LOCAL COMPANY PARTNERS WITH NHL HALL OF FAMER TO BECOME PREMIER ONLINE HOCKEY RESOURCE FOR HOCKEY COACHES AND TEAMS WORLDWIDE
Ice Hockey Systems provides hockey coaches of all levels animated hockey drills, systems and practice plans to enhance team performance
NHL Hall of Famer Denis Savard a company partner and spokesman; former NHL players and hockey experts offer testimony for new service
BUFFALO, NY—A company built by a team of local entrepreneurs and National Hockey League (NHL) Hall of Famer Denis Savard has launched to rave reviews by former NHL players, coaches and hockey experts. Since launching in early 2013, Buffalo-based Ice Hockey Systems (www.IceHockeySystems.com) has become the premier coaching resource for hockey teams of all levels, and has developed an international reputation through their noteworthy, high-quality program as the leading, one-stop resource for hockey coaches of all levels—from Mite to Pro—across the globe.
Ice Hockey Systems is a sleek, online platform that hosts over 400 hundred animated hockey drills and systems for coaches to study and use in their own practices. Drills are offered as both animations and in PDF-format for ease in printing in advance of practices and games. All animations can be viewed on mobile devices and tablets, allowing coaches and staff to utilize their devices on the ice for practices or behind the bench for games.
The company’s immediate success can be attributed to the site’s animations. Contrasted with current available drills that are almost entirely static, Ice Hockey Systems’ digital animations show the players and pucks moving in sync, providing clear visualization where each player should be on the ice at any given time during a drill or system. Such synchronization helps both coaches and players understand the individual drills and systems quickly. Further, coaches have ability to create their own practices through the IHS platform and e-mail them to their teams, preparing players in advance of practice and saving valuable ice time.
“We are thrilled with the success our company has had since launching, and in particular, the attention its received from former NHL players, well-known coaches, and sports analysts,” said Chris Howard, President and Partner of Ice Hockey Systems. “We look forward to growing our product with Denis’ expertise and providing our members with coaching ideas and philosophies they can’t find anywhere else.”
NHL Hall of Famer and former player and coach for the Chicago Blackhawks Denis Savard is a partner in Ice Hockey Systems, believing in the platform’s ability to build a digital, inclusive community for hockey coaches and teams that will provide them with tools to enhance game-time performances and yield greater results during practices.
“Ice Hockey Systems provides coaches of all levels with the most unique and helpful content on the internet,” said Denis Savard, NHL Hall of Fame Inductee and Ice Hockey Systems Partner. “The animations make it easy for the coaches and players to understand the objectives of each drill and system as they can visualize the moving pieces. Additionally, we’ve added videos and written pieces that provide coaches with advice on how to make their team better both on and off the ice.”
Savard contributes directly to the Ice Hockey Systems platform, providing members with his expertise through videos, Q&A segments, and website posts made only available to subscribers. Much of Savard’s content on Ice Hockey Systems is shared through a series of more than 40 videos he filmed, including personal coaching philosophies, some of his favorite hockey drills, and NHL-style systems that have proven to be successful. New segments will be released to subscribers every month.
Continued Savard: “Becoming a partner in Ice Hockey Systems has given me the opportunity to continue sharing my life’s passion – coaching hockey. I truly look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge of the game with IHS subscribers from around the world, providing an experience to them that I wish was available when I was in the game.”
Since launching, Ice Hockey Systems has gained—on average—more than 200 members and 100,000 page views each month. Today, Ice Hockey System is the go-to resource for more than 2,000 hockey coaches worldwide, with visitors spending more than 15,000 hours on the site. Subscribers pay a recurring monthly, semi-annual or annual membership fee to have access to all of the drills and functionality. As a result, coaches are able to customize and build their own practices and game plans, and easily share them with players.
Because of its early success, Ice Hockey Systems is now branching out to offer organizational memberships and building a unique platform for coaches within a large organization to interact and offer tips and best practices. Be it an individual or organizational membership, all subscribers are given the opportunity to use exclusive animations, practice drills, game systems, informational videos, resources, tips and an advice blog.
As the leader in hockey drill animation, Ice Hockey Systems offers a product that is unique to all of their competitors. Other hockey coaches, former NHL players, and experts agree.
“Ice Hockey Systems provides us with one of the most in-depth, on- and off-ice hockey development resources available,” said Richard Dooley, Coach and Executive Director of Prince William Hockey Club. “I have been using this site routinely for information and ideas for my practices. Ice Hockey Systems’ quality website is well-designed, easy to navigate, and is one of the best coaching tools I have used. This was well worth our club’s investment.”
“I just spent 15 minutes on www.icehockeysystems.com and it is the bomb-diggity. My man, pots and pans #graphicsauce,” tweeted John Buccigross (@Buccigross), ESPN Anchor, hockey writer and analyst.
Ice Hockey Systems is hockey’s premier coaching resource for all levels of play that offers drills, systems, and practice plans. Ice Hockey Systems is the leader in drill animation and strategy over all other competitors worldwide. Find out more at www.icehockeysystems.com, or follow along on Facebook or Twitter.