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How to Play Hockey Student Testimonials

“The modules are easy to understand and follow. In order to maximize ice time, girls on my team are requested to watch selected modules in advance of a practice so they understand the concepts for a given practice. This allows the coaches to use the ice time efficiently and also, to allow the girls to ask questions in advance if they don't understand. I would highly recommend use of this website.”

Dean Readman
Coach Vancouver Angels Girls Hockey Association

"I was working with the Romanian National Team programs under your mentors Bob Caldwell and Andy Murray.  Canada is the best in the world, I like to learn from the Canadian coaches.  I have finished your course and have analyzed and made notes on every video. The videos are very helpful.  Coach Farkas, Romania"

Csaba Farkas Levente
Program Director and Coach, Romania

“Your video content is absolutely top notch.  You clearly have a passion for the game, a passion for coaching, and (most importantly) are a great teacher who knows how to break things down into simple bite size chunks that are core points to work around with a team, and translate well to the ice (and dressing room). Keep up the good work! I coach my son’s Atom House League team in Ottawa. This is my second year as head coach as your videos have been a huge help.”

Coach Russell Warren
Nepean Minor Hockey Association house level coach

“I just became a member of your How to Play Hockey website. I have finished module one and am learning so much! I really like your chalk talk style videos. I think it’s great that each video clip is short, sweet and to the point. Each point is explained very clearly and is very easy to understand. I love hockey and want to play to the best of my potential and I think that your website curriculum will be my best tool ever for improving my game!! Thank you so much for creating this awesome site!!”

Nikki Caswell
Adult recreational player, Whistler, BC

"As prep for the most recent team practice the coach had the girls review three of your videos in advance so that all the girls would know and understand the hockey skills they would be practicing and would all be able to move to the practical application of the skills on ice more quickly. It worked well! I am confident that the girls learned the Overload technique and the two others much more effectively as a result of using the tutorial videos.  I have reviewed the overall package and it is very impressive; I know it will help our girls and coaches to be more successful and have a better hockey learning experience."

Rob Gilfoyle
Father, Vancouver Angels Female Hockey Association

"Most of my early experience was with the younger ages and I always believed in teaching skills and not systems.  As I moved up to coach older players (boys and girls) I found that I had a hole in my knowledgebase and team planning.  I started using your site last year and it was a big help in educating me on how to better teach and explain things like forecheck, cycling, d-zone coverage and other team concepts.  Keep up the great work."

Ed Rodham
Youth hockey coach, Connecticut

"I'm working through Module 2 and I want to tell you how much I like this course.  I feel very lucky to have stumbled upon it!"

Deidre Larson
Adult rec player, Alaska

"My son became a member about two months ago. He finds your presentations very understandable. I went through the videos and like them. I would like to see you make more!"

Charles Belich
Hockey father, Hibbing, Minnesota

Why take this course?

You don't have time or money to waste, but you want to better understand the game of hocey.  You don't want to fly across the continent or wait all year for a 1 day local instructional course.  Even if you did, you won't find this much curriculum based hockey coaching content anywhere focused on new and intermediate coaches who want to better understand the game.  Your hockey IQ will increase with every video tutorial you watch, which have all been carefully written in a language you can understand.  There is no course like this on the internet.  I've taken them, and even instruct them.  This course has what you need to master your game understanding.  If you take the course and find there is something missing, I'll make it my mission to add it for you.

Forever a student, I continue to learn from incredible hockey minds, bringing in the likes of Mike Johnston, Barry Smith, Glen Williamson, Ryan Walter, and Rich Sutter to our West Coast Hockey Prep Camp in the summer on Vancouver Island. How to Play Hockey was written by combining my worldly hockey experience, hockey development expertise, and knowledge of my incredible mentors.  I promise you'll learn and thrive as a student with us.

A New Way of Thinking: A message from Nate Leslie.

I am a former professional hockey player now hockey development expert. I see the world of coaching through the lense of mentorship and continuous learning.  We are using technology to simplify and economize your learning experience like no other sanctioned or private course out there.  I've scoured the internet and can't find another course like this.  No certification course covers this much content from A to Z for new and intermediate coaches.  IIHF Hall of Fame member and 2009 Jack Adams nominee and mentor, Andy Murray, endorses this course.  This hockey coaching course will make you a better coach in as little as 5 minutes a day by giving you the tools and knowledge you need to teach the game of hockey.

About me:

I have a Masters Degree of International Education from Endicott College in Madrid, Spain, speaks German, Swiss German, & French, and played 7  years of professional hockey in Europe including the Swiss National A League.  I am the owner of Leslie Global Sports and the Director of the West Coast Hockey Prep Camp. I have helped develop countless young players and this year alone he will oversee the training of about 1500 players. I live in Vancouver with my wife Tara and our 2 children.  I instruct multiple hockey academies, mentor over 100 coaches, and am the on ice director of the Richmond Olympic Oval High Performance Hockey Program.

My brother Boe and I have recently completed a documentary, funded on Kickstarter, of our coaching development initiative in Mongolia, and joined the New Zealand U16 National Team coaching staff in annual development camps.  Click this link to download Project Mongolia.  Marketing this course landed us both of those incredible opportunities, and is used by students of  the game from as far away as Mongolia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Romania, England, and the United States.

After 4 years of Junior hockey I played 7 professional seasons in Europe and North America including the Swiss Elite League, British Super League, and the Central Hockey League.  Before moving to Vancouver in 2008 I spent 4 years in New York City building a hockey program in West Harlem and was the Athletic Director in the prestigious Manhattan boarding school, the Saint Thomas Choir School.


  • Expand your hockey IQ

    Our hockey coach training program is a necessity for new and intermediate coaches. This course will help you master your hockey understanding in less than 5 minutes a day.

    • Module 1: Hockey Terminology
    • Module 2: Defensive Zone Tactics
    • Module 3: Neutral Zone Tactics
    • Module 4: Offensive Zone Tactics
    • Module 5: Specialty Team Tactics
    • Module 6: Hockey Skill Tip Videos
    • Module 7: NEW BONUS MODULE: Podcast interviews including Mike Johnston, Ryan Walter, Barry Smith, Rich Sutter, and many more…
  • Realize your potential

    Subtleties in game understanding and tactical execution at high speed can make all the difference, but hockey doesn’t have to be complicated.  We break the game down step by step.  While the bulk of the course is tactical, we have added skill tip tutorials and podcast interviews with some of the best coaches in the game.

  • Around the clock access

    Our hockey coach training program has helped coaches and players around the world.  Learn the game whenever and wherever you want. Our 2.0 reboot is mobile and tablet responsive and our database is open 24/7 so you can master the game of hockey on your schedule. Binge watch it in a day, or chip away over an entire season.  Check back regularly as we add interviews from Stanley Cup and Olympic winning coaches and more!

Bonus Offer

Enter your email above to get the exclusive hockey tactical video on 'Defensive Zone Coverage' and we will also give you this free season plan: 6 Steps To Mastering Hockey Tactics.

  • How to Play Hockey is influenced by world renowned coaches and breaks down the game from A to Z like no other resource on the internet or live event.
  • The How to Play Hockey coaching program is a proven asset for coaches and players, designed to help you become an expert.
  • 100+ technical and tactical video lessons help you master the game following our 20 week season plan to mastery. Don't want to wait that long? Binge watch the entire course in a day and in no time you will be realizing your potential.
  • Work through the seven comprehensive modules mentioned above  breaking down all 3 hockey zones with and without the puck.  We provide important on ice skill tips, and dive into multiple system options of both penalty kill and powerplay.  You will master the most important fundamentals and terminology.  New to the course is our podcast section where I personally interviewed, at length, some of the greatest hockey minds in the game.  7 time Stanley Cup winner Barry Smith, former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Johnston, Canadian hockey legend Rich Sutter of the Sutter brothers, and many, many more.  This database of amazingly in depth interviews will grow every summer.