Break Out Basics

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Description

Start with two lines of forwards and Defensemen in each corner. The defender steps up over the blue, pivots backwards, then forwards to go and retrieve the dumped puck from the coach. The defender makes an evasive move and cuts back to the same side he came from. The forward moves down the dot lane, then opens up and moves to the wall for the pass after the D’s cutback. D passes to the forward on the wall. The forward circles high above the face-off circle then skates in for a shot.

Key points

Forwards read the D as to time their cut to the wall to provide a passing option. Forwards always pivot as to keep their eyes on the puck, presenting the blade if their stick on the ice to create a target for the D. This drill can progress to 1vs1 and 2vs1.