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John Russo

Stats and concepts for better shooting

01/11/2019, 10:00am CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Studying the following stats and concepts and applying them on the pond or in practice so they come naturally is critical.

Nutrition and hydration

01/02/2019, 1:30pm CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Nutrition is a make/break item, just as important as good shooting and stickhandling.

Golden Rules of Nutrition

12/10/2018, 2:15pm CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Nutrition is important as any other portion of off-ice training or development.

Golden Rules for Goalies

11/26/2018, 1:30pm CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Items that coaches should be using to teach goalies and to monitor their progress.

Golden Rules for Defensemen

11/14/2018, 10:15am CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

The best players at the highest levels of hockey follow the Golden Rules most often.

Golden Rules for Forwards

11/02/2018, 1:30pm CDT
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Key items players should strive to master as they progress up through the ranks.

An open letter to coaches: Be positive!

10/18/2018, 9:00am CDT
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

The best way for players to succeed is for them to feel good about themselves

Key items for team and player success

03/13/2018, 1:00pm CDT
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Expectation vs. effort in the offseason

03/02/2018, 1:45pm CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

John Russo looks at the things that a serious hockey player should be doing in the offseason.

Prepping for and playing in the playoffs

02/23/2018, 1:15pm CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

There are several preparations that should be done for the playoffs as opposed to regular season games.

In nearly 20 years as a high school coach, Russo is recognized as one of the top assistant coaches in high school hockey. He has been a member of five state tournament coaching staffs and in 2012 earned his third Section Assistant Coach of the Year award.

He has served as a head coach in the highly-regarded Upper Midwest High School Elite League and has been a part of the coaching staffs at Blake School, Orono High School and Minnetonka High School, along with three seasons as an assistant coach at Gustavus Adolphus College.

In 2015 he was named the chairman of the Hobey Baker Committee, tasked with choosing college hockey's top player.