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Check out a webinar from Larry Huras, a Long-time professional Coach and Hockey Canada instructor. Larry will take us through a series of Small Ice Games that are fun to play while working on a wide variety of skills. Additionally, we will go through building spatial awareness that will improve your player’s decision-making skills.

Small ice games (SIGs) are a valuable training method in ice hockey that takes place on a reduced-size ice surface, typically smaller than a regulation rink. These games are designed to emphasize specific skills, strategies, and situational awareness that are crucial in a real game. Here’s an overview of small ice games and their significance in hockey development:

1. Enhancing Skill Development:

Small ice games (SIGs) represent a valuable method in ice hockey, taking place on a smaller ice surface. Coaches design these games to emphasize specific skills, strategies, and situational awareness that players must master in real games.

2. Fostering Teamwork and Decision-Making:

Small ice games serve several crucial purposes in hockey training. They actively promote creativity among players since they have less space to maneuver, requiring skaters to think quickly and adapt their moves. This process enhances their ability to navigate tight spaces and execute precise plays. Players also develop soft hands and improved puck control since they often must handle it in close quarters.

3. Efficient Use of Ice Time:

Moreover, small ice games efficiently optimize practice time and ice usage. Due to the limited availability of ice rinks, especially at the youth and amateur levels, SIGs enable multiple groups to train simultaneously on a single sheet of ice. This maximizes ice time and provides players with more opportunities to engage in meaningful, game-like situations.

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