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B6 D to D Hinge and Switch - Pro W

Key Points:
Pass back to the coach after each one of these sequences. Coach should pass to one player and after the sequence get a return pass then pass to the other player. This is a controlled breakout after a regroup or any situation with only one forechecker.

Description:
1. Coach in the neutral zone pass to a player coming from the corners.
A. Player skates to mid ice and passes to partner who hinges wide and up ice.
B. Player skates to wide lane and pass to partner who supports in mid ice behind.
C. Player skate to middle, pass wide, get return pass in middle.
D. Player skate to middle, partner skate behind for a pass and switch sides. From there any of the other options.
*Pass back to the coach after each of these exercises and then add players who regroup with D.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20110407093426412

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T2 - Take the Ice Behind to Create 2-1's -Sweden-Soviets-Pro

When Ice Hockey originated in North America in the late 1800's forward passes were not allowed. The game was played with 6 skaters and a goalie. Later the Rover position was eliminated and teams played with 5 skaters. We developed playing lane hockey with the D staying back, the wings in their lanes and only the centre going side to side. The game now is developing towards "Total Hockey" where players have a Home Position at the Face off and after that it is 1-2-3-4-5 according to the system you are playing, the zone you are in and the closeness to the puck. So we have to teach all players all the offensive and defensive skills in practice.

In other parts of the world the game came later. Bandy is played in Russia and Scandanavia on a frozen soccer field and has a big influence in those areas. German, Czech Republic, Austria have a huge soccer football history and in soccer and bandy they build the attack with lots of give and goes and regroups.

In North America the CONVENTIONAL WISDOM is that you go in straight lines and move the puck up as quickly as possible to trap the other team. This works vs an aggressive PRESSURE forecheck and can create outnumber situations. If you are playing against a CONTAIN forecheck where the send either one or zero players in then you will not beat them to the net with straight ahead speed but have to use CHANGE OF SPEED, CHANGE OF LANES, and create situations where the defenders must make DECISIONS such as whether to switch on a cross or stay with their man.

The attackers must continually go to the "Big Ice" between the dots where more attack options are possible. Create 2 on 1's continuously and regroup to force the defenders to keep a tight gap or to hit a late attacker who is skating fast vs the defenders holding the blue line.

I have put some video from Swedish and the Czech pro teams to demonstrate these offensive options.



Key Points:
When the defenders are using a contain forecheck and are ahead of the puck you cannot beat them skating in straight lines. You must continually isolate the wide player and create 2 on 1 situations. Support by taking the ice behind the puck carrier.

Description:
1. Practice with a 2 on 2 situation and isolate a defender by crossing.
a. Cross drop and #1 screen weak side D.
b. Cross, drop 1 to net, 2 wide.
c. Cross and fake drop. 1 through middle 2 go to the net.
Create 3 on 3 situations in drills and games.
d. #’s 2 and 3 go hard to the net.
e. #1 go to the middle and shoot or pass.

* Other options are another cross behind or pass back to the 4th and 5th supporting attackers.

Important is to change the speed and angle of the attack and force defensive decisions like switch or stay man to man.


http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20110408092101945

https://youtu.be/EFPcwsTBTW0

T2 - Soviets - Take Ice Behind Support – Soviets
https://youtu.be/4vF9JXoOvp8

T2 - B6 - 2-0-Gain Zone-X and Drop - Pro
https://youtu.be/MWMyf0UkaIA

T2 - B6 - 2-0 Skate to Big Ice-X and Drop-Shoot - Pro
https://youtu.be/LmOF-ekbXtE

C600 Isolate Wide D on 2-2 - Pro
https://youtu.be/xp4zhu-zNvo



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A200 - Chaos Puck Handling - Youth

Key Points:
Make moves, protect the puck, go hard on the whistle. Designate moves, add pucks, play keepaway, use ball, multiple pucks, etc.

Description:
1. Carry a puck and protect it while skating in random directions. Stay in the zone.
2. Go hard for about 5" on the whistle and slow down on the next whistle.
3. Coach designate the move to be practiced, i.e, tight turn when you approach someone.
4. Exchange pucks-pass with eye contact.
5. Spread pucks around which also must be avoided.
6.Keepaway-coach take a puck away every 10".

Two video demonstrations:
http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080722090625893

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080722090624390

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D2 Cross Ice Games

Key Points:
Use regular or small nets, tire, pylons or the lines on the boards for goals. Play with regular or modified rules.

Description:
1. Teams of from 1-1 to 5-5 play a game cross ice.
2. After a goal allow the other team to get to centre.
3. Jokers can be added who can or must be passed to.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090802104424493


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B6 - 3-0 Weave-Regroup at Far End - U17-Pro

Key Points:
Principles: Pass while skating and then follow the pass and take the ice behind the puck carrier.. Fill the 3 lanes. Skate to the “big ice” between the dots when you get the puck. Pass to the outside lane, skate to the inside lane.

Description:
A. 1 pass to 2 and follow the pass.
B. 2 skate to the big ice, pass to 3, follow the pass taking the ice behind.
C. 3 pass back to one, follow the pass.
D. 1 regroup with 4 and 1-2-3 fill each lane.
E. 4 pass to 1 or 3 on the strong side.
F. 1-2-3 weave the same way and attack with a triangle and shoot at the oringinal end.
G. 4-5-6 follow and repeat the other way.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?s=20130125095322120

B6 3-0 Weave-Regroup at Far End – U17
https://youtu.be/rw_rL0vHEek!I

https://www.facebook.com/518555930/videos/pcb.794123934830739/10159758893775931

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http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20141025100818703

B6 3-0 Weave - Regroup - Attack - Pro
https://youtu.be/tjcdjroz3L4

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B6 Pass and Replace x 3 - Youth

Key Points:
Pass while skating then turn and face the player who is passing to you. Shoot before the hash marks and follow the shot for a rebound.

Description:
A. 1 pass to 2 and follow the pass and turn and face 5 for a pass.
B. 2 pass to 3 and follow the pass.
C. 3 pass to 4 and follow the pass.
D. 4 skate in and shoot-rebound- go to the corner.
# Do 2 or 3 minutes from each side. Alternate task by requiring backhand or saucer passes or a move before passing , etc.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20110413082013321

https://youtu.be/CrrVLv9uch4


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T3-Body Contact Clinic - Edge Skills

Jeff Hill teaches body checking principles.

Key Points:
Start with a good athletic position of knee bent, back straight, seat low with the head on top of the shoulders and not hanging over the ice. Follow this instruction with 1 on 1 drills and transition games.
The practice was run by Jeff Hill with a group of 12-13 year olds.

Description:
A. Partners bump
1. Hook wrists and bump standing then skating. Come back using other shoulder.
2. Skate apart one stride then back and bump
B. Player in the middle bump everyone around circle with each shoulder.
C. Angling both offensive with leg in front and defensive with leg behind. Get hands up on the glass to protect yourself.
D. Practice skating into the corner and making a fake then carry the puck out.
E. 1 on 1 into the corner and try to score.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080720174243862

https://www.facebook.com/tom.molloy.5836/videos/10159325153115931


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B500 Individual Practice

Key Points:
Players work on skills of their choice and the coaches role is to give help when needed and to keep things safe. Players seldom get the chance to work on things they want or to make decisions about their development. The coach moves around to help them and see they are on task.

Description:
I do this the frist ten minutes of each practice with my school skills group. They know they must be on time and be on task.
Players choose to shoot, pass, skate, play keepaway or games, they could even arrange a full ice game.
It is an individual contract where the Players decide and the coach supplies the equipment and supervision.
The coach can also suggest things for them to work on and show how to do it.


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C500 Cut Backs and Escape Moves - Youth

Key Points:
Protect the puck with the body on offense. Cut back turning toward the boards. Defender stay lined up with the back of the inside shoulder and stick on the puck.

Description:
1. Leave on the whistle and practice cut backs, tight turns. Go to the net on the second whistle while the next players leave.
2. Two players leave and the second player stays on the D side with the stick on the puck and gives passive resistance.
3. This is a battle and the defender tries to get the puck. On the second whistle whoever has the puck go to the net.

*Without goalies both sides can go at once and with a goalie alternate sides. Players switch sides after doing both offense and defense.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=2011041612155482

https://youtu.be/x0e9-Vn8W80


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T2-4 - D100 - Roles 2 and 4 Specialty Team Scrimmage

It is very difficulty to practice specialty team or even strength situations with one team. Most youth teams have less than 4 lines and 4 sets of D and this makes high tempo scrimmage too difficult. Even if you do have 20 skaters the W/R ratio is too short.
When I was and asst. coach at the U of Calgary with Willie Desjardins he would arrange specialty team scrimmages with the Canadian National Team which was based in Calgary at that time. We would take turns with 5 minute pplays and work on our specialty teams.
The last few seasons I have arranged scrimmages with college teams or minor midget AAA teams to play my WWHL team and we have worked on our systems for both even and uneven situations. We did this at least 6 times last season and it is a great way to focus on systems for the pk, pp, forecheck, dzone etc.


Key Points:
Divide the team into two groups and each gets a 5 min. power play with a ref. Great to play other teams in a specialty team game. Play all odd number situations 5 on 4, 5 on 3, 4 on 3. It is also a good method to practice even strength 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5.

Description:
1. Arrange a scrimmage with another team.
2. Take turns with all numerical situations that happen in a game.
3. Suggested rotation with a 3 minute time out before each segment for coach to go thru the team play situation at the bench.
a. Ten minute warm up.
b. 3 minute time out 5 on 4 for 5 minutes each.
b. 5 on 3 each team and then 3' time out.
c. 4 on 4 each team and then a 3' time out.
d. 5 on 5 each team and then a 3' time out.
e. Coaches agree on a situation they want to focus on.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080723183918140


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A2 - Gaston Schaeffer Skating Instruction - Youth

Key Points:
Be in a strong athletic position with the knees bent, seat down, shoulders no farther forward than the knees and the head up. The skating stride starts with a fall and about 3 forward pushes and then it is a sideways motion. When skating backwards stride sideways and don’t turn the heel to the inside. Replace the Mohawk turn with the much more efficient Transition Turn.

Description:
Gaston Schaeffer leads a group of 12-14 year old girls and boys. They cover:
1. Forward long stride.
2. Forward medium stride.
3. Quick start.
4. Basic backward stride and starting.
5. Transition turn from front to back that is much more efficient than the Mohawk Turn.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20110419134723920

There are other videos of Gaston teaching turning, stopping and these strides. Gaston talks about the skating stride.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=2008072311322256

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080723113220687

Picture is of Gaston and Gaston Jr. At a hockey camp in Winfield B.C.

A - Skating Instruction and Practice - U18 F
https://youtu.be/FgrqUfDa9_U

A2 Backward Cross-over Principles 3 - U18 F
https://youtu.be/U67WKtRt6lU


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A2- Forward and Backward Stride and Choctaw Turn - Gaston

Key Points:
Practice turning from front to back and don’t lose any speed. This turn is smooth with a minimum of crossovers. (Chocktow Turn)

Description:
Gaston Schaeffer teaches an efficient transition turn from forward to backward. The benefit of this pivot is that the player keeps the skating momentum.
If skating to the right the weight is on the right leg and the left skate goes behind at an angle to the turn, the player transfers the weight to the left leg and does a crossover.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20110421072659315


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A2 - Edges and Balance Warm up - Gaston - Jasper

Key Points:
Be in a good athletic positon with the knees bent, back upright and lead with the chest and head up. Use all of the edges.

Description:
Gaston leads a skating warm up.
Exercises use the inside and outside edges, proper body position both forward and backward as well as a one skate exercise that requires a good balance position and use of all of the edges.

https://youtu.be/a7C9o5CmFSA


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A2 Forward Stride Mechanics Taught by Dr. Gaston Schaeffer

I have been focusing on skating technique. Most coaches, me included have many skating drills. I have posted the Minnesota drills and many from Finland and Sweden and they are great. The only problem is that if we do these with improper mechanics we only teach the kid's to get "really good at bad techniuque." So it is imperative that we have proper mechanics.
I have put videos of Gaston talking about and teaching skating and I know it helps me and hope it helps other coaches.

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A2 Forward Stride Mechanics Taught by Dr. Gaston Schaeffer

Key Points:
Be in a balanced position with a good knee bend. Use as much blade as possible. To start fall forward and push back the first few strides and then skate with a sideways push. The arms move opposite the legs in a back and forth motion never causing the upper body to over rotate. Lead with the head up and chest forward.

Description:
I have put together various videos of Dr. Gaston Schaeffer teaching skating. Gaston has a Doctorate in Body Mechanics and taught at University in Switzerland where he was the Swiss figure skating Champion and followed that being feature skater for Ice Capades and Holiday on Ice where he toured the world. He met his wife while touring and they had a girl and a boy. Gaston was the Olympic figure skating coach for Switzerland as well as in charge of fitness for their speed skating team. He worked with Juhani Wahlsten in Davos when Juuso was coaching there.

Gaston Junior demonstrates the forward stride. He is one of the most powerful skaters I have seen. He suffered a major injury at 18 and stopped playing but his technique is perfect.

The video goes in this order.

1. Gaston talking about the mechanics of the forward stride while I film him on my deck.
2. Gaston and his son doing an on ice demonstration with Gaston describing the important points of the stride.
3. Gaston leads a group through a forward skating and balance warm up.
4. Gaston teaching that group the mechanics of the forward stride starting with the long stride first, then the start and the medium length stride.
5. Gaston leading a U17 skills group. Dany Heatley came and skated with them that day. He had just won the NHL Roookie of the Year. He came as a favour to me to say hi and skate about 15 minutes but because we did transition games all practice he stayed and played and did the skating as well (he has a black sweatsuit and hat on).

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20110425003603435

https://youtu.be/m0QNMLTyess


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A1 Introduction to Balance on Ice and the Sideway Motion of Skating - Gaston Schaeffer

Key Points:
We walk and run with a front to back movement of our legs. Skating is a foreign movement because it is side to side. Gaston uses balls and pucks to introduce beginners to the side to side weight transfer. Dr. Gaston Schaeffer introduces this unnatural movement along with proper skating posture with a sequence of exercises using balls, pucks, hurdles, etc.

https://youtu.be/iXllqf9VTgY

Description:
• Walk across the ice.
• While standing on the same spot, try and bend the body in all possible positions.
• Walk to a puck, bend over, pick up the puck, return to starting point and repeat.
• While standing try to stand on 1 foot, then the other.
• Walk and then glide on 2 feet.
• Take a puck in your hand and throw it ahead of you; go to it; pick it up and repeat the exercise
until you have crossed the width of the rink.
• Walk on the ice.
• The coach spreads pucks all around on the other side of the ice. Walk to where the pucks are, by
stepping over the sticks laid on the ice. See how many pucks you can collect.
• Put hurdles on the ice (24-28"/60-70 cm in height) get the skaters to pass under hurdles to
go and collect the pucks (this forces them to bend the knees).
• Combine the going over the sticks and under the hurdles, to provide a new challenge.
• Introduce the tennis ball. Start by having skaters pass the ball from hand to hand while walking across the width of the arena.
• Try to do the same thing while skating backwards for a short period of time (to prevent boredom and
frustration).
• Develop the glide by trying to pass the ball from hand to hand as you stride.
• Introduce the bouncing of the ball while walking or gliding across the ice.
• Skate across the ice skating under and over hurdles of different height ranging from 4-28"/10-70
cm.
• Skate backwards by passing the ball from hand to hand.
• Skate backwards by trying to move a puck between your feet.
• Skate forward by passing a puck between your feet.
• Skate forward passing the puck between your feet and the ball from hand to hand. • Skate while passing the puck from 1 foot to the other.
• Skate while bouncing the ball from hand to hand at the same time as you move from 1 foot to the
other.
• Skate, passing the ball from hand to hand as you skate from 1 foot to the other.
• Skate, passing the puck between the feet and the ball from hand to hand while skating forward.
• Same exercise as above but backwards.
• Put up some hurdles – try to jump over (4"/10 cm) some and slide under others (16"/40 cm).
• To increase the level of difficulty, add low hurdles, asking the skaters to first step over them while bouncing the ball on the ice.
• Spread pucks around the ice – the players move around the ice and pick up the pucks by bending their
knees and keeping a straight back. They then put the pucks into the puck bag. This activity works on the
proper skating posture and balance.
• Skate forward and hop over a low hurdle then, as quickly as possible, turn around and catch the
ball thrown by a teammate or coaching assistant.
• Same as above but upon landing turn around in the opposite direction.
• Skate forward and hop over the hurdle, then fall in a roll – get up, turn around and catch the ball.
• Same exercise but the other direction (turning around the other way).
• Jump over a hurdle, crouch under the next hurdle then do a slalom around 5 pylons on 1 foot, then jump over the last hurdle and catch the ball as you jump.
• Repeat the same exercise but doing the slalom on the opposite foot.
• Skate forward and stop – as you stop, you will catch the ball thrown to you at the same time as the command.
• Skate backwards – at the command turn around as your the partner throws the ball for you to catch.
• Same exercise but turn around the other way.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20110426080619788

https://youtu.be/iXllqf9VTgY


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A2 - Defensive Back Skating- RB Pro

Key Points:
All the players including the goalies do this. Zig zag back keeping good posture and practice reaching with a poke check with the knees bent and the back straight.

Description:
1. Players start in 3 lines at one end of the ice.
2. Skate backward 3 or 5 strides in a zig-zag pattern from one side to the other.
3. Keep the elbow back to hide the reach of the stick and then extend the stick at the finish of each repetition.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090805115341660

https://youtu.be/KrkgO0wSvnw

https://www.facebook.com/518555930/videos/pcb.835502727359526/179272380898552


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B500 - 1-1 Puck Battles - Pros

Key Points:
Offensive player protect the puck with the body and skates, use cutbacks, fakes, change of pace. Go into the boards at an angle, Hands up on the glass when hit from behind. Defender stick on stick, body on body and maintain defensive side always.

Description:
1. Partners take turns moving up and down the boards protecting the puck for 10".
2. One player protect the puck and the other mirror from the defensive side keeping the stick on the puck.
3. Battle each other along the boards.
4. Goalies work on technique at one end.

https://youtu.be/t45uu-fpHOo

https://www.facebook.com/518555930/videos/pcb.835518844024581/541847933524355


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Puck Protection and Battling Along the Boards Sequence

This is the sequence I use when coaching puck protection skills and the the offensive and defensive battles along the boards.

We work on escape moves, cut backs, going into the boards at an angle and protecting yourself along the boards before we do this.

Then:
1. Puck protection shielding the puck offensively and stick on the puck on defense. Partner work all over the ice.
2. a. Partners along the boards. a. cut backs, change of pace, pass to self for ten seconds then alternate.
b. Protect the puck while the defender passively works on keeping the stick on the puck and on the ice.
c. Ten second battles alternating who starts with the puck.
3. Move to one end and use both corners or if there is a goalie only one corner. Use the same sequence as in 2 but add go to the net on the whistle. ie. vs. passive resistance and then battle.
4. Play a d400 low game from the top of the circles in of 1 on 1 on 1. All against each other. Lots of battling and puck protection skills needed.
5. Another D400 game from the top of the circles. We had 8 at one end and 10 at the other. 2 on 2 and when you get the puck you pass to the waiting players who attack vs the original attackers. Sequence like in the Perry Pearn of attack-defend-pass-rest. New attackers go on offense as soon as the get the puck.
6. D100 game with one minute shifts and pass to goalie on the whistle. All goals must come from playes originating below the goal line. This rule causes board battles to happen and the skills just practiced are needed.

I am attaching a pdf of the sequence.

We did a warm up and a shootout after.


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A300 - Stickhandle Proprioceptive Overload - Pro

Key Points:
Use multiple pucks and balls to overload the nervous system and control them all around the body. With one puck over extend to increase your reach. Separate the movement of the upper and lower body, loosen the shoulders and use head and shoulder fakes. Practice moving the puck from the stick to the skates and back, as well as controlling the puck from in front and behind.

The exercises can be done off ice as well. Of course the speed has to be increased and it all has to be put into game situations vs. opponents.

Description:
1. Handle two or three, four pucks at once never letting them get more than a stick length away.
2. Reach with one hand as far back and forward as possible.
3. Slalom to the right and reach with the puck to the left and visa-versa in order to separate the movement of the upper and lower body.
4 .Repeat the same thing but this time skate and power away from the puck.
5. Move the puck from the stick to the inside and outside skate edges and back.
6. Bring the puck thru the skates on the forehand and backhand.
7. Hands close together and legs wide apart and use head and shoulder fakes.
8. Toe drag and move to the forehand and the backhand.
9. Fake a slapshot and accelerate to the forehand and backhand.
10. Handle two or three, four different kinds of balls around the body. i.e. tennis, racquet, hockey, Keep the balls within a stick length and under control.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20140616121941979

https://youtu.be/UzDm9MxGuBc

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E1 - 3 Shot Change on the Go Shootout

Key Points:
Players should work on selling the fake, change of pace and making the goalie move first. The goalie must time his retreat into the net to keep good angles on shots and cover the goal line on dekes.

Description:
Players are in the box and one puck on each blue line for every player.

Player from each team leaves the box and tries to score. If they score they race to the box and touch the boards and then the next player can leave.

Max 3 shots and then they must change of the go with another player.

First team to score with all the pucks wins. It works better to put the pucks on the blue line than in the middle as in the diagram.
To make it realistic the goalie should practice starting from the goal line and coming out.


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B6 Pass and Shoot While Skating - U18 F-U17-U20

Key Points:
Most players have to coast before passing or shooting. In this exercise the players must keep their feet moving. It is important to keep the stick square to the puck and the hands away from the body.

Description:
1. Leave 2-0 from each corner and allow the players in front 2 or 3 passes before starting.
2. Pass while skating they can be one touch or two touch then pass.
3. Shoot before reaching the hash marks and rebound.
4. Switch sides with the inside player going to the outside when you go the other way.
5. Switch corners after a few minutes so the goalies get shots from the other side.

B6 Jursi Skate and Pass - U18 F
https://youtu.be/gsWhWvXq2bc

B6 - Jursi 2-0 Skate and Pass x 2 - No Shot - U17
https://youtu.be/P_gx6-rJeOA

B6 Jursi 2-0 with Regroup - U20
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DT4 Game with Three Jokers 1-1 to 3-3

Key Points:
Move quickly from defense to offense by passing to a joker and then open for a pass.
Coaches can be Jokers and give the players tips on getting open or other game play concepts.

Description:
1. Jokers in each corner and at the blue line.
2. Play a game where you must pass to a joker before you can score.
3. Jokers pass back to the team that passed to them.



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E1 Shootout 2-0 Both Must Score

Key Points:
Goalie vs Goalie and Team vs Team. Attack with speed and shoot to score. Goalie focus on the shooter then play the pass or rebound. Keep the puck alive after it is frozen.

Description:
1. Two players leave from each team.
2. Only one pass is allowed in the offensive zone.
3. Both players must score.
4. After the first goal get a new puck.
5. Stay in the zone until you score. Goalie shoot frozen pucks to the side.

Rule: Score on first shot then no laps. Score on second shot one lap. If it takes three or more shots to score two laps. Losing goalie one lap.


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This is a good flow drill I picked up from Rick Alexander who I coached a Polish U16 team with today.
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B6 One Touch Passes and Shoot

Key Points:
Make good passes. Give a target and skate into the pass. Keep skating while passing and shooting.

Description:
A. 1 skate and pass to 2.
B. 2 skate to the inside and pass to 1.
C. 1 pass across ice to 4.
D. 4 pass to 3.
E. 3 pass to 1
F. 1 attack the net and shoot to score and rebound.

Rotation: 1 replace 2 who replaces 3 who replace 4.

Options. screen after shooting or curl back to rebound for the next shooter. Another option is to one touch pass with the next shooter so he can do a one timer.
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We only had one goalie at the Polish U16 practice so I modified this one goalie transition game. It was a little confusing for them at the start because no one speaks english and they don't play transition games. Once the coach caught onto to the flow it worked really well.
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DT 400 Game of Support-Regroup-Attack-Defend-Breakout

Key Points:
This is a one puck transiton game. Regroup with support on the strong side boards and in the middle. If the puck goes across ice flow with the play.

Description:
A. Red 1 or 2 get a pass from the blue 3 or 4.
B. Red 1 and 2 attack 2-2 vs blue 1 and 2.
C. Blue 3 and 4 follow the attack to the top of the circles and give passive support (if the puck is carried higher than they are active)
D. The defending 1 or 2 pass to 3 or 4 on transition or after a goal.
E. Blue 3 and 4 regroup with Red 3 and 4 and turn and attack vs the original offensive players Red 3 and 4.
D. Continue this flow.

Options:
Add another regroup or D to D plays like hinge or switch.


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C600 Flow Alexander 2 on 1

Key Points:
On a 2-1 attack with speed and think first of scoring, If possible make the first pass near the blue line to allow a second play when reading the defender.
Defender stay in the middle and read the most dangerous player. It is really a 2-2 with the goalie.

Description:
1. F1 Leave and pass across to D1 and follow the pass breaking up the boards.
2. D1 skate to big ice between dots and pass to F1.
3. F1 pass to F2 who attacks 2-1 with F1 vs D1who plays a tight gap back.
4. When the original attack turns up ice start in the other direction with F3 passing to D2 who defends the other goal.

Options:
You could do this flow up to a 3-2.


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This is a good game to use for controlled scrimmage. The defending player must pass to the coach at the point to transition to offense. The coach can stop the play and have the players freeze on the spot so he can point out offensive or defensive positioning or coverage. In a 2 on 2 situation you have all 4 game playing roles. On offense 1-player with the puck 2 - player supporting the puck. On defense you have 3 - player checking the puck carrier 4 - player covering players away from the puck. Because you start each shift with a dump in you also have the 3rd game situation of a loose puck situation.
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DT400 – 2 on 2 Coaches are Jokers at the Point

-Controlled Scrimmage Situation

-Coaches are the jokers at the points in a controlled scrimmage situation. One coach is the joker for each team.

-Everyone freeze on the whistle and coaches point out being in the proper game playing role.

1-player with the puck
2-player supporting the puck
3-player checking the puck carrier
4-player covering players away from puck

-When the puck is at the point the players are all in role 2 and role 4.

-Offensive players must get open or screen and tip.

-Defensive players must cover one player each on the defensive side, stick in the lane, box out in front.

-Keep score


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D1 Two Second Game - One Goalie

Key Points:
Face the puck, skate to open ice with the puck, get open for a pass, give a target.

Description:
Puck support is the theme of this game. One net is placed flat on the ice with the top facing one end and along the goal line.

-- To score you can only hit the top mesh with no metal noise.

- Scoring team gets the puck and go the other way after a goal.

- Team that is scored on must touch the red line before turning and checking the attackers.

- Players can handle the puck a maximum of 2" and must pass or shoot. Longer and the other team gets the puck.

- After scoring a player cannot score again until everyone on his team has scored.

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This belongs here more than with the other thread. It is the most effective way to kill two short vs a PP with two pointment. It is a reversed triangle with the low D going side to side on the strong side and the two high men up and back on the weak side and up and to the middle on the strong side. It is a simple rotation. Of course if the PP moves to a diamond then you have to rotate the triangle and a low defender on the strong side has to honour the shooter on that side and net coverage goes to the weak side low man.
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T-PK 3-5 vs a Spread PP

Key Points:
The key is to eliminate one timer shots from the point, from the player in the middle and the back door play.

Description:
1. When the puck is passed down the D in front moves to that side.
2. Weak side high player drop low to take away back door one timer.
3. Strong side high player drop down and front the middle attacker.
4. Strong side high player get in shooting lane when puck is at the point.
5. Weak side high player cover middle and take away cross ice pass with stick.
6. Low player elininate tip ins in front but don't get tied up.
7. D to D pass everyone shift.


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I make diagrams and then copy and paste them on the TC Whiteboard practice plan template. The diagrams are on the left and the description on the right. I have put about 400 diagams on my skydrive. The link opens a slide presentation but they are easier to use if the 'View on Skydrive' option at the top is chosen. Almost all of these diagrams with descriptions have been posted on this site and at least half have the diagram, description and vido demonstration. To get the positings use the search function with the title. A few hundred also have video demonstrations.

http://cid-bd6fa116988317e9.skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?page=play&resid=BD6FA116988317E9!1165&type=5&authkey=2tn93cM7a5o$&Bsrc=EMSHHM&Bpub=SN.Notifications

I will attach the Word Template. I save it as a Word file and then make a PDF file out of it. Any picture file will go there so if coaches have their own diagrams they also work.

95% of my diagrams are coded in the ABC format. This is like a library coding to make it easier to find things. Sometime you have to click on the diagram and read the code above as I sometimes forgot to put the code on the diagram itself.
A - Skating and individual skill
B - Partner skills
C - Game situation drills
D - Games full and SAG
DT - Transition games
E - Shootouts and contests
T - Teaching drills and games where the coach is controlling the situation and giving instruction on individual skills or team play.

The forum won't allow me to attach a docx file but the template is in the file section at. http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/filemgmt/index.php?id=35

An example of how the pdf looks is posted below.


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