Hit the net and make plays while skating. Face the puck and screen and square up for the one timer.
1. Forwards in the corner and D at the point.
2. F1 pass to D1 and cycle high.
3. D1 skate into the middle and pass to D2 who slides wide.
4. D2 pass to F1 skating in the high slot.
5. F1 either one time shot or skate down the middle and shoot.
6. F1 screen and F2 pass to D1 to D2 who shoots.
7. F1 kick back and one time a pass from the coach in the corner.
8. Repeat with F2.
Pass and shoot while skating, keep the stick on the ice as a target. On point shots one player screen, one player shot pass target and one player a one time or tip option.
1. F1 walk out from the corner and shoot on net.
2. F1 skate to the other corner then cycle high and pass to D1.
3. D1 pass across to D2 while F1 skates down the middle to the net.
4. D2 make a shot pass at F1’s stick and he tips the puck on net then rebounds.
5. F1 cycle to the mid slot and get a pass from F2 in the corner and shoot.
6. D1 get a pass from F2 and shoot.
7. F1 screen, F2 get in position for a one timer or tip and F3 go to the net for a shot pass.
Exchange the puck with one touch passes, give a target, hit the net, follow the shot for a rebound.
A. Players are in each corner and on both sides at the blue line
B. Player 1 leave from the blue line and get a pass from 2.
C. 1 pass to 3 in the corner then get open on the wing.
D. 3 skate and pass to 1.
E. 1 one touch back to 3.
F. 3 pass across to 4 at the blue line.
G. 1 cycle high and down the middle lane for a pass.
H. 4 pass to 1 who shoots and 3 looks for a rebound.
I. 4 leaves for a pass from 5 to repeat on the other side.
J. 1 rotate to corner and 3 point.
* Options: 1 head to the net hard and redirect a shot pass from 4 or 1 take a low shot to the far pad for a pass off the pads to 3, who goes hard to the far post with his stick on the ice.
T2 - B5 - 5-5 BO -5-0 Shot-High Cycle F-D1-F-D2 Back Door – Pro
Skate while passing and make firm passes. Shoot while skating and follow the shot. Stop at the net after the original attack.
1. Start with a 5-0 attack.
2. F1-F2 cycle once then F2 pass up to the point and follow the pass.
3. Pass D1 to D2.
4. D2 pass back door to F2 who shoots.
5. Repeat in the other corner F1 cycle to F3 to D2 to D1 and backdoor to F3.
6. Five new players come out from the box and wait in the neutral zone.
7. Original five attack 5-5 vs. new group.
8. New group of five breakout 5-0 and repeat the sequence.
9. Cycle D to D back door to F from one corner and then the other.
10. Dump-in 5-5 forecheck - 5-0 repeat.
Pass and shoot while skating. Shooter face the puck for a pass and square up for a one timer. Shoot without handling the puck, receive in the sweet spot and shoot.
1. Players leave from the mid high slot.
2. Coach dump the puck into the corner.
3. Player A get the puck and skate up the boards and bounce pass back to B.
4. A skate around the top of the circle and give a target for a pass.
5. B pass to A who shoots and follows for a rebound.
6. Repeat in the other corner with B cycling to C and B shoot.
* Option is to cycle toward the back of the net and A kick out for a pass. Pass can be made off the bottom bar of the net into the slot.
Pass and shoot while skating. Give a target and hit the net with the shot. Use lots of fakes and carry the puck in the triple threat position.
1. D1 pick up and puck and skate inside the dot and pass to D2 who shoots while skating backwards.
2. D2 get a new puck, skate, pass to D1 who shoots while skating backwards.
3. D1 get a new puck skate a pass to D2 who is skating backwards.
4. D2 pass back to D1 who shoots from the mid-point.
5. Repeat - D2 to D1 to D2 who shoots.
B2 - D Walk Line-Switch D to D One Timer - Russian U20
Skate along the line and use head and stick fakes to freeze the blocker. Feed passes to the forehand shooter.
1. Coach pass to D1 who skates along the blue line in the triple threat position making shot and pass fakes.
2. D2 skate behind D1 and switch sides.
3. D1 pass to D2 who is square to the puck to either pass or shoot.
4. If D2 is on his forehand he shoots. (Switch sides)
5. If D2 is on his backhand pass back to D1 who takes a onetime shot on his forehand.
6. Repeat with D2getting a pass from the coach.
7. Rotate in new shooters.
* Shooter have the stick back early and adjust so the shot is from the sweet spot.
Give a target, make firm passes and keep the stick blade square when receiving passes. Goalie direct the rebound to the corners.
A. Player 1 and 2 at the top of the circles.
B. Player 3 and 4 on each point.
C. Player 3 pass down to 1 across to 2 up to 4 who shoots.
D. 1 get a puck from the corner and pass behind the net to 2 up to 4 who shoots.
E. Player 4 pass down to 2, across to 1, up to 3 who shoots.
F. Player 2 get a new puck, pass behind to 1, up to 3 who shoots.
G. Rotate with 3-4 moving into the zone and 5-6 on the points.
* Players should practice passing and shooting from both sides and add D to D one timer point shots.
* Practice all of the breakout options: over, counter, reverse, wheel, quick up.
* Practice hinging outside and back and back to the outside.
Offense keep moving and spreading the defense. Defenders skate straight lines, active sticks, closest player pressure the puck and play from the defensive side.
- Rotate from the overload into a diamond.
- Keep the puck moving to create seams in the defense.
- Spread the defense by moving the puck high-low-across.
- Weak side F has the mid-slot attacker.
- Defenders jump and pressure right away with the sticks in the passing lane.
- Play with a shot mentality always looking for shooting lanes.
- D switch sides when net front D pressures low then up the boards.
- Defenders skate straight lines, stop and start, don't finish checks, D side with stick on the puck.
- Closest defender get into the shooting lane.
- Defender take away the back door play and take the stick.
- Box out on both offense and defense.
- Closest defender pressure.
- Attackers use the mid-slot player as a pass option and pass from low to across the mid-line for one timers.
T2 - Diamond and Spread PP Below Goal Line - Russian U20
Start with the overload and rotate into the low spread and diamond.
1. Set up 5-4 at one end.
2. Start with an overload at the hash mark.
3. Pass to the low player who sets up the diamond from behind the net.
4. Set up one timer shots and back door plays from behind the net.
5. Practice the 2-1-2 spread with one player on each side below the goal line.
6. Keep the puck moving from low to high and use the player in the middle to pass or shoot.
7. Rotate between one and two players below the goal line. There are only glimpses of the Russians setting up below the goal line in this clip but in an ex-game vs. Canada U20 they used the low Diamond and Spread and got a goal on a one timer shot from the dot with a pass from below the line. The benefit of setting up below the goal line is that it is very hard for the defenders to see both the puck and the player they are covering who can slide into seams for a shot.
Protect the puck and make a hard fake and shoot or else shoot quickly while skating. Follow the shot for a rebound.
1. Players start from one side at the blue line.
2. The player in front starts with a puck and is chased by the second player.
3. The checker give some resistance tapping either side while chasing.
4. Move the starting point to the middle.
5. Move to the other side.
6. Attacker make moves or take a quick shot.
* Options: fight for any rebound in the slot.
* Another option is to compete hard from the blue line.
Defensive work on agility and quick feet and forward good fakes and get a shot and follow it.
1. Players start from diagonal corners.
2. D1 at each skate out around the circle, back toward the boards and up the middle.
3. F1 at each end leave when D1 starts up ice.
4. F1's continue to attack the goal at the far end.
5. D1's defend vs. F1 from the other end.
6. D’s skate around inside-outside-up inside to blue line and 1-1.
7. Box out attacker after he shoots then look for the puck.
Extra players are on the bench and 3F-2D on the ice. Do this sequence from both sides. Defense hinge on D to D and stagger one higher wide and one in the middle. Everyone face the puck, give a target with the stick on the ice.
1. Start with 3 F taking one shot each from the top of the circles 2 D’s at the point.
2. Coach spot a puck at the far blue line and everyone skate out for a regroup.
3. Regroup One: D to D to wing anchoring on the boards.
4. Regroup Two: D-D-C.
5. Regroup Three: W-C Switch D-D-C on the far W.
6. Regroup Four: W-C Switch D-D-W cutting through the middle.
7. Group A go to the bench and repeat with group B.
* Always have a F anchor on the strong (puck) side boards.
* F on far W don't skate inside the dots until you see the middle F skating into your lane.
Players transition from the Three Game Situations 0-Loose Puck, 1-Offense, 2-Defense, and Four Game Playing Roles. On offense as a 1-puck carrier, 2-support puck carrier. On defense, 3-check the puck carrier, 4-cover away from the puck. Jokers can be coaches or players. Extra players wait outside the zone.
1. Play 1-1 to 3-3 with a joker at the point and another joker below the dots.
2. Transition to offense by passing to the joker who return passes to that team.
3. Players rotate on the whistle.
4. Play various situations by sending in from 1 to 3 new players.
5. Modify rules to work on skills. i.e. Goals only on one touch shots, point man must shoot, goals from give and go plays.
Attack with speed and forward continue to cycle high and then down the lane for a cross-ice pass from the D or to get a rebound on a pass off the pads.
1. Start with attacking team regroup from the neutral zone.
2. Attack with a 3-0 middle drive.
3. F1 get a puck in the corner and cycle high then pass to D1.
4. D1 skate to mid-point and pass to D2.
5. D2 has the option to pass across to F1 who cycled high or shoot.
6. Repeat from the other corner. F2 high cycle,pass to D2 to D1 who can shoot or pass.
7. Coach pass to D3 in the neutral zone, F1-F2-F3 Forechek then D3-D4-F4-F5-F6 repeat.
8. Original 5 attacker go to the bench and a new 5 wait their turn in the Nzone.
9. When F1 cycles F2-F3 screen in two layers, hash and top of the crease.
10. F in the high screen layer does the second cycle.
11. The three F’s now forecheck until the coaches whistle and then the new five attack.
12. Rotate high cycle to net front to high slot.
• Option is have all three F’s do a high cycle and the next rep start in the other corner.
Shoulder check, skate and pass, D must stagger and not be parallel. Give a target and use head and shoulder fakes to freeze forecheckers.
1. Coach give a wide pass to D1 then D2.
2. D1 skate to the middle and pass to D2 who hinges up to the outside lane.
3. D2 pass back to D1 in the middle lane.
4. D1 pass to the coach.
5. Repeat with D2.
6. D3-D4 do the same sequence.
* Option: Use the same sequence to practice low breakout options.
Box out the pinching D with your body and skate into the rim.
1. Players line up against the boards on one side in the neutral zone.
2. Three forwards and two defensemen leave the line-up.
3. D1 rim the puck and D2 pinch down on F1 the weak side wing.
4. F2 swing below F1 from the middle lane.
5. F1 touch the puck back to F2.
6. F1-F2-F3 attack 3-1 vs. D1.
7. F4-F5-F6 and D3-D4 repeat when the puck enters the far end.
*F1 has the option to carry the puck into the middle while F2 swings up the boards.
Do everything with speed and good habits. Give a target, firm passes, keep the stick square to the pass, carry the puck in the triple threat position, follow the shot for a rebound with the stick on the ice. Shoot low from the point.
1. Forwards start in diagonal corners and defense at the point.
2. F1 continue skating down the wing.
3. D1's carry the puck around the circle and pass to the F1 skating down the other wing
4. Both F1's take a shot, look for the rebound then screen the goalie.
5. D1’s get a pass from the coach at the point the drag and shoot.
6. Repeat with F2's and D2's.
Defender cut the ice in half and don’t allow the puck to cross the mid-line. If the defender slides he must be outside the posts and his skates sideway so the puck can’t get under the toes. D fake going to the puck carrier early then drop back into the middle. If they screen in a high and low stagger then D1 focus on not allowing the higher F to tip the shot. Many attackers will panic and either shoot from far out or pass right to you.
Attack with speed and make the first pass near the blue line and read the D. Crash the net for a rebound. Layer on point shot, one screen and one tip from the hash marks.
1. Line-up D along boards in middle and F in corners.
2. F1-F2 attack 2-1 vs. D1.
3. After the rush D2 follow and take a shot from the point.
4. F1-F2 screen and tip vs. D1.
5. F3-F4 attack vs. D2 after the point shot.
6. D3 follow and shoot then defend vs. F5-F6.
B Warm-up Circuit F Pass D Shoot Goalie Technique - Czech U20
Face the puck, hands away from the body, stick blade square to the puck, wind-up early for the one timer, give a target, learn to shoot pucks that are not in the wheel house and hit the net.
1. Forwards one touch pass in the neutral zone.
2. Each 3 man line take 10” skating in the middle and the other lines pass from the blue lines.
3. One touch pass to any of the players and always face the puck.
4. Goalies work on technique with the goalie coach at one end.
5. Defensemen work on one timer and quick shots at the other end.
6. Defensemen take 4 one timer or quick shots at a time.
7. D1 skate toward D2, exchange passes and shoot while skating backward.
8. Alternate sides after 4 shots with D3 shooting and D4 passing.
*Take quick snap shots when on the wrong side for a one timer.
*Alternate sides on point shots if there is a goalie and shoot from both sides if there isn't a goalie.
Attack with speed with a middle drive. Only make one pass in the offensive zone. All three crash the net for rebounds. Practice one timers, one touch shots and a pass off the pads. Make good firm flat passes.
1. D start in the middle and F in diagonal corners.
2. F1 leave and exchange passes with D1 skating backward from the blue line.
3. F2 leaves down the wing from the far end.
4. D1 pass to F2 breaking down the boards.
5. F1 skate around the circle and create a 2-1 vs. coach with F2.
6. D1 skate below the circle and join the attack on the wide wing.
7. Pursue the first rebound and try to score.
8. Repeat the other way with F3-D2-F4.
Middle D join the rush. Attack with speed and crash the net for rebounds.
1. Start with F1-F2 on the wings, F3 wait behind the net, D1-D2 at the far blue line.
2. F1 regroup with D1.
3. D1 hinge with D2.
4. D2 pass up to F1 or F2.
5. D1 join the 3-0 rush with F1-F2 and D2 support at the point and D1 shoot.
6. F3 wheel around the net with a new puck.
7. F1-F2-F3 attack 3-2 vs. D1-D2.
8. Play out the 3-2 until the whistle then hustle out of the zone.
9. F4-F5-F6-D3-D4 repeat.
* Option: Alternate ends each rep.
* Option 2: Give a time i.e. 8" to score on the 3-2.
Practice wrist passes with no noise or slapping. Keep the stick blade square to the puck when you receive a pass. It is important to keep the hands away from the body and have loose shoulders so you can pass in all directions. The movement is simply and extension of puck handling.
1. Partner passing about 10 m. apart.
2. Keep the hands away from the body, stick blade square to the puck.
3. Sequence for any projection is: wind-up, force production, crucial instant, follow through.
4. Catch and pass to your partner.
5. Wrist pass with no slapping noise.
6. On whistle move apart again and saucer pass. Saucer with hands away from the body and puck roll on the blade from heel to toe.
7. Keep-away on the whistle. Puck carrier protect the puck and defender keep his stick on the puck.
8. Repeat the sequence starting with wrist passes. Pass and catch quickly with no noise.
9. Catch on the backhand slide sideways and pass on the forehand.
10. Make a hard fake to one player and then pass to another player. Practice faking in both directions.
11. Options: add skating toward each other and back, tight turns, etc. Make sure both the top and bottom hand follow through at the target.
By: TomM (offline) Wednesday, October 07 2015 @ 02:18 AM GMT
Two even teams will be on offense about 35% of the time and on defense 35% of the time and ready to attack or defend in loose puck situations which are about 30% of a game. The team that wins the most loose puck battles spends more time on offense and usually wins the game and players need to be prepared to go on either offense or defense in loose puck situations.
Players need good offensive habits like facing the puck, stick on the ice, give a target, protect the puck, face the play, carry the puck in the triple threat position, get open. On defense always play from the defensive side, stick on the puck, stick in the lanes, mark your man, head on a swivel, tight gaps, good angles, stay in the shooting lane, etc..
Three Game Situations:
0 - Loose Puck (about 30%of the time.
1 - Team on offense (about 35% of the time)
2 - Team on defense (about 35% of the time)
Four Game Playing Roles
Role 1 - the player with the puck.
Role 2 - the players supporting the puck carrier.
Role 3 - Closest defender checking the puck carrier using pressure or contain skills.
Role 4 - Other defenders playing man to man or zone.
This video was prepared by Kai Katajalehto a Finnish coach in the Vaasa organization.
The video clips show USA and Canada both playing Russia at the IIHF World Championships. Kai has edited the video so in the top corner a circle appears in each of the 3 situations. Green Can. USA on offense, Red on defense, Yellow a loose puck situation.
It is amazing to watch how the game constantly bounces from one situation to another. (I have added English sub titles.)
T2-B4 - 4-0 BO - Attack-Cycle-Point Shot x 2 - Czech U20
Forwards skate to the big ice with the puck and pass to the outside for a wide entry into the zone. One forward screen and the other cycle high. Defense work on one timers and quick shots or high cycle options like back door plays.
1. All of the players start from the middle circle.
2. Start with a coach at each end spot a puck on the goal line and D1-D2-F1-F2 leave from each end.
3. D1 shoulder check and pass over to D2 up to F1 or F2, attack 4-0.
4. F1-F2 attack and carry the puck to the ‘Big Ice’ between the dots and pass to the outside lane.
6. F1 get a puck in the corner and cycle high and pass to D1 to D2 who shoots - F1-F2 screen.
7. F2 get a puck from the other corner, high cycle, pass to D2 to D1 who shoots, screen.
* All of the high cycle options can be practiced with this drill.
* D joining the rush can also be practiced in this drill.
Centre skate flat and mirror the puck from a few stick lengths behind, give a target and swing low just above the top of the crease. This breakout is designed to drive the forecheck back to prevent a pinch.
1. Five man units of 3 F and 2 D leave from the neutral zone and the coach dump in the puck.
2. D1 go back for the puck and pass behind to D2.
3. Centre mirror the D to D just above the crease.
4. D2 pass to the C who skates up ice and passes to the strong side wing.
5. Wing pass to the coach.
6. Coach shoot the puck on the other side and D2 pass behind to D1.
7. Repeat D1-C-W-Coach.
8. Next 5 man unit repeat. With 4 units this can happen at both ends.
Everyone has zone and man on man responsibility. First defender tight coverage, second within a stick length, third half way, fourth and fifth on the defensive side with the stick in the passing lane and a man-you-puck triangle with the head on a swivel.
1. 5-5 in one zone and start at the half wall with the puck.
2. Offense overload with 3 players, 2 low and one in the high slot and 2 at the point.
3. First defender tight coverage, second within a stick length, third half way.
4. 4th and 5th defend from the defensive side-stick in the passing lane and man-you-puck triangle with head on a swivel.
5. Attacking defenseman always look for back door opportunities.
6. If the low forward is closer he covers the attacker on the half wall.
7. Defend from the defensive side with stick on the puck and sticks in the passing lanes.
8. Attack with a triangle and F3 ready to shoot, rotate or cover for a pinching D.
* Option is to have the defenders sticks upside down to emphasis play from the defensive side.