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Skating - Warm-up 01 - Forwards

Form two lines at hash marks in one end. Provide demonstration of the skills to be performed down the middle of the ice and back along the boards.

  • Stride and Bend
  • Jump Stride
  • Scissors - Forward/Backward/Reverse
  • Crossovers
  • Knee Drops

Key Teaching Points

Utilize a variety of skating skills. Also use each of them in between drills as technical laps.

 

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Skating - Warm-up 02 - Forwards
  • Players line up in two lines on the hashmarks
  • Both lines can go at the same time, or each line can alternate, skating down the middle to the far end and then back along the boards.
  • Perform each skating skill as shown.

Key Teaching Points

  • Technique is important in this warm-up to give the players lots of repetition on technical aspects of skating.

 

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Skating - Warm-up 01 - Backwards
  • Players line up in two lines on the hashmarks
  • Both lines can go at the same time, or each line can alternate, skating down the middle to the far end and back along the boards.
  • Perform each backward skating skill as shown.

Key Teaching Points

  • Technique is important in this warm-up to give the players lots of repetition on technical aspects of skating.

 

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Skating - Warm-up 02 - Backwards
  • Players line up in two lines on the hashmarks
  • Both lines can go at the same time, or each line can alternate, skating down the middle to the far end and back along the boards.
  • Perform each backward skating skill as shown.

Key Teaching Points

  • Technique is important in this warm-up to give the players lots of repetition on technical aspects of skating.

 

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Skating - Skating Agility Warm-up
  • Players perform Crossover to  “slide stops” forwards and backwards
  • Skate in a zig zag pattern through the middle lane

Key teaching points

  • Maintain a deep knee bend
  • Keep balance throughout “slide stops”
  • Work on quick feet

 

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Skating - Agility - 5 Puck Agility
  • Place 5 pucks in circle as shown.
  • Player must skate around each of the outside pucks, and always come back to the middle before skating around one of the outside pucks again.
  • Toes always pointing forward during transitions
  • Add puck for progression

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet, stay low for balance
  • Efficient movements ie try to do only 1 crossover to get back to middle

 

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Skating - Agility Nets
  • Place a net in the Neutral Zone or anywhere on the ice to use as a station.
  • Players perform skating techniques to work on quickness, agility and creativity.
  • Add a second player to work on heads up play or to act as a defender so players are working on offence and defence.

 

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Skating - Agility - Puck Protection
  • Place two sticks on the ice leaving a space between them as a lane to skate through.
  • Player skates in a figure 8 pattern protecting the puck – take bottom hand off stick when doing tight turn around end of each stick

Key Teaching Points

  • Stay low, come out of turn tight to stick,
  • Take bottom hand off to prevent stick check
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Skating - Circle Skating - Backwards
  • Players start in corner
  • Skate around circle backwards
  • Crossunder
  • Crossover reach, grab ice
  • Inside pivot, exit with 1 crossover

Key Teaching Points

  • Outside foot must stay on ice
  • Inside foot ( push leg ) stays on ice as much as possible
  • Outside edge of inside foot

 

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Skating - Defence Agility Escapes
  • Players do 3 skills: transition, escape and slide stop / step-up
  • Toes up ice, transition in front of the stick
  • Player then does an escape move
  • Player then slide stops, steps up and makes the pass
  • Good shooting principles at blue line

Key teaching points

  • Quick feet, the faster the better
  • Defensemen should bend their knees and keep good balance
  • Get the puck on forehand as soon as possible

 

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Skating - Defence Agility Transition
  • Agility “slide stops” from forward to backward and backward to forward
  • Keep toes up ice and pivot in front of each stick
  • Good shooting principles on blue line

Key teaching points

  • Keep your speed
  • Keep shoulders square and toes up ice
  • Get the puck on your forehand as soon as possible
  • Work on quick feet

 

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Skating - Defence Skating Escapes
  • Player line up facing each other inside blue line
  • Defensive player starts skating backwards trying to elude forward who acts as forechecker.  Quick, deceptive moves to try and lose the forechecker.  Start with no puck.
  • Forechecker tries to contain, angle and react, and use stick position to steer defenseman.
  • Add puck, defender must skate out of zone, If Offensive player gets puck then try to score

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick Feet, deception, agility
  • Both players need to read and react
  • Turn into 1 on 1 for intensity and competition

 

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Skating - Defence Transition
  • Players start in corner and skate towards blue line.
  • Turn toes and then transition backward, stop and then go forward again
  • Turn toes, and then unweight to get heels around – minimize crossovers prior to stopping and then skating forward.

Key Teaching Points

  • Turn both ways
  • Toes first and heels first
  • Accelerate out of slide stop

 

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Skating - Defensive Zone Straight Line Skating
  • Player starts on dot and skates out and poke checks a puck
  • Recover to the middle and poke check all 4 pucks and recover to the dot

Key teaching points

  • Straight line skating/ stops and starts when playing defense
  • Poke check pucks and recover back to middle in as straight a line as possible
  • Keep square to pucks
  • Keep head and shoulder over skates; do not lunge at the puck

 

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Skating - Forward Stride
  • Players skate straight line focusing on technique

Key teaching points

  • Head up
  • Full stride through to toe
  • Drive arms
  • Stick out in front

 

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Skating - Neutral Zone Agility 01
  • Players execute a “slide stop” at each pylon; skate to next pylon slide stop and back to first pylon
  • Players will transition at second pylon and execute an escape at first pylon. Repeat at pylon 4 and 3
  • Players skate backwards and execute an escape at each pylon alternating between forward and backward

Key teaching points

  • Slide stops need quick feet and maintaining speed on change of direction
  • Players need to have good knee bend on escapes. Turn head and shoulders first
  • Keep your speed

 

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Skating - Neutral Zone Agility 02
  • Players start on blue line in neutral zone.
  • Skate patterns as shown working on agility, balance and foot speed.
  • Controlled repetition to perform skating skills.

Key Teaching Points

  • Change up pattern and go both ways to ensure repetition in turning and transitioning both ways.

 

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Skating - Quick Feet Crossovers
  • Players start in corner
  • Skate to first pylon, turn towards boards.  Stop at boards, and accelerate out with 2 – 3 quick crossovers to next pylon and repeat
  • Repeat with toes facing up ice entire time, grab ice and reach inside to accelerate out turn from backwards to forwards.
  • Repeat with pucks.

Key teaching points

  • Toes around, accelerate out
  • Toes up ice as much as possible

 

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Skating - Skating Circles
  • Players start in line in the corner.
  • Perform skating skills around both circles to ensure skills are done equally both ways.
  • Crossunders / C-Cuts / Quick feet hi lo’s / Heel to heel back foot push / Heel to heel open up / Pivot inside with 1 crossover

Key Teaching Points

  • Make sure technique is done correctly before speed.  Repeat each skill as many times as necessary until players get the footwork right

 

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Skating - Transition Footwork
  • Start by placing two pylons in a line.
  • Player starts at bottom pylon, skates forward to top pylon, pivots, skates backward to opposite side of the bottom pylon, pivots and skates forward on same side to top pylon, pivots, skates backwards to start.
  • Progression – Add puck

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet, acceleration into and out of the pivot, maintain speed

 

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Skating - Transition Footwork Races
  • Start by placing two pylons in a line.
  • Players start at bottom pylon, skates forward to top pylon, pivots, skates backward to opposite side of the bottom pylon, pivots and skates forward on same side to top pylon, pivots, skates backwards to start.
  • Progression – Add puck

 

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Skating - Transition Races
  • Start with 2 lines each with two pylons in a vertical line.
  • Players start at bottom pylon, on coach’s signal the player’s race to top pylon, pivot and skate backwards to bottom pylon.
  • Repeat by pivoting the opposite way the next time.

Key Teaching Points

  • Efficient turns, blow as little snow as possible
  • Quick feet

 

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Skating - Transition Skating
  • Place 4 pylons around a circle or anywhere on the ice
  • Players start at bottom of circle and skate forward to top pylon - pivot  backwards to lower pylon – pivot forward to top pylon on other side
  • pivot backwards to lower pylon – pivot forwards to top of circle stop and skate forwards back to starting position.
  • Add a puck for a progression

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet
  • Maintain speed coming out of the pivot

 

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Skating - Heel to Heel
  • Place two sticks on the ice, player skates with heels facing each other in circular pattern around sticks - go both ways
  • Add second player to act as chaser – turn into a race, or tag
  • Quick feet, change directions

Key Teaching Points

  • Take your stick with you, lean forward and open knees
  • Find balance point, turn hips, and unweight to change feet
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Skating - Defence Transition Skating
  • Players start in corner and skate towards blue line.
  • Turn toes and then transition backward, stop and then go forward again
  • Turn toes, and then unweight to get heels around – minimize crossovers prior to stopping and then skating forward.

Key Teaching Points

  • Turn both ways
  • Toes first and heels first
  • Accelerate out of slide stop
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Skating - Knee Drops
  • Player starts in circle down on one knee down
  • Alternate raising each leg, while other knee touches ice while stickhandling
  • Gain momentum and rhythm – drive knee up and forward when raising it. Try not touch knee to ice when lowering.
  • Eyes up, quick hands when stickhandling

Key Teaching Points

  • Balance, and rhythm needed for control
  • Change speeds – quick, slow, quick
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Skating - Alternating Feet Edge Control 02
  • Players start on any line on the ice. Skate forward, glide on one skate.
  • Pivot to backwards on the same skate, then open hips and step forward with opposite skate to glide forward again.
  • Repeat alternating each leg.

Key Teaching Points

  • Stay in control, stick out in front and on ice
  • Bend knees and unweight to pivot front to back on same skate
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Skating - Figure 8 Edge Control
  • Place two pucks about 10 feet apart.
  • Player skates in a figure 8 pattern around the pucks.
  • Skate to the pylon on the outside edge of the inside foot, and spin on the same foot away from the pylon so the exit of the turn is on the inside edge

Key Teaching Points

  • Perform at a speed you are comfortable with
  • Stick out in front
  • Knees bent
  • Cary momentum into and out of turn
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Skating - Transition Figure 8
  • Place two pucks 10 feet apart
  • Skate in a Figure 8 pattern toes up ice
  • Puck must go around pylons

Key teaching points

  • Keep square and balanced
  • Head up and control the puck
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Skating - Half Circle Lateral Skating
  • One defenseman will skate half circle with feet outside skating laterally. The other defenseman will skate facing him across the middle of the circle
  • First, skate and focus on lateral speed. Then go other way
  • Progression: player skating backwards laterally will skate with the puck and hand it off to other defenseman
  • Progression: players will skate the same pattern and will pass the puck the whole time, can use onetime passing

Key teaching points

  • Good transition skating techniques
  • Head up, get the puck loaded, keep shoulders square
  • Quick feet, good balance
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Skating – Toe on Puck
  • Start on blue line and place the toe of one skate on the puck, and use c-cuts with the other skate to propel across the ice.

Key Teaching Points

  • Weight has to be on drive leg, too much weight on puck will cause skater to lose balance.
  • Change direction and use other leg on way back
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Skating – 2 Foot Stop
  • Players start in corner. Skate forward to first pylon and perform a 2 foot stop. Skate forward to second pylon and perform a 2 foot stop in the other direction. Repeat at all pylons.

Key Teaching Points

  • Ensure equal weight distributed on both feet
  • Unweight, extend legs and then flex knees as feet are turning to perform the stop
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Skating – Tight Turns
  • Place pylons as shown in the drill diagram ( can be done anywhere on the ice )
  • Players start by skating to far pylon, tight turn around far pylon, weave back through, tight turn at near pylon weave back through to far pylon for one more tight turn.

Key Teaching Points

  • Head, shoulders, hips, skates around pylon
  • Try to keep weight off of heels of skates to prevent slowing down
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Skating – Transition - Heels First
  • Players focus on heels first transition from forward to backward
  • This is used when containing the rush
  • Always pivot to the middle of the ice
  • Players are allowed one crossover after pivot then get into backward stride
  • On transition from backward to forward players “ride” and do not cross feet
  • On backward to forward pivot, lift the foot in the direction you are going and “load” the other foot

Key Teaching Points

  • Players need to have a good knee bend for balance
  • Keep chest and toes up ice
  • Limit the crossing of the feet as much as possible
  • Players to keep their head up, shoulders back and toes up ice
  • Heels and hips first to turn
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Skating – Transition - Ride Inside Edge
  • Players focus on transition which allows an aggressive gap but also the possibility of containing
  • Players going left will ride the inside right foot edge and have the left foot ready to either continue a “toes first” approach or hop and shift to a backward skating contain approach. Players going right will ride the inside left foot edge and have the right foot ready
  • This approach allows defensemen to read and then react to the attacking player
  • On transition from backward to forward, players will do a single “cross under” step and go forward

Key Teaching Points

  • Players need to have a good knee bend for balance
  • Keep chest and toes up ice
  • Limit the crossing of the feet as much as possible
  • Players to keep their head up, shoulders back and toes up ice
  • Toes may actually “turn in” as you begin the pivot
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Skating – Transition - Toes First
  • Players focus on toes first transition from forwards to backwards
  • This is most often used when aggressively closing the gap
  • Players point toes, “unload” and then start backward stride
  • Players are allowed one (or none) crossover after pivot then get into backward stride
  • On transition from backward to forward, players “ride” and do not cross feet
  • On backward to forward pivot, lift the foot in the direction you are going and “load” the other foot

Key Teaching Points

  • Players need to have a good knee bend for balance
  • Keep chest and toes up ice
  • Limit the crossing of the feet as much as possible
  • Players to keep their head up, shoulders back and toes up ice
  • In shifting from forward to backward, “unload” your weight before skating backwards
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Skating – 2 Foot Stop
  • Players start in corner. Skate forward to first pylon and perform a 2 foot stop. Skate forward to second pylon and perform a 2 foot stop in the other direction. Repeat at all pylons.

Key Teaching Points

  • Ensure equal weight distributed on both feet
  • Unweight, extend legs and then flex knees as feet are turning to perform the stop
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Skating – Tight Turns
  • Place pylons as shown in the drill diagram ( can be done anywhere on the ice )
  • Players start by skating to far pylon, tight turn around far pylon, weave back through, tight turn at near pylon weave back through to far pylon for one more tight turn.

Key Teaching Points

  • Head, shoulders, hips, skates around pylon
  • Try to keep weight off of heels of skates to prevent slowing down
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Skating – Transition - Heels First
  • Players focus on heels first transition from forward to backward
  • This is used when containing the rush
  • Always pivot to the middle of the ice
  • Players are allowed one crossover after pivot then get into backward stride
  • On transition from backward to forward players “ride” and do not cross feet
  • On backward to forward pivot, lift the foot in the direction you are going and “load” the other foot

Key Teaching Points

  • Players need to have a good knee bend for balance
  • Keep chest and toes up ice
  • Limit the crossing of the feet as much as possible
  • Players to keep their head up, shoulders back and toes up ice
  • Heels and hips first to turn
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Skating – Transition - Ride Inside Edge
  • Players focus on transition which allows an aggressive gap but also the possibility of containing
  • Players going left will ride the inside right foot edge and have the left foot ready to either continue a “toes first” approach or hop and shift to a backward skating contain approach. Players going right will ride the inside left foot edge and have the right foot ready
  • This approach allows defensemen to read and then react to the attacking player
  • On transition from backward to forward, players will do a single “cross under” step and go forward

Key Teaching Points

  • Players need to have a good knee bend for balance
  • Keep chest and toes up ice
  • Limit the crossing of the feet as much as possible
  • Players to keep their head up, shoulders back and toes up ice
  • Toes may actually “turn in” as you begin the pivot
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Skating – Transition - Toes First
  • Players focus on toes first transition from forwards to backwards
  • This is most often used when aggressively closing the gap
  • Players point toes, “unload” and then start backward stride
  • Players are allowed one (or none) crossover after pivot then get into backward stride
  • On transition from backward to forward, players “ride” and do not cross feet
  • On backward to forward pivot, lift the foot in the direction you are going and “load” the other foot

Key Teaching Points

  • Players need to have a good knee bend for balance
  • Keep chest and toes up ice
  • Limit the crossing of the feet as much as possible
  • Players to keep their head up, shoulders back and toes up ice
  • In shifting from forward to backward, “unload” your weight before skating backwards
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Skating/Puck Control - Puck on Forehand Pivots
  • Players always face the middle pylon
  • Keep puck on forehand, except on escape moves
  • Good shooting principles at blueline

Key teaching points

  • Keep the puck on forehand
  • Keep speed in both backward-forward and forward-backward pivots
  • Try to keep crossing of your feet to a minimum

 

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Skating/Puck Control - Puck Protection

Puck Protection

  • Place two sticks on the ice leaving a space between them as a lane to skate through.
  • Player skates in a figure 8 pattern protecting the puck – take bottom hand off stick when doing tight turn around end of each stick

Key Teaching Points

  • Stay low, come out of turn tight to stick
  • Take bottom hand off to prevent stick check

Puck Protection – with Chaser

  • Offensive player starts with puck, defensive player outs pressure on forcing offensive player to protect puck
  • Offensive player turn left and right trying to escape from pressure

Key Teaching points

  • Protect puck
  • Take bottom hand off stick to avoid stick check

 

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Puck Control - Warm-up 01
  • Players line up in two lines on the hashmarks
  • Both lines can go at the same time, or each line can alternate, skating down the middle to the far end and back along the boards.
  • Perform each skill as shown.

Key Teaching Points

  • Technique is important in this warm-up set up have players try to get as many reps of each skill as possible down the ice
  • Encourage quick hands and lots of range of motion

 

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Puck Control - Warm-up 02 - Random Obstacles
  • Players line up in two lines on the hashmarks
  • Place lots of pucks randomly down the centre of the ice
  • Both lines can go at the same time, or each line can alternate, skating down the middle to the far end and back along the boards.
  • Perform each skill as shown.

Key Teaching Points

  • Technique is important in this warm-up to give the players lots of repetition on technical aspects of puck control.
  • Encourage creativity and quick hands

 

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Puck Control - Warm-up 03 - Puck Dots
  • Players line up in two lines on the hashmarks
  • Place pucks or pylons in a straight line down the ice (1 or 2 rows)
  • Both lines can go at the same time, or each line can alternate, skating down the middle to the far end and back along the boards.
  • Perform each skill as shown.

Key Teaching Points

  • Technique is important in this warm-up set up – using lots of pucks enable the players to practice the same move multiple times.

 

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Puck Control - Warm-up 04 - Obstacles
  • Players in one end in two lines at the hash marks
  • Place obstacle down the middle of the ice
  • Alternate lines performing the skills as shown avoiding the obstacles with a variety of moves

Key Teaching Points

  • Use this as a progression from the previous warm-ups to add variety and increased difficulty

 

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Puck Control - Half Ice Warm-Up
  • Players in each corner.
  • Place pylons in a row on each side of the ice from the red line back to the dot on the circles.
  • Players skate out of the corner into the neutral zone and around the pylon on the opposite side of the ice and put moves on each pylon finishing with a shot.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet out of corner
  • Different move on each pylon
  • Can add a chaser
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Puck Control - Pylon Warm-up
  • Place pylons down middle of ice, players start on hash marks
  • Perform various moves down ice.
  • Heel to heel
  • Open up to backhand – puck protect
  • Eberle – up and back
  • Quick Hands toe up
  • Fast hand slow feet
  • Backhand toe drags
  • Stop and go quick Hands
  • Can be done full ice or half ice

Key Teaching Points

  • Head up,
  • Repeat for consistency
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Puck Control - 3 Puck Stickhandle
  • Place 3 pucks in a triangle formation anywhere on the ice.
  • Player must try to keep feet steady while utilizing only the arms and upper body to move the puck randomly through the 3 stationary pucks.
  • Progression is to move the pucks wider apart and then skate through the pucks while stickhandling

Key Teaching Points

  • Work on quick hands and range of motion

 

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Puck Control - 4 Pylon Agility
  • Place 4 pylons around a circle or anywhere on the ice.
  • Players start by carrying a puck and stickhandling around the pylons in a random fashion. 
  • Progression – add a second player and have them challenge each other instead of avoiding each other
  • Progression – two players, one puck and they have to support each other by passing the puck back and forth while facing each other.
  • Progression – have one player stationary on wall and pass back and forth, to work on puck support. Skate and pass, or one touch

Key Teaching points

  • Keep feet moving, be creative, and go as fast as possible – quick feet and quick hands
  • Always be ready to pass and receive – Expect the Pass

 

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Puck Control - Agility Nets
  • Place a net in the Neutral Zone or anywhere on the ice to use as a station.
  • Players perform  puckhandling techniques to work on quickness, agility and creativity.
  • Add a second player to work on heads up play or to act as a defender so players are working on offence and defence.

 

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Puck Control - Box Creativity
  • Place 4 pylons in a box formation anywhere on the ice
  • Player skates in random pattern with puck around all 4 pylons
  • Finish with shot on net

Key teaching points

  • Fast feet, fast hands
  • Deception, fakes creativity
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Puck Control - Corner Obstacle Agility
  • Players start in corner with pucks.
  • Place a couple of obstacles in the circle to act as a defensemen’s stick (Stick on pylon, Assistant coach, etc...)
  • Players perform random moves working on moving the puck laterally and changing directions.  Quick feet and quick hands.

Key Teaching Points

  • Let the players figure it out and be creative.

 

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Puck Control - Escapes
  • Defensemen skate the drill backwards. When they come to a pylon, turn away from it in an escape move fashion
  • Shoot at the end of the drill

Key teaching points

  • Maintain your speed
  • Bend your knees and keep good balance
  • Control the puck keeping the full blade on the ice
  • Turn your head and shoulder first into the escape turn

 

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Puck Control - Land Mines
  • Randomly spread out pucks within faceoff circle
  • Players perform puck control skills around and between pucks

Key teaching points

  • Maintain control of the puck
  • Creativity with the puck
  • Quick feet and quick hands

 

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Puck Control - Neutral Zone Agility
  • Place pylons in a row in the Neutral Zone
  • Perform various puck skills as shown:
    • One hand to back hand
    • Eberle, pull back
    • Quick hands slow feet
    • Spin puck off stick
    • Puck first, feet follow
    • 1 crossover to forehand
    • 1 crossover each way

Key Teaching Points

  • Repetition is vital
    Increase speed once technique is developed

 

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Puck Control - Puck Control Agility Warm-up
  • Players moves through the middle lane controlling the puck
  • Players perform the following skills
    • Side middle Side
    • Wide
    • Short, short, wide, wide
    • Forehand side control
    • Forehand side control shot fake
    • Mohawk backhand control
    • One hand forehand only
    • One hand backhand only
    • One hand backward skating
    • Crossover back and forth puck control
    • Single Crossover puck control
    • Puck between legs tight turn
    • Forehand side single knee drops
    • Forehand side backwards single knee drops

Key teaching points

  • Move puck quickly from forehand to backhand and vise versa
  • Keep head up as much as possible
  • Maintain control of the puck at a fast pace

 

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Puck Control - Puck Dots Linear
  • Place a line of pucks in a straight line approximately 12 inches apart.
  • Player has to straddle the pucks with the skates and then move the puck from side to side in and out of the pucks.
  • Go forwards then backwards.  Add in toe drags to make it harder.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quiet feet, use range of motion of arms to so from side to side.
  • Exchange weight from skate to skate

 

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Puck Control - Puck Dots Wide
  • Start with two lines of 5 or 6 pucks about 4 – 5 feet apart.
  • Move the puck from side to side, keeping both hands on the stick.
  • Keep the feet wide for greater range of motion.
  • For a progression, stickhandle at each puck before moving it to the other side

Key Teaching Points

  • Feet wide and make sure the bottom hand can slide on the shaft for greater quickness and range of motion

 

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Puck Control - Agility and Range of Motion
  • Place sticks on ice to act as obstacles
  • One vertical, one horizontal
  • Quick hands, range of motion, toe drags, flip over stick

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick Hands, smooth movements
  • Range of motion
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Puck Control - Figure 8
  • Place two pucks about 10 feet apart
  • Player skates in a figure 8 pattern around the pucks

Key Teaching Points

  • As the puck comes around the pylon, try to move is as quickly as possible from forehand to backhand and backhand to forehand
  • Move the puck as far as possible from forehand to backhand and backhand to forehand
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Puck Control - Puck Dots Zig Zag
  • Place pucks in a zig zag pattern
  • Perform various puck handling skills as shown:
    • Side to side, take bottom hand off stick on forehand
    • Move puck quickly for forehand to backhand and vice versa
    • One Crossover coming around puck
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Puck Control – Warm Up 5
  • Have the players skate along the lines of the ice ie blue line, red line, blue line and use ringette lines too for more reps.
  • Perform various puck handling skills as show using the line as a guide

Key Teaching Points

  • Repetition is key so do the same skill on all the lines for more repetition
  • Utilize skills that emphasize range of motion using the line as a guide for doing the moves.
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Puck Control – 3 Puck – Quick Hands
  • Two players skate into circle handling 1 puck in a random pattern
  • On whistle, each player gets passed a second puck – handle both at same time
  • On next whistle, each player gets passed a third puck – handle all 3 at same time

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick hands, dynamic moves
  • Change pucks as quickly as possible
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Puck Control – Stationary Stickhandle
  • Place 3 pucks in front of the player
  • Player handles all 3 pucks alternating touching each one

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick hands
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Move pucks in random pattern
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Puck Control – Attack the Triangle #1 – Stationary
  • Place one player stationary on a dot with feet apart and stick out in front
  • Second player stickhandles puck in and out of the skates and stick (the triangle)
  • Progression – stationary player can move stick to make it more difficult

Key Teaching Points

  • Think one move ahead
  • Quick hands, change weight from one leg to the other
  • Pull stick inside of defenders stick instead of going over top all the time
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Puck Control – Attack the Triangle #2
  • Place one player stationary on a dot with feet apart and stick out in front
  • Second player stickhandles puck in and out of the skates and stick (the triangle)
  • Puckhandling player can skate in any direction and all around the stationary player

Key Teaching Points

  • Think one move ahead
  • Quick hands, change weight from one leg to the other
  • Pull stick inside of defenders stick instead of going over top all the time
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Puck Control – Attack the Triangle #3
  • Place one player stationary on a dot with feet apart and stick out in front
  • Second player stickhandles puck in and out of the skates and stick (the triangle)
  • Quick attack moves, in and out then pass to next player in line
  • Rotate players

Key Teaching Points

  • Think one move ahead
  • Quick hands, change weight from one leg to the other
  • Pull stick inside of defenders stick instead of going over top all the time
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Puck Control – Stickhandle and Shoot
  • Player starts in circle with 1 puck
  • Stickhandle in random pattern, on whistle – shoot
  • Coach then adds 2 pucks, stickhandle both and shoot both
  • Coach then adds 3 pucks, stickhandle all 3 and shoot all three

Key Teaching points

  • Quick hands
  • Shoot to score
  • When using 2 or 3 pucks, place them in position to shoot quickly
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Passing - Passing Warm-up
  • Players start in two lines hash marks
  • Skate down centre of ice passing back and forth, to far end, then come back along the boards doing the same passing skill
  • One touch forehand
  • One touch backhand
  • Pass and Follow
  • Cross and Drop
  • One forward / One backward
  • One forward / One Backward – Pull to forehand
  • Random puck support passing

Key Teaching Points

  • Stay close together
  • On one touch – “ No Dust “ – try not to stickhandle
  • Follow through on pass, catch puck on reception
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Passing - 1 Touch Pass and Move
  • Stationary player at top and bottom of circle.  Player skates around circle passing to each of the stationary players always facing the passer and placing stick in position for pass. Change directions
  • Add second 1 touch pass for progression.
  • Add a second skater so there are two skaters going around the circle.

Key Teaching Points

  • Stick must be in position to receive pass, always face the passer don’t turn back on the puck.

 

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Passing - Partner Support Passing
  • Defenseman will pass with a partner
  • Players can go anywhere but the key is when you receive a pass you need to get your head up to see the ice, move your feet and get it loaded which means be ready to pass the puck preferably on your forehand
  • Coaches whistle will control the pace

Key teaching points

  • Head up to see ice as soon as you receive the puck
  • Move your feet
  • Get it loaded. Get the puck in a “triple threat” position where you can pass, shoot or carry
  • Quick feet and good puck control

 

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Passing - Figure 8 Passing
  • Player skates a lateral figure 8
  • Player receives passes outside the pylon and pulls the puck in to control it

Key teaching points

  • Good lateral skating keep toes up ice
  • Receive the pass and pull it quickly in to control it
  • Maintain speed and control
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Passing - Backhand Passing – 1 vs 1 Puck Protection
  • Players grab a partner and spread out -- 3/4’s of the ice
  • One puck between 2 players. First whistle backhand pass, 2nd whistle touch pass, 3rd whistle 1 vs. 1
  • Next sequence, players return to where they started and work through progressions.

Key Teaching Points

  • Passes on tape, focus on clean reception
  • Protect puck on 1 on 1
  • Defensive player stick on puck
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Passing – Forehand Passing – 1 vs 1 Puck Protection
  • Players grab a partner and spread out -- 3/4’s of the ice
  • One puck between 2 players. First whistle forehand pass, 2nd whistle touch pass, 3rd whistle 1 vs. 1
  • Next sequence, players return to where they started and work through progressions.

Key Teaching Points

  • Passes on tape, focus on clean reception
  • Protect puck on 1 on 1
  • Defensive player stick on puck
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Passing – Passing Warm Up
  • Players line up on blue line on both sides of the ice
  • First player in line skates backwards and one touch passes to second player in line.
  • At bottom of circle, first player stops and skates forward still one touch passing
  • Player then swings into the neutral zone, and second player passes cross ice to far blue line, first player then skates into zone, gets a pass from far side and finishes with shot on net.
  • Alternate sides

Key Teaching Points

  • Give passer a target with stick
  • Focus on pass reception – then return one touch
  • Pass hard
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Passing - Saucer Passing – 1 vs 1 Puck Protection
  • Players grab a partner and spread out -- 3/4’s of the ice
  • One puck between 2 players. First whistle saucer pass, 2nd whistle touch pass, 3rd whistle 1 vs. 1
  • Next sequence, players return to where they started and work through progressions.

Key Teaching Points

  • Passes on tape, focus on clean reception
  • Protect puck on 1 on 1
  • Defensive player stick on puck
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Passing - Spider Warm Up
  • Players positioned around circle, one player starts on dot with puck
  • On whistle, player with puck passes to one player on circle, gets a return pass then stickhandles around that player
  • Pass to different player; once all players have received a pass, change player in middle
  • Progression – double one touch pass before making moves

Key Teaching Points

  • Be creative with puckhandling, attack triangle, puck through skates
  • Communicate before pass
  • Focus on pass reception
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Shooting - Defence - Find the Lane 01
  • Place two nets facing each other in the high slot with a small gap between them
  • Players are stationary facing the net with a pile of pucks
  • Players toe drag and shoot through the gap towards the net on the crease

Key teaching points

  • Releasing the puck with head up
  • Shot accuracy
  • Puck placement

 

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Shooting - Defence Point Shots 01
  • Get puck to middle wrist shot
  • Get puck to middle slap shot
  • Pull to middle, fake and push. Keep puck on forehand, wrist shot and slap shot
  • Pull to middle, fake and pull backhand
  • Pull to middle “hip turn” fakes
  • Pull to middle and then reverse direction and shoot

Key Teaching points

  • Head up on all shots
  • Get the puck to mid ice as fast as possible
  • Shot needs to hit the net
  • Get the puck off the ice to avoid sticks and skates

 

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Shooting - Defence Point Shots 02 - Backhand Pickups
  • Pick up rim on backhand, get to middle wrist shot and slap shot
  • Pick up pass get to middle, reverse direction and shoot
  • Get to middle  “hip turn fakes” and shoot
  • Move to middle, spin on backhand and shoot

Key Teaching points

  • Pick up rim pucks on backhand
  • Head up on all shots
  • Get the puck to mid ice as fast as possible
  • Shot has to hit the net
  • Get the puck off the ice

 

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Shooting - Defence - Quick Feet Shot from Middle
  • Players start form the offensive zone faceoff dots
  • Left handed defence start from the let side, right handed defence start from the right
  • Players back peddle, with puck, around obstacle in the slot
  • Player then shoots when obstacle is cleared

Key teaching points

  • Maintain possession on the forehand
  • Move quickly into a shooting lane
  • Shoot in stride
  • Keep an eye on the target

 

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Shooting - Defence Shooting Options
  • D’s have 9 pucks
  • Maximum 2 passes and can shoot at anytime
  • Use different shooting options
  • After 9 shots, next 3 D go
  • Good power play simulation

Key teaching points

  • Always ready to shoot, be in position to shoot and one time
  • Watch the puck
  • Head up on all shots except a one timer. On a one timer “sneak a peek” before you shoot
  • Hit the net

 

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Shooting - Quick Release - Shoot on Front Foot
  • Players start in opposite corners.  Right hand shots in one corner, left hand shots in the other.
  • Skate around top of circle and receive pass from opposite corner

Key Teaching Points

  • Receive pass across body and in one motion move puck to forehand and shoot off of front foot

 

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Shooting - Shooting 1 Knee Down
  • Players start on dot in circle – on off wing
  • Skate around the circle from top to bottom
  • Coach passes puck across the crease, player must drop to one knee to adjust to pass in order to get shot off.

Key Teaching points

  • Must be on off wing
  • Pass should be in front of player to force them to adjust
  • Drop to one knee and adjust hand on stick to get shot off

 

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Shooting - Shooting off Front Foot
  • Players on bluelines, pucks along boards at top of circles
  • Right handed players and left handed players split
  • Skate along blueline, break into lane to get pass across the body
  • Receive puck on forehand, in one motion bring puck across body and shoot on front foot
  • Progression #1 – change sides and receive pass coming from same side of ice
  • Progression #2 – Place pylons in middle of ice so players have to make a move as soon as they receive pass

Key teaching points

  • Hands out in front, and away from body
  • Catch puck and “ cushion “
  • Let momentum of pass bring puck across body for quick release

 

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Shooting - Back Wall Rebound
  • Players line up on goal line.
  • Passer on other side of the net
  • Puck is banked off end wall, so shooter has to receive, pull infront of goal line for quick shot on net.

Key Teaching point

  • Receive on forehand and backhand
  • Need to pull puck quickly to get shot off
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Shooting - Defence Shooting Sequence
  • Place pucks in middle of ice near blue line
  • Shoot 5 pucks for each type of shot
    • Stationary pull with quick release
    • Drag and shoot
    • Skate to outside and stop – step inside and shoot
    • Drag and 1 Timer
    • Drag, fake shot, escape then shoot
    • Drag to outside, fake shot, step inside and shoot
    • Receive pass across body, and quick release on front foot
    • Bad pass, Fake 1 timer, receive and shoot
    • 1 Timer
    • 1 Touch 1 timer

Key Teaching Points

  • Eyes, up, look at target
    No Dust, Quick release
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Shooting - 5 Shot Quick Release
  • Players start in corner
  • Skate around top of circle, coach passes 5 pucks as player skates around top of circle toward net
  • Catch and shoot quickly to get ready for next pass.
  • Shoot on forehand

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick Hard passes, Catch and release, get ready for next pass
  • Do from both sides
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Shooting - Backhand Receive - Shoot on Front Foot
  • Players start on blue line, skate towards middle of ice, receive pass on backhand
  • Stop puck and move to forehand for quick release
  • Arms away from body and load near side leg, to catch puck in front of body

Key Teaching Points

  • Catch puck, move to forehand quick release
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Shooting - Defence - Find the Lane 02
  • Place 2 nets facing each other inside blue line
  • Player has to grab pucks and shoot between the nets
  • Head up, find the lane
  • Getting puck through is priority

Key Teaching Points

  • Head up
  • Quick release
  • Find Lane
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Shooting - Forehand Receive - Shoot Off Front Foot
  • Pucks on boards just above the hash marks
  • Players start on blue line n same side of ice
  • Skate across blue line, then drive the middle lane, receive pass from coach and shoot on front foot without stick handling

Key Teaching Points

  • Hands away from body, load outside leg
  • Catch pass and bring across body in one motion and shoot on front foot
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Shooting - Forwards - Find the Lane 02
  • Place two nets facing each other inside blue line
  • Pucks at blue line
  • Players grab puck, skate towards net, fake shot, then shoot through the nets

Key Teaching Points

  • Head up, good fake
  • Find Lane
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Shooting - Front Foot Quick Release
  • Place obstacles in middle of ice near top of circles
  • Players skate in on their off wing, pull puck towards body and then shoot puck off toe of stick for quick release
  • Load puck near centre line of body to optimize stick flex

Key Teaching Points

  • Pull puck towards body, shoot off of front foot
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Shooting - Defence (Point Shot) - Forward (Attack Net)
  • Forwards on half wall, D on Blue line
  • Forward passes to D. D makes D to D pass for shot from middle of ice
  • Forward takes second puck, attacks net for shot on goal

Key teaching points

  • Good pass to D, then quick lateral pass to D partner
  • Quick shot on net
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Shooting - Figure 8 Pass and Shoot
  • Defensemen pass to coach pivot and receive pass back, cross and repeat with second coach and shoot on net
  • Next D leaves when first D passes to the second coach

Key teaching points

  • Toes up ice and keep your speed
  • Keep shoulders square to coaches
  • Pass the puck hard and present your stick where you want the return pass
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Shooting - Give and Go Shooting
  • Players line up outside blue line, coach in corner
  • Pass puck to coach, skate towards net for pass back, quick move or quick shot
  • Give and go must be quick

Key teaching points

  • Quick feet, eyes up, stick on ice ready for pass
  • Must be ready to receive pass,
  • Break into lane for give and go
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Shooting - Lateral Skate and Shoot 01
  • Defensemen will step out and receive pass, skate laterally and pass to outlet, then pivot and receive it back, move laterally. Pass and receive back again and shoot.
  • Other defenseman will do the same and will go another half round and shoot
  • Switch directions

Key teaching points

  • Quick feet for lateral speed
  • Pivot and present your stick for pass
  • Control puck when moving laterally
  • Always be in visual contact with the puck
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Shooting - Toe Drag the Net to Shot
  • Place Net in slot area filled with pucks
  • Players must skate, toe drag puck out of net and finish with quick release shot on net

Key teaching points

  • Come in at an angle to grab puck more easily
  • Toe drag out and shoot in one motion
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Shooting – Bad Pass – Shot
  • Start with pucks in the middle of the ice. Player is off to side in position for a one timer. (Off Wing)
  • Coach intentionally makes a bad pass, by passing the puck ahead of the stationary player.
  • Player must react to receive pass and then move puck into position to get quick shot on net.

Key Teaching Points

  • Bad passes happen in games so it is important to practice receiving them
  • Take the bottom hand off of the stick if necessary to reach out and receive the pass
  • Catch the pass, and quickly move into position to shoot puck quickly
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Shooting – Catch Pass Across Body – Shoot on Front Leg
  • Pucks in middle of the ice, Player is on “proper wing“, ready to receive pass
  • Player catches pass from coach out in front of body, and moves puck to forehand side in preparation for the shot.
  • In one motion, puck is shot off of front leg using the momentum of the body to create flexion in the stick to release the puck quickly

Key Teaching Points

  • Stick has to be in front of the body to catch pass cleanly and bring it across body into shooting position
  • Puck has to be brought wide enough to forehand side in order for maximum force to be applied
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Shooting – Chilli Dip
  • Player start in corner with puck, skate behind net.
  • Fake wraparound, spin to inside and all in one motion try to shoot high

Key Teaching Points

  • Fake wraparound will cause goaltender to drop, leaving upper part of net open
  • Spinning to inside will help to protect puck from defender for shot
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Shooting – Defence – 1 Touch 1 Timer
  • Pucks in the middle of the ice – Shooter near the top of the circle on the 1 timer side.
  • One touch pass the puck back and forth, coach then passes one softer and the shooter 1 times the puck.

Key Teaching Points

  • Good passes on the 1 touch, no stickhandle on the return
  • Shooter must be ready for 1 time shot at any time
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Shooting – Defence – Drag and Shoot Transition
  • Pucks in the middle of the ice, player starts on the “ off wing “ side.
  • Player skates to the middle of the ice, grabs a puck and drags it backwards towards the boards, transitions, without stopping and skates the puck back into the middle of the ice for a shot on net.
  • Each player should do at least 5 reps in a row

Key Teaching Points

  • Constant foot movement
  • Look up prior to shooting on net.
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Shooting – Defence – Drag – Step Back Inside
  • Pucks in the middle of the ice, player starts on the “ off wing “ side
  • Players skates to middle of the ice, grabs the puck and drags it backwards towards the boards.
  • Player then stops on outside leg, and steps back inside towards the middle of the ice for shot on net.

Key Teaching Points

  • Must be quick stop and change of direction to create shooting lane
  • Head up prior to shooting to make sure shooting lane is there
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Shooting – Defence – Drag and Shoot
  • Pucks in the middle of the ice. Player is on the “ off wing “
  • Players skates to the middle of the ice, grabs a puck, pivots and skates backwards dragging the puck
  • Look up at target and quick release with a wrist shot towards net.

Key Teaching Points

  • Looking up at target is an important habit to get into
  • Quick release to get puck through versus big wind up
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Shooting – Quick Release Pass From Behind
  • Pucks in the middle of the ice, shooter directly in front of the pucks just above the hash marks
  • Coach passes puck from directly behind the shooter who has to time the movement so the puck is grabbed back in the stance and moved forwards until the puck is released.
  • Must be done n one motion, with no slapping of the puck

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick wrists to release the puck quickly
  • No slapping of the puck
  • Pass the puck quicker to work on quicker hands
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Shooting – Short Side High
  • Players start in corner with puck.
  • Attack net with speed, fake like going behind net, pull puck back in front to try and shoot high on short side.

Key Teaching Points

  • Puck has to go below goal line to sell fake, then quick hands to pull puck back in front of goal line for quick, high shot.
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Shooting – Stationary Shooting – Backhand
  • Pucks and players in high slot.
  • Shooter starts with puck on forehand side, slide puck under obstacle to backhand side for shot.
  • Puck needs to go wide to backhand side for leverage

Key Teaching Points

  • Rotate upper body and bring puck wide and slightly back to get more leverage.
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Shooting – Stationary Shooting
  • Pucks and players in high slot.
  • Move puck around obstacle ( Eberle Move ) for shot on net
  • Move puck up ones side of obstacle, pull it back and release shot on other side of obstacle

Key Teaching Points

  • Work on smooth continuous action
  • Shoot hard and high
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Shooting – Stationary Shooting – Pull in Push Out
  • Pucks and players in high slot.
  • Shooter pulls puck in towards body with toe drags, then pushes it back out to forehand side for release point

Key Teaching Points

  • Continuous motion of puck - must be smooth and transfer weight for release point
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Scoring - 1 on 1 Offensive Moves
  • Players skate in from the blue line with puck stepping off the boards first
  • Perform offensive moves around or through obstacle
  • Finish with a tight shot on net

Key teaching points

  • Be creative when performing moves
  • Maintain speed throughout attack
  • Be prepared to shoot off of offensive move

 

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Scoring - Circle Shooting
  • Pucks on both faceoff dots, players on both dots as well.
  • Pass comes across from opposite dot, each player can then skate either way around the circle.
  • Player without puck must get in position for shot, player with puck must find the shooter and pass so shot can be taken.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet around circle.
  • Communicate, call for puck, good pass, quick release

 

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Scoring - Corner Puck Protect
  • Players start in corner with pucks.
  • Place a couple of obstacles on the top of the circle to act as a defensemen’s stick ( Stick on pylon , Assistant coach, etc...)
  • Players have to open up, and protect the puck going by the obstacle – finish with shot on net
  • Change corners so players work on both forehand and backhand sides

Key Teaching Points

  • Open up with heel to heel move, and move puck back towards the back foot to protect it at the same time.

 

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Scoring - Crosby Behind the Net
  • Players in opposite corners with puck.
  • Skate behind net, when at far post tight turn or open up for heel to heel turn.
  • Change direction several times by making quick turns towards boards to protect puck
  • Bring puck out in front for shot on net.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick change of direction using quick feet and protecting the puck to lose a defender and create a scoring chance

 

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Scoring - Crosby Delay
  • Players start in corner, skate up the wall, tight turn towards boards, quick feet coming off the wall to attack the net.
  • Place a couple of obstacles on the top of the circle to act as a defensemen’s stick (Stick on pylon, Assistant coach, etc...)

Key Teaching Points

  • Look in glass, or over shoulder, prior to coming out to turn to see what is there.  Accelerate out of turn

 

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Scoring - Down Low 1 on 1 - 2 on 2
  • Start with one touch passing. The offensive player on the wall can break to the net anytime he feels he can get an advantage. Defensive player must react and contain the F. Play it out until the whistle.
  • Progression: same situation but this time the D will move first. This time he can be more aggressive on the F closing the gap
  • Now turn the drill into a 2-2 drill with D deciding whether to pressure or contain. Play it out until whistle

Key teaching points:

  • D must read puck possession of the F. If F has full control then contain. If D reads poor control or he can get there quickly, then pressure the player
  • Stick on puck, body on body
  • Stay D-side
  • Take your stick with you and get stick on puck
  • Compete

 

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Scoring - Eberle Move
  • Pucks on boards at blue line. Obstacle / Coach at top of circle, second one near bottom of circle.
  • Player skates towards obstacle, puck must start on one side of stick, brought backwards and then forwards on the other side of the stick.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick hands / forward – backward – forward motion creates option for shooting lane
  • Changing the angle of the puck will give better scoring chance on goaltender

 

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Scoring - End Wall Retrieval - Attack Net
  • Pucks in middle of ice near blue line, players line up next to coach.
  • Coach dumps puck in wide of net, player has to retrieve puck and attack the net

Key Teaching Points

  • Shoulder check and put on fake before retrieval
  • Quick feet out of corner – attack net with speed

 

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Scoring - Half Wall 1 on 1
  • Players line up on half wall at hash marks.
  • Offensive play skates with puck, tags the blue line and then turns to attack net
  • Defensive player must tag goal line, and then jump up to close the gap to play the 1 on 1

Key Teaching Points

  • Turn head prior to turning up ice
  • Inside out pattern
  • Stick on Stick, Stick on puck
  • Close gap as quickly as possible.

 

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Scoring - Hi - Lo Half Wall Retrieval
  • Pucks on dots in end circle
  • Players pass puck off wall, skates low, then high in figure 8 pattern
  • Pick up loose puck and attack net
  • Change directions – skate low then high

Key Teaching points

  • Tight turn, quick feet crossover to stay on top of ice

 

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Scoring - Hi - Lo Half Wall Retrieval with Pressure
  • Pucks on dots in end circle
  • Players pass puck off wall, skates low, then high in figure 8 pattern
  • Pick up loose puck and attack net
  • Add chaser to add pressure
  • Change directions – skate low then high

Key Teaching points

  • Tight turn, quick feet crossover to stay on top of ice

 

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Scoring - Outside / Inside
  • Pucks on boards at blue line. Obstacle / Coach at top of circle, second one near bottom of circle.
  • Player has to fake a move outside, then bring the puck inside to attack lane to create shooting chance

Key Teaching Points

  • Must sell fake first
  • Puck needs to move quickly from forehand to backhand or backhand to forehand

 

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Scoring - Quick Feet - Pass of Wall - Random
  • Pucks at blue line, players line up towards corner.
  • Skate into neutral zone, turn towards boards, pass puck off of boards then pick it up and attack blue line with speed.
  • Approach obstacle, miss the puck intentionally, let it slide by obstacle, and pick it up on the other side.

Key Teaching Points

  • Head or shoulder fake, then slide stick off puck or over puck to create deception

 

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Scoring - Random Moves
  • Pucks on boards at blue line. Obstacle / Coach at top of circle, second one near bottom of circle.
  • Players skate towards obstacle and perform random moves to get by obstacle.
  • Encourage creativity

Key Teaching Points

  • Utilize different moves, deception and creativity
  • Perform moves at game speed, shoot to score

 

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Scoring - Shot Off Puck Protection
  • Players skate in from blue line with puck cutting stepping off the boards first
  • Protect the puck using body and stick positioning
  • Finish with a tight shot on net

Key teaching points

  • Keep puck protected at a distance from obstacle
  • Move the puck into a shooting position quickly after passing the obstacle
  • Open hips to perform quick protective back to defender movement

 

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Scoring - Side Wall Retrieval - Attack Net
  • Puck and players in the middle of the ice.
  • Coach passes puck to side wall, player has to follow and retrieve, puck and take it hard to net.
  • Player can pivot upon picking up puck to help protect it.

Key Teaching Points

  • Turn head in direction of pivot to see what is there
    Quick pivot and attack net with speed.

 

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Scoring - 1 on 0 Backhand Shots
  • Players skate in from the blue line with puck stepping off the boards first
  • Perform offensive moves around or through obstacle
  • Finish with a tight backhand shot on net

Key teaching points

  • Be creative when performing moves
  • Maintain speed throughout attack
  • Get the puck on the backhand side quickly after offensive move
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Scoring - 1 on 0 Entries
  • Players start at blue line, lined up towards the corner
  • Skate towards middle of ice, turn towards boards, pass puck off wall, and retrieve.
  • Skate across blue line at full speed, put move on obstacle.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet on crossovers when turning to boards
  • Pick up puck in full stride
  • Full speed across blue line
  • Head up, be creative with moves, followed by quick shot
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Scoring - Quick Shot Off Give and Go
  • Players skate laterally along blue line then attacks net around obstacle receiving a return pass for a quick release shot.
  • Receive pass on forehand and backhand side

Key teaching points

  • Quick feet, eyes up, stick on ice
  • Must be ready to receive pass
  • Break into lane for give and go
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Scoring - Quick Shot Off Pass
  • Players skate laterally along blue line pass to Coach and attack net around obstacle receiving a return pass for a quick release shot.
  • Receive pass on forehand side only
  • Keep body square to Passer

Key teaching points

  • Quick feet, eyes up, stick on ice ready for pass
  • Must be ready to receive pass,
  • Break into lane for give and go
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Scoring - Backhand Shooting Off Wing
  • Place obstacle in middle of ice near top of circle
  • Players drive net on off wing around obstacle and take a backhand shot on net
  • Protect puck, drive obstacle for quick shot

Key Teaching Points

  • Move puck to back hand to drive net
  • Load puck for harder shot
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Scoring - Backhand Shooting Right Side Wing
  • Place obstacle near bottom of circle
  • Players drive net on proper wing, move puck from forehand to backhand, and shoot across body with feet staying square to net

Key Teaching Points

  • Move puck as quick as possible across body to change shooting angle
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Scoring - Corner Retrieval
  • Coach dumps puck to end wall.
  • Players retrieve puck, shoulder check, fake, and then skate up wall, stop, or delay and then attack net
  • Get to puck quickly, head up, attack lane

Key Teaching Points

  • Shoulder check, head fakes, stick fakes
  • Change of direction and deception before attacking lane
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Scoring - Half Wall Retrieval
  • Puck in the middle of the ice, Coach passes puck off side wall
  • Players skate to side wall, pick up puck and spin out to protect puck to get shot on net
  • Alternate sides.

Key Teaching Points

  • Spin out to both forehand and backhand to protect puck
  • Attack net quickly after spin out
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Scoring/Defence - 1 on 1 Angling Gates
  • Place pylons in pairs to act as a gate to skate through
  • Offensive player on blue line with puck, Defensive player on hash mark inside blue line
  • Offensive player has to find lane through on of the gates (must skate through)
  • Defensive player has to close gap to prevent offensive player from going through gate.  Defensive player can’t go through gates.

Key Teaching Points

  • Offensive player must be quick, creative and attack lane when opportunity arises
  • Defensive player must close gap, lateral skate, stick on puck – read and react

 

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Scoring - Defence - Shot off end Wall
  • Forward to D and D takes puck quickly to middle of ice
  • D gets head up and purposely shoots wide, hits end wall and Forward retrieves and shoots

Key teaching points

  • D’s walk blue line and get to shooting area quickly
  • D get head up to see where Forward is , shoot to get puck off wall and into slot area
  • D’s make a decision to shot on net or for a bounce off the puck board
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Scoring - Corner Escapes
  • Place pucks in a row about 10 feet off of boards.
  • Player must stay between boards and pucks, and perform tight turns, and escapes in a small area and then take puck to net.
  • Progression - add defensive player to add pressure
  • Defensive player must contain and stay outside of pucks

Key teaching points

  • Quick, feet, quick hands
  • Tight turns, crossover coming out of turn, protect puck
  • Defensive player must take away lane use stick to help contain
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Scoring - Defence - Shot off end Wall
  • Forward to D and D takes puck quickly to middle of ice
  • D gets head up and purposely shoots wide, hits end wall and Forward retrieves and shoots

Key teaching points

  • D’s walk blue line and get to shooting area quickly
  • D get head up to see where Forward is , shoot to get puck off wall and into slot area
  • D’s make a decision to shot on net or for a bounce off the puck board
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Scoring - Down the Wall Cycle
  • Forwards drive seam and shoot
  • Forward picks up a second puck and skates up wall
  • D moves down the wall and receives the puck from Forward
  • Progression - D cycles down and passes to F in slot; F has option to pass back to D

Key teaching points

  • D will move down wal and call for cycle
  • D gets head up and can shoot, pass or go backdoor
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Scoring - Entries
  • Place pucks on boards at blueline, players line up inside blueline towards corner
  • Skate into neutral zone, turn towards boards, pass puck off boards, pick it up and enter zone with speed putting a move on the pylon before shooting

Key teaching points

  • Quick feet out of turn, stay on top of ice with crossovers
  • Attack Blue line with speed, creative moves
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Scoring - Heel to Heel
  • Players start in corner, with pucks behind the net
  • Quick feet out of corner to pick up puck and bring to front of net
  • Protect puck and face net by opening up with heel to heel move for shot on net.
  • Have players go from both sides

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet out of corner, head up once puck is picked up
  • Open knees to get heels to face each other
  • Quick shot off of puck protection
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Scoring - Puck Protect with Pass
  • Forwards start in corner, Defence on blue line on opposite side
  • Forward picks puck up behind net, opens up to protect puck on backhand then passes to D jumping in the lane.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet out of corner
  • Protect puck coming from behind the net
  • Communicate with D for making the pass
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Scoring - Tips and Deflections
  • Forward to D and D takes puck quickly to middle of ice
  • D gets head up and shoots for Forwards stick for a deflection on net
  • Next Forward and D go

Key teaching points

  • Ds walk blue line and get to shooting area quickly
  • D get head up to see where F is and where they want the puck
  • Shoot for their stick anticipating a deflection
  • Ds make a decision to shot on net or for a deflection
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Scoring – 3 Man Cycle – Change Point of Attack
  • Pucks and players in middle of ice near blue line.
  • Coach dumps puck in corner, three players follow puck, F1 picks up puck and skates up wall, cycles puck for F2, F2 cycles puck for F3.
  • F3 stops and passes behind net to F1, who passes out front for shot by F2

Key Teaching Points

  • Communication, F1 heads behind net to change the point of attack
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Scoring – Circle Shooting with Chaser
  • Pucks on both faceoff dots, players on both dots as well.
  • Pass comes across from opposite dot, each player can then skate either way around the circle.
  • Player who makes pass becomes the shooter, second play in line, must chase the shooter around the circle and try to prevent a shot from being taken.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet around circle, shooter must try to lose the chaser. Chaser must try to get on defensive side
  • Communicate, call for puck, good pass, quick release
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Scoring – Corner Delay – Short Side Attack
  • Players start in corner with pucks.
  • Place a couple of obstacles near the bottom of the circle to act as a defensemen’s stick (Stick on pylon, Assistant coach, etc...)
  • Players take a couple of strides up the boards, then quick tight turn and attack the net from down low.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet and attack the net with speed
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Scoring – Corner Free Stick
  • Players start in corner with pucks.
  • Place a couple of obstacles on the top of the circle to act as a defensemen’s stick ( Stick on pylon, Assistant coach, etc...)
  • Players approach obstacle, place puck under obstacle, while pulling the blade of the stick back towards the body to it goes around the obstacle instead of over it.

Key Teaching Points

  • Important to practice the stick avoiding the obstacle or stick similar to a defenceman so it doesn’t get tied up.
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Scoring – Corner Walk – Change Speed
  • Player starts in corner with pucks.
  • Skate up wall towards blue line, change speed, fake as if to turn back towards corner and then accelerate hard towards net.

Key Teaching Points

  • Change of speed and the fake is key to trying to shake a defender and take the puck to the net.
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Scoring – Corner Walk – Second Shot
  • Players start in corner with pucks
  • Skate up wall towards blue line, change speed, fake as if to turn back towards corner and then accelerate hard towards net.
  • After first shot, stop in slot for pass from corner for second shot.

Key Teaching Points

  • Change of speed and fake is a must in order to get to the net. Stop at the net front and be ready for the pass for the second shot
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Scoring – Crossbar Rebound 01
  • Pucks in slot, second net laying down flat on ice to create rebound.
  • Coach passes puck off of crossbar, player skates in retrieves puck and utilizes quick hands to bury rebound.
  • Pull puck back then forward to create better shooting angle

Key Teaching Points

  • Net laying down creates consistent rebound
  • Players need to corral puck and make quick movement to shoot puck
  • Try to shoot high
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Scoring – Crossbar Rebound 02
  • Pucks in slot, second net laying down flat on ice to create rebound.
  • Coach passes puck off of crossbar, player skates in retrieves puck and utilizes quick hands to bury rebound.
  • Players use various moves forehand and back hand to try to score

Key Teaching Points

  • Progression can be to have players skate towards net prior to pass so they are moving
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Scoring – Crossbar Rebound – Angle
  • Pucks on one face off dot, shoot on the opposite face off dot
  • One net is lying down on the ice in front of the standing net.
  • Coach passes puck off the crossbar, to create a rebound to the opposite side of the ice
  • Shooter is ready for rebound and shoots quickly

Key Teaching Points

  • Shooter must adjust to the angle of puck
  • Quick release – aiming high to avoid a goaltenders butterfly slide
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Scoring – Crossbar Rebound Angle with Pass
  • Pucks on one face off dot, shoot on the opposite face off dot
  • One net is lying down on the ice in front of the standing net.
  • Coach passes puck off the crossbar, to create a rebound to the opposite side of the ice
  • Player quickly one touches the pass to the opposite side, where shooter takes a quick shot

Key Teaching Points

  • Passer and Shooter must adjust to the angle of puck
  • Quick release – aiming high to avoid a goaltenders butterfly slide
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Scoring – Crossbar Rebound – Eberle Move
  • Pucks in middle of ice just above has marks.
  • Player start skating towards net, coach passes puck off of the crossbar of the net laying down.
  • Players have to corral the puck, and move it forward, puck it back and try to shoot it high under the crossbar.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick hands and getting the puck up quick as most goalies would be down in this situation
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Scoring – Crossbar Rebound with Obstacle
  • Pucks and players in high slot.
  • Coach passes puck off of crossbar of net that is lying down.
  • Shooting must corral puck, make a move on obstacle and finish with shot on net.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick hands to retrieve puck and get shot off
  • Shoot high
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Scoring – Corner 3 Pass 3 Shot
  • Players start in corner. Skate around the circle looking back to corner for pass from coach.
  • As soon as first shot is taken, a second pass comes, as soon as the second shot is taken a third pass comes.
  • Must be ready for next pass immediately after shooting.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick release and get stick back in position for next pass
  • Pass reception is key if the shooter is going to get the next shot off.
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Scoring – Puck First Forehand to Backhand
  • Players start at the blue line with pucks
  • Place a couple of obstacles near the top of the circle to act as a defensemen’s stick (Stick on pylon, Assistant coach, etc...)
  • Players approach obstacle, move the puck from forehand to backhand to get outside

Key Teaching Points

  • Puck must move before the feet to get the puck outside quickly
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Scoring – Quick Feet - Pass off Wall – Miss Puck
  • Pucks at blue line, players line up towards corner.
  • Skate into neutral zone, turn towards boards, pass puck off of boards then pick it up and attack blue line with speed.
  • Perform various moves to beat the obstacles before shot on net

Key Teaching Points

  • Pass off wall is designed to get feet moving at blue line.
  • Fast as possible over blue line
  • Be creative
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Scoring – Crossbar Rebound – Spin and Shoot
  • One net is lying down on the ice in front of the standing net, shooter is standing facing outward from the net
  • Coach passes puck off the crossbar, to create a rebound.
  • Shooter has to find rebound, fake one way then go the other to shoot.
  • Alternate sides, one to forehand then one to backhand

Key Teaching Points

  • Shooter must wait for rebound before acting
  • Strong fake to one side or the other before shooting
  • Shoot high
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Scoring – 2 on 0 Down Low
  • Players start in opposite corners
  • Player from one corner starts with puck and skates behind net, player from opposite side skates to net front
  • Player with puck can pass at any time to player in front for shot on net

Key Teaching Points

  • Head for pass
  • Fwd in front be ready for pass, stick on ice
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Scoring - 3 Line Attack Moves – Left
  • 3 lines in offensive zone.
  • Players start in Left line, and put move on obstacle and finish with shot

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick move, quick shot
  • Deception
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Scoring - 3 Line Attack Moves – Middle
  • 3 Lines in offensive zone.
  • Players start in middle line, and put move on obstacle and finish with shot

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick move, quick shot
  • Deception
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Scoring - 3 Line Attack Moves - Right
  • 3 Lines in offensive zone.
  • Players start in right line, and put move on obstacle and finish with shot

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick move, quick shot
  • Deception
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Scoring – 3 Shot Progression
  • Place 3 pylons in triangle on both sides of ice
  • Forwards start in corner with pucks
  • Skate random pattern around pylons for shot on net
  • Repeat for second and third shots

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet, quick hands
  • Deception, quick release
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Scoring – Crosby Bottom Circle Net Drive
  • Players on dot in circle, place two pylons near outside of circle
  • Coach spots puck in corner -- player goes hard to puck, fakes one way and takes puck up the wall.
  • Player turns inside out around cone and attacks net wide with speed. Fake outside drive and turn inside bottom pylon

Key Teaching Points

  • Good fake, quick feet
  • Keep feet moving
  • Go hard to the net, protect puck
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Scoring – Crosby Goal Line Net Drive
  • Players on dot in circle, place two pylons near outside of circle
  • Coach spots puck in corner --player goes hard to puck, fakes one way and takes puck up the wall.
  • Player turns inside out around cone and attacks net wide with speed. Attack low along goal line

Key Teaching Points

  • Good fake, quick feet
  • Keep feet moving
  • Go hard to the net, protect puck
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Scoring – Fake Backhand Toe Drag
  • Player line up inside blue line back to corner
  • Skate into neutral zone, turn towards boards, pass puck off boards and retrieve it
  • Speed across blue line, at obstacle, fake a back hand toe drag and pull puck back to forehand to finish with shot on net.
  • Do from both sides

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet coming out of neutral zone
  • Speed across blue line
  • Good fake as set up move
  • Shoot to score
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Scoring – Give and Go Shooting – Down Low Give and Go
  • Divide players into two equal groups. One group near the dot in the faceoff circle in the zone with pucks. One player starts on one side at the goal line, below the faceoff circle facing one line of players.
  • The player facing the single player at the goal line starts the drill with a direct pass to that player, skating down to the bottom of the circle and opening up towards the boards, receives the pass back, skates up around the top of the circle then passes back to the original passer for a give and go shot on goal, continues down to the goal line below the faceoff circle facing the opposite line and receives a pass from that line to continue the drill.
  • This is a continuous drill

Key Teaching Points

  • Good first pass
  • Quick feet
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Scoring – Give and Go Shooting – Goal Line Net Drive
  • Divide players into two equal groups. One group near the dot in the faceoff circle in the zone with pucks. One player starts on one side at the goal line, below the faceoff circle facing one line of players.
  • The player facing the single player at the goal line starts the drill with a direct pass to that player, skating down to the bottom of the circle and opening up towards the boards, receives the pass back, skates up around the top of the circle for a shot on goal, continues down to the goal line below the faceoff circle facing the opposite line and receives a pass from that line to continue the drill.
  • This is a continuous drill

Key Teaching Points

  • Good first pass
  • Quick feet
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Scoring – Half Wall Pickups
  • Pucks in one corner with coach, players start on dot in circle on opposite side
  • Coach rims puck around boards, player has to time skating to pick puck up off boards and then take it to net for shot
  • Work on different options, pick up on forehand, backhand, spin

Key Teaching Points

  • Start with soft rims, to give players confidence
  • Start with pickup in same direction as puck, then go in opposite direction as puck
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Defence - Alternating Retrievals - Quick Up
  • Defenseman steps up around pylon, retrieves the puck and makes an outlet to defenseman at blue line who then shoots
  • Defenseman keeps going up around pylon, retrieves puck from other corner and makes an outlet at blue line who then shoots
  • Next defenseman goes

Key teaching points

  • Quick to the puck
  • Shoulder check ; both shoulders if time
  • Decide what to do before you touch the puck
  • Pick puck up on a good skating angle, get it on your forehand and make a good pass
  • Good shooting fundamentals at the blue line

 

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Defence - Alternating Retrievals - Wheel
  • Defenseman steps up around pylon, retrieves the puck, wheels the net and  makes an outlet to defenseman at blue line who then shoots
  • Defenseman keeps going up around pylon, retrieves puck from other corner, wheel the net the other direction and  makes an outlet at blue line who then shoots
  • Next defenseman goes

Key teaching points

  • Quick to the puck
  • Shoulder check ; both shoulders if time
  • Decide what to do before you touch the puck
  • Pick puck up on a good skating angle, get it on your forehand and make a good pass
  • Pass as soon as the “puck sees the outlet”
  • Good shooting fundamentals at the blue line

 

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Defence - Breakout Wheel
  • D partners will tag up. Coach spots puck and one D will wheel, other D will get net front
  • D’s tag up a second time and coach dumps to other D and repeat.
  • Two repetitions and change D

Key teaching points

  • Pivot to the inside of the ice on tag ups
  • D man that wheels picks up puck with speed
  • Wheel man will cut tight to the net and come up between hash marks if possible
  • D partner will stay net front and yell “wheel”. He is in position for a possible reverse

 

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Defence - Defence Retrievals
  • Coach spots puck to corner
  • Defence starts backwards, pivots, shoulders check and picks up puck
  • Pick up puck and make an outlet pass
  • Be deceptive – escapes, tight turns, change directions

Key teaching points

  • Deception to be unpredictable
  • Get puck loaded for quick pass

 

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Defence - Defence Stagger Support
  • D start side by side near blue line
  • Start skating backwards and get pass from coach
  • Weak side D needs to stagger (skate lower that D receiving puck)
  • Strong side D passes to forehand if possible, receiving D then make outlet pass to boards.
  • Try not to stickhandle before making pass “ No Dust “
  • D to D
  • Double D to D
  • Hinge

Key teaching points

  • Depth and width
  • No dust
  • Pass to forehand

 

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Defence - Escape Triangle
  • Player uses pylons as guides
  • Turn “away” from each of the bottom pylons
  • Teach skating first then add a puck
  • Final progression is one touches

Key teaching points

  • Turn away from the pylons, stick on ice, turn your head and shoulders first
  • Bend your knees and keep your speed

 

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Defence - Escapes from F1
  • Fore-checker passes to defenseman
  • Defenseman uses escape moves and attempts to skate the puck over the blue line
  • Fore-checker tries to gain control of the puck
  • Play it out until coaches whistle

Key teaching points

  • Defenseman needs to read pressure and  make decisions
  • Defenseman uses escapes and speed to gain the blue line
  • Protect the puck at all time and use your body to shield it

 

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Defence - Escapes from F1 and F2

Defenceman Escapes and partner support shaking F1 and F2

  • Fore-checkers pass to defenseman
  • Defensemen uses escape moves, passes and attempts to skate the puck over the blue line
  • Fore-checkers try to gain control of the puck
  • Play it out until coaches whistle

Key teaching points

  • Defenseman needs to read pressure and protect the puck
  • Defenseman uses escapes, passes and speed to gain the blue line
  • Protect the puck at all time and use your body to shield it
  • After passing to partner get open and stagger behind as an option
  • Communicate

 

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Passing - Stationary Passing
  • Players face each other half a circle width apart
  • One touch the puck back and forth
  • Keep hands away from body and stick off to the side and out in front
  • Catch puck and pass back with no stickhandle
  • Repeat on backhand

Key Teaching Points

  • Stick out in front, hands away from body
  • Progression - Open stick blade and then turn over once puck comes to cup it
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Defence - Escapes from F1 and F2 with Outlet
  • Fore-checkers pass to defenseman
  • Defensemen try to hit support forward or skate puck over blue line
  • Quick up to forward is first option
  • Fore-checkers try to gain control of the puck
  • Play it out until coaches whistle

Key teaching points

  • Defenseman needs to read pressure and make good puck decisions
  • Defenseman need to read pressure and support and decide when to pass to support player
  • Pass the puck hard
  • Communication is key

 

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Defence - Partner Escapes from F1
  • Fore-checker passes puck to defenseman
  • Fore-checker tries to touch a defenseman with his stick while defenseman has possession. If he does, drill is over
  • Defensemen try to skate the puck over the blue line without getting touched

Key teaching points

  • Defenseman must read pressure and react
  • Defensemen need to make good decisions and support their partner in an attempt to get the puck out of the zone
  • Defenseman may need to use D-D passing, hinges, reverses etc.
  • Communication is important

 

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Defence - Retrieval to Transition
  • Defence starts skating backwards, coach passes puck to stick
  • Defence quickly turns puck up ice for quick counter
  • Follow puck up ice

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick transition – escapes, slide step, tight turns

 

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Defence - Retrieval with Quick Up
  • Coach spots puck
  • Defenseman tags up and turns to get the puck
  • Defenseman needs to shoulder check, decide what to do before he touches the puck
  • Try to pick up the puck on the forehand and make a strong pass to outlet

Key teaching points

  • Pivot to the inside of the ice on tag ups
  • Quick to the puck, the faster you get there the more time you have
  • Shoulder check for pressure and support; both shoulders if time
  • Decide what to do before you touch the puck
  • Pick puck up on a good skating angle, get it on your forehand and make a good pass
  • Follow the play up ice

 

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Defence - Retrievals with Outlet
  • Defence and forward start at blue line – coach dumps puck in
  • Defence retrieves puck, shoulder check, head fake, stick fake then carry puck behind net
  • Stop and come out same side to make outlet pass, or wheel and pass back across ice

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick to puck, fakes, use net for protection
  • Must skate to far post behind the net to sell wheel
  • Lookaways, fakes to make pass less predictable

 

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Defence - Retrieval with Wheel
  • Coach lays in puck.
  • D tags up, retrieves the puck, skates behind the net and passes to the outlet player
  • Keep play on your forehand if no pressure from fore-checker
  • D jumps into play and receives a return pass

 Key teaching points

  • Pivot to the inside of the ice on tag ups
  • Quick to the puck, the faster you get there the more time you have
  • Shoulder check for pressure and support; both shoulders if time
  • Decide what to do before you touch the puck
  • Pick puck up on a good skating angle, get it on your forehand and make a good pass
  • If no immediate pressure, keep the puck on forehand behind net
  • Pass as soon as the puck “sees” the outlet. This gives the outlet more time to make next play

 

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Defence - Retrieve and Wheel
  • D tags up retrieves puck and wheels the net.
  • D comes up between dots and passes to a D at blue line; D shoots
  • Alternate sides

Key teaching points

  • Pivot to the inside of the ice on tag ups
  • D man that wheels picks up puck with speed
  • Wheel man will cut tight to the net and come up between hash marks if possible
  • Good shooting principles at blue line

 

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Defence - Retrieval with Point Shot 01
  • Coach lays in puck
  • One defenseman retrieves pucks and the other goes to the blue line on wall
  • Defenseman who retrieves the puck shoulder checks, sees where the other D is, angles to pick up the puck and makes a pass to his partner. That D will shoot on net

Key teaching points

  • Quick to the puck, the faster you get there the more time you have
  • Shoulder check for pressure and support; both shoulders if time
  • Watch where your support is as it will affect how you pick up the puck
  • Decide what to do before you touch the puck
  • Pick puck up on a good skating angle, get it on your forehand and make a good pass

 

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Defence - Skills Stations
  • Two defensemen will pick up pucks at circle tops and shoot. Vary the types of shots. If there is a goalie, alternate shots
  • Two defense skate “toes up ice” around the 5 pylon obstacle until the top defensemen have shot. Then they alternate and take a shot on net.
  • Can use forwards as well to do the 5 pylon agility puck handlng

Key teaching points

  • Defensemen at blue line need to follow good technique and vary the shots they take
  • Keep feet close to or outside blue line
  • Low defensemen toes up ice transition keeping their speed

 

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Defence - Step Ups to Outlet Pass
  • 3 defensemen; one steps up and passes and other 2 are shooters
  • Defenseman back peddles and receives pass, steps up and passes back to D who shoots
  • Defenseman back peddles and receives pass from other D, steps up other direction and back to D who shoots

Key teaching points

  • Receive passes on forehand
  • Step up quickly and make a good pass to the line
  • Accelerate on step up and keep the puck loaded

 

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Defence - Turn Ups
  • Defenseman skate up to pylon, turn toes and then cuts back
  • Defenseman comes back down wall, turns toes and cuts back
  • Pass to outlet, open up and receive pass and shoot on net
  • Use different shooting options at the blue line
  • Progression: add a passive fore-checker to challenge the defenseman
  • Progression: after the toe turns, wheel the net and make a good outlet pass

Key teaching points

  • Defenseman turns toes in an effort to deceive the fore-checker
  • Defensemen need to be able to fake, cut back and maintain speed
  • Make a good first pass
  • Good shooting fundamentals at the blue line

 

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Defence - Transition Triangle
  • Players start forward but then turn toes up ice
  • Players will transition both forward-backward and backward-forward
  • Start by getting the puck at the bottom pylon
  • Progress to starting with a puck and making a pass
  • Final progression is transition with one touches

Key teaching points

  • Good transitions
  • Toes up ice
  • Keep your speed
  • Control the puck

 

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Defence - Partner Support
  • Defence Partners skate backwards, get pass from coach
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Defence - Transition Horseshoe Skating
  • Players skate toes up ice around circle transition around pylons
  • Transition, pass puck to outlet and up to blue line for shot

Key teaching points

  • Toes up ice
  • Maintain speed on transitions and lateral movement
  • Control the puck
  • Good shooting principles at blue line
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Defence - Transition Shooting
  • Players start forward but transition and then finish the drill toes up ice
  • Good transitions and handle the puck with full blade
  • Take puck to middle, shoot over the stick

Key teaching points

  • Keep your speed
  • Toes up ice
  • Get the puck to the middle and off the ice (over the stick on the ice)
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Defence - 4 Man Box Support Options
  • Players move the puck in a clockwise direction using good transition principles. Then go counter clockwise
  • Progression will go from D-D, to hinge , to open ice reverse

Key teaching points

  • On a D-D pass, the passer will support underneath his partner. Receiver will skate the ice in front of them
  • Pass and receive on forehand; present your stick
  • “No dust”; that is do not over handle the puck. “Keep it loaded”
  • On the hinge, be skating when you receive the pass
  • Open ice reverse, player without the puck goes behind, player with the puck drop pass
  • Quick feet, good communications
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Defence - Breakout Progression - Quick Up - Wheel
  • 3 defenseman line up behind each other in neutral zone
  • D1 breakout, D2 wall outlet, D3 shooter
  • Puck in dumped; D1 retrieves and quick up pass to outlet, outlet to shooting D for a shoot
  • Rotate roles each time
  • Progression: same drill but D man retrieving puck will wheel the net and D2 and D3 who head to opposite side on the dump

Key teaching points

  • Quick to the puck
  • Shoulder check; both shoulders if time
  • Pick puck up on a good skating angle, get it on your forehand and make a good pass
  • Use good shooting techniques at the blue line
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Defence - Breakout Progression With Shot
  • Drill starts with coach dumping in a puck. Both Ds tag up and one D retrieves puck and other supports.
  • D-D and up to blue line defenseman who shoots; coach dumps to opposite corner and D-D blue line D for second shot
  • Change D
  • Progression: same format but this time D-D reverse
  • Progression: same format but this time D to net front D

Key teaching points

  • Pivot to the inside of the ice on transitions
  • Pass and receive on your forehand; get in position to do so
  • On reverse, net front D hold position until reverse and call for it
  • Communication and partner support
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Shooting - Continuous 1 Timer
  • Players in two lines at blueline
  • D to D pass, player from one line skates at an angle across ice to receive pass from opposite line and 1 times puck

Key teaching points

  • Turn backwards quickly to make eye contact with passer
  • Call for pass, 1 tie the puck on net
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Defence - Breakout Reverse Skills
  • Two defensemen will perform basics of reverse
  • Defenseman with puck will skate up wall, turn back and reverse the puck off wall. He will then continue to net front and await the reverse
  • Net front D will pick it up and repeat the process
  • Do drill from both sides

Key teaching points

  • Defenseman with the puck needs to bank the puck in a position where partner can skate into it
  • Defenseman with the puck tries to deceive F1 that he is wheeling the puck
  • Defenseman without puck needs to hold net front and call reverse
  • On pass, net front D will skate on puck with speed, get toes up ice and skate
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Defence - Breakout Skate and Shoot
  • Defenseman steps up, wheels net and passes to outlet
  • Outlet passed to defenseman at blue line and he shoots
  • Breakout defenseman steps up and outlet spots puck. Defenseman retrieves, to outlet and pivots. Outlet passes to defenseman for a shot

Key teaching points

  • Quick to the puck, the faster you get there the more time you have
  • Shoulder check for pressure and support; both shoulders if time
  • Decide what to do before you touch the puck
  • Pick puck up on a good skating angle, get it on your forehand and make a good pass
  • Use good shooting techniques at the blue line
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Defence - D Support Transition
  • D partners will perform 4 repetitions on regroup options with extra D feeding pucks
  • D-D up
  • D-D hinge and up
  • D-D open ice reverse and up

Key teaching points

  • D keep their skating speed. Keep the puck on forehand passing and receiving. “No dust”
  • On hinge the support D should skate into the pass; “skating hinge”
  • Open ice reverse is simply a “drop pass”. Player without the puck skates behind the puck carrier
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Defence - Defence Point Shots 03
  • Stationary players on wall one touch with D who passes across the blue line to his partner. Partner “turns corner” and shoots. Other side goes
  • Progression: same but after D-D pass and turning corner, D passes back to partner in the mid ice area for a shot.
  • Progression: same but D-D and back to D for shot

Key teaching points

  • Pass the puck right along the blue line
  • When possible, keep puck on forehand
  • “No dust”, learn to handle the puck and “keep it loaded” ready to pass or shoot
  • Head up on all shots and hit the net
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Shooting - Defence Quick Release Shot Options
  • D will shoot 5 shots in rapid succession, each a different skill
  • Wall player passes or sets all pucks
  • D 2 steps and shoot
  • “Dirty pass” control and shoot
  • Receive pass and shoot
  • Puck pick up at circle tops, pull to middle and shoot
  • D-D partner and shoot
  • Other D goes

Key teaching points

  • Rapid shooting
  • Get places quickly
  • Head up when shooting
  • Get feet to or outside the blue line
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Defence - Defence Point Shots 04
  • 4 shots using different options
  • Receive pass and take 2 steps and shoot
  • Wall player to D for one timer
  • D picks up 3rd puck at circle tops and shoots
  • Wall player to D, then D-D with partner and partner shoots
  • Other side starts same 4 shot process

Key teaching points

  • Keep your feet moving
  • Walk the blue line with speed and feet close to or outside blue line
  • Head up on all shots and hit the net
  • Get the puck off the ice
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Defence - DZ Down Low 1 on 1
  • Coach chips in and players compete for puck
  • If puck comes above ringette line then coach chips in a new one
  • Players must stay below the goal line
  • Player with puck tries to protect, defensive player stays D side
  • If defensive player steals puck; he is now offensive player
  • Compete until whistle, then player with puck tries to score, defensive player defends and clears puck

Key teaching points

  • Offensive player protects puck and drives net on whistle
  • Defensive player stays D side and “stick on puck and body on body”
  • Defensive player has tight gap and “take your stick with you”….try to keep stick on puck and on the ice
  • Compete
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Defence - Escape Double Shot
  • Pass with player at blue line, escape, slide stop and pass to outlet
  • Work on backhand and forehand escapes
  • Outlet, to defenseman at blue line and shoot
  • Breakout defenseman keeps going, pivots, receives pass and shoots

Key teaching points

  • Escape moves need defensemen to keep their speed and come out of the maneuver with speed
  • Turn head and shoulders and body will follow. Head up
  • Keep full blade on the puck
  • Get the puck on forehand as soon as possible
  • Maintain a good knee bend
  • Good shooting fundamentals at blue line
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Defence - Escape Slide Stops
  • Defensemen will work on their agility skating
  • Pass with player at blue line, escape and pass back
  • Work on backhand and forehand escapes
  • Progression: add a “slide stop” keeping toes up ice and maintaining speed vs. stopping

Key teaching points

  • Escape moves need defensemen to keep their speed and come out of the maneuver with momentum
  • Turn head and shoulders and body will follow. Head up
  • Keep full blade on the puck
  • Get the puck on forehand as soon as possible
  • Maintain a good knee bend
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Defence - Half Circle Breakout to Double Shot
  • Defenseman tags up, player spots puck. Defenseman picks up puck, wheels behind net and hits outlet with a pass.
  • Outlet passes to defenseman at blue line and he shoots
  • Breakout defenseman keeps going, pivots. Outlet player to other defenseman for a second shot

Key teaching points

  • Quick to the puck after transition
  • Shoulder check for pressure and support
  • Pick puck up on a good skating angle, get it on your forehand and make a good pass
  • Use good shooting techniques at the blue line
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Defence - Lateral Skate and Shoot 02
  • Defensemen will skate an O shape in the neutral zone always facing the coach “toes up ice”
  • He will get puck at bottom of the circle and continue with the puck and shoot from blue line
  • Progression: carry the puck the entire way and pass with coach
  • Switch sides

Key teaching points

  • Quick feet for lateral speed
  • Pivot and present your stick for pass
  • Control puck when moving laterally
  • Always be in visual contact with the puck
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Defence - Loose Puck Retrievals - Toes Up Ice 01
  • Defense will cross, pick up pucks and get toes up ice and go to back of opposite line
  • Pylons are for safety and controls depth
  • Progression: add defensemen as shooters at the blue line

Key teaching points

  • Shoulder check as you approach the puck. If no immediate pressure then pick puck up toes up ice
  • On backhand pick up, pull the puck to forehand as quickly as possible
  • Do not slow down, slide stop and maintain speed
  • Head up, move your feet and get the puck loaded as soon as possible
  • Good shooting fundamentals at blue line
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Defence - Loose Puck Retrievals 02 - Toes Up Ice with Shot
  • 3 defensemen, 2 are shooters and 1 retrieves pucks
  • Defenseman retrieves puck from circle, using toes up, passes to a D at blue line and he shoots. Same defenseman picks up second puck toes up ice, passes to other D at blue line and he shoots
  • Switch defensemen

Key teaching points

  • Shoulder check as you approach the puck. If no immediate pressure then pick puck up toes up ice
  • On backhand pick up, pull the puck to forehand as quickly as possible
  • Do not slow down, slide stop and maintain speed
  • Head up, move your feet and get the puck loaded as soon as possible
  • Good shooting fundamentals at blue line
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Defence - Neutral Zone Regroup
  • D will alternate picking up pucks, pulling to blue line and shooting. Use different shooting options
  • Coach will chip a puck and D’s will transition using the NZ option; D-D UP, D-D hinge and up, Open ice reverse and up and D-D red line and pound it in

Key teaching points

  • Good shooting basics at the blue line
  • In transitions, get toes up ice as soon as possible and make good hard passes
  • D will execute key fundamentals in transition; hard pass, support ,communication
  • After passing that D supports underneath of their partner
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Defence - Quick Up Lateral Skating
  • Defenseman steps up around pylon, retrieves the puck and makes an outlet to defenseman at blue line who then shoots
  • Defenseman keeps going up around pylon, retrieves puck from other corner and makes an outlet at blue line who then shoots
  • On second pass the breakout defenseman will shoot
  • Both defensemen go at same time; use pylons as dividers for safety

Key teaching points

  • Quick to the puck
  • Shoulder check ; both shoulders if time
  • Decide what to do before you touch the puck
  • Pick puck up on a good skating angle, get it on your forehand and make a good pass
  • Good shooting fundamentals at the blue line
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Defence - Regroup Options
  • 6 defensemen, 4 acting as defensemen and the “middle” wall players acting as outlet forwards Players move the puck in a clockwise direction using good transition principles. Then go counter clockwise
  • Defensemen will go D-D and hit the outlet who will then pass to the other defense pair
  • Progression will go from D-D, to hinge , to open ice reverse
  • On the hinges and open ice reverses, outlet players will both be on the same side of the ice
  • Be sure to switch direction of transition

Key teaching points

  • On a D-D pass, the passer will support underneath his partner. Receiver will skate the ice in front of them
  • Pass and receive on forehand; present your stick
  • “No dust”; that is do not over handle the puck. “Keep it loaded”
  • On the hinge, be skating when you receive the pass
  • Open ice reverse, player without the puck goes behind, player with the puck drop pass
  • Quick feet, good communications
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Defence - Retrieval Breakout Progression
  • Drill starts with coach dumping in a puck. Both Ds tag up and one D retrieves puck and other supports.
  • D-D and up to coach who dumps to opposite corner and D-D to coach; once each D
  • Change D
  • Progression: same format but this time D-D reverse
  • Progression: same format but this time D to net front D

Key teaching points

  • Pivot to the inside of the ice on transitions
  • Pass and receive on your forehand; get in position to do so
  • On reverse, net front D hold position until reverse and call for it
  • Communication and partner support are key
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Defence - Retrieval - Quick Up - Wheel
  • Defenseman will complete 2 breakouts. One will be a quick up to the wall. The second puck will be retrieved skating toward the net
  • The outlet player will shoot after the first pass using a seam drive

Key teaching points

  • Quick to the puck
  • Shoulder check ; both shoulders if time
  • Decide what to do before you touch the puck
  • Pick puck up on a good skating angle, get it on your forehand and make a good pass
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Defence - Retrieval with Point Shot 02
  • One defenseman lays in puck and goes to either wall on the blue line
  • Other defenseman defenceman retrieves puck
  • Defenseman who retrieves the puck shoulder checks, sees where the other D is, angles to pick up the puck and makes a pass to his partner. That D will shoot on net

Key teaching points

  • Quick to the puck, the faster you get there the more time you have
  • Shoulder check for pressure and support; both shoulders if time
  • Watch where your support is as it will affect how you pick up the puck
  • Decide what to do before you touch the puck
  • Pick puck up on a good skating angle, get it on your forehand and make a good pass
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Defence - Transition Breakouts X 4
  • This will alternate between a deep regroup and breakouts
  • Blue line D will introduce pucks and shoot. Active D will pass and support
  • BL D1 to D1 TO D2 to BL D2 who shoots
  • D2 retrieves puck and over to D1. D1 to BL D1 who shoots
  • BL D2 to D2 to D1 to BL D1 who shoots
  • D1 retrieves puck, over to D2 up to BL D2 for shot
  • Two over breakouts and two regroups

Key teaching points

  • Play on your forehand and support your partner
  • Move the puck quickly
  • Explode to pucks on breakouts
  • Use good breakout, regroup and shooting fundamentals
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Defence - Transition Pass and Skate
  • Transition drill while puck handling
  • D pass, open pivot and receive puck back
  • D then pivots and steps up and passes
  • D continues receives a pass steps up and passes
  • D then open pivots receives pass and attacks the net

Key teaching points

  • Quick feet and always face the puck
  • Present your stick for passes
  • Keep the puck on the fore-hand and pass it hard
  • Good transitions and pivots; forward to backward and backward to forward
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Defence - Transition Quick Up - Wheel
  • Coach spots puck
  • Defenseman tags up and turns to get the puck
  • Defenseman needs to shoulder check, decide what to do before he touches the puck
  • Try to pick up the puck on the forehand and make a strong pass to outlet
  • Outlet to blue line D for shot. Defenseman who passed the puck keeps going, pivots, gets pass from outlet and shoots

Key teaching points

  • Pivot to the inside of the ice on tag ups
  • Quick to the puck, the faster you get there the more time you have
  • Shoulder check for pressure and support; both shoulders if time
  • Decide what to do before you touch the puck
  • Pick puck up on a good skating angle, get it on your forehand and make a good pass
  • Follow the play up ice
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Defence - Retrieval - Drag, Sprint and Shoot
  • Players start on blue line, pucks along boards at the hash marks.
  • Player skates forwards to retrieve puck – stops and drags it back to the blue line.
  • Depending on which hand the players shoots – it is either sprint along the blue line to the middle, or a drag to the middle for shot

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet, head up before shooting to make sure lane is open
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Defence – Retrieval with Shot
  • Players start on hash marks along boards.
  • D have to tag up to blue line, while puck is spotted in the corner.
  • D retrieve puck make an outlet pass to the next person in line and then open up for return pass and shot on net.

Key Teaching Points

  • Quick feet to tag up to blue line
  • Retrieve puck, with fake and shoulder check
  • good outlet pass and then ready for quick shot on net.
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Defence – 1 Touch – Read and React 1 on 1
  • Players start in two lines outside blue line, fwds in one, D in the other.
  • D skates backwards and one touch passes with Fwd.
  • Fwd can stop and turn up ice at any time, turns at blue line and attacks 1 on 1
  • D react to get up ice and close gap

Key Teaching Points

  • D present target
  • Good pass reception and return
  • Fwd quick feet
  • D get up to close gap
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Defence – Agility Retrieval to Defence Shot
  • Defenseman in the circle will make 4 passes, 2 to each point
  • Defenseman should pull the puck around the circle dot each time
  • Players at the point will shoot as soon as they get a pass: use different shooting options
  • When 4 passes are made, player in the other circle goes. Defensemen rotate between skaters and shooters

Key Teaching Points

  • Good agility drill for defensemen
  • Move feet quickly, keep chest and toes up ice
  • Get the puck in a passing position as quickly as possible
  • Shooting defensemen need to use proper skills and hit the net. Coach can indicate the different shooting options they would like to see
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Defence - Delay 1 on 1
  • Forward attacks around the pylon and the defenseman steps up and plays the 1 on 1
  • Forward must” delay” and cut to the boards
  • Defenseman tries to keep a good gap , steps up and plays the 1 on 1
  • Play out the 1 on 1 until a clear or a play stoppage

Key Teaching Points

  • Key teaching point for the defenseman is when you play a 1-1 in the defensive zone, lock on that player. If the player delays, you step up and keep playing the 1-1
  • Defenseman needs to use proper transitions skating skills. Stick on puck and body on body
  • Offensive player keeps feet moving and attacks the net with speed
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Defence – Double Figure 8 Skating
  • Players start in corner with puck
  • Skate through dot to top of circle, transition backwards to bottom of circle, ride inside edge to skate forwards to top of circle in figure 8 pattern
  • Tight turn forwards to bottom of circle, turn up ice and skate forward around top of circle for shot on net.
  • Add escape move at bottom of circle for progression
  • Switch corners

Key Teaching points

  • Smooth transitions, ride inside edge when transitioning forward
  • Keep puck loaded on forehand when coming out of transition
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Defence – Double NZ Quick Up #1
  • Both ends at same time. D skates to the NZ dot, pivots backwards, and receives puck from coach.
  • D passes to F1 on the wall, F1 down & shoot. D re-gaps & picks up 2nd puck from the coach & passes to F2 in the middle lane with good timing. F2 down & shoot...2nd shot. D up ice to blueline, receives from F1, takes 3rd shot.

Key Teaching Points

  • Forward supports D with good passing angle
  • D keep toes up ice as much as possible
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Defence – Double Shot – Back Door
  • Forwards in corner with pucks, defence on each side of the ice on the blue line with pucks.
  • D gets to middle for shot, opposite D does the same, forward skates around top of circle for 3rd shot on net
  • Fwd then picks up another puck from original corner and skates behind net with puck. Strong side D jumps down as an option for a pass, weak side D slides over to take strong side D spot.
  • Fwd has option to pass to either D based on what is available.

Key Teaching Points

  • Head up on shots
  • Fwd head up on pass
  • D don’t telegraph where pass is coming from
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Defence – Down the Wall Cycle – Regroup 2 on 0
  • Pucks on outside hashmarks in zone, forwards on wall, defence along boards at blue line
  • First forward grabs puck and skates around top of circle for shot on net
  • Continue to other side to get pass from opposite side forward who starts cycle
  • First forward picks up puck, skates toward blue line and performs high cycle with D who jumps down to receive puck.
  • Forwards then go to net and high slot to receive pass from D
  • After shot, D jumps out of zone to get pass from coach, and passes to regrouping forwards for shot on net.
  • D jumps inside blue line to get pass for point shot

Key Teaching Points

  • Proper spacing on cycle
  • Forward don’t jump too soon
  • Quick regroup and attack
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Defence – Evading the Forecheck
  • Defence behind net with puck. Forwards in middle of ice near inside hashmarks
  • On coaches’ signal, forward forechecks, defence has to skate puck out past tops of circles
  • If forward turns puck over, then try to score
  • Progression – add second forechecker

Key Teaching Points

  • Defence must make read and take easiest path out from behind net (skate way out of trouble)
  • Defence good fakes to create path
  • Forward force D out on backhand
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