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You've Stepped on the Ice, Now Develop Hockey Sense

By USA Hockey Intelligym, 12/06/17, 7:15AM MST

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San Jose Sharks forward Matt Nieto uses The Hockey Intelligym to help ensure his game is at the highest level.

Nieto first began using The Hockey Intelligym, which was developed to help teach hockey sense, back in 2009 when he was at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.

“At the NTDP, we were the first team to use this program. We used the IntelliGym a few sessions a week and I immediately began to notice improvements in my game.  I was making smart, good, quick decisions on the ice. I’ll try anything if it helps improve my game and it certainly did.”

Hockey sense is one of the most important skills in the game, yet it’s the hardest to teach. The Hockey IntelliGym, a software-based cognitive tutor, is the standard in hockey sense training.

USA Hockey, in collaboration with Applied Cognitive Engineering, created the Hockey IntelliGym. It was originally developed by cognitive psychologists, computer engineers, and game theorists to develop precise instincts in military fighter pilots. Resembling a video game with cognitive scenarios similar to what players will experience on the ice, the IntelliGym trains the decision-making skills necessary to stay one step ahead of the puck and the game.

If you’re aspiring to continue to improve your game and do everything you can to better youself, Nieto suggests you try the Intelligym.

 “The IntelliGym has certainly helped me on the ice with making sharper, quicker decisions, especially with reading plays,” says the Long Beach, California, native, one of many NHLers that have used the Intelligym.  “I have noticed improvement in my game as a result of the program and look forward to progressing this year. “

For more information on the science and research behind The Hockey IntelliGym, and to take advantage of the unique opportunity , visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.

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QUESTION: If you have a player with a suspension, and you tell the referee to record it on the scoresheet before a game because the player is sitting out, but the referee comes over before the game a tells you he talked to the league and said he can play what should you do?

ANSWER: All suspensions and other forms of discipline are managed by the local USAH Affiliate of the team, and referees cannot determine player eligibility. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Team Coach to make sure players serve their suspensions. Therefore, it would be wise to receive any disciplinary notice from the local Affiliate first-hand.

 

QUESTIONA player is in the penalty box serving a minor penalty. Play continues 5 v. 4 while the player complains about the call. Play is stopped when the referee assesses the penalized player a second minor penalty for Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Should two minutes be added to the time remaining on the scoreboard for the player's first penalty, or should a second penalty be placed on the scoreboard with play then continuing "5 v. 3"?

ANSWER: In this situation, the same player earned both penalties. Therefore, two minutes must be added to the remaining time on the player’s first penalty and play resumes 5 v. 4.

 

QUESTIONAttacking team in the attacking zone gets a delayed penalty for High-Sticking. The defensive team clears the puck out of the zone and the penalized team's goalie plays the puck. I would like to know where the ensuing face-off should take place.

ANSWER: Since play stopped due to the offending team’s goalkeeper securing possession and control of the puck, the face-off would be located at the nearest face-off spot (in the same zone) as where the goalkeeper played the puck.

 

QUESTIONIf a goalie kicks the net off, can a goal still be scored? Situation is a goal mouth pass came from left to right, goalie slid across, knocking the net off, and a pass was then sent back across to the for an open net goal. Ref called it a "goal" and then realized the net was off and called it "no goal".

ANSWERRule 610.e in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states:

“Play shall be stopped immediately when the goal frame has been displaced from its normal position.”

Therefore, if the officials are 100% certain that the goal frame was displaced before the puck entered the goal, they must disallow the goal.

 

QUESTION:  If a player of the opposing team swears at a coach, what is the punishment for that player?

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“A misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who commits the following actions:

Persists in any conduct where they were previously assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Using obscene, profane or abusive language to any person anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game.

Intentionally knocking or shooting the puck out of the reach of an official who is retrieving it during a stoppage of play.

Not proceeding directly and immediately to the penalty bench or to the dressing room, after being penalized and ordered to do so by the officials (equipment shall be delivered to him by a teammate, if necessary).

Entering or remaining in the Referee’s Crease, unless invited to do so.

Interfering in any non-physical manner with any Game Official including the Referee, Linesman, Timekeepers or Goal Judges in the performance of their duties.”

 

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