Drill Of The Week

Arno One Touch 'A'

Description:
P1 backs out of the line, exchanges one-touch passes with P2 then exchanges one-touch passes with P8. P1 then cuts across the middle to take the last pass from P2, goes in and shoots. Make all one-touch passes if possible.

Key Points:
One-touch passing. Players leave on the whistle.
After shooting, each player should stop at the net in a position to get the next player's rebound.

Published on: 24 August 2019

Axeman Triple Breakout

Description:
Coach starts the drill by chipping the puck deep. D men retreat to retrieve puck as forwards follow to go into break out patterns. On each breakout, a forward goes the length of the ice for a shot. Each line does three consecutive breakouts: Low D to D, D to D reverse and D to Center Reverse.

Key Points:
Players should be talking to each other to communicate option. As players get better at it, they should be able to read each other and make adjustments during the drill.

Published on: 16 August 2019

Back to Back 3@3

Description:
Nets are placed back to back in the middle of the end zone as two teams line up on blue line. Coach fires puck between nets or around boards to put the puck into play. One player from each team moves into the shooting position as two players from each team try to get possession of the puck.

Key Points:
Players can play 2@2 or pass to the shooter for a screen shot or deflection pass. A goal off of a pass is worth one point. A goal off of a screen, deflection or rebound is worth two points to promote battles in front of the nets with D wrist shots.

Published on: 09 August 2019

Columbus Breakout Drill

Description:
Coach rims in a puck for the goalie to take and pass back to the supporting D in the corner. The D1 then makes a quick pass to the supporting winger on the wall who then passes to the other D2 man who is jumping up middle ice. Center support the puck low and slow through the middle of the ice. D2 now makes a quick up pass to the forwards as they continue 2@1.

Key Points:
This is a timing drill. Forwards must read the break out speed and timing of the D and adjust their skating patterns accordingly. D call for a pass from the goalie and other players should call for each pass as well. D alternate attacking and defending. Players should come back into the lines they started from to keep colours straight.

Published on: 26 July 2019

D 3 Cone Agility

Description:
D starts with 3 cones set up in a triangle. Start forwards, pivoting backwards around the cones then pivoting to forwards again when skating in the original direction. Start without a puck, then with a puck, then add passers to increase the level of difficulty.

Key Points:
Work on smooth transitions in the pivots. Maintain two hands on the stick and make quick passes coming out of the pivots.

Published on: 19 July 2019

2@2 Plus Libero

Description:
Coach chips puck to the middle of the zone to start 2@2 play. A Libero/Rover jumps into the play as well to attack with the team that recovers the puck. The Libero is always attacking no matter which team has the puck so there is always a 3@2 situation.

Key Points:
This game works best when you have more than a two colour practice as the Libero should be a different colour from the other four players. This game promotes quick transition between offense and defense. Great game when practising with five lines of players. You may also select 3-4 players that you wish to give more offensive practice and have them put on a third colour jersey for this game.

Published on: 05 July 2019

3@2 Anchor Game

Description:
Two nets are placed across the ice from each other in the end zone. A pylon is placed in the middle of the zone to act as the anchor. Two teams set up outside the end zone in groups of three. The Coach starts play by chipping a puck off of the end boards or passing a puck into the middle of the zone to create a race for the puck. The team that does not recover the puck must anchor a player to the pylon in the middle of the zone to create a 3@2 situation.

Key Points:
The anchored player must keep his stick in contact with the pylon until his team regains possession of the puck. He is a quick option as soon as the puck is turned over so defenders must transition to defense quickly as the attacking team can look for a breakaway pass right away. 25-40 second shifts. Great game for working on transition play.

Published on: 28 June 2019

Manning PP See Saw 3@1

Description:
Teams play 3@1 on each circle. Offensive players cannot enter the circle. Defensive players cannot leave the circles.

Key Points:
Upon recovering the puck, the defensive player moves it quickly to the attackers on the other circle. Goalies can pass it up as well. Coach can also whistle a change of possession.

Published on: 21 June 2019

8 Ball Pivot and Pass

Description:
P1 skates towards wall, pivots, receives a pass from P2, pivots up and passes back to P2 who is skating a loop in the other direction. P2 passes back to P1 who goes in for a shot as P2 crosses over to start the next repetition with P3.

Key Points:
Pivot in such a way to keep eye contact with the puck and passer. Smooth feet and hands...Hard tape to tape passes. Accelerate from the blue line in before shooting.

Published on: 14 June 2019

Arno One Touch C

Description:
P1 receives a pass from P5, passes it back to him then makes a quick turn, exchanges passes with P10 then heads up ice. P10 passes quickly to P5 who passes quickly to P1 who is cutting to the middle of the far blueline.

Key Points:
Gretzky turns. Accelerate out of tight turns Skate hard. Passes on tape. Talk! Call for each pass!

Published on: 31 May 2019