Pavel Barber Hockey School
I am a stickhandling specialist with a deep passion for understanding skills deeply. If there's 2 things I'm most passionate about, it's the game of hockey, and the work ethic it takes to get as good as you can at something. I've studied talent generation across all fields, and I am honoured to be in a position to pass on my knowledge to the next generation of hockey players.
Stickhandling was something I just loved to do. I formed an obsession with it at an early age after watching guys like Pavel Datsyuk dominate the league with his display of stickhandling brilliance. The rules of the game have changed to allow more skill to shine through, and we are starting to see creative displays of stickhandling brilliance on a day to day basis in the NHL and across all the semi-pro and minor hockey leagues. There's a lot of power skating coaches out there, but there needs to be more stickhandling specialists. Skating and stickhandling compliment each other, and it should never be one or the other. No matter what your position, you should want to feel confident with the puck out there.
Who I Am
I am a lover of the game, first and foremost. I have always played for fun, and I am proud to say after 20+ years of playing, my love for the game has only grown stronger. I grew up 2 minutes away from an outdoor rink in Toronto, Ontario where I spent the majority of my childhood. My idea of fun is pushing my limits and deeply understanding why I did well, and why I didn't. Skill set generation is something I take very seriously, and work ethic is the only thing I really care about. I didn't grow up with a lot, but everytime I got out there I knew I had the chance to get better at the game if I worked hard enough. The harder I worked, the better I got, and the more fun the game became. That was my equation to becoming obsessed with stickhandling. What most people may not know about me is how serious I take the mental aspect of the game. I take the notion of environments very seriously because I know how much it can hinder success. I often trained alone because I hated being laughed at or made fun of for falling or failing in some way, yet I knew I had to push outside of my comfort zone and look foolish sometimes to get better as fast as I could. My training environments are judgement free. When we laugh, we laugh together and not at one another. The ego's are left at home, and we look at failures as opportunities to correct and get better. No one will ever feel judged or self conscious in my training environments, because if they did, I'd be holding them back.
Why I Do It
Why I Do It
The secret to living is giving. There's no better feeling then giving someone the tools they need to succeed, and watching their skills develop. The game of hockey has given me so much, and now it's my time to give back. Also, I get to be on the ice all the time. To me, that is freedom. It's where I love to be, and where I belong.