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Colby Cretella talks to Elite Students about the Hockey Path

By EHA, 02/05/21, 2:00PM EST


Colby Cretella grew up playing youth hockey in the Northeast United States and furthering his Hugh school career at Phillips Exeter Academy, a boarding school program in New Hampshire. After finishing at prep school career, he played junior hockey in the USPHL (now NCDC) for one season.  Cretella then spent four years playing college hockey for a NESCAC (NCAA Division 3) school. He is also a recent graduate, and have been working in the finance industry in New York City since graduation.

In navigating the process of developing into a college hockey player, Cretella utilized the resources available to him (coaches, parents, friends). Even with ample resources, there were many times where it was unclear what the necessary steps were to reach his goals as a hockey player. One of the reasons for starting this video platform is to offer those resources to players who may be currently trying to figure out their own individual path.

Cretella spoke to our Academy players Thursday on a video conference about the importance of defensive zone coverage. This included a lot of fine details and habits that players should be forming at a young age to transfer to college and professional levels.

Cretella walked through NHL clips of the Columbus Blue Jackets coached by John Tortorella that showed prime examples of stick positioning, angling, hitting and pinning, communication, positional set up and how to properly exit the defensive zone. 

Cretella put a strong emphasis on how younger players should build these details into their game to help elevate their chances at playing at the next level. 

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