These strapping athletes choose to forsake the offensive arts in favor of perfecting their defensive awareness and physical prowess. Instead of pure brute aggression like some defenders, these athletes focus on the right tactic for each situation, picking apart the offense like a game of chess.
The specialist’s greatest strength is the ability to read the opposing offense. On an individual level, this skill can lead to fantastic defensive plays that lead to fast breaks and scoring opportunities, although it also requires a tremendous amount of dedication in the weight room and skill drills.
However, at the highest level of play, specialists share their knowledge with their teammates and transform individual defenders into a cohesive unit without a weakness. It is a harder path and forces the specialist to learn communication
A goalie stick is one of the most important parts of a goalie’s equipment. It is used to block shots, poke check, and handle the puck, all of which must be taken into consideration when selecting a stick.
It’s important to remember that every stick is different and will perform better at some activities and worse at others. This holds true for every component of a stick, whether it’s something as simple as the material it’s built out of or as complex as the intricate combination of blade pattern choices.
While an article like this can help you understand some of the general components of goalie sticks and how to match them to your specific needs, it’s essential that you spend time thinking about how you want to develop your play style and how your stick can help you get there.
The easiest way to categorize goalie sticks is by their material components. There are three general
Puck control is the ability to maintain control of the puck through traffic, physical contact, and poke checks.
The NHL All-Star Game features a SuperSkills Competition for puck control in which players race through an obstacle course made from pylons. The courses are designed in such a way as to force sharp corners and require rapid speed adjustments. The player who completes the course in the shortest amount of time without losing the puck is the champion.
In a game setting, controlling the puck requires excellent stick handling and the ability to deke opponents. It’s also dependent on physical agility and the ability to dodge hits and remain illusive while driving toward the opposing goal.
Paw Printz was one of the original brands enrolled in the Olympus Seller program. Their products officially debuted in December of 2013, although the company had been in communication with Olympus for several months.
The initial connection came through BOA, another early adopter of the Olympus Seller program and a sister brand to Eleven. Originally, both Paw Printz and Olympus were providing BOA business support services, but eventually BOA regained its autonomy and became a self-managed brand once again. Rather than parting ways, Paw Printz and Olympus joined forces on the quest to improve tournaments across the country.
We had a chance to talk to Becky Hookanson, one of the co-owners, and decided to ask some questions about her experience with the brand and advice she might have for new businesses starting out.
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Playmakers are creators and visionaries. They are willing to move the puck and do what is necessary to put points on the board.
These athletes tend to be smaller in stature and rarely exert physical aggression. This can leave them vulnerable to larger, stronger players but also frees them to focus on strategy, offensive awareness, and other valuable skills.
The playmaker’s greatest strength is the ability to control and move the puck. This often lands the playmaker directly in the thick of the action, weaving in and out of other players in order to open up passing lanes. Naturally, playmakers require highly developed technical skill in areas like puck handling and passing.
However, the most important skill for a playmaker to master is game awareness, especially on the offensive end. Learning to read the play and anticipate the defense can enable playmakers to develop the offense and generate offense from seemingly impossible situations.
- Offensive awareness
What is Flex?
Flex is the hockey term used to describe how stiff a stick is, or more specifically, how difficult it is to bend the stick during a shot. This rating refers to the pounds of force required to bend the stick one inch. Sticks come in different flex sizes, with the typical range going from 40-flex for youth players all the way to 115-flex for adults. As such, 80-flex stick means that 80lbs of pressure is needed to bend the stick, while 110-flex stick requires 110lbs of pressure.
This concept translates into the power you can generate during a shot and is especially relevant for snipers and other long range bombers. Slap shots generate tremendous power due to the shooting mechanics. Depending on their level of skill, a player’s stick will actually contact the ice anywhere from 2-10 inches behind the puck. This motion is designed to bend (or flex) the stick to create leverage, which is released when the stick
Blade patterns play a central role in modern hockey. They are one of the few pieces of equipment that can be fully customized around an athlete’s unique skill set. Traditionally named after sponsored athletes, common patterns have as many aliases as a super spy and pop up in every level of competition.
With the growing popularity of carbon fiber sticks, custom blade patterns have been relegated to the few, old school wood players. Nowadays, hockey sticks come in a handful of industry standard patterns, such as the Sakic or Modano. While these general blade variations get the job done, athletes are less likely to reap the full suite of benefits a custom blade offers.
Anyone familiar with Olympus knows how passionate we are about our custom blade options. We believe you deserve a blade specially designed to keep up with your specific style of play. But regardless of whether you are creating a custom blade pattern or choosing one
Olympus and Eleven go way back. In fact, these two companies were once the same entity and only split due to a difference in opinion for brand positioning. Today, Olympus is proud to promote Eleven products on its retail properties for more than just their cozy history.
The truth is, Eleven is a brilliant technology company trapped in the body of a sporting goods manufacturer. The brand was conceived on the idea of product innovation and has been fueled by its obsessive focus on R&D ever since. It specializes in private label services, offering its advanced equipment and sophisticated customization capability to a variety of other brands.
In the Beginning
Eleven has relatively humble origin story. It was founded in 2010 by partners James Marvin and Jay Fisher in the cold northland of Warroad, MN. The pair had been in business for more than a year already, testing other zany ideas ranging from manufacturing speaker boxes with ultra thin sidewalls
In hockey, as in life, first impressions are everything. And sometimes, you just can’t make that impression in person. As your career in Midget hockey comes to an end and you being to embark upon a new journey in Junior hockey, one very valuable tool you should have at your disposal is a solid resume, complete with a cover letter and a highlight reel. This is an especially important tool for players who garnered a little less exposure than expected.
Coaches and scouts invite prospective players (usually the elite, top 10-15%) to their tryout camp. These camps are invitation-only.
Tryout camps provide coaches with an opportunity to see how players stack up against their recruits and veteran players. Most teams have a returning player base (it is not difficult to figure out who those players are as they will be wearing team gear from the previous season) so players can get an idea of how many spots are open, going into camp.
Generally speaking, all tryouts are structured in the same way. Roughly 40 to 80 players are invited and guaranteed participation for three or four days. During that period, players are split into teams for round-robin games. The first round of cuts are made at the end of the round-robin games and the number of players who remain at camp is somewhere between 25 to 30. An on-ice session is usually held, where half the allotted time is spent practicing and the other half consists of an inter-squad scrimmage, allowing coaches to see how players perform in a game-like scenario. Players then participate in exhibition games against other junior teams, and coaches begin to slowly make cuts. They continue to make cuts up until the first regular season game. At that point, they begin to sign players to cards.