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Find Out What Skills Coaches and Scouts Seek in a Next-Level Player

By T1EHL Staff, 05/17/19, 11:30AM CDT


Wondering what next-level coaches and scouts are looking for in a player? In an article authored by Rich Hansen, USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) Regional Manager, he gives some insight on what might take a player to the next level. While Hansen focuses on 16U, these attributes and skills are transferrable to players of all ages.

According to Hansen, one of the first questions a scout or coach will is “Is he/she a good kid?” Why? Because no one wants a disruptive player on their team. It’s important to find someone who will not only be a team player, but is easily coachable and competitive.

In-terms of the top attributes, most coaches seek players with great “hockey sense,” also known as a high “hockey IQ.” Hansen says that physical skills, like speed, great hands, or a good shot are important, but are much more teachable than a sense for the game itself. #wherecanyougofromhere #everywhere

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