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Andy Blaylock

Staff Writer - Andy Blaylock

One of Minnesota's premier hockey trainers, Andy Blaylock joins the YHH Staff to write about the dynamics of training, both on ice and off.  Andy is the General Manager of Competitive Edge Hockey in St. Louis Park. His content will emphasize the importance of high quality in-season and off-season training. In addition to running his own private clinics and camps, Andy has trained several organizations including Andover, Anoka, Edina, Hutchinson, STMA and Wayzata.

Andy can be reached via email at Andy@compedgehky.com 

Recent Articles by Andy Blaylock

Fakes, Non-Committal Attacks, and Takes (Attacks) Part II

By Andy Blaylock 11/03/2020, 12:15pm CST

Hockey trainer Andy Blaylock takes us through the second part of his series on fakes and non-committal attacks.

Fakes, Non-Committal Attacks, and Takes (Attacks) Part I

By Andy Blaylock 10/20/2020, 12:30pm CDT

In the first piece of a new series, hockey trainer Andy Blaylock breaks down the small executions during a game that ultimately helps a team achieve its ultimate goal.

Playing poker within hockey

By Andy Blaylock 05/24/2020, 2:30pm CDT

Hockey trainer Andy Blaylock examines how the methodical card game of skill and chance applies to the world's fastest team sport.

Strength Adaptation vs. Skill Adaptation Part III

By Andy Blaylock 05/07/2020, 8:30am CDT

Hockey trainer Andy Blaylock continues his research in how the body reacts to specific training and exercises.

Skill Adaptation vs. Strength Adaptation Part II

By Andy Blaylock 03/22/2020, 12:00pm CDT

THE SECOND PART OF A SERIES IN WHICH HOCKEY TRAINER ANDY BLAYLOCK EXAMINES HOW DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS IMPACT SKILLS TRAINING.

Skill Adaptation vs. Strength Adaptation

By Andy Blaylock 02/26/2020, 7:15pm CST

The first part of a series in which hockey trainer Andy Blaylock examines how different environments impact skills training.

It's Not (Just) The Breakout

By Andy Blaylock 08/29/2019, 12:45pm CDT

Andy Blaylock breaks down multiple methods of defensive zone exit strategies.

Climbing the Technique Mountain: Part II

By Andy Blaylock 05/28/2019, 3:45pm CDT

Trainer Andy Blaylock breaks down why varied training techniques and less focus on specialization in practice could lead to greater results.

Climbing the Technique Mountain: Part I

By Andy Blaylock 04/18/2019, 4:30pm CDT

In Part I, Andy Blaylock uses a combination of metaphorical 3D maps and landscapes to articulate adherence to a specific skating system.

Dusting It Off

By Andy Blaylock 01/16/2019, 3:45pm CST

Hockey trainer Andy Blaylock discusses the pros, cons, and everything in between of "dusting it off."

  • Fast Reactions: Part III

  • By Andy Blayock 07/25/2018, 3:30pm CDT
  • A Cliffs Notes version and summation of Parts I and II from training expert Andy Blaylock.
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  • Fast Reactions: Part II

  • By Andy Blayock 06/06/2018, 11:00am CDT
  • Trainer Andy Blaylock elaborates on the importance of repetition in relation to sharpening movement efficiency.
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Recent Site Articles

  • GHS: Benilde-St. Margaret's gets defensive

  • By Peter Odney 12/01/2020, 12:00pm CST
  • With three defenders signing National Letters of Intent with Division I programs, and a fourth member of the blue line verbally committed to Ohio State, the Red Knights have one of the best defensive units in the state.
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