Drill Of The Week

3@2 Dot Jumper

Description:
Quick transition game in a small area. Play starts 2@2 with the Coach chipping a puck to create a race. One extra player from each side must skate directly to a faceoff dot and stay there until they receive a pass. The team that gains possession may create a 3@2 by passing to their player on the faceoff dot.

Key Points:
If the defenders gain the puck back, they can now activate their third player with a pass. Options: a) one previous attacker must now go back to a dot to continue 3@2 b) let play continue 3@3.

Published on: 19 April 2019

Panther Power Play 3@1

Description:
This drill is set up like a small area power play. Two players from each team set up with one on the side wall and one on top of the circle. Players should play in the positions that they would play in a game situation. The Coach starts play by chipping a puck to the middle of the zone creating a race for the puck. The player that gains control of the puck passes to his team to set up on offence. The other player must now defend in the middle of the triangle and try to take away pass and shot lanes.

Key Points:
To ensure that both teams get an opportunity to score and to encourage quick attacks, the team that initially gains the puck must score in the first 10-15 seconds of puck possession or the Coach signals a new puck in play and passes a new puck to the other team for 10-15 seconds of play. Goalies and the defender are encouraged to clear loose pucks to their teammates as quickly as possible to start their 10-15 seconds of attack time. Rebounds are live. Game can progress to 3@2 by placing an extra defenseman on each faceoff dot to begin play. This defenseman can only defend.

Published on: 12 April 2019

D Spinerama

Description:
Two defensemen line up facing each other. As D1 advances, D2 retreats. D1 passes to D2 who pivots, steps up then cuts back creating a 360-degree evasive move. D2 now advances on D1 and D1 performs the same manoeuvres after receiving the puck.

Key Points:
Nice small area drill for players of all ages to work on pivots, passing and evasive manoeuvres for D Men. D should fake stepping up before making the quick cut backspin move. Try to maintain two hands on your stick while performing the spin move.

Published on: 06 April 2019

PK Defender Cross Fire

Description:
Set up with 3 attackers on both sides of the end zone with 3 defenders down the middle. The attackers try to maintain puck control and make as many cross-ice passes as possible through the defenders. One defender tries to force the puck carrier to limit his time and space and force passes into tight areas. The other two defenders position themselves to cut off cross-ice passes. Defenders may rotate in a new active defender when the original defender rotates out to the middle area.

Key Points:
Read the attackers and adjust your positioning to take away passing lanes with good body positioning and active sticks. Encourage a lot of communication on the offensive and defensive side of the puck. Aggressively attack the puck. PP players move the puck quickly.

Published on: 22 March 2019

The Wave

Description:
P1 and P2 exchange passes while skating in a horizontal S pattern, pivoting forwards and backwards. Take pass while skating backwards, pivot forwards, step up then make next pass. Variation: Do escape turns.

Key Points:
Great warm-up drill that leaves the end zones free for individual goals work. Forwards and D-men both work on smooth pivoting and passing while performing evasive maneuvers. Practice evasive moves with the puck before pivoting. Smooth pivots. Try to maintain two hands on the stick while making the pivots and accelerating out of the pivot.

Published on: 15 March 2019

D Horn

Description:
D1 comes around the top of the centre ice, pivots backwards, receives a pass from F and moves it quickly across to D3 who has moved into position beside him. D3 takes the pass, steps up to pass to F who is coming around the pylon. F skates in hard for a shot and D3 skates hard around the pylon to start the next repetition.

Key Points:
Great warm up Drill to get your D’s feet and hands going.D men must move their feet quickly in this drill to be in position for each pass. After the D man takes the wide pass from the other D man he pivots and steps up before making the pass to the forward. For younger players, have the 2nd D man stay outside the curling D man before getting into position to take the D to D pass. More experienced D men can cut inside as shown in the last repetition.

Published on: 08 March 2019

Kloten Curl and Drag

Description:
For the 1@0, P1 skates to the pile of pucks, picks one up, pivot backwards and skates backwards to the pylon, pivots around it and skates in for a shot, stopping briefly at the net.  For the 1@1, P10 starts the drill the same way but now P11 skates to the middle pylon, skates around the pylon, pivoting backwards to challenge P10 1@1.

Key Points:
Excellent puck control drill for young players that progresses into introducing Gap control in 1@1 situations. Work on making smooth pivots with smooth hands when pivoting forwards and backwards. Player defending should be skating backwards with one hand on his stick with good posture.

Published on: 01 March 2019

Flipper Cross Ice 3@2

Description:
The players split into two teams and line up between the neutral zone faceoff dots and the boards. The Coach starts play by dumping the puck into one side. The team that recovers the puck attacks with three players and the other team defends with two players. Play continues 3@2 until the coach whistles then the next player from the defending team takes a puck and jumps into the game. The first three attackers now are out of the game. The two defenders now attack up ice with the new player while two new defenders step out from the other side.

Key Points:
Today’s game is all about quick transition. This game develops puck support principles and rapid transition from defense to offense. Players are also encouraged to gap up on the attackers and then back up to defend the area in front of the net.

Published on: 22 February 2019

Arno One Touch 'E'

Description:
P1 passes to P2 who passes quickly to P3. P1 skates towards P2 then pivots towards the wall and cuts back towards middle ice to receive stretch pass from P3.

Key Points:
Players start on the whistle. Hard tape to tape passes. Pivot so that you always maintain eye contact with the puck. Call for each pass and stop at the net in a position to get next shooter’s rebound.

Published on: 15 February 2019

Arno One Touch 'D'

Description:
F1 exchanges passes with F2 then exchanges passes with F3 before going in for a shot.

Key Points:
Move the puck as quickly as possible. Progress to one-touch passes. Start on the whistle.

Published on: 08 February 2019