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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/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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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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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 - Defense 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 - Defense - 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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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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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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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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Defense - Partner Support
  • Defence Partners skate backwards, get pass from coach
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Small Area Game - Touch the Paint
  • One player on offense and one player on defense
  • Offensive player starts with the puck, defensive player is between him and the net
  • Defenseman wins if they strip the puck from offensive player and skates it over the blue line. Offensive player wins if they can skate it through the blue paint of the crease

Key teaching points

  • Defensive player starts with a good gap
  • Take your stick with you on defense and get it on the puck. Keep stick on the ice
  • Stick on puck body on body
  • Stay defensive side
  • Offensive player needs to protect the puck and take the puck to the paint

 

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Goaltending - Basic Stance (Beginner)

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.)

 

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Goaltending - Blocker Saves (Beginner)

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.)

  • Goaltender maintains solid visual connection to the puck, witnesses the stick impacting the puck and flight
  • Face plate of the Blocker is facing the puck
  • The Blocker is positioned so that the goaltender can focus on the puck but see the glove in his/her secondary (peripheral vision)
  • Goaltender tracks the puck form the release right to the middle of the blocker face plate.
  • Puck impacts the blocker which is positioned in front of the body and angled /directed into the corner.
  • Goaltender pushes into pucks by brining shoulders laterally to pucks.
  • Goaltenders can execute a small shuffle while pushing into pucks. This will reduce the distance away from the body and limit having to reach or stretch for saves.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Goaltenders should avoid rotating the shoulders and having the catching of the puck behind the body.

Drill:

  • Player positioned in the mid slot at the top of the circles
  • Goaltender positioned with heals at the edge of the crease and gloves in position as described above.
  • Shots are executed at a moderate speed to the blocker side
  • Pucks should impact the center of the blocker, controlled and redirected to the corner or out of play.

 

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Goaltending - Butterfly Hand Saves (Beginner)

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.)

  • Goaltender moves into a butterfly stance
  • Complete visual connection to the puck
  • Pucks are shot over the pad (alternating both the glove and blocker shots)
  • The angle of the glove palm faces the puck
  • The angle of the blocker face plate faces the puck
  • Goaltender tracks the puck from the impact of the stick into the glove (or to the center of the blocker.
  • Pucks are caught with the glove or directed to the corner on the blocker side.
  • If the puck is played with the blocker, the goaltender immediately recovers to the Blocker side to a standing stance on the potential shot line.

Key Points

  • Visually track the puck at all times
  • Ensure that the goaltender seals the ice with the pads and stick
  • Cover maximum netspace
  • Find appropriate front 1/3 skate traction on the ice.
  • Recovers quickly and with balance prepared to receive the shot

 

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Goaltending - Chest Saves (Beginner)

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.)

  • Goaltender tracks the puck from the player’s stick blade, in flight and impacting the chest.
  • As the puck hits the chest the glove hand stays open, and moves under the puck
  • The glove is then positioned on the chest to cover the puck to prevent it from becoming a rebound.
  • The blocker moves toward the puck and tight to the body to provide support and stability to the save.
  • The skill is executed in the standing position.

Special Note:

Young goaltenders feel compelled to overuse the glove and blocker to stop the majority of shots often forgetting the bigger pieces of equipment such as the chest protector and pants. Exposing new goaltenders to using these pieces early in their careers assist them in maximizing their effectiveness and increased comfort in their equipment.

 

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Goaltending - Glove Saves (Beginner)

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.)

  • Goaltender maintains solid visual connection to the puck, witnesses the stick impacting the puck and flight
  • Glove is opened with the palm facing the puck
  • The Glove is positioned so that the goaltender can focus on the puck but see the glove in his/her secondary (peripheral vision) • Goaltender tracks the puck form the release right to the glove.
  • Puck is caught in the glove which is positioned in front of the body
  • Goaltender pushes into pucks by brining shoulders laterally to pucks.
  • Special note: goaltenders can execute a small shuffle while pushing into pucks. This will reduce the distance away from the body and limit having to reach or stretch for saves.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Goaltenders should avoid rotating the shoulders and having the impact of the puck behind the body.

Drill:

  • Player positioned in the mid slot at the top of the circles
  • Goaltender positioned with heals at the edge of the crease and gloves in position as described above.
  • Shots are executed at a moderate speed to the glove side
  • Pucks should be caught, controlled and placed beside the goaltender to reinforce goaltender possession and future transitions to catching and passing pucks to team mates.

 

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Goaltending - Butterfly

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.)

Skill

  • Remain in stance until you recognize puck traveling low
  • Quiet upper body (not unnecessary movement)
  • Chest up, shoulders square
  • Glove open with palm facing the puck, Blocker face plate facing puck
  • Glove and blocker are positioned above the pads and slightly in front of the body.
  • Hit the ice with both knees at the same time, knees together
  • Stick blade flat ion the ice and in front of the adjoined pads approximately 1 goalie stick blade length
  • Pads are on the inside edges and are “sealing the ice” no holes.
  • Sitting with Butt higher than the legs, no sagging.

Key Points

  • Maintain upper-body stance position
  • Seal up holds on ice and body
  • Do not rotate shoulders as this increases net space for shooter
  • Be prepared to block puck and recover to stance

When it’s used

To cover the lower portion of the net and block the net from the mid net out.

Theory: When the puck is travelling from the ice to the top of the net it travels in a diagonal pattern. The mid-point of that pattern is approximately half of the net’s height. The butterfly position allows the goaltender to have the majority of his or her body covering that area.

 

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Goaltending - Butterfly Slide

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.)

  • push to left with right pushing leg, seal the ice with left leg
  • glide along the ice protecting the 5 hole with stick blade on the ice and approximately 1-1.5 stick blade lengths in front of the pads
  • bring the push let to the ice and complete the seal by bringing the knees together
  • Maintain a quiet upper body while in the butterfly position and sliding along the ice.
  • Recover to the glide foot side using the front 1/3 of the skate to gain traction on the ice and recover back to the athletic stance.

When it’s used

Used when a seal along the ice is required while moving laterally or diagonally.

Examples:

  • Back door passes with the receiving player shooting low
  • Lateral passes across the crease front
  • Passes from behind and beside the net to crease front.
  • Reactions to rebounds dropping in the areas immediately around the crease.

 

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Goaltending - Butterfly T-Push

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.)

Skill

  • Drop into butterfly position
  • Locate the “puck” with your eyes and stick
  • a) Rotate the shoulders to square up to the puck
  • b) Rotate the pads to establish the beginning of the recovery
  • If recovering from the Right to Left: begin to swing skates over to the right and plant the front 1/3 of the right skate into the ice,
  • gain traction and begin the execution of the diagonal T-Push
  • If recovering from the Left to the Right : begin to swing skates over to the left and plant the front 1/3 of the left skate into the ice,
  • gain traction and begin the execution of the diagonal T-Push
  • Maintain a strong body position with no unnecessary movements with hands.
  • Lead with your eyes, stick and gloves.
  • Hard pushes for power, distance and stopping in position
  • Lead in this order, Eyes, Stick, Gloves Feet.

Drill

  • Push-stop-butterfly-recovery. (Rotate, Locate and Activate your Recovery)

When it’s used

Used for recovery and repositioning after dropping to a butterfly in a variety of scenarios.

 

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Goaltending - C-Cuts Forward and Backward Skating

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.)

Skill

  • Skate blades stay on ice (using inside edges to generate speed and power) – Alternate with hard c-cut with each leg
  • For Backward C-Cuts: Balance and weight distribution on balls of feet ( front 1/3 evenly distributed)
  • For Forward C-Cuts: Balance and weight distribution on rear 1/3 of the skate and evenly distributed)
  • Head up, glove out and open waist level, blocker facing forward, Glove open with palm to the puck.

 

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Goaltending - Diagonal T-Push

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.)

Skill

  • Locate the puck
  • Lead with your eyes and stick to the puck
  • Rotate the shoulders to square up to the puck
  • Activate the loading of the push skate (front 1/3 of the skate gains traction in the ice)
  • Glide skate toe points to the where to go
  • Push leg is thrust into a straightened positioned with ankle extended
  • Push leg always maintains contact with the ice for quick adjustments.
  • Glide leg stops into position using the front 1/3 of the skate
  • Push leg is repositioned in the athletic stance in set position
  • Stick is on the ice and protecting the 5 hole at all times
  • Eyes are always locked on the “puck”

Key Points

  • Lead with your eyes and stick at all times
  • Emphasize a solid stop after each movement
  • Focus on a fixed object on the ice (puck or cone) to unsure deliberate practice is established.
  • Do NOT rise out of athletic stance position throughout the drill.

Drill:

  • Goalie starts on the goal line and t-pushes diagonally from side to side, until they reach the blue line.
  • Goalie then turns and goes backwards doing the same thing.
  • The goaltender should not get off track or off angle.
  • Should be able to finish where they start.

When it’s used.

Used to aggressively gain position on pucks that are traveling larger distances and speed

 

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Goaltending - Shuffle

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.

Skill

  • Push skate gains traction with the front 1/3 of the blade.
  • Knees are bent, leg is extended straight and skate pointed to generate lateral movement
  • Lead/Glide skate glides along ice with toes always facing the puck.
  • Stick protects the 5-hole and is prepared to direct pucks away at all times.

Key Points

  • Push distance -1 body width per shuffle
  • No bobbing / stick on ice / quiet upper body

Drill:

Push – recover – push – recover – small steps

When it’s used.

Used for short distance and re-positioning to maintain
squareness to the shot

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Goaltending - T-Push

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.)

Skill

  • Point glide skate in direction to go with heal of the glide foot facing the load / load/push skate.
  • Load/push skate gains ice traction and pushes until load leg is straight and the ankle is extended.
  • Stick is on the ice and positioned to protect 5 hole (both ways)

Key Points

  • Knees bent is for stronger push and distance
  • Maintain stance throughout the movement phase and be prepared to stop a shot throughout process Drill: Stance – T-Push – stop with glide skate –Stance (set) – (push with one leg / stop with other) repeat Pushing with one skate, gliding on the other

When it’s used.

Used for traveling longer distance and speed

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Goaltending - Stick Saves (Beginner)

Start in athletic stance, (eyes on the puck, shoulders square, back slightly arched and body slightly leaning forward, glove and blocker in front of the body with glove over top of the toe of the stick, hips square, knees are bent, skates are at a distance of approximately 1 and 1/3 shoulder widths apart, stick covers 5 hole and is positioned 1.5 blade lengths in front of the skates.)

  • Goaltender positioned at the top of the crease and ready to receive pucks.
  • Stick is positioned to protect the 5 hole and as described above
  • Player shoots the puck to between or at the skates at the goaltender
  • Goaltender’s Stick Blade is angled and pushed toward the puck for impact and elevation driving the puck up and away from the Net Front.
  • The impact of the puck on the goalie stick is made in the middle of the stick, in front of the body

SPECIAL NOTE: These saves are executed in a standing position. As the goaltender moves to more advanced stages of goaltending, similar skills will be executed in a variety of butterfly and butterfly push positions.

  • Goaltender should avoid delaying the impact of the puck on the stick as this will result in a late reaction causing over rotating or stretching to make the saves.
  • Over rotating or stretching makes recovering from saves more difficult.
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