Ted Suikonen is a Skill Development Specialist Coach that has been working in professional ice hockey for most of his career. He is currently the skill development coach with Locomotiv Moscow in Russia and boasts an impressive track record of developing players to play at the elite level in Russia many of whom have been drafted into the NHL.
In this fascinating conversation which we recorded when Ted was in the locker room straight after a session (forgive the background noise!) we explore a broad range of topics related to skill acquisition including:
Why every player is like a snowflake
Why technical skills camps are a scam
How to develop players with 'perceptual radar'
How Ted encourages players to coach other players to beat themselves
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did