Drill Of The Week

Bruins 2@1

Overview:
Quick Transition Drill that gets D involved in the offensive zone fun! Coach chips a puck behind D5, picks it up and passes quickly to F1 or F2. F1 and F2 now attack with D5 jumping up to support. After the first attack, Coach chips new puck to corner for another low 2@1 or F can play it up to D for a shot/screen.

Key Points:
Mix high and low attacks. D is available on rush as a trailer option. Game speed. Good timing and positional plays on wall break-outs!

Published on: 12 January 2019

D Rotating Box

Description:
Set up four D men in the Neutral zone in a box formation. Younger players form a tighter box. Players move the puck around the outside with smooth pivots and quick passing. Move the puck clockwise then on the whistle move the puck counterclockwise.

Key Points:
Keep your feet moving and move the puck quickly with a minimum of stickhandling or no stickhandling if possible. Move your feet towards the direction you are passing the puck.

Published on: 18 January 2019

3@2 Gretzky Behind The Net

Description:
One forward must always be below the goal line. The two D-men play tight man on man on other two forwards. Great game to simulate behind the net cycle plays.

Key Points:
Forwards should vary their positions to force Dmen to make switches in their coverage as each forward alternates from front of net to low position. D-men need to read play and communicate switches with their partner.

Published on: 01 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

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

Finn 2@1

Overview:
Great warm up drill to get everyone’s feet and hands going early in practice. Players can be creative in this drill as there is no set passing pattern.

Description:
F1 and F2 can pass anywhere they want. Other players can also pass in any pattern they choose. Last pass should be made close to offensive blue line to allow 2@1 play. After the 2@1, one of the attackers stays to defend next 2@1.

Published on: 04 January 2019

Frolunda 2@2 Gap Control

Overview:
This drill works rush Gap control skills in a 2@2 situation. Defenders are forced to reset their gap on quick regroups by the attacking forwards.

Description:
F1 and F2 criss-crosss and exchange quick one touch passes as D1 and D2 move off of the boards and gap up on the two forwards. The Coach has the option of letting the 2@2 play out normally or making a quick double whistle near the offensive blue line to force a quick re group.

Published on: 28 December 2018

D Big 8 Four Pass

Overview:
This drill works on pivoting and passing by D-men. Defenders scan the whole ice surface before passing. A great drill to run before or after practice to work their pivot and passing skills.

Description:
Each time the D passes between the scones, he knows which side the pass is coming from but he should scan the ice before turning his eyes towards the passer to receive the pass. D then pivots, steps up and passes to the opposite side.

Published on: 21 December 2018

Boja’s One Touch Warm Up

Overview:
This is a warm up drill to get the player’s feet and hands moving early in practice. Emphasis is on good one touch passing technique. It is also a good warm up drill for goalies providing long angle shots. 

Description: 
F9 skates forwards, pivots backwards and exchanges one touch passes with F8. F9 now pivots forwards exchanging more passes with F8. F9 now pivots out towards boards, takes another pass from F8, goes in and shoots. Next line starts when first player is coming over the blue line for shot.

Published on: 14 December 2018

Hand Grenade

Overview:
This is a small area quick transition drill that is great for developing special team skills with an emphasis on quick passing and quick release shooting.

Description:
3 players on each team who can score, 1 on 1 battle for possession in the middle and two stationary passers/shooters on each team on the sides. Coach chips in pucks to start and when the puck goes in the net or out of play. Change players either on set number of goals or after xx seconds.

Published on: 07 December 2018