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Authors Ryan Walter and Mike Johnston draw on their NHL coaching experience to pack Hockey Plays and Strategies full of offensive, defensive, and special play systems proven to succeed in the fast-paced and agile style of hockey played today. Don’t get caught chasing the puck. Rely on Hockey Plays and Strategies to put you in line for the win!
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Carve out a spot on your bench, and in your library, for hockey’s most comprehensive playbook.
Hockey Plays and Strategies presents all of the popular offensive, defensive, and special teams systems used in today’s game, as well as tactical advice on making in-game adjustments and player match-ups at every level of play.
Veteran coaches Ryan Walter and Mike Johnston share more than 160 plays, systems, and strategies to control the ice and light up the net. In this one-of-a-kind guide, you’ll learn these skills:
Puck movement within the neutral zone to set up for attack zone entry and scoring chances on the rush
Capitalizing on all odd-man rush scoring chances and shutting down the opposition’s opportunities
Executing lock-down defensive play in all zones to eliminate good scoring chances and shots on goal
More than 25 power play systems for both the one-man and two-man advantage to keep the defense off balance and produce more scoring chances
Penalty kill strategies that will stymie any attack and routinely clear the zone
Controlling the puck and breaking up the opposition’s play with aggressive forechecking and backchecking strategies
Controlling the game with top-notch game management tips on line pairings and changes, key momentum changers, and many more in-game adjustments to keep your opponents on their heels throughout the game
Whether you’re an experienced coach or taking the coaching reigns for the first time, Hockey Plays and Strategies will guide smart, consistent, and winning play.
Part I Offensive Play for Forwards and Defensemen
Chapter 1. Breakouts
Chapter 2. Neutral Zone Counters and Regroups
Chapter 3. Offensive Zone Entries
Chapter 4. Attack Zone
Chapter 5. Power Plays
Part II Defensive Play for Forwards and Defensemen
Chapter 6. Forechecking
Chapter 7. Neutral Zone Forechecking and Backchecking
Chapter 8. Defensive Zone Entries
Chapter 9. Defensive Zone Coverage
Chapter 10. Penalty Kills
Part III Special Game Situations
Chapter 11. Face-Offs
Chapter 12. Bench Management and Line Changes
Ryan Walter is an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. He played more than 1,000 games over 15 seasons with the Washington Capitals, Montreal Canadiens, and Vancouver Canucks. He served as vice president of the National Hockey League Players Association, was honored as the NHL Man of the Year in 1992, and played in the NHL all-star game in 1993. Walter has also served as captain of team Canada in the World Junior tournament and played for team Canada in four World Championships. He has worked as a consultant for several NHL teams and a television analyst for NHL broadcasts. Walter lives in British Columbia, Canada.
Mike Johnston is the head coach of the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League. Johnston guided Canada to two World Junior Championships as an assistant coach and won three Spengler Cup gold medals as coach of the Canada Selects. He served in various capacities, including head coach and general manager, with Canada's gold medal–winning national team from 1994 to 1999. In five of the six seasons he coached the Vancouver Canucks, they finished with over 90 points, and on two occasions they surpassed the 100-point mark. In 2004, the Canucks won the Northwest Division Championship. In May 2007, Johnston again was selected to coach in the World Championships, and for the first time in 73 years Canada went undefeated (9-0) in winning gold. Johnston lives in Portland, Oregon.
After the 2013-2014 season, Mike Johnston was named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. For the six preceding seasons Johnston was the head coach of the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League. He was assistant/associate coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 1999-2006 and associate coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-08. Johnston guided Canada to two World Junior Championships as an assistant coach and won three Spengler Cup gold medals as coach of the Canada Selects. He served in various capacities, including head coach and general manager, with Canada's gold medal–winning national team from 1994 to 1999. In five of the six seasons he coached the Vancouver Canucks, they finished with over 90 points, and on two occasions they surpassed the 100-point mark. In 2004, the Canucks won the Northwest Division Championship. In May 2007, Johnston again was selected to coach in the World Championships, and for the first time in 73 years Canada went undefeated (9-0) in winning gold. Johnston lives in Portland, Oregon.
"In Hockey Plays and Strategies, Ryan Walter and Mike Johnston combine their coaching expertise to offer a comprehensive guidebook for today's fast-paced game. Their proven strategies are ideal for every player and coach."
George Gwozdecky Head Men's Hockey Coach, University of Denver
“In Hockey Plays and Strategies, Walter and Johnston cover every aspect of successful team play. This complete guide gives you the systems and strategies for an advantage at both ends of the ice.”
Pat Quinn Head Coach, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1998-2006
"Ryan Walter and Mike Johnston are a dynamic writing team who draw from years of playing, coaching, and leadership experience. In Hockey Plays and Strategies, they simplify the complexities of the game to assist coaches in building winning game plans."
Paul Carson Director of Development, Hockey Canada