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Private Lessons

Private Lessons

All private lessons begin with a discussion between the athlete and parents to gather information about the goals for the lesson.  Once on the ice, the instructor will put the athlete through a thorough evaluation to determine the players strengths and weaknesses.  The instructor will start with rudimentary drills and progress to more complicated drills/patterns once the athlete has mastered the specific skill.  Although most players want to become Patrick Kane, it is important to become proficient in the smaller details of the game to build a strong foundation.  The ultimate goal for our instructors is for each player to reach their full potential. 

Do private lessons work

Yes!  Although Rome wasn’t built in a day, the key to success is repetition under the watchful eye of a professional coach.  It is really hard for the head coach of a youth team to spend quality time with each athlete during practice to work on their individual weaknesses.  This is where private lessons help athletes make progress. The lessons help build upon their current abilities and make significant improvements on their weaknesses. MOST athletes finish their lesson feeling CONFIDENT and wanting to showcase their new skills.   

Skills to train in private lessons, but not limited too

Power Skating

                Edge control (inside/outside edge/mohawk),

                Stride efficiency (technique/length/acceleration/resistance training)

                Cross-overs (push under technique/forwards/backwards)

                Explosiveness (starts/power crossover/lateral crossover)

Stick Handling

                Basic movements (neutral grip/wide dribble/hip pocket/backhand hip pocket)

                Advanced movements (toe drag/backhand pull/inside-outside fake)

Shooting to Score

                Basic movements (wrist shot/backhand)

                Advanced movements (snap shot/slap shot/shooting off the rush/catch & release/one timers)


                Basic movements (forehand/backhand)

                Advanced movements (forehand-backhand sauce/indirect/deception/look offs)

Body Contact/Puck Protection

                Basic movements (angling/stick-to-body lifts/shoulder to shoulder)

                Advanced movements (open ice/hip check/receiving contact/puck protection)


Position Specific Training


                 Offensive zone (blue line footwork/shooting efficiency/joining the rush)

                 Defending the rush (power crossover/backward c-cut/gap control slide/1v1/2v2)

                 Defensive zone (breakouts/using the net/stick-body position/corner battles/blocking shots)


                 Offensive zone (cycling/puck protection/quick release/tipping pucks/goal line attacks)

                 Attacks (1v1 moves/puck distribution/generating speed through the neutral zone)

                 Defensive zone (breakouts/stick-body position/blocking shots)


From Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. Page 30.

"It is those who are successful, in other words, who are most likely to be given the kinds of special opportunities that lead to further success. It's the rich who get the biggest tax breaks. It's the best students who get the best teaching and most attention. And it's the biggest nine- and ten-year-olds who get the most coaching and practice. Success is the result of what sociologists like to call "accumulative advantage." The professional hockey player starts out a little bit better than his peers. And that little difference leads to an opportunity that makes that difference a little bigger, and that edge in turn leads to another opportunity, which makes the initially small difference bigger still - and on, and on until the hockey player is a genuine outlier. But he didn't start out an outlier. He started out just a little bit better.”