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Play Better Hockey

The Essential Skills for Player Development

by Ron Davidson, foreword by Ken Hitchcock

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Learn the very same skills that Connor McDavid and Auston Mathews use to dominate the NHL!

Following the smash success of Play Better Hockey, the second edition of Ron Davidson's best-selling volume has been retooled with even more individual skill advancements for the modern player.

From fundamentals to high-level skills, Play Better Hockey gives players the tools they need to become the next superstars of the NHL by focusing on the development of individual hockey skills and by promoting 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 to allow readers to progress from fundamentals in skating and stick work to advanced moves in dekeing and deception.

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.

Below are a few of the skills players can be expected to learn in this retooled second edition:


Drive and delay
Heel-to-heel turns
Tight turns
Extending your reach
Receiving off-target shooting
Shot-blocking techniques
Tip-ins and deflections
Shooting between your legs
The Forsberg deke
The Datsyuk deke
The outside-edge reverse
And many more...

 

Contributor Notes

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. In Ontario, students can learn from him at his UltraSkills Academy.

 

Editorial Reviews

[Review of previous edition:] Davidson makes the point in his introduction that even those well versed in the sport of hockey can learn -- the greats are great because they never stop learning and practicing. The technical knowledge contained within the book is fantastic but is not overwhelming due to the highly visual presentation.... This book is laid out in a way that even a beginner like me can follow it through and get some good ideas -- or at least an understanding of what is happening in the good 'ole hockey game. However, the advanced beginner or aspiring player would get a lot more from it. Davidson has laid out the topics from gearing up to skating essentials down to dekeing and deception to breakaways and all the puckhandling, passing and shooting you can wish for in between. This book would appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about hockey or a hockey player that wants to learn how to play a stronger game.

— Resource Links

[Review of previous edition:] At last! A book that focuses on the development of individual hockey skills.

— Hockey Book Reviews

[Review of previous edition:] Coaches and parents you now have the chance to have an instruction manual on hockey skills. Ron Davidson has put a book together with instructions on skating, shooting, and handling the puck. He includes 50 essential skills to develop a hockey player. There are tips in here for the beginner and the pro. Davidson is an energetic, enthusiastic hockey man who once set up hockey skill schools while living in Peterborough... You may know him best as being the instructor of Hockey Night in Canada, but he's also a former OHL player and played in Europe. This book states a lot of the obvious, but the directions are clear... Even if you're a beginner coach or parent you can take the instructions and adapt most of his skills to instruct the child... Davidson gives you the how, now you have to pass it on and make sure the player and you are having fun doing it. If it's fun, the student won't even know he or she is practising.

— London Free Press

[Review of previous edition:] This is a book that many aspiring hockey players have been anticipating. Former player and hockey instruction consultant Ron Davidson has written a clear, detailed guide for developing individual hockey skills. Using high quality photographs of some of the NHL's finest players to demonstrate the skills, Play Better Hockey promotes a mastery of body positioning, skating, and stick work.

— Hometown Hockey, Ontario Minor Hockey Association

[Review of previous edition:] Coaches and parents you now have the chance to have an instruction manual on hockey skills. Ron Davidson has put a book together with great instructions on skating, shooting, and handling the puck...Davidson gives you the how, now you have to pass it on and make sure the player and you are having fun doing it.

— The Toronto Sun

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