D-Zone Coverage Basics

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Coach chips the puck deep to C1 in the corner and five players move into their basic defensive positions. On the whistle, C1 moves the puck over to the other corner to C2 and the players shift their D positioning over to the other side. Next whistle, C2 releases the puck and the five players break out down the ice 5vs0. “Five on the Dice” defensive positioning.

Key points

Players move into position quickly, the center in close support to the puck and puck side winger sealing the wall. The weak side winger covers the low slot as Weak side D covers the net front at the first post. Progression: Add checkers against break out.