Key Points: Allow the attackers to cross the red line and tag up at the blue line then follow the ploy so that there is a 2 on 2 attack first before it becomes a 4 on 4. I like the D on one side and F on the other to make it easier to talk with them. Leaving from each side also works.
Description: 1. Start with a 2 on 2 attack. BF1 and BF2 vs RD1 and RD2. 2. RF1 and RF2 and BD1 and BD2 support the play from the lineup - tag up at blue line and follow the play into the zone.. 3. Play 4-4 in the zone. 4. On transition or after a goal or frozen puck RF1 and RF2 attack BD1 and BD2.
*This rotation can be done from 1-1 to 3-2. Dump ins and regroups can be added
Key Points: This game focuses on Role 2 - getting open and Role 4 - covering away from the puck. The joker shoulld focus on facing the play and seeing the ice. Other players continuously battle for the inside position. Attackers give a target and defenders good sticks.
Description: 1. Play inside top of the circles in one or both ends of the ice with both teams shooting on the same net. 2. To transition to offense you must pass to the joker. 3. Joker passes back to the team that he got a pass from. 4. Joker can move anywhere below the dots. 5. Players change on their own. 6. Coach put in a new puck on a goal or if the puck is shot out of the zone. 7. Keep score-have tournaments, modify rules to focus on skills or good habits. 8. The joker can wear a different colour or rotate jokers.
This drill works on the wide hinge, giving targets, pass to the middle, wide entry and middle drive. Everything should be done as quickly as possible with good habits like stopping at the net for rebounds.
1. Start with the players in the middle circle with red on one going one way and blue the other. 2. Two D from each team start at the blue line. 3. F1 pass to D1 who skates to the middle and passes to D2 who has hinged wide and up. 4. D2 pass to F1 in the middle. D return to the middle circle. 5. F1 pass to F2 who enters the zone in the wide lane. 6. F2 shoot and both forwards look for a rebound. 7. This drill is done from each end.
*The coach could add tasks like Red F1 defend a 2-1 vs. the Blue F1 and F2 coming the other lane or skills like F2 shoot low to the far pad while F1 goes for the rebound.
DT100 - Continuous Game of 2 on 2 With Regroup - Pro
Key Points: Allow the attackers to cross the far blue line before leaving so that there is a 2 on 2 attack first before it becomes a 4 on 4. I like the D on one side and F on the other to make it easier to talk with them. Leaving from each side also works.
Description: 1. Start with a 2 on 2 attack. BF1 and BF2 vs RD1 and RD2. 2. RF1 and RF2 and BD1 and BD2 support the play from the lineup. 3. Play 4-4 in the zone. 4. On transition or after a goal or frozen puck RF1 and RF2 attack BD1 and BD2.
*This rotation can be done from 1-1 to 3-2. Dump ins to work on the breakout and forecheck can be added
Continue this flow. The coach doesn’t always blow the whistle so the defenders must be alert.
Role One - the player with the puck must protect it and skate to open ice. Role Two - player without the puck must get open and give a target. Role Three - player checking the puck carrier must have the stick on the puck and in the passing lane. Role Four - player away from the puck must see the puck and the player they are covering. Stick in the passing lane and body on the defensive side.
1. Players line up on both blue lines. Two players from each team play keepaway in the neutral zone. They pass to each other or to the same colour on the blue line.
2. Keep score with a point for making 5 or 7 consecutive passes.
3. Rotate in from one end of the line every 30 seconds.
4. Variation is to focus on skills such as: only forehand passes, backhand, skating backwards, one on foot, sticks the wrong way, one hand only on the stick, pivot before passing, skates on the ice and skull, etc.
While the National Teams are practicin there are also elite figure skaters at the COP complex with it's four rinks. These figure skaters are doing a lot of the same balance and edges exercises as the hockey players. Notice how efficient their movement is. I took some video and then gave my camera to someone else and I am the guy in the grey outfit that comes on the last 30 seconds.
Key Points: Skate forward and backward pivoting each way. Skate on all of the edges with good posture.
Goalies now go to their own camps and practice the movement and techniques. Here is a clip from a camp in Calgary. There were 3 groups of 30 goalies each. There are more youth hockey goalies at this camp than there are in many of the hockey playing nations. ------------------------------------------------------------ G - Goalie Camp
Key Points: Focus on good technique with the weight over the middle of the blade and using as much blade on the ice as possible. Use the Chocktow Turn in the front to back pivots and cut small S’s while on one foot.
The players rotated through these stations.
1. One leg skating while being pulled to the side with a rope.
2. Pull a partner who holds onto a strap and gives resistance.
3. Triangle agility skate with stop and turn.
4. Goalie crease skating.
5. Front to back pivots each way. (Chocktow should be learned)
Key Points: Forwards face the puck at all times and be ready for a pass. Defense skate back and forth and keep a close gap on the forwards before they attack.
Description: 1. There are two nets on the goal line. 2. Three forwards pass the puck in the neutral zone while two defense skate forward and back from the blue line to the top of the circle maintaining speed and gap control. 3. On the whistle the forwards attack vs. the two defenders. 4. Forwards can score on either net. 5. Keep score.
Key Points: Defender should close the gap using lateral and back skating keeping the stick on the puck and defensive side. Attacker use moves and fakes but skate at full speed and protect the puck always when within a stick length of the defender.
Description: 1. Defense line up inside the middle circle in C1 formation. 2. Forwards line up at the four blue lines on the boards in B600 formation. White forwards get a pass from the white D and attack vs. the blue D. 3. Start with D1 at each end one touch passing back and forth with D2 at the front of each line. 4. F1 skate into the neutral zone and post up for a regroup pass from their D1 on each side. 5. After passing each D1 defends on the other side vs. the opposite team F1. 6. Finish the play with D1 maintaining D side and taking F1’s stick and F1 fighting for a rebound.
*A good habit to install is have D1 pass to a forward at the back of the line on either side, or a coach if he regains the puck. This gets them used to finishing the play.
Key Points: Chaos develops split vision and the drill demands that the players pass while skating. Always face the puck and give a target with the stick on the ice.
Description: 1. Half the players line up along the blue lines while the others skate with a puck in the neutral zone and pass to the players on the blue line. 2. Move all around and not just in a circle. 3. Alternate passing to players on one side and then the other blue line.
Tasks like skating moves or types of passes can be added as well as bursts of speed or passing to one line and then the other or passing to each player. Knocking the puck off other players sticks can also be added to create puck protection skills.
Start with easy soft passes to the wheelhouse and then give hard passes within reach that the player must adjust to. Either the coach or players can do the passing. With the players passing rotate to shooter after passing.
1. Pucks are in the middle near the blue line.
2. Coach or a player pass to a player who takes a one timer.
3. Keys are:
4. a. Windup - stick back early, b. Force Production – bottom arm is straight and body rotate to the target. c. Crucial instant (contact) - energy to a few inches, cm. behind the puck. Maintain contact with the ice as long as possible allowing the shaft of the stick to bend then project the puck. d. Front knee and stick blade point to the net.
*Players can rotate pass-replace shooter-repeat the other side or else pass about 5 pucks in a row and then rotate.
Give support on the wall and in the middle lane. On the wall face the puck and in the middle skate laterally giving the stick and skates as a target and be about a stride behind the movement of the player making the breakout pass. Player on the wall stay there unless the middle player crosses into your lane.
1. Players line up in the middle in the C1 formation with pucks at each end in the far corner. 2. Player two leave from each end and time getting open on the wall for a breakout pass from player one. 3. Player two shoot at the far end. 4. Player one make the breakout pass and then circle back to support the next breakout from the middle. 5. Player two shoot and get a new puck behind the net and make a breakout pass to either player one or player three who has left from the line-up in the middle. 6. The coach or else the player who wasn’t passed to cover one of the forwards breaking out and force the player making the pass to recongnize who is open for the pass.
Key Points: One coach should watch that the players won’t collide. It is important to look behind and for the player with the puck to skate away from oncoming players. This is a great game for 1-1 and conditioning.
Description: 1. Players line up along the boards one group on each side of the red stripe. 2. One player of each team leave every 15”. 3. Coach blow whistle each 15” and players play for 2 whistles (30”) 4. Pass to a teammate when the second whistle blows. 5. Only two pucks on the ice and get the puck out of the net after a goal. 6. After scoring touch the red line before defending. 7. Keep score.
This is a great 18 minute video with Yashin in his prime and then Finnish pro's leading the hockey school kid's in the Russian puck handling routine. Jursinov developed this routine to separate the movement of the upper and lower body, to loosen the shoulders and create big moves. Probably the easiest and best thing you can do to help players improve their puck handling skills. They can do it alone when they are at home or when they step on the ice. -------------------------------------------------
Key Points: Increase the size of the moves by reaching as far as possible with the puck. Separate the movement of the upper and lower body by skating away from the puck. Players must be able to handle the puck under control around and through their body. Description: - Reach each way only with the top hand. - Skate away from the puck. Skate right reach left and skate left and reach right. - Reach as far forward and back as you can using the top hand. -Put the puck from the stick to inside and outside edges back to the stick. -Move puck from behind to front through skate forehand and backhand. -Escape moves backward with the puck and tight turns each way. -Fake a shot and go left then right. Spin on backhand. -Touch each knee while skating. - Yo-yo the puck give it and take it away. - Toe drag fake inside and pull the puck back while sliding back. - Bring the puck from behind to in front through the skates on forehand. - Bring the puck from behind to in front through the skates on backhand. - Skate fake inside and go outside. - Head and shoulder fakes, - Exaggerate reaching back to front on each side. - Turn with the puck. - Quick lateral three strides on way then the other.
Key Points: Battle hard for the puck and go into the corner on an angle. Bump on the way in to get inside body position. Use fakes and cutbacks along the boards and protect the puck. Keep the feet moving.
Description: 1. Players line up in the middle near the blue line. 2. Coach dumps the puck in and the first two players race for possession. 3. First player on the puck try to score and second player defend. 4. If defender gets the puck they can score also. 5. Progress to a 2-2 with the second player on each team giving support. Play man on man defense and create 2-1’s on offense.
A200 - Russians Big Moves Puck Handling and Passing Skills Warm-up - Various Groups
This is a pdf of the Russians Big Moves Puck Handling and Passing Skills Warm-up. It is a routine that the players do all season and all career to practice the skills for handling the puck and skating.
I posted the warm-up a few topics above this and these are the exercises plus a few more. The link for Yashin doing the exercises and then Finnish pro's leading a hockey school group during Juuso's hockey school in Mikkelli, Finland is reposted below.
Key Points: Hit the net so the goalie can make the save and then make a breakout pass. Give good targets on the wall and time with the other side so goalies have time to pass between shots.
Description: 1. Red 1 and Blue 1 leave toward far end. 2. Goalie at each end pass to 2 on boards. 3. Blue 2 pass to Red 1 and Red 2 pass to Blue 1. 4. Blue and Red 2's skate to the other end for a breakout pass. 5. Blue and Red 1's shoot on net from top of circles. 6, Red 3 pass to Blue 2 and Blue 3 pass to Red 2. 7. Continue rotation and then switch side after a few minutes.
Key Points: Bend the knees and keep the head up in a strong hockey skating position. Use this game as a warm-up or the first game in a cross ice tournament.
Description: 1. Nets across from each other in one zone. 2. Use soccer footballs or pucks. 3. Have one ball or puck for every 6 players. 4. Only one shooter at a time - no empty net goals count. 5. Use this game as a warm-up and stress good skating posture. 6. Keep score.
We are in the first stages of organizing our team. I always start off with Team Play first to give a template to how we play and then we fill in the details with skill and technique drills. We did defensive zone coverage for Total Hockey - no positions once the puck drops. Everyone has a Home Position where they start on the face-off but after that it is a Read and React Game. Players home position is where they play best and most of the time they are filling that role but if a D is one of the first three players up the ice they must attack with a middle drive and a forward must cover and know how to play as one of the last two players back and have the skill set to do it. I will try to get a video of this teaching sequence later in the season. We had a group of ten skaters at each end with different colours on. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- T4 - Teaching Total Hockey in the Defensive Zone
Key Points: The game is played 1-2-3-4-5. Players must have the skill to count to 5 and recognize where they are on the ice in relation to teammates and the zone they are in.
Description: A. Players line up and enter the defensive zone calling out their number.
- The coach places the puck in various areas. - Progress to all leaving in random order and calling out their number and going to that area.
B. Offensive and defensive player skate from the blue to the red line while the coach shoots the puck in. - Players go to defensive responsibilities 1-2-3-4-5 in a combined man to man zone defense of ONE on and a BOX BEHIND. -Blue try to score and Red defend and pass to coach on turnover. - Alternate between attacking and defending.
A200 Russian Puck Handling – Fake Shots and Finnish with a Shot - U17-20 RBt
Key Points: The idea of stick handling is to protect the puck from the opponent or to make him/her reach or straighten their knees and then go around them. Vladimir Jursinov is probably the most successful skills coach in the world. This Soviet and Russian Olympic coach has helped more than 65 players into the NHL from his teams. He leads a group of 15-20 years olds in a fake shot sequence.
Description: Players are in four lines and do multiple fake shots and moves, then finish with a shot. . Practice Faking a slapshot with a hard back swing. . 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.
DT400 - 1-1 - 2-2 - Support-Attack-Defend - College W
Defending player stay on the defensive side. Supporitng player give a target for the pass and get into an open lane.
1.F1 attack D1 at each end. 2. Players line up on the boards with the first player in line D1 supporting the defense. 3. The coach can determine whether the supporting defender is passive or active. 4. On a turnover or a goal the breakout pass is made to the supporting defender from D1 to F2.. 5. Carry the puck to the red line or if the team has a full ice practice, carry the puck to the far blue line. 6. F2 Attack vs. the original attacker F1.
Here is a drill taken from Erkka's transition booklet which we ran at last night's half ice practice. Our team is a USA Hockey Pee Wee B level team (U12's).
1. We have our team divided, half in white jerseys and half in black. 2. We have four defensemen, who wore yellow pinnies for this drill. 3. The team is divided in half and placed on the boards at the top of the blue line. 4. The D is in the front of the line and shoot the puck behind the net. 5. Two D and three F enter zone and breakout as one team. 6. The three F regroup in the neutral zone and attack 3v2
Rules we used:
1. All players must touch the puck on the breakout 2. All F must pass within 3 seconds (or shoot after all have touched the puck) 3. If goalie traps the puck, breakout 5v0 again. 4. If score within 60 seconds coach throws in another puck.