June 29, 2010

Play Better Hockey by Ron Davidson

Author Ron Davidson offers us his new instructional book Play Better Hockey: 50 Essential Skills for Player Development. The book includes a foreword by Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean.

Buy the book: Amazon.ca - Chapters - Amazon.com

Here's the specs:
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (Sep 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554075688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554075683
Here's more from the publisher:

Ron Davidson's 50 fundamental hockey skills and tactics will empower players to excel individually at this team game.

At last! A book that focuses on the development of individual hockey skills and promotes 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 in four sections: Fundamentals, Skating Techniques, Stick Work, and Dekeing and Deception. As the reader progresses through a chapter, the level of difficulty of each skill increases, ultimately covering every fundamental move and technique needed for an outstanding and total comprehension of the play. 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.

Among the 50 critical skills presented in this eye-opening collection are:
  • Forward stride
  • Backward crossunder
  • Drive and delay
  • Heel-to-heel turns
  • Tight turns
  • Extending your reach
  • Receiving off-target shooting
  • The Forsberg deke
  • The Datsyuk deke

About the Author

Ron Davidson played on Canada's national team at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. He has directed hockey camps, schools and clinics in Canada, the U.S. and throughout Europe, and he has directed schools and clinics for the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes and Ottawa Senators. His hockey-skill philosophies and teachings are seen on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada in a segment called "Think Hockey."

Ron MacLean is the host of the iconic Hockey Night in Canada and co-host of "Coach's Corner." One of Canada's most beloved sportscasters, MacLean has hosted events such as the Olympics and has won eight Gemini Awards, which honor the best in Canadian television.

Buy the book: Amazon.ca - Chapters - Amazon.com

If you are interested in Play Better Hockey: 50 Essential Skills for Player Development I'd also recommend 7 Pre-Game Habits of Pro Hockey Players by Brett Henning.


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