By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, July 29 2014 @ 04:13 PM GMT (Read 60241 times)  

I have moved from Girl's Hockey back to U15 Bantam AA boy's. They start with a body checking clinic in a few weeks and then try-outs. Calgary is a city of 1.2 million people and the players have to play in the organizations which have boundries. All of the hockey up until U13 Pee Wee is organized in these area, I live within the Trails West area and two of my kid's played for Trails West. They have multiple teams for each age group. I think they had 14 Pee Wee teams last year and the kid's are evaluated at the start and play in divisions where the evaluator decide they belong.

When they are done Pee Wee they can move on to what are considered elite organizations that have from U15 Bantam to U20 Jr. B teams. The city is divided into 4 Quadrants and the players must play within the boundaries of the organization. I am coaching with the Royals organization.

The Royals have 3 AA Bantam and one AAA team of U15 players. Because the U18 Midget level is 3 years they have one Minor Midget U16 team, two Midget AA teams and one AAA team which are U18. They have two U20 Jr. B teams. Players wanting to play Jr. A or Major Jr. U20 play in Provincial Jr. A leagues (they can play NCAA from these) or to Major Jr. where they are considered pro and can't play NCAA.

Parents and players really want to be drafted by the CHA major junior teams and they draft Bantam age players. It isn't that big of deal in my mind as the three most successful players I have worked with a lot were never drafted and did pretty well. i.e. Dany Heatley, Mason Raymond, Ryan Duncan (Hobey Baker now playing in Europe).

I am coaching a Bantam AA team and have a good coaching staff and look forward to the season. Jim, my son who has coached college women with me. Ron Gerlitz who played at the U of Calgary and pro in Germany and Alex McDermott who is from Nova Scotia where he played defense and wants to get into coaching. Gaston Schaeffer will be our skating coach and the Roays have a company that works with the goalies and another company who do the off ice training.

Some coaches like me to post my practice plans and comments and this is where they will be.

I am looking forward to the season.


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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, July 29 2014 @ 04:19 PM GMT  

We have to teach the players about angling and then progress to checking. The new Bantams didn't have body checking the second year of Pee Wee, so it is important to learn angling first. These are some good video examples.

Practice Drills and Games to Teach Angling

B500 Defensive Drill to Keep the Stick on the Puck – Red Bulls – Gene Reilly

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090803190606500

B500 Defensive Side with Stick on Stick and then Stick on the Puck – Red Bulls

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090817105910820

B5 - Angling Prospect – a walk through stressing a good stick and the approach.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20140706155119716

C1 - Neutral zone Angling – NHL

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20131101142929311

C2 Angling 2-1 Wally – Canadian Women’s Olympic team 1-1 and then 2-1 angle and create loose puck.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20130902174459633

B5 Forecheck Skills Deflect-Steer-Angle-Finish – Red Bulls (I am talking on my cell first part – irritating)

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090813080843840

Angling Drill from Sweden

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20140320144146657

B500 Angling and Escapes – Finland

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080719114133299

DT400 Half-ice Transition 1 on 1 - Juuso-Yursi - IIHF Symposium – Angle when he puck is dumped in.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20131203153607732

DT100, 1 - 1 Passive Support D Join Rush and F Backcheck-Juuso, Jursi – Add dump-in and forecheck.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20131127145425946

D200 Angling Game – U18 Girl’s demo with a cross ice game.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20140406100535268

D200 Straight on Angling Game – U18 Girl’s in a cross ice game.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20140607111112834


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By: TomM (offline)  Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 05:52 PM GMT  

Good penalty killing presentation by Keith McAdams. 30 minutes.

Good penalty kill talk.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOsZWk4eTEo&feature=youtu.be


I have asked my coaches to watch these two clips of Detroit practicing team play. This is our model to work towards this season.


T2-4 D400 PK and PP Rotation-Detroit


www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20101206083505234

T2-4 D400 Attack and Dzone-Detroit

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20101203105712291




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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, August 19 2014 @ 06:15 PM GMT  

We are running a conditioning camp this week prior to the try-outs. Coaches take turns. Last night I did one with first year Bantams; 26 skaters and 4 goalies.

Tonight I am doing second year Bantams. I counted 23 skaters and 3 goalies. I will use the same practice plan with this older group.

The players seemed to like the practice last night and most of them came up to thank me after. Of course they want to make a good impression as none of them have played for the Royals before.


Here is the plan.

Conditioning Camp
Practice Plan
Date:18-08-14 Time: 4:15-5:45 Venue: Southland
Notes:
Edges, balance, pass, shoot, agility, 1-1, 2-1 2-2, 3-3, battle, transition

12’
A300 Edges and Puck Handling with a Shot
Key Points:
Move the puck all around the body in two circles going opposite
directions. Finish with a shot. Use all of the edges and big moves reaching
as far as possible.
Description:
1. Dark group skate down half the rink with a puck and shoot from the
middle and white group skate the opposite way and shoot on the other
net.
2. Skate on all of the edges and use big moves by reaching the opposite.
i.e. Skate left and reach as far as you can to the right.
3. The players skating down the middle finish with a shot and then get a
new puck.
4. Exercises are done while zig-zagging in and out.
a. Forward skate and alternate on the front inside edges.
b. Backward skate and alternate on the inside edges.
c. Skate forward and cross-over alternating on the outside edges.
d. Skate backward and cross-over alternating on the outside edges.
e. Open hip turn each way.
f. Slalom and reach as far as possible with the puck the opposite way.
www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20121108114316285

12’
B202 Luhowy Puckhandling and Passing Circuit
Key Points:
Control the puck and “lock and load” when you carry the puck; meaning
move it from in front to
your side. Keep a strong skating position with the knees bent and head up.
Description:
Line up behind the top of the circle with 2 or 3 players facing 2 or 3 players
at the other end.
Have between 2 and 4 groups depending on the number of players. A group
of 4 is the smallest.
1. First player in each line skate towards the other line and pass to the far
line.
2. Exchange pucks and pass to opposite line.
3. Skate to red line tight left turn and pass to original line.
4. Repeat but make a tight right turn.
5. Carry toward other player and head and shoulder fakes with legs wide
then pass.
6. Alternate knee touches and pass to far line.
7. Carry the puck and do a lateral push to face the other player and
exchange pucks.
8. Exchange pucks twice then pass to the far end.
*Other passes like backhands, saucer or moves like in the feet, toe drag can
be added.
hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=2008072023504376

10’
B6 Jursi Skate-Pass-Shoot
Key Points:
This is a drill that Russian Olympic coach Vladimir Jursinov used
when I was coaching with him in Austria. The goal is to get players
to practice passing and shooting while they skate. Puck handlingpassing-
shooting should be seamless.
Description:
1. A and B skate down the ice in passing while skating.
2. A is on the inside and continues on with a shot while skating.
3. B pivots facing the puck and continues the other direction
passing to C.
4. B shoots and C partners with D the other way.
# This can be done in tandem on both sides of the ice.
www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120227085711281

12’
B6, 2-0, Regroup, 2-1 Back (large group so we moved to a 2-2 with a hinge)
Key Points:
Forwards pass to the outside and skate to the middle with the
puck. Face the puck all the time. D pivot with the puck. D work
with the goalie and only give away poor shots. Forwards attack
with speed and make the first play early. One high one low; one
fast one slow.
Description:
1. F1 and F2 leave from diagonal corners.
2. D1 leave from diagonal bluelines.
3. F's regroup with D in nzone.
4. F's skate to far blue-D follow.
5. F's turn at own blueline.
6. F's attack 2-2 vs. D1's.
hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20101007155153211

12’
B6-600 Flow - Breakout 2 F Shoot - D Point Shot – Finland U20 I wondered if they would catch onto this one but they did after a walk through.
Key Points:
Make hard passes, give a target, keep skating while making plays,
follow shots for rebounds, stop at the net, screen.
Description:
Start at both ends with players on each side of the net and pucks
in all four corners.
1 – D1 start by skating up an back get a puck and bank pass behind
the net to D2. D1 goes to the corner.
2 – D2 pass to F1 breaking along the boards.
3 – F2 skates to the big ice between the dots and pass to F2. D2
follow then circle back to the corner.
4 – F2 skate down and shoot then skate to corner. F1 skate around
the middle circle for a pass from D2.
5 – D1 bump a puck to D2 who skates between the dots and pass
to F1 who skates down ice and shoots.
6 – D2 then follow the play up the ice and get a pass from F2 in
the corner then drag and shoot – F1-F2 screen.
www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?s=20140426122809756

12'
D400 - 3 on 3 Quick Transition Game
Key Points:
The resting players attack right away when they get a pass and the
original attackers must
communicate and cover one attacker each.
Description:
1. Offensive team attacks 3 on 3. It can be 1-1, 1-2, 2-1, 2-2 or 2-3
also if the coach wants to
practice these situations. Upt to 5-5 is possible.
2. On transition to offense the defenders pass to their teammates
waiting behind the blue line.
3. Attack right away (don’t have to wait for teammates to get
onside in this game.)
4. Original attackers now defend and communicate with each other
on how to stop the attack.
5. After a goal the defenders is allowed to pass to the new
attackers.

12’
DT100 Continuous 2-1, 2-2 – Detroit (we had so many players that I did a 2-2 and then 3-2)
Key Points:
Face the puck. Forwards attack with speed. D stay in the middle
and deny F to F pass. Forwards make the first play near the
offensive blue line to force the D to make a decision. D delay the
play as much as possible.
Description:
1. F1 and F2 attack vs D1.
2. F3 and F4 support D1 as far as the hash marks.
3. D2 support F1 and F2 passively from the point.
4. D1 make a breakout pass to F3 or F4.
5. F3-F4 attack D2 in the other direction.
6. F5 and F6 support D2 and D3 support F3 and F4.
7. Continue this flow.
8. Add a D to make it a 2 on 2.
Options. There could be active support with a 2-1 in the nzone and
a 3-3 at each end. Another option is to combine active and passive
support or add dump ins and regroups.
hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20101208083750407

8’
E1 Shootout Race 1
Key Points
Players must have one skate on the dot at the start. No
hooking or tripping. Skate to get D side and get the puck.
*This is a great contest for puck protection, battling, scoring
and a good anaerobic conditioning exercise. Keep score with
one colour vs the other.
Description
1. Players are lined up behind the face of dots at each end.
2. A player from each team race for the puck which the
coach puts on the middle dot.
3. Protect the puck and try to score vs backchecking
opponent.
4. Another puck on the dot and repeat the other way.
hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080723063235226


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By: Anonymous: SMAC ()  Tuesday, August 19 2014 @ 10:02 PM GMT  

Great Prakky Tom . The Finland drill is a good one . It is a little challenging for first year Bantam !! Good for them !!

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Thanks SMAC. I like to try a chlenging one each practice. I did the same practice last night wit a second year group. 24 skaters and 4 goalies. Before this practice I got half of them to where white with half the D and half F in white and dark. It made the games easy for everyone the quick transition game was percect with 12 at each end. I only did 2 on 2 with the full ice transition game and had 8 F and 8 play D on each team. It takes a rotation or two for everyone to catch on that there are zero whistles but once they got the flow it was great.
I made sure we did a walk thru with 2 d and 2 f for the Finnish drill and it went well. Any time u show really new things the first time they do them is to learn the flow, then u can focus on teaching points. The drills and games kept them moving and gave me a good idea who cam play and think at the same time.

I have the younger group again on Friday and will try to have 4 nets the first 45 min or so.

By: TomM (offline)  Thursday, August 21 2014 @ 01:17 AM GMT  

I was looking through some pictures and put some together about various hockey teams and experiences with them and family.

What got me thinking was when I came back from playing hockey in the USA I got a call to coach a Bantam A (they called it then) team. The coach quit because he said they were no good. I agreed to coach. That was about 1973 and I have gone full circle and am coaching basically the same level for the same organization this year. There is a picture of that first team in the pdf. plus a lot of other teams and places.


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By: TomM (offline)  Thursday, August 21 2014 @ 06:24 PM GMT  

I was asked to write an article for the Royals magazine both in print and online. I refer to a previous posting 'What is Hockey.' for most of the article.
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I am excited to coach the Bantam AA Blue team this season.

I was asked to write an article for the Royals Magazine and think the topic ‘What Is Hockey’ is relevant to consider as we start a new season. If the coaches and players are going to put their time and effort into becoming ‘elite’, it is important that we know what skills we need to constantly improve.

I play hockey a few times a week with Rich Preston who was a very good NHL player and was assistant coach with the Daryl Sutter and Mike Keenan in Chicago, San Jose Calgary and Major Jr. Head coach in Regina and Lethbridge. www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=4380 I met for coffee with Rich at Tim Hortons and brought my coaching board with me and listened as he showed me his thoughts on how the game should be played.
Rich stressed that it is critical that a player has to learn to play with speed in all aspects of the game. He must be a great skater, have solid habits where he is always ready for the next play and skates so he can see the ice at all times. Players need to have seamless skills which means that you puck handle, pass and shoot while skating without having to glide between each skill. The game is played with team mates vs. opponents and you have to know where you and everyone else is on the ice. So individual skills have to be appropriate to the situation.

‘Hockey is a Game of Transition

As an introduction I have posted one minute of Detroit vs. Pittsburg video that shows the constant transitions in a hockey game. All of the skating, offensive and defensive skills and good habits are needed to be effective.
The video was prepared by Kai Katajalehto who coaches in Finland.)

Detroit vs. Pittsburgh - a demonstration of the transition between the 3 game situations, and 4 game playing roles in one minute of an NHL game.
The colours are appear at the top right corner when Detroit is:

Yellow – battling for a loose puck.
Green - on offense
Red - on defense.

It is a great example of what really happens in a hockey game and why it is a game of transition. The video link is below.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20140409155804705
In one minute there are 7 loose puck situations, Detroit is on offense 7 times and Pittsburg is on offense 4 times. (Detroit was winning the loose puck battles.)

When we look at the game like this we have to re-evaluate our idea of ‘What Is Hockey?’

Here are some hockey facts.

In a game between 2 equal teams with good skills you are playing:

- offense 35% of the time
- defense 35% of the time the puck is loose 30% of the time (not on someones stick)
- The average for someone to carry the puck is about 2.5".
- The average for the team to have the puck is about 4.5".
- Each team has possession and loses possession of the puck about 180-200 times during a game.

So a hockey game is a constant transition between the 4 Game Playing Roles. Every player is
always in one of these roles. There is never a time when a player has nothing to do.

Role One: player has the puck.
Role Two: players supports the puck carrier.
Role Three: player checks the puck carrier with either a pressure or contain decision.
Role Four: player gives either close or farther support to the first checker.

If you look at the game in this manner then you realize that good habits like facing the puck,
always having your stick on the ice, angling, moving to open ice quickly with the puck and again
to open ice once you pass it are essential. It takes a team about 3" to get into good defending
position after losing the puck, so quick transition to the attack is essential if you want to attack an
un-organized defense as compared to an organized defense.

Good technique - at game speed are the tools you need.

So if you want to become an elite player the understanding that hockey is a game of constant transition will help you reach those goals.
Have a great season!

Tom Molloy – Head Coach – Blue Bantam AA Royals


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By: TomM (offline)  Thursday, August 21 2014 @ 07:14 PM GMT  

I am going to a Hockey Alberta Coach Seminar in a few hours and will leave Friday afternoon to get back for this practice. We have 4 goalies and 26 skaters so I am going to use 4 nets the first hour.

Royals Conditioning Camp
Practice Plan
Date: 22-08-14 Time: 16:15 Southland
Notes: Use 4 nets the first hour.
26 skaters and 4 goalies.
Pass, shoot, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 4-4, 5-5

10 min.
B5 1-0 Outside-Middle Shots- Czech U17


Key Points: Shoot at the nets on the same side.

Keep skating, give a target and pass hard and pass while moving. Hit the net and follow the shot. Rebound for the next shooter.

Description:
1. All players and pucks are in the middle.
2. One player leave from each side.
3. Player 2 pass to player 1 who circles between the red and blue line.
4. Player 1 skate in and shoot after the third pass.
5. After shooting player 1 circle back and rebound for the next shooter.
6. Alternate sides and player 3 leaves after the first pass.
7. Circle left and right so shots come from both in the middle and the outside lanes.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20130115154629528

10 min.
B6 – Wide and Middle x 2 – Pro


Key Points:
Shoot at the nets on the same side.
Pass while skating without coasting first. Make firm passes and keep the stick blade square to the puck.

Description:
1 – Players in all 4 corners with the pucks on one side.
2 – On the whistle one end leave and pass outside of the dots and the other end pass inside the dots.
3 – Shoot at each end and follow the shot for a rebound.

NHL Players
www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20140706224430659

10 min.
C3 Reijo 1-1 Both Sides - Gap Control


Key Points:
Shoot at the nets on the same side.
The defender needs to get within a sticklength of the attacker before the blueline. Attacker should try moves, dekes, fakes, change of pace, shooting beside the D's foot. Both F's and D's should take turns defending and attacking.

Description:
1. Attacker and defender both skate from the middle back to their blueline.
2. Attacker turns and goes 1-1 vs defender.
3. Done on both sides of the ice alternating direction.
4. Could do 2-1, 1-2, 2-2.

hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090823122856482

12 min.
DT400 1-1, 2-2, Support-Attack-Defend


Key Points:
Defending player stay on the defensive side. Supporitng player give a target for the pass and get into an open lane.

Description:
Shoot at the nets on the same side.
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. Practice various situations

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?s=20090726104059741

13 min.
DT400 Perry Pearn Game Rotation


Key Points:
Shoot at the nets on the same side.

This game allows the coach to focus on the attack or defending deep in the zone. The defenders have to clear the zone with control of the puck

Description:
1. Players line up within a stick length of the red line if you have 2 groups or only ½ ice; otherwise behind the red or far blue line.
2. Three players attack three defenders.
3. Defenders must carry the puck out of the zone before passing to team waiting team mates.
4. Three new players attack vs the original offensive players.
5. Keep score, implement skill (only forehand passes) or team play rules (goals originate from below the goal line).

hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090726102318992

8 min.
E1 Rebound Game


This is a scoring contest that seems to be loved by players of all ages everywhere in the hockey world.

Key Points:
Make quick shots and one timers and goalie read the play.

Description:
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.

hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080723202833407

17 min.
D100 Scrimmage with Extra Players on Bench


One net full ice. 4-4 x 2 one shift of 5-5 for 26 skaters

Key Points:
Play a full ice game with the extra players on the bench. Change on the whistle or on their own.
Pass back to the goalie when changing on the whistle.

Description:
1. Play from 1-1 to 6-5.
2. Change of the whistle or players change on the go.
3. Keep score.
4. If no face-offs then scoring team touch the red line before checking.

10 min.
E1 Speed Scoring 2-1 to 2-2 – Finland


Key Points:
The purpose is to attack as quickly as possible and pass and shoot while skating.

Description:
1. Start from one end and when everyone is gone go the other way.
2. Attackers 1 and 2 leave from above the hash marks.
3. Defender 1 is inside the top of the circle with his stick upside down start forward and turn to back skating.
4. Defender 2 start from below the circle and back check.
5. Attacker 1 and 2 race down the ice to score and only ONE PASS is allowed.
6. Keep score.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20121119180045227


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By: TomM (offline)  Saturday, August 23 2014 @ 01:20 PM GMT  

The seminar was worthwhile. I am not sure if my association will pay my travel expenses so I stayed in a dorm room for $50 with one thin blanket on the bed. It was ok.

There was a hot stove lounge with all of the presenters answering questions on Thursday night followed by a social. Bill Peters, the new head coach of Carolina was there. Domenic Pittis, the Flames skill coach, other coaches, a sports psychologist, goalie coach. (I will have to check the spelling of the other presenters names) On Friday morning we rotated through four one hour presentations and they threw out a lot of good ideas. Corey McNabb from Hockey Canada showed the new skill video resources that they have put on their website and they are very good.

I drove back to Calgary and ran the practice that I posted before. The four nets kept everyone moving the first hour and I finished with a 20' 4 on 4 scrimmage with 45" shifts and then did a speed scoring shootout.

Today there are 4 try out games that I leave for in 30 minutes. The draft is Friday.


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By: TomM (offline)  Sunday, August 24 2014 @ 01:20 PM GMT  

There isn't any time to do anything but the tryouts today. I was at the rink 9 am to 7:30 pm Saturday and it will be the same today with a little longer lunch break. We are identifying 40 out of the 70 13 year olds who will move on to the next phase which is scrimmaging with the 14 year olds. That will happen M to Th evening with one game each per night and then there is a draft of Friday night after the scrimmage.

Just remembered I also run a conditioning camp practice right after the last tryout game.


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By: ICEMAN (offline)  Monday, August 25 2014 @ 01:37 PM GMT  

Good luck and good health Tom

Iceman

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By: TomM (offline)  Monday, August 25 2014 @ 01:49 PM GMT  

Long day at the rink. 12 hours.

This mornings paper has an article about Aaron Hyman. He has done the Jasper camp for about ten years. Aaron is making a great impression at the Calgary Hitman Major Jr. camp. He is 6'5" and they talk about what a great skater he is. Good job Gaston.

The 90 minute conditioning practice was with U18 players. I did two passing drills, one 1-1, 2-1 drill and we played various games the rest of practice. There were 25 skaters and 4 goalies so we used 4 nets until the last 20 minutes when we did a full ice 4-4 with 45 second shifts. For the SAG's the players were in 3 groups of 6 and one of 7 and the games were 2 on 2. We did some 3-3 in the cross ice games where half the players were at each end.

We went from 70 13 year olds to 40 and starting tonight they will scrimmage with the second year Bantams and the draft is Friday. So every evening until 11 at the rink this week.
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Royals Practice Plan U18 Boy's - 25 skaters and 4 goalies
Date: 25-08-14 Time: 19:30-21:00 Venue: Southland

Conditioning camp, Game situations, fitness. I will use one zone, cross ice and full ice games to keep them moving. With 4 Goalies I will use 4 nets starting with 2 on each goal line the drills and one zone games then move them across from each other and then remove 2 nets and time 45 second shifts on the main clock.

First Hour Organized with the D7 Game Formation - diagram attached


10 min. 4 Nets
B5 1-0 Outside-Middle Shots- Czech U17


Key Points: = Shoot at the nets on the same side.
Keep skating, give a target and pass hard and pass while moving. Hit the net and follow the shot. Rebound for the next shooter.

Description:
1. All players and pucks are in the middle.
2. One player leave from each side.
3. Player 2 pass to player 1 who circles between the red and blue line.
4. Player 1 skate in and shoot after the third pass.
5. After shooting player 1 circle back and rebound for the next shooter.
6. Alternate sides and player 3 leaves after the first pass.
7. Circle left and right so shots come from both in the middle and the outside lanes.
www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20130115154629528
10 min.
B6 – Wide and Middle x 2 – Pro 4 Nets


Key Points: Shoot at the nets on the same side.
Pass while skating without coasting first. Make firm passes and keep the stick blade square to the puck.

Description:
1 – Players in all 4 corners with the pucks on one side.
2 – On the whistle one end leave and pass outside of the dots and the other end pass inside the dots.
3 – Shoot at each end and follow the shot for a rebound.

NHL Players
www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20140706224430659

10 min
C3 Rejo 1-1 Both Sides - Gap Control 4 Nets


Key Points:
The defender needs to get within a sticklength of the attacker before the blueline. Attacker should try moves, dekes, fakes, change of pace, shooting beside the D's foot. Both F's and D's should take turns defending and attacking.

Description:
1. Attacker and defender both skate from the middle back to their blueline.
2. Attacker turns and goes 1-1 vs defender.
3. Done on both sides of the ice alternating direction.
4. Could do 2-1, 1-2, 2-2.

hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090823122856482

10 min
DT400 Game of Quick Transition x2 4 Nets


Key Points:
The resting players attack right away when they get a pass and the original attackers must communicate and cover one attacker each.

Description:
1. Offensive team attacks 3 on 3. It can be 1-1, 1-2, 2-1, 2-2 or 2-3 also if the coach wants to practice these situations. Upt to 5-5 is possible.
2. On transition to offense the defenders pass to their teammates waiting behind the blue line.
3. Attack right away (don’t have to wait for teammates to get onside in this game.)
4. Original attackers now defend and communicate with each other on how to stop the attack. 5. After a goal the defenders is allowed to pass to the new attackers.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120416092419455

10 min.
DT400 Perry Pearn Game Rotation 4 Nets


Key Points:
This game allows the coach to focus on the attack or defending deep in the zone. You can play this game in situations from 1-1 to 5-5. It is a great rotation to practice specialty teams if you have 3 lines because it gives the players some rest and they alternate between pp and pk (one F would leave the zone) The defenders have to clear the zone with control of the puck. With situations over a 3 on 3 I would move the resting players back to the far blue line.

Description:
1. Players line up within a stick length of the red line if you have 2 groups or only ½ ice; otherwise behind the red or far blue line.
2. Three players attack three defenders.
3. Defenders must carry the puck out of the zone before passing to team waiting team mates.
4. Three new players attack vs the original offensive players.
5. Keep score, implement skill (only forehand passes) or team play rules (goals originate from below the goal line).

hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090726102318992

10’
D200 Angling Game - Two cross ice games


Key Points:
Checkers create an angle on puck carrier and take away their time and space with body on body and stick on the puck.

Description:
1. D200 lineup outside blue line.
2. On whistle carry the puck behind the net and checkers leave and create good angles.
3. Play 20-30 seconds.
4. Puck carrier can try to come out short side.
5. Keep score. Play to a certain score and losing team do something like push ups. Play a short series.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/video.php?n=20111005185904685

10 min.
D200 Straight on Angling Game


Key Points:
Both teams go behind their net on the whistle.
Defenders close the gap and maintain the defensive side.

Description:
D200 Straight on Angling Game
1. Teams are lined up behind blue line.
2. On the whistle each team skates behind their net.
3. Attackers try to score and defenders gain a tight gap and D side.
4. Play a cross ice game for 20-30"
5. On whistle pass to coach and the other team is on offense first.
6. Play from 1-1 to 3-3 also using odd man situations.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/video.php?n=20111005190114923

20 min. 45" Shifts
D100 Full Ice Game - Various Situations


Key Points:
Switch between all four game roles.
1-puck carrier.
2-puck support.
3-check puck carrier.
4-cover away from the puck.
Situations: offense, defense, loose puck.

Description:
1. Start with the players line up along the boards in the neurtal zone.
2. Play situations from 1-1 to 4-4, including uneven situations like 2 on 3.
3. Play for 30" and pass to teammate on the whistle.
4. On a goal defenders must touch the red line.
5. Keep score.

I am pretty sure the players had never had this type of practice before. There were some very skilled guys there and most of them came up and thanked Jim and I after.





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By: Anonymous: SMAC ()  Monday, August 25 2014 @ 05:36 PM GMT  

Hi Tom
Nice meeting you in Red Deer . Wish we had more time to chat .
That is an interesting concept of segregating the 13 year olds then progressing them to the next level . My throw that out to our club . I'm coaching MMAAA and for the first time we are having a 15 year old only skate . If there are any that sure have a look at MAAA they will get a call up . Interesting to see how it goes . We don't skate till Monday. Our Bantams starred Sunday
Good luck this season

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It was great meeting you Steve. Too bad we weren't in the same breakout group. I had to leave at 1 to get back for practice.

Good luck with your team.

By: TomM (offline)  Wednesday, August 27 2014 @ 05:32 PM GMT  

A - Individual B - Partner - Team Skill Drills

This is a PDF with the individual skill drills,partner skill drills and team play drills vs. zero opponents that I will choose from this season.

They are the best of what I have stolen from other coaches and about ninety percent have video demo's. You can also add the Swedish Skill material that is posted on this forum.


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By: TomM (offline)  Friday, August 29 2014 @ 03:12 PM GMT  

I am in Ardrossan a town close to Edmonton playing in the +55 Canadian Championships. We qualified by finishing second in the Alberta games two seasons ago. We split the two games yesterday and have two more today. Final is tomorrow.

I have to go back to the Bantam evaluations right after our game where the top 40 of the 115 trying out are playing and then we have a draft to select the one AAA and three AA teams. Finally we will have a team that starts practice next week. I was evaluation for 30 hours between Sat. and Wed. and the first years played two games a night the week before. So a long time in the rink.

If we make the final I will do the 3.5 hour drive back here for 10:45. It is just lucky I am rich and can afford all of the gas. (We got in the final by beating Ontario 4-2 and won the championship game 5-2.)
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Monday morning.

We had the draft and each team has 26 players. The AAA team has 31 and must drop down to 19. The three AA teams will draft the 12 players that got cut and add 4 to their roster, so we will have 30 and have to get down to 19.

We are getting nasty emails from parents of boy's who didn't make the try-out roster. A lot of good players have already been cut and all of the players that are left are pretty good. I don't think there is anyone that you would say is a terrible player. Just some are better than others, or work harder, etc.. Even if they all are great we can only keep 19 per team and we are all doing our best to pick the ones who deserve to make it.

The ones who don't make it can go back to the community association hockey which is very good in the first few divisions.

Last year 12 000 players participated in Calgary Minor Hockey Week. So there are a lot of good players around. I am coaching what is called Quadrant hockey. The city of 1.2 million people is divided into 4 quadrants so our pool is about 400 000 people with about 15 arenas. About five large hockey associations with 25-50 teams from U6 to U20 each feed into our organization which has Bantam U15, Midget U18 and Jr. B U20 teams. Most of the kid's aspire to play quadrant hockey and it starts at Bantam U15.

Everywhere organizes their programs differently and this is how we do it in Calgary.


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By: TomM (offline)  Wednesday, September 03 2014 @ 04:03 PM GMT  

We are still in the try-out phase and have 26 players. 3 goalies, 7 D and 16 F. We will get 4 more players when they are dropped by the AAA team. They will drop 12 and the three AA teams have a draft.

Today's practice has skill warm-up, some situation drills a transition game and a full ice game. I will run the full ice game and allow my assistants to evaluate and rank the players. It is our first session with this group. We practice Friday, play Sat. and practice again on Sunday which is the day we will draft the players coming down from AAA. So I need to drop at least 4 players by then. The feeder organizations are asking when the players will come back as they are also going thru evaluations.

We have seen the first years play about 10 scrimmages and the second years 4 times; so we have a pretty good idea where they rank from those sessions. Now we have to see where they stand on our team. All of the players are good enough to play in the league so we are looking for the ones that have an impact when they are on the ice, work hard, have a positive attitude and are coachable. We have done our homework by asking people about attitude and work ethic and that influenced who we took in the draft. We avoided a few players because of that.

We have about 4 small very skilled players and a lot of bigger players who work hard. We have to see if the small ones can compete and who are the most effective players in the games. We have practice next M-W and play 3 games in a tournament the next weekend. We have be down to 19 players by Sept. 11.
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Royals Blue Practice Plan: 03-09-14 Time:18:00-19:30 Venue: Stu Peppard

Notes:
3 goalies, 7 D, 16 F Evaluation practice with 23 skaters.
Warm up and game playing situations.

8’
A300 Edges and Puck Handling with a Shot


Key Points:
Move the puck all around the body in two circles going opposite
directions. Finish with a shot. Use all of the edges and big moves
reaching as far as possible.

Description:
1. Dark group skate down half the rink with a puck and shoot from
the middle and white group skate the opposite way and shoot on
the other net.
2. Skate on all of the edges and use big moves by reaching the
opposite. i.e. Skate left and reach as far as you can to the right.
3. The players skating down the middle finish with a shot and then
get a new puck.
4. Exercises are done while zig-zagging in and out.
a. Forward skate and alternate on the front inside edges.
b. Backward skate and alternate on the inside edges.
c. Skate forward and cross-over alternating on the outside edges.
d. Skate backward and cross-over alternating on the outside
edges.
e. Open hip turn each way.
f. Slalom and reach as far as possible with the puck the opposite
way.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20121108114316285

7’
B2 Transition Skate Shooting


Key Points:
Keep 2 hands on the stick and keep the feet moving. Hit the net.

Description:
B2 Transition Skate Shooting
1. Lineup on blue lines.
2. Skate to top of circle, back to blue, top of circle and shoot.
3. Next player leave when the first is going backward.
4. Each player have 3 or 4 pucks and keep shooting until
they are all gone.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?s=20120418155124444

8’
B500 Overspeed 2-0 with a Pass


Key Points:
Players must challenge themselves out of their comfort zone.
Make as many moves as possible and continue until they have
shot and looked for a rebound. Take the pass and shoot right
away without over handling.

Description:
1. Line up along boards on one side.
2. Players 1 and 2 start on the goal line.
3. Players 3 and 4 leave and make moves at top speed.
4. Coach whistle every 7" and they players attack the net.
5.Closest attacker give and go with 1 or 2.
6. Second closest do a tight turn then give and go with 1 o 2.
7. With only one goalie go one way only.
8. After passing return to the back of the line.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20111004075623113

10’
T2 B5 5-0 Breakout Practice – U18


Key Points:
Breakout from both sides and practice all the options including D to D passes.

Description:
1. Coach dumps the puck in.
2. D go back and get the puck, move between the dots and pass or go D to D.
3. Forwards break out.
4. Pass the puck to the coach.
5. Coach dumps the puck in the other corner for another breakout.
6. Do all of the options, go, counter, wheel, reverse, reverse to wing, over.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?s=20121101085219680

12’
B6, 2-0, Regroup, 2-1 Back Do 1-1 then 2-1


Key Points:
Forwards pass to the outside and skate to the middle with the
puck. Face the puck all the time. D pivot with the puck. D work
with the goalie and only give away poor shots. Forwards attack
with speed and make the first play early. One high one low; one
fast one slow.

Description:
1. F1 and F2 leave from diagonal corners.
2. D1 leave from diagonal bluelines.
3. F's regroup with D in nzone.
4. F's skate to far blue-D follow.
5. F's turn at own blueline.
6. F's attack 2-2 vs. D1's.

hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20101007155153211

12’
DT400 Transition Game of 1 on 1, 2-1 - Yursi-Juuso IIHF Symposium


Key Points:
Defender must maintain a tight gap and stay of the defensive side.
Attacker use moves to beat the defender, fight for rebounds and
loose pucks. On the dump-ins the defender must read where the
checker is coming from and the attacker create good checking
angles.

Description:
1.Divide the team into two colours and opposite forwards and
defense play against each other at both ends.
2. F1 attack vs. D1 after skating through the middle circle.
3. Fight for rebounds and loose pucks.
4. On transition pass to F2 at the top of the circle.
5.F2 skate through the middle circle and attack vs. D2.
6. Add a regroup with the forward circling back.
7. Add a neutral zone dump-in and the D and F fight for the loose puck.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20131203153607732

13
C3, 3-0, 3-1, 3-2 - Total Hockey
– Alex rank your D.

Key Points:
Attack with a middle drive and speed. Hit the net and drive for
rebounds. Only allow one pass on the 3-0. Attack with speed and
make plays early while defenders delay the attack.

Description:
1. One group on each side in the neutral zone.
2. Everyone attacks and defends. D will play defense.
3. Play rebounds until a goal or the puck is behind the net or outside the dots.
4. Coach pass new puck if a goal is scored.
5. One defender follow the rush on 3-0 and two follow the 3-1 rush.
6. Keep score.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=2013012209054791

20’
D100 Scrimmage with Extra Players on Bench
3 on 3 and 4 on 4 45” shifts – Pass to goalie on whistle.

Key Points:
Play a full ice game with the extra players on the bench. Change on the whistle.
Pass back to the goalie when changing on the whistle.

Description:
1. Play from 1-1 to 6-5.
2. Change of the whistle or players change on the go.
3. Keep score.
4. If no face-offs then scoring team touch the red line before checking.

Jim rank forwards and Alex rank D from bench. Tom on ice.


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By: ICEMAN (offline)  Thursday, September 04 2014 @ 11:29 AM GMT  

Hey Tom,

I was wondering what you are looking for when choosing your team. Obviously they have to be able to play, duh Smile

But I while you are putting the players through the practice do you:
- Talk with them - see how they are personally.
- See how they treat other teammates, coaches.
- When it comes down to it, if a player maybe a little "slower" - speed wise, do you take the player with more or better hockey sense or the quicker/faster player.

I read this blog and I would be interested to hear your thoughts

coachprusso.com/2014/08/25/recruiting-advice-directly-from-the-mouths-of-college-coaches-30-quotes/

Thank you for everything, and I mean everything,
Iceman
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Iceman, I just read that blog. I coached college for 17 years, 9 as a head coach and when you recruit you have the opportunity to look for the characteristics the various coaches talk about. Character was the most important factor I focused on because I was watching good players already. Early in my coaching career I didn't pay attention to character and ended up with lots of very selfish players with zero team concept. I remember talking with Willy Desjardins quite a few years ago and his team in Medicine Hat had the poorest season since he got there. I asked him why he thought they didn't do well and right away he said 'It was my fault, I picked Talent over Character'. His record shows that he didn't do that again.

Picking this team is very different than recruiting. They pay the money and then about 150 showed up to to try out. I did as much digging around as I could. I got info from one of my former asst. coaches whose son played last year. My son helps with a skills group that a lot of these kid's train with, so he knows quite a few of them. In the spring camp I saw how one player refused to take his earphones off when the coach was talking and that made him an automatic scratch. So I get as much info as I can and then watch them play.

The first years played a lot of games and we cut that group from 70 to 40. They joined the second years and were in 6 teams and played 4 games and then the draft. We looked for players who could skate and were first on the puck and ranked them according to skill. I have Alex my defenseman coach watching the D and Jim, my forward coach watching the F to see who is most effective in the game situations. Last night we had a lot of 1-1's and 2-1's so Alex could observe the D because he just got back from vacation. He ranked the 7 D the same as Jim. They both watched from the stands and I stayed on to run the scrimmage. It was 15' of 3 on 3 and 5' of 4-4. I had them both rank the players after. We have another practice on Friday and I will have a 30 minute scrimmage. We get 4 players from the AAA team on Sunday. They realease 12 and we get the 1-6-7 picks.

So we only drafted players who compete. Now we are trying to identify the ones who make something happen when they are on the ice. We have a game on Saturday and I have to decide whether I dress the top ranked players to see how they are vs. other AA players or the bottom ranked ones to decide who gets cut.

I just talked with Jim and he needs to see the bottom ranked F's in a real game to see who can play. So we will do that.

   

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By: TomM (offline)  Saturday, September 06 2014 @ 01:29 AM GMT  


Royals Blue Practice Plan 05-09-14 Time: 20:45-22:00 Venue: Rose Kohn

Notes:
3 goalies and 23 skaters
Final practice before first ex game and cuts.
Teach middle drive.

8’
B202 Pass to All Players


Key Points:
Give and go pass. Give a target and make eye contact before passing. Goalies participate.

Description:
1. Blues start with half on each blue line.
2. Reds weave around in the middle.
3. Red pass to each blue player.
4. Alternate sides each pass.
5. Switch every 30".


*Compete to see who makes the most passes.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/filemgmt/index.php?id=99

8’
B6 Chaos 3-0 Pass and Shoot


Key Points:
Give a target, pivot to face the puck all the time; use forehand passes and backhand only when passing forward.

Description:
1. Three players leave from each end.
2. Each group passes one puck in nzone.
3. On the whistle player with the puck shoot.
4. Other two players save ice and get a pass from the corner and shoot. a few seconds apart.

hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20101006084345432

10’
B5 Middle Drive and Cycle - 12 Seconds to Score – Both ends


Key Points:
The player in the middle lane skate hard to the top of the goal crease. The two players in opposite wide
lanes are about a quarter of a zone behind. Force the backchecker to make the proper decision.

Description:
1. Players leave from the red line.
2. R1 pass wide to R2 or R3.
3. R1 skate hard to the top of the goal crease and stop.
4. R2 and R3 follow in a second wave behind R1.
5. R3 pass across to R2 who one times the puck on net.
6. Play a rebound or a new puck shot by the coach and work together to score within 12 seconds from
the start.
7. Next group repeat.
8. Create a contest to see how many goals they can score within the time limit.

10’
B600 Double Regroup Attack 3-0


Key Points:
Regroup with each D and support from about a half zone away. Give a target and face the puck. Pass hard and always give strong side wall support and middle support.

Description:
1. Blue F1 leave and pass to F2.
2. Cross and regroup with Red D1 and D2
3. Red D1 hinge and Pass to D2.7
4. Red D2 pass to Blue F1 or F2.
5. Blue F's regroup with Blue D1 or D2.
6. Blue D's hinge and pass to Blue F.
7. Blue F's attack the far net vs either zero, one or two D.

*Options: vary the amount of F up to 3 or D up to 2. Add a dump in instead of a second regroup to work on breakouts or even a forecheck.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20120301090901108

10’
C3 - Dump-Breakout 3-0 Regroup 2-1 - Continuous – Pro


Key Points:
Defense shoulder check when going back for the puck. One forward support on the boards and the other from the middle. D skate to the big ice between the dots before passing.

Description:
1. F1 or F2 dump the puck in and D1 skate back for the puck.
2. D2 follow the play.
3. D1 make a breakout pass to F1 or F2 and follow.
4. F1 and F2 regroup with D2 in the neutral zone.
5. F1 and F2 attack 2-1 vs. D1.
6. F3 or F4 dump the puck into the far end and D2 skate back for the puck-pass to F3-F4.
7. F3 and F4 regroup with D3 in the neutral zone and attack 2-1 vs. D3.

• Continue this flow.

• Vary the number of F from 1 to 3 and use either 1 or 2 D to create more game recognition situations.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20140905093348590

10’
C3 - Dump-Breakout 5-0-Regroup-3-2 - Continuous – Pro


Key Points:
Defense shoulder check when going back for the puck. Forwards support on the boards middle and far wing. D practice D to D options and hinges as well as quick ups. D skate to the big ice between the dots before passing.

Description:
1. F1, F2 or F3 dump the puck in and D1 and D2 skate back for the puck.
2. D3 and D4 follow the play.
3. D1 or D2 make a breakout pass to F1, F2 or F3 and follow up ice.
4. Forwards regroup with D3 and D4 in the neutral zone.
5. F1-F2-F3 attack 3-2 vs. D1-D2.
6. F4-F5-F6 dump in far end and D3-D4 skate back and breakout then repeat flow.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20140905093349684

15’
D100 Scrimmage with Extra Players on Bench 3-3, 4-4


Key Points:
Play a full ice game with the extra players on the bench. Change on the whistle.

Pass back to the goalie when changing on the whistle.

Description:
1. Play from 1-1 to 6-5.
2. Change of the whistle or players change on the go.
3. Keep score.
4. If no face-offs then scoring team touch the red line before checking

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Post practice comment. I gave a little extra time for each drill because I didn't know if the players would catch on to them. They had no problem and did a great job and I didn't have to waste time explaining things again. This added ten minutes that we did a change on the go shootout. I posted a link below. I am sitting the top ranked players and giving the players on the bubble a game before doing our cuts Sunday. I get 4 cuts from the AAA team and that will give me 30 players and we can carry 19.

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Played first ex game today and won 7-6. Wasn't pretty but a lot of players showed well. Former NHL player coach Rich Preston talked to the boys between periods and they went out and scored three quick ones. I sat out 7 players who were ranked as our top ones. I have to cut ten or eleven of the ones who played today. We have decided to drop four tomorrow and we get four from the AAA team in a draft tomorrow night.


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By: TomM (offline)  Monday, September 08 2014 @ 04:06 AM GMT  

Blues Practice Plan: 07-09-14 Time: 13:30-14:45 Venue: Stu Peppard

Notes:
Puck handling, pass and shoot while skating Battling, screen, cycle, breakout, Game situations, 2-2, 4-4, 3-3

8’A2
Jim Lead Goalies also do
Russian Puck-Handling Warm-up


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.

8’
B6 Jursi Skate-Pass-Shoot


Key Points:
This is a drill that Russian Olympic coach Vladimir Jursinov used
when I was coaching with him in Austria. The goal is to get players
to practice passing and shooting while they skate. Puck handlingpassing-
shooting should be seamless.

Description:
1. A and B skate down the ice in passing while skating.
2. A is on the inside and continues on with a shot while skating.
3. B pivots facing the puck and continues the other direction passing to C.
4. B shoots and C partners with D the other way.
# This can be done in tandem on both sides of the ice.

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14’
Description:


1. One team is lined up behind each faceoff dot. From one to tree players leave at a time.
2. The next player in line plays the joker at the point and must pass or shoot within a second. Defenders do not check the joker as he
can’t go in and score.
3. The coach dumps the puck in or shoots on net and the teams race for the puck. Whoever gets the puck can shoot right away.
4. When the defending team gets the puck they must pass to their joker at the point to transition to offense.
5. If the puck is shot out of the zone the coach passes to the non offending joker.
6. Play 20-30” and on the whistle the players pass to the coach and skate hard out of the zone before the coach shoots a new puck in.

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14’ 2 x 6 min. games
DT400 3-3 Perry Pearn Game Rotation


Key Points:

This game allows the coach to focus on the attack or defending deep in the zone. You can play this game in situations from 1-1 to
5-5. It is a great rotation to practice specialty teams if you have 3 lines because it gives the players some rest and they alternate
between pp and pk (one F would leave the zone) The defenders have to clear the zone with control of the puck. With situations
over a 3 on 3 I would move the resting players back to the far blue line.

Description:

1. Players line up within a stick length of the red line if you have 2 groups or only ½ ice; otherwise behind the red or far blue line.
2. Three players attack three defenders.
3. Defenders must carry the puck out of the zone before passing to team waiting team mates.
4. Three new players attack vs the original offensive players.
5. Keep score, implement skill (only forehand passes) or team play rules (goals originate from below the goal line).

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11’
DT100 Continuous 2 on 2


Key Points:
Forwards cover D and D cover F's. One D should join the attack to create triangles. Defenders play tight gaps and attackers create 2 on 1's on the rush.

Description:

1. Forwards line up on one side and defense on the other.
2. Start with a 2 on 2 attack F1 and F2 vs D1 and D2.
3. When the puck enters the zone defensive F1 and F2 support D and attacking team D1 and D2 support F's.
4. Play 4 on 4 in the zone.
5. If the puck is dumped out with no possession the offensive team regroup and attack again.
6. The supporting players who joined the play now go 2 on 2 in the other direction.
7. F2 - F3 support D1 and D2 and D3 and D4 support attacking F1 and F2.

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20 min.
D100 Scrimmage with Extra Players on Bench


Key Points:

Play a full ice game with the extra players on the bench. Change on the whistle or on their own.
Pass back to the goalie when changing on the whistle.

Description:

1. Play from 1-1 to 6-5.
2. Change of the whistle or players change on the go.
3. Keep score.
4. If no face-offs then scoring team touch the red line before checking.
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Cut two F and one D tonight. Then a draft of the 12 players the AAA team cut. We chose 1-6-7-12 and got three of our four top ranked players. Two F, one D and one G. Now we know the make-up of our team. We have a practice Monday, Wed and a tournament F-Sat-Sun. We have to get down to 19 players by Thursday.


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By: TomM (offline)  Monday, September 08 2014 @ 05:55 PM GMT  

Blue Practice Plan: 08-09-14 Time:17:45-18:45 Venue: Stu Peppard

Notes: Evaluation Practice
Warm-up skate and shoot, 3-0 Breakout-Regroup 2-1, 5-0 Breakout-Regroup 3-2 30 minute scrimmage, Shoot-out
Release 4 skaters and 1 goalie after practice.


6’
B6 - 1 High 1 x 2 Low Shooting - Pro


Key Points:

Shoot with your feet moving. Go to the other corner when finished. Rebound for the next shooter.

Description:

1. One player leave from each corner.
2. One high one low on each side.
3. Shoot, follow the shot.
4. Each shooter rebound for the next shooter.

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Same drill with agility skating added.

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5’
C3 - Dump-Breakout 3-0 Regroup 2-1 - Continuous – Pro


Key Points:

Defense shoulder check when going back for the puck. One forward support on the boards and the other from the middle. D skate to the big ice between the dots before passing.

Description:

1. F1 or F2 dump the puck in and D1 skate back for the puck.
2. D2 follow the play.
3. D1 make a breakout pass to F1 or F2 and follow.
4. F1 and F2 regroup with D2 in the neutral zone.
5. F1 and F2 attack 2-1 vs. D1.
6. F3 or F4 dump the puck into the far end and D2 skate back for the puck-pass to F3-F4.
7. F3 and F4 regroup with D3 in the neutral zone and attack 2-1 vs. D3.

• Continue this flow.

• Vary the number of F from 1 to 3 and use either 1 or 2 D to create more game recognition situations.

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5’
C3 - Dump-Breakout 5-0-Regroup-3-2 - Continuous – Pro


Key Points:

Defense shoulder check when going back for the puck. Forwards support on the boards middle and far wing. D practice D to D options and hinges as well as quick ups. D skate to the big ice between the dots before passing.

Description:

1. F1, F2 or F3 dump the puck in and D1 and D2 skate back for the puck.
2. D3 and D4 follow the play.
3. D1 or D2 make a breakout pass to F1, F2 or F3 and follow up ice.
4. Forwards regroup with D3 and D4 in the neutral zone.
5. F1-F2-F3 attack 3-2 vs. D1-D2.
6. F4-F5-F6 dump the puck into the far end and D3-D4 skate back for the puck and breakout.
7. F4-F5-F6 regroup with D5-D6 in the neutral zone and attack 3-2 vs. D3-D4.

• Continue this flow.

• Instead of the first regroup D3 or D4 could dump the puck in the other corner and D1-D2 break out again before the regroup and 3-2.

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30’
D100 Scrimmage with Extra Players on Bench


Players are divided into two teams of Green vs. Various Colours.

Key Points:

Play a full ice game with the extra players on the bench. Change on their own.

Face-offs and review Dzone FO alignment.

Description:

1. Play from 1-1 to 6-5.
2. Change of the whistle or players change on the go.
3. Keep score.

9’
E1 Speed Scoring 2-1 to 2-2 – Finland


Watch for Speed and Compete
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Key Points:

The purpose is to attack as quickly as possible and pass and shoot while skating.

Description:

1. Start from one end and when everyone is gone go the other way.
2. Attackers 1 and 2 leave from above the hash marks.
3. Defender 1 is inside the top of the circle with his stick upside down start forward and turn to back skating.
4. Defender 2 start from below the circle and back check.
5. Attacker 1 and 2 race down the ice to score and only ONE PASS is allowed.
6. Keep score.

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We identified the team we want but weren't able to make any cuts because of a technicality so we will have to release 6 skaters and 2 G after the Wednesday practice. The other teams get 2 ex games and we only got one. So that makes it harder even though we have done lots of game situations they are never the same as a game vs. opponents with enough rest between shifts and a score clock, fans, etc..




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By: TomM (offline)  Wednesday, September 10 2014 @ 11:00 PM GMT  

The plan for our one hour ice time tonight was to warm-up, have a 45 minute scrimmage and then make our final 8 releases BUT we had a big SNOW storm. The wet snow has destroyed the tree that I sit under all summer and the arena had no power so practice has been postponed ti tomorrow. It is the deadline to get down to 19 players. (The most unmanageable number possible for hockey).

It seems like we aren't meant to cut anyone.

We are in a tournament playing one game each day F-S-Sun and have a league ex game Sat. Then we practice Monday and another league ex game on Tues. So five games in five days. We haven't practiced as a team yet and have done no on ice team play.

We also have a parent meeting Sunday when we get back.

I will have to get out my magnetic board to go over things and they will have to learn as we go. I think one concept at a time. i.e. Foreheck game one, dzone 2, pk 3, pp 4. Review 5.

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Yikes!! now some parents didn't get the email that practice is cancelled today. Not happy campers but I don't think they want to complain too much given the team still hasn't been finalized. Not good.


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By: TomM (offline)  Friday, September 12 2014 @ 01:59 PM GMT  

Tough day at the Arena. We scrimmaged another AA team for an hour and then I had to cut our team from 4 G to 2 G and 23 F to 17 F. Some very sad 13-14 year old boy's. Most of the ones released can play at this level.

Now the team is picked and we can start to develop a team culture and teach them the habits and skills they need to be successful and able to move on to the next level. We play 4 games the next 3 days. One tonight, two tomorrow and one on Sunday. We practice Monday and play again Tuesday. So five games in five days. After the tournament we get on our regular schedule of 3 practices and two games a week for the rest of the month.

When we finally start to practice as a team my focus is going to be on Individual Defensive Skills.
The posting Practice Drills and Games to Teach Angling www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=6867&topic=6867#6867 has a lot of the activities we will do to work on these skills. You can't play defense until you can win a 1 on 1.



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By: TomM (offline)  Saturday, September 13 2014 @ 12:45 PM GMT  

Won our first game 5-3 but lost one F (broken collarbone) and one D (concussion and neck injury) and they will both be out a few months. They got all their goals on the power play. We haven't done any team play yet. We play another game this morning and a third late this afternoon.and another tomorrow morning.

We chose players who compete hard and then ranked them on skill and the team did compete very hard.

I hope we don't get any more injuries.
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Game Two:

The player with the broken collarbone is out 6-8 weeks and the player with the concussion had no structural damage but is very sore and will be treated for a concussion and the length of those varies.

Before the game I brought my 3 dimensional coaching board that has been used by so many famous coaches from around the world. We set it up on a table in the lobby and went over team play. We did the Tsunami forecheck, low press pk and dzone coverage.

I brought in two famous European coaches to show the Forecheck and Defensive zone coverage.


T4 - Defensive Zone Coverage 5 on 5-Mikko


Famous Finnish Coach Mikko talks about defensive zone coverage. First 7 minutes using a white board and then he uses a 3 dimensionsional magnetic board.
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TSUNAMI 2-1-2 Forecheck
Jaroslav a famous coach from the Czech Republic shows how you can forecheck aggressively using the concepts of Total Hockey. 1-2-3-4-5 read and react.
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The other team didn't seem like it was AA calibre and we won 10-1. We played very well. We play another game at 5:30 and it will be our third one in 21 hours. Hope we still have some glycogen left in the muscles. The important thing is that they play well and continue to have good habits like facing the puck, taking 3 + hard stride to open ice when they get the puck, doing the middle drive. 4th man up on the rush, etc..

Game Three: This wasn't part of the tournament but was a league exhibition game and we played the team we beat 5-3 and injured two of our players. We just didn't have energy and lost 4-7. We had players covering their scorers but they played soft and lost 1 on 1's on the puck and covering away from the puck. We were very timid the first period and I think the players were afraid of getting hurt because neither injury was the result of a hockey play. I can't say that I blame them.

Game Four: Finished off with a 5-5 tie vs the home team, so we won the tournament wit a 2-0-1 record. We found out we can score but giive up way too many goals. Another ex game on Tuesday and we finally have our first two practices Wed. Th. We have no affiliate players yet, so we will have to have 2D play F again and run with 13 skaters.

We got another injury (deep charlie horse) and a player is gone on a school field trip all week, so we had 7 F and 6 D today so two D played F.

The boy who got hit from behind has some damage to his cv 4 and 5 and a concussion and will be out 6-8 weeks.

It is such a chicken sh-- play to cross check someone from behind into the boards.

Update on Injury: Injured player needs a walker to get around in the hospital and has trouble getting a drinking cup up to his mouth. Today they are allowing him to go home. We are waiting for a prognosis from the doctor.

The organization had a parent meeting to explain fees, fit for track suits and bomber jackets then introduce the coaching staff. We talked a little bit about our philosophy and I explained that our goal is to help them all become better players and winning will take care of itself.

All of these games have showed what we are good at and what we need to work on first which is individual defensive skills. We are not getting outnumbered on the scoring chances against but are losing 1 on 1's and not tying up sticks on rebounds or boxing out in front, etc. I have to get Gaston to work on a few players stride. They don't push sideways initially and that really makes for a short weak push. I have one player who is only 4'10" and 85 lbs. and he is one of the best skaters I have ever coached. We call him little Scott Niedermeyer. One of our forwards is 6' and 200 lbs. So this 13-14 year old age group has the biggest size difference you ever see and the hockey guru's of our country have decided that this is the time to start body checking.

Tuesday game: We had 6 D and 7 F. Dominated the first period and led 2-0. Kind of ran out of gas in the second and the game was tied. Went up 3-2 then they tied it and the game ended 3-3. Two D played F and struggled there.

I tried to do the last few paragraphs on my I phone but make way to many mistakes in spelling.


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By: TomM (offline)  Wednesday, September 17 2014 @ 07:01 PM GMT  


Blue Practice Plan Date: 17-09-14 Time: 16:15 Venue: Stu Peppard


Notes:

Only 13 skaters – 3 injuries – 1 school trip 2G, 6D, 7F
Focus on individual defensive skills. Stick on the puck, body on body
Tight gaps, taking sticks in the slot Boxing out in front, angling


10’ – Jim Lead
A2 Russian Puck-Handling Warm-up with Shots


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.

10’ – explain and demonstrate hinging
B600 Double Regroup Options


Key Points:

Regroup with each D and support from about a half zone away. Give a target and face the puck. Pass hard and always give strong side wall support and middle support.

Description:

1. Blue F1 leave and pass to F2.
2. Cross and regroup with Red D1 and D2
3. Red D1 hinge and Pass to D2.7
4. Red D2 pass to Blue F1 or F2.
5. Blue F's regroup with Blue D1 or D2.
6. Blue D's hinge and pass to Blue F.
7. Blue F's attack the far net vs either zero, one or two D.

*Options: vary the amount of F up to 3 or D up to 2. Add a dump in instead of a second regroup to work on breakouts or even a forecheck.

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We will do this drill next practice as Wally Kozak came on the ice with us and did some drills that show controlled skating while angling that were a nice lead into the angling drills and games.

8’
B500 Defensive Side with Stick on the Puck


Key Points:

Player checks from the defensive side with the stick always on the attackers stick. Keep the stick on the ice when going side to side.

Description:

1. Two players work together one of offense one on defense.
2. Half rest half actice on the whistle.
3. Practice about 5" and alternate.
4. Start with no puck with offense shielding with the body defender stick on stick.
5. Progress to using a puck.

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8’ – Switch ends after 8’
B5 – Neutral Zone Angling – One end – Tom


Key Points:

Mirror the attacker from behind. Keep the attacker on the outside, approach toward the inside shoulder with the stick on the puck, shoulder in front and body on body.

Description:

1. Line up in the neutral zone with a defender following an offensive player with the puck.
2. Offensive player make moves and dekes and then turn either way to attack.
3. Defender mirror the offensive player and turn staying on the inside.
4. Defender close the gap by approaching from about a half stick behind at the inside shoulder.
5. Defender keep the stick on the puck and body on body to angle the attacker and take the puck.

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8’
B5 – Angling Along the Boards – Sw – Other end – Jim


Key Points:

Approach the puck carrier from slightly behind angling toward the back of the inside shoulder with the stick on the puck and body on body. Skate through the hands with the inside leg in front and pick up the loose puck.

Description:

1 - Players line up just outside the blue line near the dots, puck are in each corner. 2 - F1 leaves and picks up a puck in the corner then skates up the wide lane. 3 - F2 follows from slightly behind and steers F1 along the boards. 4 - F2 approaches at the back shoulder with 'body on body and stick on the puck.' 5 - F2 angle checks F1 with the inside leg in front then picks up the loose puck. 6 - F2 skates into the slot and shoot - rebounds. 7 - F2 picks up a puck from the opposite corner and F3 becomes the checker.

* Repeat alternating sides.

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8’
C2 Angling 2-1 Wally


Key Points:

Defender create an angle from inside to cut the ice in half, deflect the play wide, angle at the back of the inside shoulder with the stick on the puck and finish. Second checker mirror from a little behind.

Description:


1. Coach shoot the puck across the ice on the attacking teams half or dump it softly.
2. Red 1 race for the puck and attack the Blue net.
3. Blue 1 and 2 tag up at the blue line then arc slightly behind the puck carrier to cut the ice in half.
4. Blue 1 close the gap approaching toward the back shoulder with body on body and stick on the puck.
5. Blue 1 rub out Red 1 and Blue 2 pick up the puck.
6. Blue 1 and 2 attack the other way while Red 1 back checks.
7. Repeat with Blue 3 on offense vs. Red 1-2.

* This can also be done as a 1-1 drill to teach the concepts of angling - deflect-steer-angle-finish - body on body stick on puck.


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8’
D200 Angling Game


Key Points:


Checkers create an angle on puck carrier and take away their time and space with body on body and stick on the puck.

Description:

1. D200 lineup outside blue line.
2. On whistle carry the puck behind the net and checkers leave and create good angles.
3. Play 20-30 seconds.
4. Puck carrier can try to come out short side.
5. Keep score. Play to a certain score and losing team do something like push ups. Play a short series.

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8’
D200 Straight on Angling Game


Key Points:

Both teams go behind their net on the whistle.
Defenders close the gap and maintain the defensive side.

Description:

1. Teams are lined up behind blue line.
2. On the whistle each team skates behind their net.
3. Attackers try to score and defenders gain a tight gap and D side.
4. Play a cross ice game for 20-30"
5. On whistle pass to coach and the other team is on offense first.
6. Play from 1-1 to 3-3 also using odd man situations.

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7’
E1 - D200 Shoot-out Game


Key Points:

As soon as there is a rebound or goal the defender pick up the puck and attack the other way.

Description:

1. Coach dumps the puck in and players race for it.
2. Puck carrier try to score defender defend.
3. On rebound or goal defender attack other way.
4. Shooter must get outside of the blue line.
5. When teammate onside then first player in the line backchecks.

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By: TomM (offline)  Saturday, September 20 2014 @ 03:06 PM GMT  

We redesigned the practice because the goalie coach had a cancellation and showed up for ours, so I had to make some changes to free up one end for him.

Wally Kozak, who is our team mentor came on the ice with me. I have known Wally for 40 years; played against him, helped him coach etc. He was Dave King's asst. with the Men's National Team. He worked with me the practice before on angling techniques from the skating to the stick on the puck and angling drills. This practice he did a Dave King defensive zone play drill that was excellent as well as helped with the rest of practice.
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Blue Practice Plan Date: 18-09-14 Time: 16:15-17:30 Venue: Stu Peppard


Notes:

Tying up sticks in the slot. Cover one player Each. Maintain the defensive side. Hinging. Angling. Stick on stick.
Wally Kozak runs Dzone play section Goalie coach work with one tenders at the other.
Choose captains before practice
Each player name 4 who they think would be Good captains.
6 D-2G-8F at practice.

8’
D1 Full Ice All Play – Two Puck Game


Key Points:

Everyone plays shinny style.

Description:

1. All play at the same time.
2. Use two pucks and throw another on the ice when one is scored. Leave the pucks in the net. Count pucks when all three are scored.
3. When the goalie freezes the puck the attackers back up behind the hash marks.
4. Only one shot at a time. If the goalie isn’t watching then a goal doesn’t count.

10’
B600 Double Regroup Options


Key Points:

Regroup with each D and support from about a half zone away. Give a target and face the puck. Pass hard and always give strong side wall support and middle support.

Description:

1. Blue F1 leave and pass to F2.
2. Cross and regroup with Red D1 and D2
3. Red D1 hinge and Pass to D2.7
4. Red D2 pass to Blue F1 or F2.
5. Blue F's regroup with Blue D1 or D2.
6. Blue D's hinge and pass to Blue F.
7. Blue F's attack the far net vs either zero, one or two D.
*Options: vary the amount of F up to 3 or D up to 2. Add a dump in instead of a second regroup to work on breakouts or even a forecheck.

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8’
B5 Forecheck Skills Deflect-Steer-Angle-Finish


Key Points:

Gene Reilly shows the approach. Cut the ice in half with the stick in the passing lane and steer the player outside the dots. Angle toward the back of the inside shoulder so they can't turn back, then finish shoulder to shoulder and stick on the puck.

Description:

1. Offense group behind the net with pucks.
2. Defenders behind blue line in the middle.
3. Both start on the whistle.
4. Defender force the attacker wide angle and finish.
5. Alternate sides.
6. Players switch lines so they all angle.
7. Move the defenders back to the far blue line as the second step in the skill.

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8’
B500 Defensive Drill to Keep the Stick on the Puck – Pro


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7’
B500 Cut Backs and Escape Moves


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.

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20 min.
T3-4 King/Kozak Defensive Zone


Key Points:

Defensive player must quickly close the gamp and maintain defensive side and with stick on the puck, body on body.

Description:

1. Defender or defenders start on two knees in front of the net.
2. Attacker stands waiting for a pass from the coach. If multiple attackers then spread out.
3. Coach passes to the attacker and defender stands and defends.
4. Add another attacker and defender.
6. Add a third attacker.
7. If the puck is cleared, frozen or a goal the coach quickly passes another puck to an attacker and the play re-starts.

*Option is to have uneven situations and add attackers and defenders as you go.

*To create more space the coach and waiting players move back to the blue line. You can go up to 5-5 with this drill.


10’
DT400 Transition Game of Low Battles with Point Support


Key Points:

Great game to practice cycling, going to the net, screening, tipping, point shots, shot pass, one timers on offense. On defense you have the low zone coverage and communication skills. As well as individual techniques like sealing the stick to the outside, tying up sticks, boxing out, switching, all from the defensive side.

Description:

1. One team is lined up behind each faceoff dot. From one to tree players leave at a time.
2. The next player in line plays the joker at the point and must pass or shoot within a second.
Defenders do not check the joker as he can’t go in and score.
3. The coach dumps the puck in or shoots on net and the teams race for the puck. Whoever gets
the puck can shoot right away.
4. When the defending team gets the puck they must pass to their joker at the point to transition
to offense.
5. If the puck is shot out of the zone the coach passes to the non offending joker.
6. Play 20-30” and on the whistle the players pass to the coach and skate hard out of the zone before the coach shoots a new puck in.


*We added the rule to this and the next game that if anyone turned their back on the puck or lost D side all had to do 1 push up and the offender 5. The offending player had to do these without being told.


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9’
DT400 Perry Pearn Game Rotation


Key Points:

This game allows the coach to focus on the attack or defending deep in the zone. You can play this game in situations from 1-1 to 5-5. It is a great rotation to practice specialty teams if you have 3 lines because it gives the players some rest and they alternate between pp and pk (one F would leave the zone) The defenders have to clear the zone with control of the puck. With situations over a 3 on 3 I would move the resting players back to the far blue line.

Description:

1. Players line up within a stick length of the red line if you have 2 groups or only ½ ice; otherwise behind the red or far blue line.
2. Three players attack three defenders.
3. Defenders must carry the puck out of the zone before passing to team waiting team mates.
4. Three new players attack vs the original offensive players.
5. Keep score, implement skill (only forehand passes) or team play rules (goals originate from below the goal line).

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1’ summary

Pick captains before practice each player gives me 4 names of good candidates. I agreed with their choices and we named captains before going on the ice.
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Yikes!! Won 6-5 vs. my two former asst. coaches. We took zero penalties because we had the stick on the puck and hands down. Gave up 5 goals because of throwing the puck away blindly in our end and everyone watching the puck and not getting a man. We didn't lose 1 on 1 battles but were just sloppy in our zone. Last man carrying the puck a few times trying to beat two guys and winger making blind passes into the middle of the ice on breakouts.

Haven't worked on breakouts yet so can't expect better but the game really showed our offensive ability and defensive warts.

Ended the pre-season with a 3-1-2 record.




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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, September 23 2014 @ 03:20 PM GMT  

This is the last practice before we open the season. It is the first time we have done either power play or penalty killing on ice. Only 60 minutes so we have to be efficient.
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Blue Practice Plan Date: 22-09-14 Time: 19:00-20:00 Venue: Stu Peppard

Notes: Team Play Practice

D moving their feet and working together. Power Play, penalty kill. Puck support game. breakout options

8’
B202 – Shoot – Breakout - Pass Wide - Shoot x 2 – Pro


Key Points:

Give a target, face the puck, follow the shot for a rebound before getting a new puck, pass hard.

Description:

Players line up along the boards and the middle with two lines facing each way.

1. #1’s Start with a shot from the far wing.
2. Get a new puck from the corner and pass to 2 in the middle.
3. #2 make a quick up to 3 in the wide lane.
4. #3 shoot, follow the shot, get a new puck in the corner and pass to 4.
*Continue this flow and players rotate shooter to boards and then to the middle. Do this from both sides.

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7’ Rule must be enforced by coaches.
D4 Players Breakout before Attacking


Key Points:

To transition from defense to offense all the players must come out over the blue line and stay on side when they turn back to attack.
The coach can designate modified rules for the game to work on either individual or team play skills.

Description:

1. One team attacks with the puck and tries to score.
2. The defending team must breakout over the blueline and then turn back and attack.

*Individual skills can be worked on. i.e.

- Always face the puck give a target, give and go.


5’ D at one end with Alex F with Jim at other end for 10 minutes.

T1-2 - Breakout Options – Wheel, Go, Counter

Key Points: Principles for the Wheel, Go and Counter, with Terry Johnson a former NHL Defenseman. The key is skating hard to force the checker to commit and then choosing the option.

Description:

1. Coach shoot the puck in and the D skate to the puck and then at a 45 degree angle to force the checker to cross over.
2. Wheel behind the net, cut up near the far post and pass to the point for a shot on net.
3. Critical point is to make the checker do what you want them to. If you skate to where you are going to pass first then the checker can get a good angle and steal the puck.
4. Go by skating hard one way and then tight turn away from pressure. Pass to the point for a shot.
5. Counter when the checker doesn’t chase behind the net.
6. Coach shoots the puck in and the player drive skates behind the net and then tight turns to come back the original way.
7. Pass to the wing who skates out and passes across to the point for a shot on net.

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5’
B - T1-2 Breakouts vs. Checker – TJ


Key Points:

The defender must drive skate when they get the puck and read whether the checker chases behind, goes in front etc. Skate at a 45 degree angle to the net to make the checker cross-over and decide to wheel, go(cut back) or counter.

Description:

1. Shoot the puck into the corner and the coach or player gives pressure.
2. Shoulder check and read inside pressure then skate at a 45 degree angle toward the net to make the checker cross-over.
3. Tight turn away from pressure and pass to a player on the boards who passes to another player at the point who shoots.
4. Counter by skating behind the net and out the same way if the checker doesn’t chase behind.
5. Read if the checker is taking away the middle or the boards and pass to the open player.
6. Use a backhand pass if you need to miss the defenders stick in the passing lane or to protect the puck from a checker.
7. Quick feet make everything possible. If everyone is covered then carry the puck up the middle.

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5’
B5 Middle Drive and Cycle - 10 Seconds to Score


Key Points: Jim with Forwards

The player in the middle lane skate hard to the top of the goal crease. The two players in opposite wide
lanes are about a quarter of a zone behind. Force the backchecker to make the proper decision.

Description:

1. Players leave from the red line.
2. R1 pass wide to R2 or R3.
3. R1 skate hard to the top of the goal crease and stop.
4. R2 and R3 follow in a second wave behind R1.
5. R3 pass across to R2 who one times the puck on net.
6. Play a rebound or a new puck shot by the coach and work together to score within 12 seconds from the start.
7. Next group repeat.
8. Create a contest to see how many goals they can score within the time limit.

5’
D400 - Middle Drive 3-3 - 10 Seconds to Score


Key Points:

Create intensity by only giving 12" for the offense to score. Attacking team uses the middle drive.

Description:

1. Start from the red line and attack 3 on 3.
2. Offensive team use the middle drive.
3. Attackers get 10 seconds to score.
4. Coach blow whistle if it takes too long.
5. On transition or whistle pass to the players at the blue line.
6. Team who was on offense now skate to the blue line and defend.

10’ F and D together
B T1-2 Breakout D to D 3-0 – TJ


Key Points:

Centre must mirror the D from the middle skating parallel and give a target. Stay behind the D so he can skate into the puck. D must drive skate when they get the puck.

Description:

1. Coach pass to D1 who drive skates at a 45 degree angle to the net.
2. D1 pass across to D2 who hinges up ice.
3. D2 pass to the C.
4. Forwards attack 3-0 at the far end.
5. Add D1 to D2 back to D1.
6. Add coach cover one of the D so they either go D to D or tight turn and up to the wing.

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15’ Each group work on pp and pk for 5’.
T2 Kingston Power Play and Team Play Rotation


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.
- Group 1 will practice the pp with Jim while group 2 is active on the pk and group 3 are the Jokers on the pp.

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10’ Use red and green pinnies and 5 whites together to make 3 units of 5.
TD400 Specialty Team Scrimmage

Key Points:

Rotation is Attack-Defend-Rest. Number the players so they know when to not defend. In even numbered situations you can require the defenders to breakout into the neutral zone before passing.

Description:

1. Power play attack vs 2 Fand 2 D.
2. Defenders ice the puck and rest.
3. Group waithing at far blue attack.
4. Original attackers now defend 1 short.
5. Goalies rotate in.
6. Create any situation by changing the number of attackers or defenders.
7. Even strength can also be practiced.

*Option is to have waiting players breakout from behind the goal line and do a pk forecheck.





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By: TomM (offline)  Wednesday, September 24 2014 @ 05:08 PM GMT  


Blue Practice Plan Date: 24-09-14 Time: 17:45-19:00 Venue: Stu Peppard

Notes:
Point shots, shot blocking, 2-0 rush options Big moves, loosen shoulders
1-1, 2-1, regroups, D join rush, F backcheck, Transition
Puck Support 2” game, shoot-out



10’ Jim Demonstrate
A200 Russian Olympic Coach Teaches Puck Handling

Key Points:

Make hard fakes and sell them to the defender. Separate the movement of the upper and lower body. Create puck handling sequences that flow together. Learn to use the forehand and the backhand and have loose shoulders and the hands away from the body. Don’t over handle the puck.

Description:

A. Warm-up with backward cross-over skating and reach with the stick in a balanced position.
B. Practice moves and fakes while skating down the ice and finish with a shot on net.
1. Fake the slapshot with a convicing fake and finish with the stick hitting the ice.
2. Fake the slapshot and accelarate around the defender on the forehand.
3. Fake the slapshot and move like you are going around on the forehand but quickly pull the puck across to the backhand.
4. Fake a backhand pass or shot and rotate the body in a convincing manner.
5. Fake the backhand and pull the puck across to the forehand.
6. Fake the slapshot and pull the puck to the backhand, fake a backhand and pull the puck to the forehand.
7. Fake a wrist shot and spin on the backhand.
8. Fake a wrist shot and spin to the forehand.
9. Fake a backhand shot-across to the forehand then fake a wrist shot and across to the backhand.
10. Combine the moves.

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8’
B6 or B4 Crossover Skating and Puckhandling


Key Points:

This is a great skating and puck handling warm up drill. Many variations can be used with the puck or in skating tasks.
Do a different skill in each zone. Keep the feet moving it is crossover in large #8's and not tight turns. You can also do as a B6 and start out of opposite corners.

Description:

Cross Overs and Puck Handling Skills

Do figure 8's in each zone.

1. Quick hands and quick feet fwd
2. Skate backwards
3. Face the far end transition skate
4. Carry puck using only the forehand
5. Use only the backhand.

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9’ Forwards at one end go only one direction.

[Jurii 2-0 Sequence - It won't paste here but is on the pdf at the bottom

9’ Defense at one end.

B2 - Defense One Timer Shots x 4 – Sw

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8’ Forwards at one end

B6 - F Block Point Shots – Sw

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10’
C6, 2-0, Regroup, 2-1 Back Do 1-1 then 2-1


Key Points:

Forwards pass to the outside and skate to the middle with the puck. Face the puck all the time. D pivot with the puck. D work with the goalie and only give away poor shots. Forwards attack with speed and make the first play early. One high one low; one fast one slow.

Description:

1. F1 and F2 leave from diagonal corners.
2. D1 leave from diagonal corners.
3. F's regroup with D in nzone.
4. F's skate to far blue-D follow.
5. F's turn at own blueline.
6. F's attack 2-2 vs. D1's.

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10’
DT100 Continuous - D Join Play - F Backcheck


Start 1-1 move to 2-1

Key Points:

On transition all the players must go from offense to defense and defense to offense.
Sequence: Forwards - give passive support - attack - backcheck - defend - make breakout - rest.
Defense - give passive support - defend - join attack - forecheck-rest.

Description:

In the diagram the F are circles and D are triangles. Positions are labelled.

1. Blue F1 and F2 attack vs Red D1.
2. Red F1 and F2 and Blue D1 give passive support above circles. (as in a Erkka)
3. On transition, after a goal or frozen puck red D1 pass up to red F1 or F2.
4. Red F1 and F2 attack vs Blue D1.
5. Original attackers blue F1 and F2 backcheck and original defeder red D1 join the attack.
6. Play 3-3 in the zone
7. Blue F3 and F4 and red D2 wait above circles to transition the other way and blue D1 join the attack while red F1 and F2 backcheck
8. Red D2 and blue F3 and F4 support from above the circles ready to go the other way. Continue this rotation.

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12’
D1-D100 Two Second Game


Key Points:

Supporting players must give close support plus depth and width. Puck carrier must skate hard to open ice and use escape moves, drive skating and cut backs to create passing lanes.
*This game can be played full, cross, half ice.

Great game for on ice awareness, passing skills and offensive support and defensive coverage.


Description:

1. Play full ice with either all the players on the ice at once or in shifts.
2. Players can be in possession of the puck for a maximum of 2 seconds.
3. Stress that when you get the puck the order of priorities should be:
A-Make a play.
B-Regroup.
C-Gain a zone.
3. When over 2 seconds the other team gets the puck (coach monitor).

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8’
E1 2-0 Change on Go Shootout – 1 Pass Maximum


Key Points:

The main goal of this shootout is for the goalies to battle and never give up on shots. It is more realistic if only one pass per shot is allowed but if the goal is for the goalie to battle put no restrictions on the shooters.

Description:
1. Half the team in each box and as many pucks on the blue line as the number of the largest team.
2. Two players leave from the box, get a puck from the blue line and shoot until they score.
3. After scoring race back and touch the player box gate so the next two can leave.
4. First team to score all the pucks wins.
5. Losers do a chore or exercise.

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Most of the practice went well but I wasn't pleased with the Point Shot Drill. We need to have the next pair ready to shoot right away and the pair that just finished rotate. We have 6 D now so 2 groups of 3 would have been much more active with more shots. First time I have done it.
The transition game was a disaster. These players haven't done full ice transition games and I should have started with a simple continuous 1-1, 2-1 instead of having the D join and F backcheck. They need to learn the flow and then adding more players is easy. I started at step 3 instead of step 1. We played the 2" game 3 on 3 but had to with only 14 skaters. One was sick. It is a real challenge for them right now as they are not used to doing things right away like moving to open ice, getting their head up, getting open, give and going. We will do this game in different forms all season.

Fitness testing tonight, a practice Friday, game Saturday, practice Sunday, Monday and game Tuesday. We lost the first game 2-1 even though we tied it with 12" left. The ref blew his whistle for some unknown reason as we were shooting the puck into the empty net. He apologized after but the goal didn't count. We played very well.






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By: TomM (offline)  Friday, September 26 2014 @ 04:16 PM GMT  

Team was tested for fitness and was all over the place on the beep test. Excellent to poor.

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Blue Practice Plan Date: 26-09-14 Time: 20:15-21:30 Venue: Stu Peppard

Notes:
Breakout, defensive zone review, protect puck, escape moves,
Point shots, screening the goalie, 1-1, 2-1 Puck support, loose shoulders




8’
B6 – 3 Shots, 3 Zig zags, 3 Shots


Key Points:

3 Leave from diagonal corners about 2" apart, skate around circle then shoot, get a pass from
the other corner, skate 3 zig zags betweeen the blue line and the top of the cricles the fill the 3
lanes and shoot.

Description:

1. Make sure to leave about 2 seconds between shooters so the goalie has time to get set.
2. Follow the shot for a rebound before getting the pass.
3. Do skills while zig zagging 3 times such as;
a, carry the puck with the hands and feet moving all the time.
b. carry the puck only using the forehand side of the stick.
c. only use the backhand side of the stick.
d. transition skate facing the far end forward to backward to forward.
e. skate backward.
f. 360 degree turns.

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7’
B500 Overspeed 2-0 with a Pass


Key Points:

Players must challenge themselves out of their comfort zone. Make as many moves as possible and continue until they have shot and looked for a rebound. Take the pass and shoot right away without over handling the puck.
Stress taking the pass in the sweet spot, keep the puck ahead so you can see it (not behind your skates) and shoot while skating. Always follow the shot for a rebound.

Description:

1. Line up along boards on one side.
2. Players 1 and 2 start on the goal line.
3. Players 3 and 4 leave and make moves at top speed.
4. Coach whistle every 7" and they players attack the net.
5.Closest attacker give and go with 1 or 2.
6. Second closest do a tight turn then give and go with 1 o 2.
7. With only one goalie go one way only.
8. After passing return to the back of the line.

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7’
B6 Point Shots


Key Points:


Skate forward inside the dot before pivoting to. Shoot low for a tip in or rebound. One time the second shot in option two. Hit the net. Everyone practice this skill.

Description:

Option One

a. One pass to two and then screen goalie.
b. Two drag and shoot.
c. One go to point for a shot then opposite corner.
d. Three pass to four then screen goalie.
e. Four drag and shoot.

Option Two

f. Two stay at the mid point and get a pass from four and shoot before rotating.

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8’
DT400 Active Jokers at Point


Key Points

Each team has two jokers at the point. Introduce the game allowing jokers to check jokers and then add that jokers can come in for one timer shots.
This transition game creates three situations. In the first part the players at the point must get open and take a shot or make a pass. The defender practices covering the point. In the second part add that the jokers at the point can come in for a one timer shot

Description:

Part One: Each team has 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.

Part Two:

4.Jokers can jump in for one timer shots.
5. Defending joker should cover the attacking joker when he jumps in.

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5’ Pass D to W then D to C

B5 Murdoch Breakout Routine A and B

Key Points:


This is a good routine to use at the start of practice instead of just skating around the ice aimlessly.


- Work for 5-10 min. and get in a lot of reps.
- D shoulder check on the way to the puck.
- Forwards funnel through middle lane and watch puck before swinging up the boards.

Description:

A. Coach shoots puck in and D gets the puck and passes to the wing who times his skating from inside to outside. D to W back to D and up to wing. Then repeat on the other side. All forwards
take turns getting the pass on the wing. Then do D to C.

B. Coach shoots the puck in and D skates back to get in while the wing times his skating from the middle to the outside lane. www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?s=20080720200745971
The D drives the back of the net and stops and goes out the same direction making a counter pass

5’
B5 Murdoch Breakout Routine C and D


Key Points:

Defenseman Shoulder check on the way to read the forechecking pressure.
Forwards read the play from the middle lane and time it so they are skating up the boards for the pass. If the forechecker follows you behind use the reverse.

Description:

C. Coach dumps the puck in and the D gets in and drive skates hard to the back of the net and up the ice between the dots. Pass D to C to D to W.
D. Coach dumps the puck in and the D gets it and drive skates to the back of the net to draw the forechecker then passes back off the boards to the other D who has called reverse from the front of the net. D2 passes to C to D2 to W and out.

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10’
DT100 Continuous 1-1. 2-1


Key Points:

New players don't leave the line-up until the puck enters the offensive zone. On dump outs no one change but go back and regroup with the same players. Changes occur when the puck is over the offensive blue line or controlled over the defensive blue line.

Description:

1. Attack 1-1 with D getting support from 1 F and F from one D.
2. Defending F1 cover the point.
3. New offensive D join and play point.
4. On transition attack 1-1 thru nzone.
5. Continue flow with new O and D support. -Continue the flow of 1-1 in nzone and 2-2 at each end.

-Dump-ins and regroups can be added.

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10’ Goalies rotate at the other end.

T4 Teaching Defensive Zone Coverage 2-1-2


Key Points:

Tie up sticks in the slot, keep sticks in the passing lane and shin pads in front of the
puck.
When doing man on and box behind closest player is aggressive from the inside to the
outside body on body and stick on the puck.

Description:

Teach defensive zone coverage by giving the offense 45 seconds to score.


A. Play a tight box and one in the low slot area. Players can only move a few strides but
stay in a tight 2-1-2 formation.

B. Closest defender pressure the puck right away while teammates form a box behind.
When the puck is passed away drop to a corner of the box or take the player to the net.
If the offense has three attackers cycling on one side D2 must move to that side and F2
drops to the hash marks to cover the front of the net.

8’ Goalies alternate at far end.
T4 Defensive Zone Coverage 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-5 - Pro


Key Points
:
The defenders must read even and outnumber situations and the star and then recognize their responsibility on the 3 on 5.

Description:

Players wait outside the blue line and the coach changes the situation.

1 – Dump the puck in and start with a 1-1.
2 – Add an offensive player for 2-1.
3 – Defenseman comes in for 2-2.
4 – Add a new attacker for a 3-2.
5 – Three defending forwards come in and defend the 3-5.

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Looking at the same drill thinking about the offensive attack.

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7’
E1 Shootout 2 Shots


Key Points:

Players should come in and make a hard move and shoot. The general rule on a breakaway is if the goalie is out far deke and if he backs in shoot.

Description:

1. Teams lines up across from each other and the pucks are in the middle circle.
2. One player from each team leaves and shoot at opposite ends.
3. The same players turn back and get another puck from the middle and shoot at the other end.
4. Continue until all the players have shot and keep score.
- You can also decide the winner by saying the most goals in a certain time or the first team to 10 or another total wins.
- Players that score no goals do 2 laps, those who score one goal skate one lap and those who score on both shots zero laps.

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This was the best practice we have had so far. Tempo was good and the players were engaged. They were working so hard in the full ice transition game that I let it go longer and we didn't do the shootout at the end. I let the coach work with my goalies a little longer and we didn't use a goalie for the team play drill at the end.
Instead of positions for the continuous 1-1 and 2-1 I had the whites vs. the darks and the next players left and had to play either forward or defense according to reading the game 1-2-3-4-5. We are teaching 'Total Hockey', so it was perfect for that. I am going to use this flow but vary the situations by sending out different numbers of players from each team. We did this with a different transition game when I was coaching with Willie Desjardins at the university. 1-2 or 3 players support the rush or the defense and they have to communicate. I am going to write it up for the Daily Drills section .





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By: TomM (offline)  Sunday, September 28 2014 @ 09:30 PM GMT  


Blue Practice Plan 28-03-14 Time: 10:00-11:15 Venue: Stu Peppard

Notes:

Focus is on individual offensive skill and Team offensive skill. Puck handling, support
Scoring, escape moves, team breakouts.



6’
A300 x 2 Skating and Puck Handling Warm-up with Shots


Key Points:

Do various moves with the puck and finish with a shot.
Description: One group rotate clockwise and the other counter clockwise. 1. Do various skating moves with the puck. 2. Big moves all around the body, in the skates, through the legs etc.

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8’
B6 3-0 Weave-Regroup at Far End – 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.

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30’
Skills Warm up Finnish U17


Key Points:

Alex take the Defense do the various breakout options and read where the pressure is coming from. Pass the puck back to the coach and move thru everyone. Forwards work on puck handling in the middle with Jim. Instead of a goalie coach Tom work on scoring skills.

Description

A. Work on breakouts in units of 5,
B. Group in middle do stick handling.
C. third group do scoring.

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Tournament

– Keep track of wins.

Game one
1 vs 4 2 vs 3

7’ - Play 4-4 at two ends.
DT5 Two Pass


Key Points:

This transition game requires on ice awareness and constant switching between game playing roles as
well as loose puck situations. Escape moves create time and space for the player. The puck carrier must
slide backward, sideways, tight turn etc.

Description:

Rules: You must make two passes before you can score and the puck must stay in the zone.

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7’ Game Two – 2 vs 4 and 1 vs 3

D4 – Two second game and Players Breakout before Attacking


Key Points:

To transition from defense to offense all the players must come out over the blue line and stay on side when they turn back to attack.
The coach can designate modified rules for the game to work on either individual or team play skills.

Description:

1. One team attacks with the puck and tries to score.
2. The defending team must breakout over the blueline and then turn back and attack.
2” only with the puck.


7’ Game three 3-4 and 1-2

Rule: Only one pass allowed in the offensive zone.

10’
E1 Change on the Go with Pass 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:

1. Players are in the box and one puck on each blue line for every player.
2. Player from each team leaves the box and tries to score.
3. If they score they race to the box and touch the boards and then the next player can leave.
4. If they don't score they pass to the next player who comes out of the box.
5. Losing team do something for every goal they lose by.
*To make it realistic the goalie should practice starting from the goal line and coming out.

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Played the night before and won 3-0. 51 shots for and 29 shots against. Their chances came from sloppy blind passes or turn-overs on high rish/low reward situations. We work very hard and only got one coincedental penalty because our sticks are on the ice and on the puck for the most part. This creates great checking angles and lots of turn-overs. Their goalie played very well. Our goalie had to earn his shutout because of the turn-overs.

We did this practice this morning and it had good tempo and we accomplished a lot. Jim said that a lot of the players have a hard time stick handling around their body becaue the hands are too wide apart and gripping the middle of the stick too tightly. I focused on offensive zone team play and introduced more power play options that are also good for even strength. Alex said the breakouts were good except for players passing much too softly. Many players struggled with the weave and didn't get into the wide lanes.

So we have lots of work to do. 30 SA is too many and we should be scoring more with 51 SF. Enforcing the rule that they must do 3 push ups every time they miss the net in drills has been effective because we hit the net on almost every shot in the game.
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By: TomM (offline)  Monday, September 29 2014 @ 10:28 PM GMT  

Lotsa practices in a row with no game til Saturday so I want to really get the players better at puck handling and playing with good offensive habits. We are going to work in stations with the goalies at one end, Jim doing stickhandling and Alex and I a game with the stick upside down for D side practice. We then play 'games that teach the game.' the rest of practice. I have three more sessions this week before our Saturday game vs. a very skilled team.
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Blue Practice Plan Date: 29-09-14 Time: 20:15-21:30 Venue: Stu Peppard


Notes:
Theme of the Practice is ‘Good Playing Habits” Face the puck, stick on the ice,
3 hard strides with the puck, Face the play With the puck. Escape moves, puck control
360 degrees, puck support Keeping defensive side with stick upside Down.
Sport Psychologist meet with the team Before practice to discuss team building
Ideas.

10’ Jim lead.
A200 Russian Puck Handling – Fake Shots and Finish with a Shot


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.

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8’ Focus is to always face the puck – Middle Drive
B202 - 3 on 0 Neutral Zone Passes - Pro Key Point: Make one touch pass to each player. Face the puck and give a target.

Description:

1. Players line up behind the blue line in 3 lines.
2. On whistle leave and exchange one touch passes in the neutral zone to each player.
3. Attack 3-0 at the original end.
4. Opposite group repeat.

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20’ 10’ x 2

Two stations. Jim Puckhandling – Tom and Alex DT400 Game


One end Goalie work Jim – in middle Puck handle.


JF with one goalie at a time.

10’ x 2
DT400 1-1, 2-2, Support-Attack-Defend


Key Points:

Defending player stay on the defensive side. Supporitng player give a target for the pass and get into an open lane.

Description:

Defend with Stick upside Down turn stick upright after the first shot.

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. Practice various situations.

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12 ‘ 45” shifts
D1 One Pass in Each Zone


Key Points:


Close support, skate to open ice with the puck, give a target.

Description:

1. Play full ice either in shifts or all on the ice at once.
2. There must be at least one pass made in each zone. If not the other team gets the puck.
3. Controlled scrimmage so everyone stop on the whistle for coach input.
4. With shifts in a D100 game pass back to the goalie on the whistle.

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8’ Take 1’ to put pinnies on two teams.

1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3
D4 Two Pass Game with only Forehand Passes


Key Points:

This game causes a few things to happen. Transition from puck carrier to pass support, checking the puck carrier to covering away from the puck happen very quickly. The puck carrier must use pivoting, escape moves and puck protection skills to pass on the forehand and everyone must face the puck and give a target.

Description:
1. Players must stay inside the blueline and if they puck goes out the other team gets it.
2. Before scoring the offensive team must make at least two passes.
3. When the defenders regain the puck they must make at least two passes before a shot.
4. Make rules with skills for skating, shooting, passing or good habits.
In this game the rule is that you can only pass on the forehand. If a player does a back hand pass the other team gets the puck.

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8’
2 vs 4 and 1-3
D4 Two Pass Regroup with Jokers Below the Goal Line and Escape Moves Required before passing.


Key Points:


This transition game requires on ice awareness and constant switching between game playing roles as well as loose puck situations. Escape moves create time and space for the player. The puck carrier must slide backward, sideways, tight turn etc.

Description:

Rules: You must regroup with a Joker to go on offense. Before passing or shooting you must make an escape move. Jokers battle jokers but must stay behind the line. Two passes must be made before scoring.

Game One:
Transition to offense requires the player must regroup with the player below the goal line.

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8’
3 vs 4 and 1 vs 2


Two second game with goals only on one timers.

This is a game that the Finnish U17 played last Christmas morning on the outdoor ice near my house. It requires close support, facing the play and quick thinking.







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