The Hockey Coaching Bible presents drills for developing players
at each position and strategies for in-game situations, including
offensive, defensive, and neutral zone play and power plays and penalty
kills. Other topics include building a program from the ground up and
furthering your professional development as a coach.
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Featuring the insights, strategies, and experiences of the sport’s top coaches, The Hockey Coaching Bible sets a new standard for those who teach the game, develop the players, and dominate the ice. Whether head coach or assistant, at the youth level or professional, you will find a wealth of information to improve performance and strengthen your program.
You’ll go inside the game with 16 of hockey’s most respected teachers:
Every facet of coaching is covered. The book features the most effective drills for developing players at each position and in-game strategies for various game situations, including offensive, defensive, and neutral-zone play and power plays and penalty kills.
In addition to on-ice Xs and Os, you’ll find sage advice for building a program from the ground up, furthering your professional development as a coach, and gaining community and parental support for projecting a positive image and earning the respect of your players and supporters.
Never has there been a more comprehensive coaching resource on the game. With The Hockey Coaching Bible, you’ll build your program into a powerhouse.
Chapter 1 Keeping a Balance Bill Cleary Chapter 2 Coaching With Integrity Tom Anastos Chapter 3 Communicating a Team Mission Guy Gadowsky Chapter 4 Acting as a Professional Mike Schafer Chapter 5 Gaining Community and Parent Support Marty Palma Chapter 6 Building a High School Program Hal Tearse Chapter 7 Planning and Conducting Productive Practices Mike Cavanaugh Chapter 8 Skills for Defensemen Jack Parker Chapter 9 Skills for Forwards Rick Comley Chapter 10 Skills for Goaltenders Joe Bertagna Chapter 11 Defensive Zone Play Mark Dennehy Chapter 12 Neutral Zone Play Ben Smith Chapter 13 Offensive Zone Attack E.J. McGuire Chapter 14 Special Teams and Situations George Gwozdecky and Michael Zucker Chapter 15 Scouting Opponents Nate Leaman Chapter 16 International Play Mike Eaves
About the Editor
About the Contributors
Coaches of both men’s and women’s ice hockey teams at the junior, club,
high school, and collegiate levels of competition.
Joe Bertagna has been a collegiate hockey administrator for more
than 30 years. Since 1997, he has served as commissioner of Hockey East,
the preeminent conference in college hockey, whose member schools have
earned seven NCAA championships under his leadership. Before his move to
Hockey East, Bertagna served 15 years with the Eastern College Athletic
Conference (ECAC), where he held the positions of tournament director,
executive director, and commissioner. Both with ECAC and Hockey East,
Bertagna has been a champion of women’s hockey, having initiated ECAC
Division I and Division III league play and led the formation of the
Women’s Hockey East Association, whose championship trophy is named in
In addition to his commissionership of Hockey East, Bertagna is
executive director of the American Hockey Coaches Association, a
position he has held since 1991. He also serves on the board of
directors of both USA Hockey and the Hockey Humanitarian Award
Foundation. For 40 years Bertagna has operated his own clinics for
thousands of goalies of all ages.
Bertagna began his professional coaching career in 1985 with the
National Hockey League’s (NHL) Boston Bruins, where he was goaltender
coach until 1991, and then again for the 1994-95 season. He also was
assistant coach for the U.S. men’s national team at the 1991 Canada Cup,
the U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team at the 1994 Winter Olympics in
Lillehammer, and the International Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals
from 1994 to 1996.
As a player, Bertagna was a standout goaltender for Harvard University.
After graduating in 1973, he played professionally for the Milwaukee
Admirals and in Cortina, Italy, where the team won the Italian Ice
Hockey Championship in 1975.
Bertagna and his wife, Kathy, reside in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with
their three children.
“For those of us who were fortunate to play college hockey, the
lessons we learned there, on and off the ice, have never gone away. The
Hockey Coaching Bible presents the best of these lessons from an
array of coaches, some still active and some retired. The messages
collected in this book are sure to help hockey coaches and players at
all levels of the game.”
Mike Eruzione-- Captain, 1980 U.S. Olympic Team
“The hockey world is full of colorful, passionate characters. Joe
Bertagna has culled some of the best and brightest from this world to
collaborate on a range of coaching topics. These guys know the game
intimately and deliver insightful perspectives to current or aspiring
coaches. Better—and cheaper—than any coaching clinic you can find!”
Mike Milbury-- NBC Sports Network Analyst and Former NHL Player
“Some of the great coaching minds from college hockey have come
together in one place to give young coaches all they need for success.
They cover every aspect from building a program to setting an example
for honest behavior. This is a must-read for any young hockey coach.”
Bobby Orr-- NHL Hall of Fame Defenseman
“Hockey coaching really is several vocations rolled into one—a
process that combines constant teaching, communication, and counseling
with full-time study of the sport. Every time a coach runs a practice,
coaches a game, or watches a game, he or she sees something new. The
Hockey Coaching Bible gathers many of those observations into one
volume that is sure to be useful for coaches, players, parents, and fans
of our great sport.”
Gary Bettman-- Commissioner National Hockey League