2018 december drill of the month

Drill of the Month: December 2018

The Hockey Canada Network includes hundreds of drills for coaches of all levels

Jason La Rose
December 4, 2018


Setup and execution: Three players line up on offence and three players line up on defence. All play is confined to one zone. If the defensive players get the puck out of the zone, the offensive players then play defence against three new offensive players. If the offensive players score, the defensive players have to play against three new offensive players.

Key teaching points:

  • Smart, efficient plays on defence.
  • Defence must carry the puck out of the zone, not shoot it.
  • Don’t get caught on long defensive shifts.
  • Offensive and defensive awareness.

  • In addition to a diagram and written explanation, each drill available through the Hockey Canada Network 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 team.

    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.

    Initiation Coaches
    Novice Coaches
    Atom – Peewee Coaches
    Bantam – Midget Coaches
    Female Hockey
    Goaltending Skills
    Parent Information

    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.

    For more information, check out HockeyCanadaNetwork.com.

    For more information:

    Dominick Saillant
    Director, Communications
    Hockey Canada
    [email protected]


    Esther Madziya
    Manager, Communications
    Hockey Canada
    [email protected]


    Spencer Sharkey
    Manager, Communications
    Hockey Canada
    Office: 403-777-4567
    Mobile: 905-906-5327
    [email protected]


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