I skipped blogging about the clinic the last two weeks, but might make the posts later. Tonight’s clinic was lightly attended with only nine skaters. Coach went easy on us for the skating drill, just a couple times up and down the ice and then on to shooting.
So we started by simply skating into the slot at the hash-marks and taking a shot off a pass from the coach.
Next we changed it up into two lines. Coach dumps the puck around the boards while one skater heads for the slot and the other gets the puck along the boards, then centers it for the shot.
And the final drill split us up into three groups.
The new skater carries the puck behind the net, passes to the wing, who then centers it for the shot.
This was a good night for me – I made it through the whole clinic and actually felt pretty good at the end of it. I even considered staying to play in the game after, but it’s probably best I didn’t.
During the last drill I was coming along the boards to get the first pass and it looked like the guy behind the net was going to pass more into the circle, so I angled that way. Then he passed along the boards, so I had to turn to get the puck.
Unfortunately, that’s a turn to the right and I still don’t do that well, so I ran into the boards. Still got the puck and made the centering pass, but something hit my upper ribs. Not sure if it was just my arm or if the stick was between me and the boards, but it’s tender today.