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John Russo

Whole team offense

03/26/2019, 11:45am CDT
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Team offense should get everybody into the offensive action – even the goaltenders.

Whole team defense scenarios

03/21/2019, 10:45am CDT
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Every player is responsible for defense, not just defensemen and goaltenders.

Pitfalls for young coaches

03/12/2019, 9:30am CDT
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Now is a good time to take stock of performance as a coach and to make a written list for improvements next season.

Teaching Mites and Squirts

02/26/2019, 10:45am CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

There are a number of actions that should guide all on-ice activities with Mites & Squirts

Coach psychology issues

02/18/2019, 12:15pm CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Psychology in coaching can be just as important as the physical part of the game

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Critical topics for defensemen

02/13/2019, 12:00pm CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

These concepts will be good for defensemen to understand and practice.

Faceoff basics

02/05/2019, 4:00pm CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Winning or losing the battle of faceoffs can mean winning or losing games

Handling defensemen

01/25/2019, 1:00pm CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

There are several things that D coaches must do to optimize their group of blueliners

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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.

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.