Attention Coaches
July 9, 2007

Do you have a minor hockey coach in your family? Are they looking for ways to get better, to become a better coach?

Well why not Hockey Canada Skills Development Coaching Manuals?

The manuals are user-friendly, ensuring coaches have the time to work on the development of their players, and not trying to figure out how the drills work.

“It was important to make them user-friendly so that a coach can look at the plan in the binder, take it out, put it in the plastic sleeve and take it to practice without having to worry about making their own practice plans,” says Corey McNabb, manager of player development for Hockey Canada. “It saves a coach a lot of time and it ensures if the plans are followed that the skills are taught in the proper progressions. Coaches are busy, often going from work straight to the rink, so giving them a user friendly resource will ensure they will use it for development of their players.”

Hockey Canada Skills Development Coaching Manuals work as a guide for the coach, allowing for flexibility depending on the players and the team, while helping the coach gain the confidence and creativity needed to design their own lesson plans.

The manuals include four sets of six lesson plans, each with specific goals and objectives. The lesson plans allow for a fun-based approach to teaching, while still achieving the goal of teaching fundamental skills.

Manuals have been designed for a variety of age groups, including Initiation, Novice, Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget. There is also a manual for goaltenders.

Each Hockey Canada Skills Development Coaching Manual sells for $34.95, and can be purchased in one of two ways: through Breakaway, the official store of Hockey Canada, at 1-800-667-2242, or through your local Hockey Canada Branch or Regional Centre.

Check out to find our where your local Branch or Regional Centre is located.

Featured skill development drill with Craig Hartsburg – head coach, 2007 National Junior Team:

Own the Dot – Peewee Manual, pg. 22

“As far as I am concerned, puck protection is an under-valued skill. Especially with the new standard of play, the player, or the team that can protect the puck will definitely succeed. This drill helps players improve this skill”

“As coaches, it is essential for us to continue to work on skills at all levels. It is really important to incorporate skill development in your practice plans. Watching a player improve his or her skills is one of the best parts of coaching.”

Featured skill development drill with Melody Davidson – general manager, National Women’s Team:

Double Give-and-Go – Peewee Manual, pg. 62

“This type of drill develops passing, pass reception timing and communication skills which are a team having success.”

“With the new standard of play at all levels of hockey, there is more room to jump into open ice. The quicker players and teams can move the puck, the quicker the game becomes and makes it difficult on opposing defensemen”

“Skill development is important at levels. Coaches need to be creative in maximizing how many times a young player gets to tough the puck during a practice. As an example, on breakout drills, let the kids mill around in the neutral zone passing the puck between five of them, and they dump it in on the coach’s cue.”

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)


Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-669-1261 (mobile)


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)


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