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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

Grit, Growth Mindset, and Good News

By Andy Blaylock 06/07/2021, 3:00pm CDT

Hockey trainer Andy Blaylock dives into the complexities that surround the mental side of hockey growth.

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

By Andy Blaylock 12/23/2020, 5:30pm CST

In this segment, hockey trainer Andy Blaylock focuses on puck protection for smaller players, risk assessment, and how these skills progress as players age.

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.

  • 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."
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  • 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

  • 2021 NHL Draft: Local Primer

  • By YHH Staff 07/22/2021, 7:30pm CDT
  • Recap from 2020 Draft, Minnesotans in NHL Central Scouting final rankings, plus feature stories on the 2003 Gentry Galaxy team and Hermantown defenseman Joey Pierce.
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