I have known Juhani Wahlsten for many years. I met him in Turku, Finland while I was working with the Swedish National Hockey Team in 1996. We discussed his work and research done to aid amateur hockey coaches all over the world. I took some of his work home with me to Detroit, Michigan. I shared his research with other Youth Hockey Coaches. Everyone I showed his work to was impressed. The main reasons I enjoyed Juhani`s on-ice teaching methodology were twofold:
Players involvernent - many players doing similar skilis at the same time.
Players were executing fundarnental skilis with repetition and at different speeds.
With the cost of ice rentals constantly going up, I believe the only chance amateur hockey organizations have to give each player an opportunity to improve is - to put more than one team on an ice surface and divide the ice in halves - length or width wise or thirds, using each zone as Juhani has advocated. Juhani`s dedication to this project of improving hockey players' skills through proper practice organization is the best chance to raise a players level of skills and play. 1 recommend adding this excel- lent book to your hockey library.
Barry Smith, Detroit Red Wings Associote Coach
I have known Juuso (Juhani) as an international hockey developer for over 15 years. During the last six years we have worked together in developing young hockey players in Turku, Finland. During this time I have also come to know and work with Tom Molloy in the development of international hockey. "Even though hockey is a Canadian game, it has developed to the current stage through international interaction between different hockey cultures. These cultures meet at their best at the professional leagues. Juuso's and Tom's book - Hockey Coaching. The ABCs of International Hockey starts a new era of hockey development at its grass-root level. The ABCs of International Hockey data base is not only a series of different drills and exercises, it is a system that sets the standards for player development based on experience, know- how and competence. It can be used wherever the game is played. This system is also a communication tool between different hockey cultures that allows the know- how of the world's best hockey developers to be available to amateur coaches in an understandable and workable form. Both the coaches and the players learn by doing.
Vladimir Yursinov, assistant coach of Russian National Team 1974-1992, Head Coach of 1998 silver medal winning Russian Olympic Team in Nagano Olympic Games, TPS Turku, Finland Coach 1992-1998: developer of 40 NHL players in his coaching career, 18 during his work in Turku, Finland.