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Play Better Hockey : The Essential Skills for Player Development - RON DAVIDSON

Play Better Hockey

The Essential Skills for Player Development

Paperback Published: 7th November 2017
ISBN: 9781770859753
Number Of Pages: 160

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Learn the very same skills that Connor McDavid and Auston Mathews use to dominate the NHL!

Following the smash success of Play Better Hockey, the second edition of Ron Davidson's best-selling volume has been retooled with even more individual skill advancements for the modern player.

From fundamentals to high-level skills, Play Better Hockey gives players the tools they need to become the next superstars of the NHL by focusing on the development of individual hockey skills and by promoting a mastery of body positioning, skating and stick work. Learning these skills gives players a strong fundamental understanding of how to move effectively on the ice in any gameplay situation.

The skills are organized to allow readers to progress from fundamentals in skating and stick work to advanced moves in dekeing and deception.

Davidson's progressive-learning approach teaches beginners the proper techniques, hones the skills of intermediate-level players and challenges elite players with the additional skills they need.

Below are a few of the skills players can be expected to learn in this retooled second edition:

  • Drive and delay
  • Heel-to-heel turns
  • Tight turns
  • Extending your reach
  • Receiving off-target shooting
  • Shot-blocking techniques
  • Tip-ins and deflections
  • Shooting between your legs
  • The Forsberg deke
  • The Datsyuk deke
  • The outside-edge reverse
  • And many more...
  • 'Davidson makes the point in his introduction that even those well versed in the sport of hockey can learn - the greats are great because they never stop learning and practicing. The technical knowledge contained within the book is fantastic but is not overwhelming due to the highly visual presentation... This book is laid out in a way that even a beginner like me can follow it through and get some good ideas - or at least an understanding of what is happening in the good 'ole hockey game. However, the advanced beginner or aspiring player would get a lot more from it. Davidson has laid out the topics from gearing up to skating essentials down to dekeing and deception to breakaways and all the puckhandling, passing and shooting you can wish for in between. This book would appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about hockey or a hockey player that wants to learn how to play a stronger game' - Alison Edwards, Resource Links.

    ISBN: 9781770859753
    ISBN-10: 1770859756
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 160
    Published: 7th November 2017
    Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
    Country of Publication: CA
    Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 19.7  x 1.0
    Weight (kg): 0.5
    Edition Number: 2
    Edition Type: Revised

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