Setup: Four lanes and groups are created with pylons and sticks. The drill
will maximize repetitions and use progressions that players will use to
create deception, quick hands and puck control skills. Coaches are
encouraged to be creative with this template.
Body and puck on opposite sides going around pylon
Stutter-step puck protection; turn your back to defender
Heel-to-heel through pylons
Figure-8 tight turns with and without puck
Toes up-ice with and without puck
Key teaching points:
Explosive starts and quick stops
Head up and use of peripheral vision
Quick hands and feet
Put puck in safest place and protect it
Repetition without boredom
New for this season, the drills available through the Hockey Canada Network
have been enhanced – in addition to a diagram and written explanation, each
drill includes a video showing how it works, and a clip showing exactly how
the drill can be beneficial in a game situation.
The Network app allows coaches to filter through hundreds of drills, select
which ones they want for practice, and share the drills with their team.
Players and other coaches can now step on the ice already knowing what the
drills look like, meaning that less time is spent explaining, and more time
can be spent practicing.
At the start of every month, Drills of the Month will be posted on the
Hockey Canada Network for coaches of every level. The drills will be shared
through teams within the Network; follow the instructions below to join a
If you already have a Hockey Canada Network account,
select the link that corresponds to your program level to join and receive
the Drills of the Month. You can join as many teams as you would like.
If you are new to the Hockey Canada Network,
follow these instructions to set up your free account. The Hockey Canada
Network is available to Android and iOS users. Any smartphone, Android
tablet or iPad user will be able to download the Network and become
familiar with the digital resources available to coaches.
The free version of the Network app will allow users to receive 'shared
information' from coaches or MHA administrators. Anyone with the full
account can push any of the content to someone with an account.