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The Hockey Coaching Bible

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The Hockey Coaching Bible

Featuring the insights, strategies, and experiences of the sport's top coaches, The Hockey Coaching Bible sets a new standard for those who teach the game, develop the players, and dominate the ice. Whether head coach or assistant, at the youth level or professional, you will find a wealth of information to improve performance and strengthen your program.
You'll go inside the game with 16 of hockey's most respected teachers:

Every facet of coaching is covered. The book features the most effective drills for developing players at each position and in-game strategies for various game situations, including offensive, defensive, and neutral-zone play and power plays and penalty kills.
In addition to on-ice Xs and Os, you'll find sage advice for building a program from the ground up, furthering your professional development as a coach, and gaining community and parental support for projecting a positive image and earning the respect of your players and supporters.
Never has there been a more comprehensive coaching resource on the game. With The Hockey Coaching Bible, you'll build your program into a powerhouse.
Chapter 1 Keeping a Balance
Bill Cleary
Chapter 2 Coaching With Integrity
Tom Anastos
Chapter 3 Communicating a Team Mission
Guy Gadowsky
Chapter 4 Acting as a Professional
Mike Schafer
Chapter 5 Gaining Community and Parent Support
Marty Palma
Chapter 6 Building a High School Program
Hal Tearse
Chapter 7 Planning and Conducting Productive Practices
Mike Cavanaugh
Chapter 8 Skills for Defensemen
Jack Parker
Chapter 9 Skills for Forwards
Rick Comley
Chapter 10 Skills for Goaltenders
Joe Bertagna
Chapter 11 Defensive Zone Play
Mark Dennehy
Chapter 12 Neutral Zone Play
Ben Smith
Chapter 13 Offensive Zone Attack
E.J. McGuire
Chapter 14 Special Teams and Situations
George Gwozdecky and Michael Zucker
Chapter 15 Scouting Opponents
Nate Leaman
Chapter 16 International Play
Mike Eaves
About the Editor
About the Contributors

Coaches of both men’s and women’s ice hockey teams at the junior, club, high school, and collegiate levels of competition.


  • Joe Bertagna

    “For those of us who were fortunate to play college hockey, the lessons we learned there, on and off the ice, have never gone away. The Hockey Coaching Bible presents the best of these lessons from an array of coaches, some still active and some retired. The messages collected in this book are sure to help hockey coaches and players at all levels of the game.”

    Mike Eruzione-- Captain, 1980 U.S. Olympic Team

    “The hockey world is full of colorful, passionate characters. Joe Bertagna has culled some of the best and brightest from this world to collaborate on a range of coaching topics. These guys know the game intimately and deliver insightful perspectives to current or aspiring coaches. Better—and cheaper—than any coaching clinic you can find!”

    Mike Milbury-- NBC Sports Network Analyst and Former NHL Player and Coach

    “Some of the great coaching minds from college hockey have come together in one place to give young coaches all they need for success. They cover every aspect from building a program to setting an example for honest behavior. This is a must-read for any young hockey coach.”

    Bobby Orr-- NHL Hall of Fame Defenseman

    “Hockey coaching really is several vocations rolled into one—a process that combines constant teaching, communication, and counseling with full-time study of the sport. Every time a coach runs a practice, coaches a game, or watches a game, he or she sees something new. The Hockey Coaching Bible gathers many of those observations into one volume that is sure to be useful for coaches, players, parents, and fans of our great sport.”

    Gary Bettman-- Commissioner National Hockey League

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