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Hockey Canada Player Development | Skill Development


Developing skills leads to more enjoyment and better players

The goal of Hockey Canada is not to put players in the NHL, but rather to ensure a meaningful, enjoyable experience. This is not to say that we don’t want boys and girls to achieve the highest levels possible, but rather if we go about it the right way they will have a better chance.

The natural progression starting at the base of the triangle emphasizes the development of fundamental skills.  Fundamental skills are the foundation of each player’s success.
The following charts outline at what age coaches should introduce their players to each core skill. As players progress through the various ...
It is imperative in Canada that we focus on our youth development programs to ensure that every player gains a skill base and enjoys the gam...
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