Forward always give a target face the puck and call for the pass. Shoot and rebound for the next shooter. Coach could add give and goes and one timers with the original shooters. Could also add 1-1 or 2-1 with the 3rd player attacking vs original two F's.
1. F1 regroup with the D1on the strong side and get a return pass up the boards.
2. F2 regroup with strong D1 who hinges to D2 and up to F2 mirroring the puck in the middle.
3. F3 pass to weak side D2 who passes D1 who hinges wide and then passes back to D2 in the middle and up to F3 who has mirrored the original D to D.
Pass hard and face the puck giving a good target. D pivot when they get the regroup pass. This sequence can be done in all situations from a 1-1 to a 3-2. It is probably the most common pro drill I have seen around the world.
1. F1 and F2 leave from both sides and regroup with the far D.
2. D1 pivot and pass to the forward while skating.
3. F1 pass across to the other F2 in the Nzone.
4. F’s regroup with the D2 at the other blue line.
5. D2 pivot and make a pass to F1.
6. F1 pass across to F2.
7. F’s attack 2-1 vs. D1.
8. Players leave from the other blueline and start the sequence again regrouping with D2. D3 join the play at the far blue line.
Defenders funnel back from inside to outside. D shoulder check before getting the puck. Talk to each other. Attackers read if F1 can make contact then pressure. If they turn up ice with control then contain.
1. Each team start from their blue line.
2. On whistle defenders skate to the red line and back.
3. Attackers leave when the defenders start back to their zone.
4. Defenders breakout and attackers forecheck.
Defenseman behind net must read the forecheck and pass low if they are high and high if they are low. Forwards must move into open areas.
1. D1 skates to a puck placed behind the net.
2. Offensive team go into their controlled breakout with either one, two or zero players stretching.
3. Two coached forecheck either one, two or no one deep.
4. D1 must read to carry the puck or pass low or high.
5. Attack with 4 players and create a scoring chance.
6. Alternate directions so everyone knows the controlled breakout. This coaching technique can be used for power play or even strength.
In game playing roles 3 and 4 the player checking the puck carrier and players covering away from the puck always stays between the player and the net . Body on body and stick on the puck is the key concept.
1. When angling approach at the inside back shoulder then make contact.
2. In the corner approach under control to contain and then make contact.
3. Defend a 2 on 1 from the middle with the stick in the passing lane, Give the goalie the shooter if he is at a bad angle and deny cross pass.
4. Switch if a player goes behind the net with good puck control and no pressure.
I coached against Mike in the ACAC college league for 4 years in the mid 80's. He was an asst. coach with the U of Calgary in 89 doing his coaching masters degree. I wasn't coaching at the time and he suggested to Willy Desjardins that he add me to the staff. I was there for 8 seasons. Mike went on to coach the U of New Brunswick and then the Canadian Men's National Team. He then spent many years as the asst coach for Mark Crawford in various teams. He now is the head coach and GM of the Major Jr. Portland Winter Hawks. Mike is an excellent presentor at coaching seminars.
In the next week I will post the various SAG's he demonstrated. It was in Vienna with Austrian players so sometimes they have a little trouble at the start of the games because of the language.
Attacker make lots of moves and dekes, change of pace and turns. Defender keep a tight gap and stay on the defensive side blocking the way to the net.
1. Attacker starts just outside the circle.
2. Defender start a stick lenght away with hands against the chest.
3. Attacker try to put the puck on the dot.
4. Defender block the attacker from the dot.
5. Go until puck is on the dot or a whistle after 10 seconds.
6. Finish by sprinting to the red line and back to the blue line.
Make lots of moves and protect the puck with your body. Everyone must stay inside the zone.
1. All the players are in one zone.
2. Everyone but one or two players has a puck.
3. Players without a puck steal one and shoot it in the net.
4. Last player with a puck wins or else the player who scores the most goals wins.
Play all 4 Game Playing Roles with intensity.
1. Player with the puck.
2. Players supporting the puck carrier.
3. Player checking the puck carrier.
4. Players covering away from the puck.
There is constant transition of game playing roles and game situations offense, defense, loose puck.
1. Play 2 on 2 for 20 seconds.
2. Leave the puck in the zone on a whistle.
3. Players must clear the zone before the next players come on.
4. Each team shoots on only one net.
5. Keep score.
6. Add modifies rules that require certain skills to be used.
This is the first example of this game. It is one of those practice activities that is used all over the world.
DT400 Game, 4 on 2 with Two Nets
Attackers either skate or move the puck right away when they get it. Defenders have one on the puck and one in front of the net with sticks in the passing lanes. Rotate every 45 seconds.
1. Two nets on the goal line.
2. 4 attackers and 2 defenders on each side.
3. On a goal puck goes to other side.
4. Defenders pass to the attackers on the other side to go onto offense.
6. Add skill rules such as only forehand passes.
Work on shooting one timers and scoring on rebounds. Good habits like face the puck, give a target with the stick on the ice.
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.
F. One point for each race won and 5 points to win the game.
Transition between the four game playing roles. 1-player with the puck, 2-player supporting on offense, 3-player checking the puck carrier, 4-player covering other offensive players. They are also transitioning between the three game situations 0-loose puck, 1-offense, 2-defense.
Players always have a role to play in the transition between game situations and must think quickly and use good technique.
1. Put the nets facing each other about 10 metres apart. Play from 1-1 to 3-3 including odd man situations. Extra players wait at one side.
2. Coach pass a puck in and the players battle and try to score.
3. Take 20 second shifts,
4. Keep score.
5. Coach shoot in a new puck on a goal or if the puck is shot out of the zone.
6. Focus on the players battling with good habits and quick decisions.
7. Race out when the time is up and leave the puck in play (option is to pass to a teammate who is first in line.)
8. Nets can be close to the boards or in open ice.
Quick feet, shoulder leads in crossovers. Learn to turn with speed in both directions. A puck could be added.
1. Skate half circles with quick crossovers in 4 groups. Go hard to blue or red line.
2. Redline and back in 6 groups.
3. Red line-back-far blue line in 6 groups.
4. Blue to red-tight turn-back to blue.
Running start with the toes out and a deep knee bend. Burst through the neutral zone as fast as possible.
The skate in the video was to increase the intensity in the drill they were doing at half speed and is a tool the coach can use to refocus practice.
1. Players skate through the neutral zone as fast as possible on the coaches whistle.
2. Do 1 time skate a 3 times rest ratio.
This is a scoring contest that seems to be loved by players of all ages everywhere in the hockey world. I posted this before but without a video.
Make quick shots and one timers and goalie read the play.
1. Players line up on both side in the slot with one shooter at the top.
2. Play games to 5 between the goalie and shooter.
3. If the goalie freezes the puck or it hits the boards behind or at the side the goalie gets a point.
4. Players get a point by scoring a goal on a shot or rebound. Only one pass is allowed.
5. Shooter stays if he scores and players rotate if there is no goal.
Encourage the players to use moves and fakes, change of pace and to protect the puck.
This game has the players line up at the end of the rink in the A2 formation. Each player has a
puck. One player (who is 'it' is at the blue line and calls out 'Puck-dog.' The players stickhandle
the puck, trying to get to the end without being checked. If a player loses the puck, she
becomes 'it' and is in the middle checking. The last player with a puck wins.
Another option is Pass Dog where partners must make at least one pass in each zone and get to the other end without losing the puck.
The weak side F fill the low lane that has no D. One F mirror the puck from the middle. Strong side F stretch when he sees good possession. Forwards time their skating to be available for an easy play.
1. A blue forward dump the puck deep in the zone.
2. The 2 red D and one F go back deep for the puck and fill all three deep lanes.
3. One F give support in the middle and one on the strong side boards.
4. Breakout into the neutral zone.
5. Turn back before the far blueline and attack 3-2 vs the original D.
6. Repeat with another group of 3 F and 2 D at the other end.
Practice reaching with the stick but keep in a balanced position. Always face the play. Control the attackers stick. Defender move and don't be flat footed. Influence the attacker with the stick in the passing lane. Give the shooter to the goalie not allowing him to go across the middle but stay to the outside. Deny to pass across for one timer or a tap in.
These are video segments showing various defenseman 2 on 1 situations. There is a diagram of the three exercises and a pdf of the whole session.
Rejo Routsalainen a former star NHL and Finnish interantional player is instructing.
1. Warm up:
a. Transition skate forward to backward and finish with a shot.
2. Sideways mobility: Zig-zag 4 times and open up at the end of each rep.
3. 2 on 1 defensive technique.
a. From the corner.
b. From the corner and the point.
4. Pass to point then screen. D seal stick to outside and see the puck.
Players learn to move the puck from low to high. When the puck is at the point skills of Role 2 of getting open, screening on offense and Role 4 covering away from the puck, controlling sticks, sticks in the passing lane are practiced. Mike Johnston is teaching the game in Austria.
1. Spray paint a box just inside the point. Joker must stay in the box.
2. Coach shoots a puck in and the offensive team must make at least one pass before shooting.
3. On a turnover you must make at least one pass before taking a shot.
4. When the joker has the puck at the point defenders cover one attacker each-not the joker.
5. 20-25" shifts and come out hard on whistle.
6. Leave puck in zone on whistle.
7. Coach put in a new puck on goals or if the puck is shot out of the zone.
This video clip is from our Monday practice when I was coaching college women. On Monday we did Role 1 - individual offensive skills. This is a circuit with moves at one end, a cross ice game in the middle with modified rules and Gaston had a skating technique group at the other end. After this practice we went to the gym and did spin class on the bikes or plyo's.
Tuesday we did Role 3 ind. defensive skills, Wednesday Role 2, team offensive skills and Thursday Role 4, team defensive skills. This enabled me to progress through the skills all season . It worked pretty well with a 71% winnig average over 5 years and in the finals all but one with 2 championships.
You will notice the girl's have trouble with the finer moves because most stick handle with the bottom hand dominant and hands too close to the body. Most of them are also too stiff in the upper body and have trouble shifting the weight and separating the movement of the upper and lower body. When you are teaching puck handling emphasis good mechanics early because it is very difficult to relearn this when you are a young adult.
B3 Puck Handling Moves All Around the Body
Make big moves, use fakes, keep your hands away from your body. The top hand does the finer moves and bottom hand slides up and down the stick in unison. Use all of the stick blade backhand and forehand. Hold the stick with the fingers and the little finger of the top hand makes small adjustments. Players mirror the moves the coach makes.
1.Yo-yo puck on the forehand and stick toe.
2.Toe drag puck across on the forehand.
3.Forehand toe drag + pull in, shift weight.
4.Circle in and out on the forehand.
5.Stick to skate and back all around body.
6.Back toe drag yo-yo then across body.
7.Circle the body with the puck and the stick.
8.Repeat all the moves skating around the zone and add escape moves like a tight turn and skating backward with the puck. 9.Players go full speed in chaos for 5".
Defense always skate when they get the puck and carry it in the triple threat position on the side. Force the fore checker to commit and then pass away from pressure.
1. Go - Dump in, shoulder check both ways fake and go.
2. Reverse – Drive skate behind the net and put it back off the boards to partner.
3. Wheel – Drive skate around the net and cut up ice near the post to protect the puck.
4. Bank – D to D off the boards behind the net.
5. Hinge – D to D who takes the puck wide then passes back to his D partner in the middle.
6. Switch – D1 to D2 then D1 crosses behind and gets a drop pass from D2 who crosses in front.
7. Double Pass - D1 to D2 and back to D1 and up to the F.
8. Regroups – F’s pass back to D who do the various D to D options and up to F’s then the middle D join the rush.
The idea of making moves is to force the defender to straighten his knees or lean one way while you go where he just came from. It is important to accelerate past the opponent so he can’t recover.
1. Fake a slapshot and skate to the forehand side then go around defender on the forehand side.
2. Three pylons:
A. Reach wide on the forehand and quickly across to the backhand.
B.Head and shoulder fakes.
C. Fake a sweepshot.
D. Fake a sweepshot and head fake to inside-go outside.
3. Skating down the boards:
A. Cut inside and flip the puck over the stick.
B.Yo-yo to the inside then cut inside with the Gretzky swerve.
C. Fake inside then put the puck between the legs and go outside.
D. Fake inside then a hard backhand spin and go outside.
4. Toe drag sequence:
A. yo-yo out in and out.
B. Yo-yo out- in and around the shot blocker.
I did this sequence with my skills class this morning. I wanted every player to get a lot of reps and we did a demo of the shot and many of the moves that I have posted the last few days. This gave them a chance to practice the moves vs a passive defender and then shoot, follow the shot and do the same thing the other way. I gave them a nuber of reps to do each before switching. In the games use small nets or the stripe on the boards. Use the big nets for the game with goalies. Having partner work across ice allows the players to get a lot more reps than lining up and going one at a time which you use later when they can perform the skills faster.
----------------------------------------- B300 Skill Sequence
Practice shooting quickly, Use many moves vs a passive opponent and increase the movement progressing to cross ice games.
1.Skate across ice and shoot at boards.
2. Skate-give and go-deke-shoot quickly.
3.Skate-give and go-deke moving D-Shoot.
4.Give-go,defender close gap-deke-shoot.
6.1 on 1 game-use line on boards or nets.
7. 1 on 1 game. Pass to waiting partner on whistle, goal or when defender regains puck.
6. Cross ice game and use small nets or the line on the boards as the goal. Play tournaments.
I just put a pdf together for a friend of mine who coaches in Europe. It is from the team play practice with the Red Wings that Dean and I went to. They emphasis doing everything at full speed. The drills and transition game are already posted but this puts them all together. I think I will do the same thing with some other elite team practices to make things easy to find.
A few things I noticed were that
1. He didn't use the white board. I am sure the players did these drills before. He expected them to be smart enough to remember and just pointed out the things he wanted them to focus on.
2. Everything is done at full speed with Good Habits.
3. The players love being on the ice and most stayed and did individual skills or worked together after. Datsuk helped a few of the young players with techniques on the boards and on his own stickhandling.
When I was in the Czech Republic doing a camp last July they had a poll to name the best coaches in the world and Mike B was rated #1.
I play hockey Fridays at noon with his former university D partner and a guy who played for him in junior. Both say that he makes everything clear, no confusion and gets right to the point. So that is something most of us coaches probably have to work on.
1. Don't waste time.
2. Get right to the point.
3. Drills, games and transition games should compliment and clarify what you are trying to accomplish. Not drills for the sake of teaching drills.