The Hockey Tactics Newsletter

Jack Han
Timely insights & timeless principles to move the game forward.
Created 27 Apr 2020
  • How Vegas Stopped the Bleeding
    04 Jan 2022 • 2 min read
    One of the season’s underreported stories is how the Vegas Golden Knights went from worst to first in 5v5 defense. The extent of that turnaround is illustrated by Micah Blake McCurdy’s HockeyViz model...
  • What's Wrong With Seattle?
    03 Jan 2022 • 2 min read
    At the time of writing, the Seattle Kraken are last in the Pacific Division (10-19-4). This alone isn’t surprising for a first-year team. The Vegas Golden Knights’ rookie-season run to the Stanley Cup...
  • Meet the Madman from Oslo
    31 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Nicknames can be ironic. When I was a kid, I read about the late NASCAR driver “Tiny” Lund, who got the moniker from being 6’5”, 270lb in a sport tailor-made for the vertically challenged. Nicknames c...
  • What does a Director of Player Development Do?
    29 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    Jack Han @JhanHky Something I've been meaning to write for the Newsletter, that I'll get to later this week: What does a Director of Player Development do? - What does their day-to-day look like? - Wh...
  • Germany's Spacial Awareness
    28 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Jack Han @JhanHky I've liked the direction of German hockey as a whole in recent years. Draisaitl and Stützle are certainly outliers but GER is developing a generation of players who can play off the ...
  • Why Russia U20's Breakout is...Off
    26 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Ahead of the 2022 World Junior Championships, Team Russia’s management staff did two unusual things: They left top RUS prospects playing in North America off the team They only selected left-handed sk...
  • Building a Dominant Power Play
    24 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Last night Team Canada U20 put on a dominant offensive performance against Russia, winning 6-4 in its final tune-up game before the 2022 World Junior Championship. Jack Han @JhanHky Big Red Machine 20...
  • 2021 in Review: July
    22 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Getting up to speed with Kotkaniemi - What’s preventing the former third-overall pick from becoming an elite offensive creator? Developing a teaching mindset - Three anecdotes that shaped my coaching ...
  • 2021 in Review: June
    20 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    From Good to Great - Working on shooting with 2021 17th-overall pick Zach Bolduc Making the Most of Your Talent - Building a pro-ready mindset with 2021 5th-overall pick Kent Johnson Fighting the Data...
  • Open Hockey Conference 2021 Hub
    19 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Carlie @quarkyhockey Fun fact: Sloan costs as much as my new couch will cost me, which I can already barely afford as a grad student. Sports analytics already has enough barriers as-is, so if we want ...
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