coaches after matches

Detection of negative and positive leaders

Identify behaviors leading to leadership

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A successful exercise is when the player fights his reflex by applying the technique that will make him feel he is at his maximum capacity by using all the muscles necessary to gain speed and execution time.

Eric Tremblay