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Faceoffs and How to Teach Them, with Todd Woodcroft

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How do you start the game? How do you start the shift? How do you start a powerplay or a penalty kill? Faceoffs. It takes a lot of practice time to perfect faceoff plays, but it’s a crucial aspect of the game, especially if you are coaching at a level where there is parity. It’s not just the centreman either, it’s a collective of the wingers and the defensemen as well. From the coach’s perspective, it’s as close to a controlled environment we get.

So we’d better have a plan. Have a look at how coach Woodcroft prepares his players for faceoffs.


    
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Todd Woodcroft

Todd Woodcroft was most recently Head Coach for Vermont men’s hockey team. Woodcroft was previously an Assistant Coach with the Winnipeg Jets an...





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