Wednesday Drill of the Week: Bandits Backcheck

Coach Chris Hall

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A backcheck/transition drill this week.

The drill starts with five O players stationary – two F’s below the goal line, one high F3 and two D on the blueline. X starts with the puck on the half wall.

On the whistle, X takes off with the puck. The D play the rush while F3 backpressures the puck carrier (or however you structure your backchecks). Either the D or F3 angle the puck carrier into the wall and force a turnover while the other player retrieves the puck and quickly transitions it up ice to either F. The defensive team then transitions to a 3v0 attack on net (D join the play).

To add another element to the drill, place two defensive D down low with the forwards below the goal line for a 3v2 offensive attack.

I really like this drill as a transition, gap, reattack game scenario for all…

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The Cutting Edge to Skate Sharpening

By Jim Johnson

Equipment is essential to the game of ice hockey and one of the most frequently overlooked components is that of the skate blade.  At every level of the game it is imperative for players to appreciate the importance of having their blades sharpened correctly.  It should be the goal of every hockey player to understand the elements of the skate blade and the value of having the blades sharpened correctly. 

 Having played in the National Hockey League for 13+ years and having coached at various levels from amateur to professional, I have a keen understanding of the advantages of having the skate blade properly sharpened.  As a player and a coach I have taken an interest in “what makes the best skaters in hockey the best?”  Not only have I realized the importance of a fundamentally sound skating stride but the underlying theme to success is often…

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Kant’s Morality: Summary and Problems


Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is one of the most important and influential modern philosophers. He was born in Königsberg, the ancient, seven-bridged Prussian capital which became, in 1945 (after deportation of most of the German population to the Gulag archipelago), the bizarre Russian Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad. It is said that Kant never traveled further than 10 miles from his home town in all of his 79 years. It is also said that Kant, who was a lifelong bachelor and a caricatured embodiment of stern Prussian sensibilities, never deviated from his schedule by a single minute, so that local townsfolk could ‘set their watches’ by his daily walks. However unlikely (or apocryphal) these stories remain, they do not diminish the legacy Kant has left to the world of ideas. Considered somewhat of a ‘late-bloomer’, Kant’s first major work, the Critique of Pure Reason, appeared in 1781 when he was 47…

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Diversity Your Services Mix.


If you want to remain in business, you will have to diversify the services that you will offer your customers. For example, if you offer skate sharpening only, you will need to consider offering a complimentary service such as Profiling. I tell my customers that profiling their skates is as important as finding the correct radius of hollow—they compliment each other.

Also, selecting the most profitable Retail items to stock in your shop is tricky: Market Trends are shifting year to year. What is hot one year, is cold the next year.

Here is a call to every Member of SSU: we need to work together to identify what is selling in our shops, what are the profit margins, do we have a reliable distributor that will deliver our orders on time; what do our customers want?

Howie’s Hockey Tape is a big seller in my shop. I only stock LS2 & LS3 Edge Blades in my shop due to the ubiquity of the Bauer Brand. I am specializing in Bauer products which leads to another opportunity to retrofit a customers older skates with the Tuuk Quikrelease Holders ( something I haven’t done yet, but I will consider it over the summer).

Lastly, the new Sparx Home Sharpener is set to launch in April. Their YouTube Channel has over 90,000 views, so we need to understand that they will be our competition. What do we offer our customers that will bring them back to our Shops? Do we have something unique that the other Stores/Shops don’t  ie, do we have products that are out of the mainstream? Do we need to focus on online sales or affiliate marketing eg. Why do our customers like our service? What do they dislike about our Service? How do we keep our customers loyal or is there such a thing?

I would consider diversifying your Services & Marketing Mix to stay current and viable into the future. I always appreciate your comments and your input.

David Carlson/Karlsson