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D100 - Specialty Team Scrimmage - Player in Neutral Zone

Key Points:
This is a game from our book. I use the games all of the time but since this site is meant to update the ABC manual I haven't posted it. It is a very good way to practice specialty teams especially if you have less that 4 sets of 5. You can create any even or odd numbered situation at each end of the ice.

In order to create the various situations that happen in a hockey game, play 5-on-5 and have players from one or both teams wait in the neutral zone. Extra players are on the bench.

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In order to create the various situations that happen in a hockey game, play 5-on-5 and have players wait in the neutral zone.
- 5-4 last forward back stay in nzone.
- 5-3 last two F or one F and one D stay.
- 4-4 one from each team in nzone.
- 4-3 one attacker and two defenders stay.
- 3-3 two from each team.
Practice the stretch pass and player coming out of the penalty box by passing to the player in the neutral zone.
Have players change on their own or if you have at least 20 skaters use the whistle. This can be a free flow or controlled scrimmage.


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This is the same warm-up that the Korean teams I coached for many summers used. They brought in many Russian coaches and Kazakstan used to be part of the Soviet Union; so I am sure this routine is a standard part of Russian practices. I didn't get the entire routine on video but I know the idea is to use all of the edges, heel to heel, etc. and be in good skating posture. It is a good way to develop solid technique. Don't use the big 8 when going full speed or with huge groups that overlap.
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A3 - Skating Edges and Balance Warm-up - Kazakstan W

Key Points:
Skate forward, backward, pivot, Good to just go around when backward. Full speed 8's can be dangerous. A guy I play with collided with his best friend doing the big 8 and his friend died as a result of hitting his head on the ice.

Description:
1. Player lead or the coach call out the technique.
2. Skate forward and backward.
3. Striding, crossovers, transition forward to backward, backward to forward.
4. Side to side smooth transition.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120911085544248

A3 Skating Warm-up Kazakhstan W
https://youtu.be/trDSWDuYl5g


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DT4 - Each Team Pass to Joker at Point - U18 F

We did this one zone transition game and started with the rule that each team must have two jokers play the point. Before you could score you have to pass to the point. The jokers could check the opposition joker. We progressed to the rule that all goals had to come from point plays. This really caused the jokers to move so they could get the shot or shot pass through.

Key Points
Each team has one or two jokers at the point. Introduce the game allowing jokers to check jokers. This is a great game to practice getting the shot through under pressure.
The jokers at the point must get open and take a shot or make a pass. The defender practices covering the point. Low players get open and defenders cover man to man.

Description:
Each team has one or two jokers at the point.
1. When defenders regain puck they must pass to the point to go on offense.
2. Jokers can shoot or pass.
3. Jokers can check the opponents Joker.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=2012091408474755

https://youtu.be/H8etblaZAWA


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This is the same setup as another 2-0 shootout game. The difference is there are no whistles but instead it is a timed relay race. Count the number of goals in a certain time. Last night we counted the goals in 5 minutes. We had 3 goalies so they got a break. Two goalies it might be a 3 minute game. Also limit the passes to one or two before shooting. One is more game like.
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E1 Two Goal Relay Race - U18 F

Key Points:
Work on shooting one timers and scoring on rebounds. Good habits like face the puck, give a target with the stick on the ice. Limit of 2 passes before each shot.

Description:
A. 1 and 2 attack 2-0 on opposite net.
B. Pass and shoot to score.
C. Get a new puck from 3 or 4 after scoring.
D. Score a second goal.
E. After the second goal race back to the blueline and touch 3 or 4 with stick on shin pad.
F. Team to score most goals in certain time wins.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120914084920694

This is the same race but done across ice instead of the nets on the blue lines. Benefit is that the puck stays in play on wide shots.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20130111093614490

https://youtu.be/Gjn-ecdVnE0


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A400 - Four Lane Circuit - One Youth and Four Pro Examples

Key Points:
Practice skills down the lanes. Incorporate passes, shots, moves, dekes, obstacles, different pivots, jumps, multiple pucks, balls etc. This is a Howie Meeker circuit and is a great way to practice skills with large groups and use the ice efficiently.

Description:
1. Set up four lanes up and down the rink.
2. Each lane has a different task.
3. Each lane could have a shot at the end.
4. Ideal for skills or for a Mission Impossible Game. (any level can play Mission Impossible)

Youth
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120921090355591

https://www.facebook.com/tom.molloy.5836/videos/10159772978925931

A4 - Skating Skills 4 Lanes - Pro
https://youtu.be/P_M_rkGI_9M

A400 - Puck Handling Skills 4 Lanes - Pro
https://youtu.be/1p02iz8rk7Q

A400 - Skills in 4 Lanes - Pro
https://youtu.be/cvAVv219tJA

A400 Skating and Puck Handle 4 Lanes - Pro
https://youtu.be/UMqbXiCMsdc

A400 - Skating Agility and Skills Circuit – Pro
https://youtu.be/7p8DznSs4YI


Mission Impossible:

Mission Impossible was the most popular activity I ran in schools. The pictures are from a Kindergarten to ninth grade school, 5-14 year olds. All classes did it. We set up an obstacle course with the equipment in the gym. The kid's got 8 minutes to get to the end. Any failure and they have to start again. There was complete silence because the scenario was that they are trying to escape from a prison of war camp. Half the students were guards and half prisoners. If they touched the floor anywhere but safe places, knocked anything over, made a loud noise, were touched by a snake (dangling ropes), fell off the raft and into the acid moat (off the scooter and touch the floor) etc. They had to ring the bell at the top of the rope to finish. I built in areas where cooperation was needed to pass through.

At noon they all played together and there are pics with them in the regular clothes.

This same idea idea can be used at hockey practice by making a progressively more difficult circuit requiring individual or partner work.


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This is a really good drill for pace and lines working together. It also is an opportunity to coach the offensive and defensive principles of each situation. If the F are lined on one side and the D on the other the coach can talk to them as they return to the line and not stop the drill unless it has totally gone south. Make it an ongoing contest and do it once a week or so.
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C3 - 3-0 - 3-1 - 3-2 Contest - U18 F

Key Points:
Forwards create 2-1 situations with close support and speed. One player always hard to the net on a middle drive on a shooting play and a wide drive if they are open. Headman the puck and move through the neutral zone quickly and make the first pass in the offensive zone early.
Defenders must talk and identify coverage. Protect the middle of the ice and only play the puck carrier if he is vulnerable. Give the shot from the outside. Jam the trailer with legs in the shooting lane and stick in the passing lane. It is critical to have tight gaps and not just back in.

Description:
Players are lined up along the boards in the C3 formation. Have 2 colours of jerseys and play one team vs the other if you have enough players. You can have D on one side and F on the other or they can wait on the side they will be playing.

1. Three forwards take a puck and attack 3-0. The attack is over when the puck is over the goal line. (unless the coach wants a cycle and a shot).
2. Use the same puck and go the other way attacking 3-1 vs a D from the other colour (coach puts in a new puck if there is a goal).
3. Attack 3-2 in the original direction.
4. Three F from the other coloured team attack 3-0 on the vacant end.
5. Repeat sequence.
6. Coach count how many goals the team scores in 6 min. (or another time.
7. Keep a record of how many goals were scored.
8. F can score on rebounds above the goal line.
9. Next time if the F’s score less goals the G and D win and if they score more goals the F win.

This example is Total Hockey where all the players play both forward and defense. This prepares the D to know what to do on the attack and F to be able to defend when they cover the point or are the first F back on the rush.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120922115420197

https://youtu.be/OBtYaeTCSDA

https://www.facebook.com/tom.molloy.5836/videos/10159773025720931


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A300 - Puckhandle and Shot - U22 W

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Players should do many moves down the ice and learn to shoot while skating and then follow the shot for a rebound. Work on loosening the shoulders and the ability to handle the puck with big moves all around the body.

Description:

1. Players line up in diagonal corners.
2. Leave and do various puck handling moves down the ice.
3. Next player leave about 3" later so the line up keeps moving.
4. Shoot and follow the shot.
5. Circle back and rebound for the next shooter.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120924101511351

https://youtu.be/P-oE2TL8x-E


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T2-4 - DT4 - Gaining Position in the Slot or BATTLE IN THE WAR ZONE - U18 F

This is a slot drill then game we will do tonight at practice. Just thought of it and we need to control sticks in the slot and not just be there .I took a video of the second part where the defenders pass to the coach at the point who can pass or shoot while the players fight to take or protect their stick. I think the players got the idea of how to seal sticks to the outside and find and opponent in the slot on defense and get open and keep the stick free on offense. It looks chaotic but when you play in the WAR ZONE it is chaotic.

Key Points:
Offensive players fight for offensive side and to keep their stick free and defensive players fight for defensive side and to control the attackers sticks.

Description:
1. All players are in front of the net in two colours.
2. Start with the coach calling red offense and they try to get open and the blue cover them and control their stick.
3. Progress to 2 coaches at the point. One on each team. When they pass the players change roles o to d and d to o.
4. Play a game where the defenders must pass to their coach at the point to be on offense.
5. Offensive coach can shoot or pass.
5. Everyone stays within the dots and below the top of the circles.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120926091742381

https://youtu.be/FsqDbmkUHEg

https://www.facebook.com/518555930/videos/pcb.798067511103048/10159773122025931


We played this Battling Game after it is a DT4 (transition Game in one zone) game with each team having one of two jokers at the point. Jokers cover jokers and defenders must pass to the point to go onto offense. The point player then has to BATTLE to get the puck through with a pass or shot while teammates battle for position and give support. I have posted a video from the same practice to show how one technique game is reinforced by a SAG transition game.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120926092048847

DT4 - Jokers at Point and Below Goal Line-Jokers Check - U18 F
https://youtu.be/WO-qlO6Or2Q


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D - Games to Learn to Play - D2 - D6 Variations - Youth

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This is an example of how to use multiple nets with groups that have mixed ability levels. In this ice session we had 3 cross ice games and then moved the net for one 2/3 ice and one 1/3 ice game happening at the same time. There were 3 different modified games and each had a purpose.

Description:
Game One: D2 - cross ice game with the rules there must be at least 2 passes but you have to beat a defender before passing.

Game Two - cross ice game D2 - Only 1 pass Allowed Receiver must score.

Game Three - D6 Variation 2 - Two Passes and All Must Score before you can score a second goal.

Game one encourages passing and getting open but in order to beat a defender you must skate away from them to open ice. This is the most important habit a player can have when they get the puck.

Game Two allows one pass, so a fake pass is an effective move. Theme of the practice is stickhandling and the pass receiver must make moves, dekes and protect the puck in order to score.

Game Three passing rule causes passing, getting open, covering away from the puck to happen. All must score forces everyone to participate hard and get open so they can score. It also requires the players to get their head up and do things like screen away from the puck.

I was taking the video so no coach was enforcing the rules in two of the games. The older players are used to modified rules and were doing them. The beginner group has more trouble because they are struggling with the basic skating and puck handling but it is good to teach them how to play at the same time.

So rules must be enforced to be effective.

Here is a video of the three games.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120924155404927

https://youtu.be/DcvV2AtGjwE


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T - Principles for Efficient Use of the Ice

I go from rink to rink to run practices, play myself and coach my hockey class and see many practices before and after mine. I also sometimes go and watch elite teams practice.

The game has changed since the last NHL strike-lockout-whatever (a regular occurrence now). Here are some of the main changes.

- no more can opener, you have to be able to skate backward, transtion skate.
- teams now back pressure the puck carrier, many all the way to the net. Creates a defensive 2-1 and now that F must be able to play the low 3-3 in the zone.
- attack with 4 players - one D joins the attack and 2 F go to the net creating a low and higher triangle. This demands hard back checking and picking up the 3rd 4th and 5th attackers.
- outnumbering in the corners - when the attackers back is to the play 4 defenders will be there and the weak side F having net coverage. Demands terrific puck protection skills and defensive awareness.
- more teams pinch on the strong side and everyone pinches on the wide rim. A forward fills behind the D and will have to play the defensive 1-1.
- hooking is now called so you have to defend from the defensive side and not reel the attacker in at the end of your stick.

Given these changes I don't understand why the D would wear Black practice jerseys and take all of the defensive 1-1's and only do the passing on breakouts and not be joining in all rushes.

Transition games have been around for a long time and Erkka Westerlund wrote a booklet for HC with a video but I seldom see a transition game in practice. Still the OLD FASHION 1 on 1 with the F's attacking and the D's defending.

I watched an elite team practice yesterday in this 90's style method but I know the system they use wants the D to join the attack and they pinch on the strong side.

So I am saying that the practice methods should be changing along with the way the game is changing. Hockey is going more and more to 'Total Hockey' which is based on 1-2-3-4-5 Read-Recognize-Respond.

In Total Hockey all of the players have to develop ALL of the SKILLS. Everyone needs to be able to skate well both forward and backward. Everyone must be able to attack and defend in all situations from a 1-1 to a 5-5.

Now being designated as a Wing, Centre, Defenseman is simply stating the 'Home Position' where you start on the faceoff. A player is designated there because most of the time he/she will need those skills but at any time in any shift the defenseman #4 may end up being attacker #2 and should recognize that and have to skills and knowledge to play that situation effectively.

How should we change the way we practice.

1. Wear only two colours during practice with half the F and half the D and one goalie each colour.
2. Design the drills so that everyone attacks and defends for part of each practice.
3. Use drills to isolate technique and then turn them into transition games where after a 1-1 or 3-2 the defender must fight for rebounds and make a breakout pass.
4. Play many games that isolate specific skills and that everyone does.


Two Suggestions for Better Use of Ice Time
A - coaches don't move pucks - players simply put the pucks where they are needed next when one activity finishes.
B - only go to the board for new activities. Even many new activities can start with a simple explanation. (this whiteboard stuff started in the 80's, before that the coach simply told the players where to start, what to do and had a few of the smarter ones demonstrate) Once you have done something name it and give a 30 second reminder and get keep the practice moving - simply add tasks on the go i.e. extra passes, extra players, dump-ins.

Moving 7-12 minutes per hour is just not acceptable.

Where these coaching ideas come from.

I have been lucky enough to coach with many elite coaches, meaning Olympics, NHL, University, Pro and Minor Hockey and attended seminars or had lengthy discussions about the game. This is where I get these ideas. I also attend an international seminar almost every year to stay up with the game.

I taught PE for 34 years at almost every level. Elementary, Junior High, High School, College. About 25 000 classes where I experimented with these ideas.

I have coached at almost every level over the last 45 years. All ages of minor hockey, camps in seven countries on three continents, elite girls and boys hockey, university men, college men and women, (13 men and 8 women's teams at all 3 Calgary institutions with teams), international and women's pro,

So I have had a unique opportunity to coach with and watch and listen to many of the best coaches on the planet. The point of this website and the Facebook coaching site is to share these ideas.


Juhani Wahlsten - Finland legend. Worked with Juuso starting 1985.
Coach Peters at Bemidji who defined 'Who we are.' and that consistent message resonated in everything we did.

Vladimir Jursinov - Russian Olympic coach. Did seminars with Jursi and Juuso and coached with Jursi in Salzburg.

Reijo Ruotsalainen - Coached with Rexi in Salzburg.

Gene Reilly - Salzburg - Gene now coaches in Russia.

Willy Desjardins - NHL, Olympics -six seasons as assistant coach for Willy at U of Calgary.

Mike Johnston - NHL Olympics - coached against Mike 3 years and with him at U of C.

Terry Johnston - NHL D - coached with TJ at u of C and minor teams. Best D coach I have worked with.

Pierre Page - NHL - Salzburg HC

Mike Kennedy - NHL F - co-coached at SAIT with Mike. Author of 'Make Hockey Great Again' Now coaches in Japan.

Mike Tschumi - European Pro - 3 of his players were in the U20 World tournament this year. We coach together now.

Brent Devost - HC of men's team at SAIT. Runs really good practices and team building. I was assistant.

Jim Molloy - great with skills and team building.

Slava Lener - assistant coaches together one season at U of C. Head of Czech hockey and Olympic coach.

Tim Bothwell - NHL D - Olympic W - HC at U of C two years while I assisted.

Wally Kozak - Olympic W coach - Men's National Team - Wally and I coach together a lot.

Dr. Gaston Schaeffer - international skating coach.

Court Dunn - coaches school hockey and an expert at using 'games to teach the game.'

Deniz Ince - coach of Turkey who is a student of the game.

Lots of discussion with great coaches like Erkka Westerlund, Petr Svoboda, Curtis Brackenbury.

Lots of others not mentioned here.



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DT400 - Regroup with Jokers Behind Defensive Net - CW

Key Points:
Practice regroups and breakout options. Jokers can pass right away or go D to D, switch, counter etc.

Description:
1. Place the nets on the opposite blue lines.
2. Play from 1-1 to 5-5.
3. Each team has 1 or 2 jokers behind their goal line.
4. Defensive team transitions to offense by passing to a joker.
5. Jokers can pass to each other, switch, drive the back of the net etc.
6. Play about 30" then switch with jokers playing, waiting players become jokers 5 and 6) and active players (1-2-3) rest.
Options: After the players learn the basic game add good habits like they must move with the puck, or saucer snap passes, pivots etc. (you don’t want them standing still while passing) They could even join the rush and then return on loss of possession.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120927102225533

https://youtu.be/a36G-b1P6rc

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A2 Russian Puck-Handling Warm-up with Shots

I am reposting this Puck Handling drill that Vladimir Jursinov uses to teach moves and then finish with a shot. There was no video link, pdf or diagram the last time I posted it. It is a great way to teach and practice moves and warm up the goalies. I have the players stagger on the start so the goalie has a little more time to get set for the next shot.
Jursi is a great guy. I was helping him with English when we coached together in Austria and last saw him in May at the IIHF coaching symposium.

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Key Points:
This can be done every time players go on the ice to expand their muscle memory. The point of these exercises is to increase the size of the reach with the stickhandling moves, and to separate the upper and lower body.
This is one of the most important exercises a player can do to develop puck handling skills. All the moves can also be practice off ice with various kinds of balls and pucks.

Description:
• From the A2 formation, players skate down the ice in 3 or 4 groups; practice big moves with the puck. One player leave and the next player go when he/she gets past the top of the circle. Finish with a shot from your lane no closer than the hash marks.
. Go one way then the other and do a different skill each time.
• Reach forward while down on 1 knee, reach back as far as you can.
• Give the puck forward and take it back with the toe of the stick.
• Place hands close together and reach sideways each way as far as possible.
• Practice head fakes and shoulder drops, and move the puck quickly to the other side of your body.
• Do high step-overs, when you step with your right foot to the left, reach as far as possible to the right with the puck, step with the left foot to the right and reach as far as possible to the left with the puck.
• Reach back as far as you can with the puck, turning the upper body so you are looking behind you as you skate in the opposite direction. Do the same the other way.
• Do 3 or 4 crossovers to the left and reach as far as possible to the right with the puck, then cross over to the right and reach as far as possible to the left with the puck. Reach back as far as you can with the puck, turning the upper body so you are looking behind you as you skate in the opposite direction.
• Single fake by practicing a small fake one way, then quickly pull the puck across your body to the other side.
• Double fake by giving a small fake one way, then quickly pull the puck across your body to the other side. Immediately bring it back.
• Put the puck behind you and pass it up into your skates from 1 side, then the other.
• Have the puck in front of you and pass it back to your skates and up to your stick, then off the outside of each skate and to your stick.
• Reach back on the forehand, then quickly pull the puck across your body.
• Skate backwards with the puck after pivoting to the right and do the same after pivoting left.
• Slide sideways, pushing about 4 or 5 times with the inside skate and gliding on the outside skate. Fake passes and shots while skating like this.
• Pivot a complete circle to the left and then to the right.
. Fake a slapshot and go around opponent on the backhand side.
. Fake a slapshot and go around opponent on the forehand side.
. Fake a slapshot and then do a backhand tight turn around opponent.
. Fake a slapshot and reach out like you are going around the opponent on your forehand and then pull the puck quickly to your backhand and go around opponent.
Any move can be practiced in this method.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?s=20090427151438223
(Vladimir Jursinov)

https://youtu.be/hWArs-S2qKQ


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C3 - 1-1 to 3-1 – Pro

Key Points:
Maintain defensive side on the 1-1. Attack with speed on the 3-1 making the first play early while the defender delays the play from the middle.

Description:
1. Start with a forward walking out of the corner and attacking vs. one defender.
2. When 1-1 is finished two new attackers start up the ice vs. one defender.
3. The original forward join the attack and the D follow making it a 4-1.

Option: To make it more gamelike the original attacker could backcheck while the D joins the play

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120928100237195

https://youtu.be/vKc2tSbBAYs


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C2 - 3-0 - 1-1 - 2-1 - Pro

Key Points:
Forwards should attack with speed and defense play a tight gap.

Description:
1. Start with a 3-0 attack from one corner. All attacks are on the same net.
2. F3 skate back and get a puck from the original end.
3. D1 leave line and defend a 1-1 vs. F3.
4. F1 and F2 come back for another puck.
5. D2 defend a 2-1 vs. F1 and F2.
6. Repeat from the other end.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20121001101444926

https://youtu.be/LXdU6fm-gaI

https://www.facebook.com/518555930/videos/pcb.798628891046910/10159775589825931


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B5 - Regroup 3-0 - Middle Drive - Pro

Key Points:
Defense move quickly and hinge the pass up the middle. Pass hard. Centre give the stick and skates as a flat target. Middle drive hard to the net.

Description:
1. All the players are inside the middle circle.
2. Red D1get a pass from a Red F2.
3. Red D hinge and pass D1 to D2.
4. D2 pass to F2 supporting in the middle.
5. F2 pass to F1 on the strong side.
6. F1 gain blueline and pass wide to F3.
7. F2 middle drive skating hard to the net.
8. F3 shoot and all crash the net for a rebound.
9. Blue repeat in the other direction.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=2012100209041983

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B6 2-0 Wide Pass and Shot - Prospects

Key Points:
Pass hard in front of receiver so he doesn't have to slow up. Keep the stick blade square to the puck. Keep the stick in front when shooting in the triple threat position.

Description:
1. Start off with R1 passing wide to R2 and R3 follow
2. R2 passes back to R1 who shoots.
3. Change directions with B1 across to B2 and follow.
4. B2 skates and passes to R3 who turned at the blueline.
5. R3 shoots and B2 rebounds.
6. R5 leaves and passes to R4 and follows.
7. R4 pass to B1.
8. Continue this flow in each direction.

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3 Player Breakout with High/Cycle

This drill works on small parts of the big picture. Works on different passing options for a breakout.(wall, middle lane, touch backs).
Stress positioning for Middle lane support. I like this position no higher than the winger on the breakout for support on a turnover.

Description

Drill starts on whistle and done on both sides .
1- Coach spots a puck in corner.
2- D 's skate backwards pivot shoulder check and pick up puck.
3- F1's take board side pass option.
4- F2's Take middle lane pass option and support .
5- F'1 and F2 skate down ice passing the puck for a shot on net.
6- Shooter holds the net front for screens , rebounds etc. Passer picks up a puck in the corner and skates high circle and cycles high with D1.
7 - D1 reads the play communicates with F for the high cycle.
8- D returns pass to F for a second shot on net.

Options- Low cycle with pass back to D1 for point shot

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DT4 - Pass to Active Joker Below Goal Line on Transition - U18 F

Key Points:
Jokers battle behind the net to get open and make plays. Use cut backs and protect the puck with the body. This game is a SAG below the goal line and requires good technique.

Description:
1. Each team has one or two Jokers below the goal line.
2. Jokers check Jokers.
3. Play from 1-1 to 3-3 above the goal line.
4. To transition to offense you must pass to a Joker below goal line.
5. Jokers can come out as far as hash marks.

Option B:
A coach or player can be the Joker for the offensive team at the point.

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DT400 - 2 on 2 with Passive Support - U18 F

Key Points:
Supporting players follow the play and position themselves as if they were covering the point and then getting open for a breakout pass. It is important that the new defenders follow the play up the ice and close the gap in the neutral zone.

Description:
1. Players line up behind the blue lines on each side.
2. Offensive 1 and 2 go vs defenders 1 and 2
3. Defenders 3 and 4 follow the play into the zone and support as wingers would.
4. Offensive 1 and 2 must attack quickly.
5. After a goal, frozen puck or breakout pass 3 and 4 skate to the far blue line, turn to attack the original offensive 1 and 2.
6. Two players leave to support the defending team.
7. Continue this flow.

This transition game is an example of how to coach 'Total Hockey' where all the players learn to play forward and defense. Everyone gets reps attacking and defending various situations. You can only play 'Total Hockey' if you develop Total Hockey Players". If you do this then they are capable of playing any sytem and leave your team with a well rounded 'Skill Set' that will enable them to play all over the ice in all situations. If you dress your defense in a different colour and have them take all of the defensive 1-1's, 2-1's etc. they won't develop offensively like they could and the forwards will also have limited defensive skills. So all players must learn to skate forward and backward, do transition turns, know how to break out whether they are 1-2-3-4 or 5 in any zone.

This is a big challenge for coaches to run practices that develop COMPLETE PLAYERS.

Another challenge in developing complete players is to have playing systems (forecheck, dzone, PP) that are based on the Three R's: Read-Recognize-React. We have to develop the HARD SKILLS (what, how) of good technique in shooting, passing, puck handling, skating, pass receiving with lots of reps in practice with perfect technique. We also have to develop the SOFT SKILLS of creativity, reading the game, (where, when, why) using free flow situations such as full and small area games.


BIG CHALLENGE but we wouldn't coach if it was easy.
Daniel Coyle talks about how to develop the hard and soft skills and the Three R's in his new book
"The Little Book of Talent"[/i]

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T3-4 - Tsunami Forecheck

Key Point:
Attack with 4 players and create constant pressure on the puck.

Description:
In the 'Tsunami' forecheck when the D pinches on the weak side they stay in and forecheck on that side and work the triangle. When the puck goes to the other side they return to the point. We want the wing to stay on their side when the puck is moved to the other side and play high slot ready to play the mid- point if they get possession or jump down back door or to the corner if the puck comes around. They are responsible for the weak side on the rush. So if the puck starts on the left side and moves to the right side then the RW and C and RD will be low. If the RW was 3 on the original attack then stay on that side and switch with the LW and play the high slot. So whichever wing was 3 become the mid-fielder. C go to the side the puck is on.

The LD will have slid over to cover the point and the LW will be at the top of the circle. So it is like a high umbrella. If the puck is moved back to the left side the three forwards attack from there. The LD is back on the left point and RD on the right point. So once the original penetration is made and the puck moved to the other side it is basically man on man responsibility until the puck leaves the zone.

It is like having the Pounce on both sides. The Pounce has only the RD pinching and the LW as a midfielder. The Tsunami has both D pinching when the puck is moved to the weak side and the wing on the original side becomes a midfielder ready to go back, support a weak side pass or attack back door. When it is 50-50 whether we will gain the puck or not they have to fall back and play middle D. So when we have possession there are 4 on the attack.

After using the Tsunami there are some improvements that can be made to get the D more involved in the offense and use the forward who is covering the middle point from the top of the circles ready to go back or to be an offensive option either going for a back door back door pass or pass behind to move the puck to the other side. I also want the C to go to the strong side and usually the wing to stay on their side but if they were 3 and covering the strong side W then stay on that side as the midfielder and switch with the other wing.

Diagram Description:

Key Points:
The start of the forecheck is 1-2-3-4-5 and when the puck moves to the other side on a D to D or rim a wing stays on that side and becomes a midfielder and the C and Wing who's side it is moved to skate there and attack with 4 who has pinched wide.

Description:
A.
1 - on puck inside to outside.
2 - cover weak side D.
3 - on D side of strong side W.
4 – mid-point weak side W responsibility.
5 - strong side point cover middle forward.

B.
On a D to D or rim to weak side.
1 - C and Wing on that side pursue. If the weak side wing was 3 on the original forecheck then they switch with the other wing and stay on the weak side when puck is moved to the other side.
2 - Weak side W read play from top of circles
3 – Mid-point pinch down on weak side wing and join the low attack.
4 - Original strong side D slide across and support new strong side point.
5 - Weak side wing read back door, low outlet or play mid D on a rush.

TO SIMPLIFY THE EXPLANATION - WHEN THE RD PINCHES ON A RIM OR D TO D THE LW COVERS THE WEAK SIDE POINT. (if the puck rotates again then the 2 D are back on the points) So if the attack starts on the right side and they pass D to D or rim and the LD pinches then the RD covers the middle point.


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The most difficult things to coach are the Soft Skills of getting open, feeling pressure one way and quickly spinning the other way to open ice. This reading-recognizing-reacting is what determines how successful a player is during games. This feel for the game and good habits like facing the puck, giving a target, pass and immediately get open compliment the Hard Skills of passing, receiving and skating. This is a great game to practice these hard skills, soft skills and good habits.
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D202 - Keep-away With Jokers on Line 1-1 to 3-3 - U18 F

Key Points:
Protect the puck, use fakes and change the type of passes and the situation.
This is a great game to practice puck support, getting open, passing and puck protection.

Description:
1. Active players are in the middle.
2. Jokers are lined up along the blue lines.
3. Passes to Jokers are allowed.
4. Play even situations up to 3-3.
5. Vary the situations 2-1, 3-1, 3-2.
6. On whistle leave from one end and return to the line-up at the other end.
* Award one point for making 5 consecutive passes and keep score.

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Coaching youth hockey is very different than coaching college or in a pro organization where you usuall have at least 20 skaters. It is difficult to practice full ice team play. You scrimmage but find the players get too tired and are always changing on the go. Many youth teams only have ONE goalies or if a goalie is missing there isn't a third one to fill in. I have used this rotation line where one unit rests at the far blue after defending. Yesterday instead of waiting at the far blueline we had them wait at the far end and set up for a breakout. The defending team shoots the puck down the ice and the team that just attacked now forechecks.
This adds the breakout and forecheck to the scrimmage. If the defenders gain the puck they dump it deep and skate back to touch the red line and forecheck again. If there are two goalies the passive one can set up the puck on the dump in and rotate.
I will make this a regular part of our pre game practices or team play teaching practices.
Nest time I will try to get a video now that the players understand the rotation.

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D1 - One Goal Full Ice Team Play Scrimmage - U18 F

Key Points:
Practice team play situations with 3 groups. It is best to have one colour for each group. The next group to attack waits at the far end.
Practice from 3-3 to 6-5 in a controlled scrimmage mode. Coach can give input while the players wait at the far end.

Description:
1. Red circles attack vs. Blue triangles either even or odd situation. Extra blue on the side if it is on the pk.
2. On a goal, frozen puck or turnover the blue fires it to the other end and forechecks.
3. Purple breakout and attack vs. blue and the red sets up to breakout at the far end.
4. Continue this rotation of ATTACK-DEFEND-SET UP AT FAR END.

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My assistant coach Sean Kibyuk in charge of the defensemen designed this small area game using two nets. The game creates lots of battles and the players must transition from offense to defense and defense to offense.
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DT400 Kibyuk Small and Smaller Area Games at Once 1-1 to 3-3 - U18 F

Key Points:
Set one net up on the goal line below the face-off dot facing up ice and the other net facing the corner just inside the circle. The game is continuous and thecoach shoot in a new puck on a goal.

Description:
A. Blue 1 and 2 attack Red 1 and 2 in the corner and Blue 3 and 4 attack Red 3 and 4 from the red line.
B. Coach whistles and Red 1 and 2 carry the puck out to the red line and attack the other net vs. Blue 3 and 4.
C. Coach shoots in a new puck and Red 5 and 6 attack vs. Blue 1 and 2 in the corner. Red 3 and 4 return to the line.
Option: Vary the number of players from 1 to 3 and switch up who starts on offense half way through the game.

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C2 - Low 3-2 to 5-5 Rush and Backcheck – Pro

Key Points:
Good way to practice low zone coverage, D joining the play and F's coming back into the zone. A good habit is to turn up ice and find your check when you see everyone in front of you is covered.

Description:
1. Red F1-F2-F3 attack low vs. Blue D1-D2.
2. Blue F1-F2-F3 wait with a puck at the top of the circles. Extra players along the boards.
3. Red D1-D2 are ready to defend the 3-2 attack.
4. On whistle Blue F1-F2-F3 attack R D1-D2.
5. B D1-D2 join attack and R F1-F2-F3 backcheck.
6. Play 5 on 5.

Alternative: Use one puck and defense pass to waiting forwards instead of 2 pucks and a whistle.

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We did this at practice yesterday and it worked really well. A benefit is that you practice the D joining the rush, the F backchecking and you play a 5-5 at each end but only need 8 F and 8 D. My assistant coach Sean Kibyuk ran this. I will get a video next time.
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DT100 Continuous 2 on 2 D - Join Attack F Backcheck

Key Points:
Forwards cover D and D cover F's. One D should join the attack to create triangles and one forward backcheck. Play tight gaps and attackers create 2 on 1's on the rush. Play 5-5 at each end.

Description:
1. Forwards line up on one side and defense on the other.
2. Start with a 2 on 2 attack Blue F1 and F2 vs Red D1 and D2.
3. When the puck enters the zone defensive Red F1 and F2 support Red D1 and D2 and Blue D1 and D2 support Blue F1 and F2.
4. On transition Red D1 join new attack and Blue F1 backcheck
5. If the puck is dumped out with no possession the offensive team regroup and attack again.
6. Red F1-F2-D1 now go 3 on 3 in the other direction vs. Blue D1-D2-F1.
7. Blue F2 - F3 support Blue D1-D2-F1 and Red D3 and D4 support attacking Red F1-F2-D1.
8. This rotation continues with a 5-5 in each zone.

*Various numerical situations can be practiced with this flow. A 1-1 becomes a 3-3 at each end, a 2-1 becomes a 4-4.

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C3-C600 - 2-1 x 2 - Pro

Key Points:
Offense should attack with speed and force the D to make a decison early by the first play near the blue line. This allows for a secon play. D should delay the attack as much as possible and defend the most dangerous player allowing a bad angle shot.

Description:
1. Red D1 pass to Blue F1.
2. Blue F1 and F2 cross in the neurtal zone and attack Red D1 2 on 1.
3. Blue F1 and F2 continue until they score or the goalie freezes the puck.
4. Red D1 defend and pass to the coach when they get the puck.
5. As soon as the puck enters the offensive zone Blue D1 Pass to Red F1 who attack in the other direction with Red F2 vs. Blue D1.

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B6 3-0 - One Touch Regroup - 3 Shots - Pro

Key Points:
Face the puck and one touch two passes to start. Shoot while skating and follow the shot for a rebound. This is done out of diagonal corners at the same time.

Description:
1. F1 and F2 leave from the corner and exchange the puck twice with the D1.
2. F1 continue and get a pass from coach in the corner shoots and screens.
3. D1 pivot and Pass to F2 who shoots and screens.
4. Red F1 cycle out of the corner and pass to Blue D1 who shoots from the point.

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T2 - Kingston Power Play and Team Play Rotation - U18 F

I learned this when George Kingston came on the ice for one of our U of Calgary practices. He had left coaching at the U of C to start his NHL and international coaching career. I think it is a miracle working drill where you can practice the offensive options of the pplay or even strength situations along with a controlled breakout. I use this every practice before a weekend series. My teams usually are very good on the power play. We have 15 pp goals in the first 11 games and that has been the case since I started using this practice method. I combine it with requiring a shot every 3" that I picked up from Pierre Page when I was with the Red Bulls in Austria.
When you coach a long time you find that some things are real 'Keepers' and this is one of them.


Key Points:

Practice options where every player gets a shot. Begin with a rotation attacking the seam between the D and the F and read what they give. If the D forces then the low play is available, if the F forces then the point is open. If the pk box is passive then there is a 2-1 at each corner, a 3-2 on each side and seams between players to attack. Force the pace by taking a shot by a different player every 3 seconds. Coach in each zone

Description:

- Line A at one end practice attack options.
- Line B at other end practice attack options. Both walk through pp 5-0.
- Line C in middle passing practice.
- On whistle line A dump the puck to the other end and breakout returning to the original end while group C replace group B at the far end and group B pass in the neutral zone.
- Repeat with group C breaking out and back and group B switch with group A who move to the middle.

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D400 - Small Area 2-1 x 2 - Jr. A

Key Points:
Defender eliminate the puck carrier crossing the midline of the net and the cross pass. Goalie and defender work together to make it a 2-2. Attackers use quick passes, quick shots, fake shots, one timers. Get the goalie moving and shoot where he came from and not where he is going.

Description:
1. Nets are at one end facing the corner.
2. Extra players wait between the two games.
3. Spot the puck with one of the offensive players to start.
4. Play 2-1 about 20".
5. Coach put in a new puck on each net.
6. Keep score.

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B6 3-0 - One Touch Regroup - 3 Shots and High Cycle - Pro

Key Points:
Face the puck and one touch two passes to start. Shoot while skating and follow the shot for a rebound. This is done out of diagonal corners at the same time.

Description:
1. F1 and F2 leave from the corner and exchange the puck twice with the D1.
2. F1 continue and get a pass from coach in the corner shoots and screens.
3. D1 pivot and Pass to F2 who shoots and screens.

Option B:
4. Red F1 cycle out of the corner and pass to Blue D1 who passes to D2 and he passes to F1 high in the slot and F1 shoots.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20121024095900228

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