Shoot while skating and follow the shot. Hit the net. You only need a goalie on the pass off the pads but could put a board or pad to create rebounds. Line up outside the blue line just inside the dots. Square up to shoot one timers. For the pass off the pads the goalie plays without a stick.
1. Circle the line and shoot from both the middle and wide lanes, switch lanes and return on the outside.
2. Cross and drop (leave) behind the lineup then pass for a one timer if the shooter is on the backhand and a one touch if going to the net on the forehand.
3. Cross and drop and the shooter pass off the pads shooting low at the far side.
* Push ups if they miss the net.
This is not the most complicated drill in the world but it is very effective for practicing shooting while moving. I have my players take slap shots from the top of the circle as a lead up to one timers. If you can't take a slap shot then you can't one time the puck. They can also practice the wrist or snap shot while skating hard.
I usually do this when my goalies are working at the other end with a coach. Both lines can leave and players should keep switching lines and shoot from both the middle and wide lane. Teach them to leave puck on the cross and drop and then make a firm pass for a one timer and a hard pass for the forehand one touch shot. They also have fire the puck hard to the far side for the pass off the pads.
This simple drill has been very effective for increasing my teams scoring.
B300 - Passing – Goalie Warm up - 2-0, 3-0 - Pro W
Eye contact, hands away from the body, roll the puck heel to middle, use eye and stick fakes, give a target, keep the stick square to the puck, absorb the pass, keep the shoulders loose, use both the forehand and backhand. Go in all directions when in the neutral zone. Add skills like two touches only, backhands, escape move when you get the puck. Other tasks like 2-1 keepaway, fake pass to one and pass to two, one touch etc. are possible. Also add full speed for 5’ on the whistle.
1. Skate around the ice with a partner and pass.
2. Goalies warm up with a coach at one end.
3. Move into the neutral zone and continue passing weaving through teammates.
4. Get into groups of three and continue passing between the blue lines.
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D202 - 3-3 Keepaway with Joker - Pro W
Skate to get open. Give a target and absorb the pass. Skate to open ice with 3-5 hard strides when you get the puck. Fake passes and escape move create time and space to make plays. Make only forehand passes. Add other passing or skating rules to work on skill and good habits.
1. Players line up in two groups behind the blue line.
2. Three players from each team race for the puck the coach passes in.
3. Fourth player is a Joker.
4. To go onto offense you must pass to the Joker.
5. Five passes equals one point.
6. Play 30”.
7. Pass to your team when the whistle blows for the next 3.
Face the puck and pass on the forehand. Stay in each zone until all
players have made a pass.
1. Two then three then four then five players leave.
2. Each player must make a pass in each zone.
3. Take a shot at each end.
4. Skate facing the puck and make forehand passes.
5. Possible sequence is reverse and 5-4-3-2 leave the other way.
Start with one player who touches both knees at each blue line. If less than 20 skaters i.e. 16 go 1-2-3-4 then start the other way and go 4-3-2-1.
Another option is to use one touch passes only, or do an escape move and then pass.
You can use the search function to find topics such as 'Power Play' or group that is demonstrating such as, 'Pro', Czech U20, or just U20 brings up Czech, Russian, Finland, etc., There isn't much USA material but I coached with an American coach in Austria and he ran a lot of the RB Pro drills.
I started writing up and posting these drills after I got back from coaching for the Salzburg Red Bulls in the 08-09 season. They called me in August and had identified me as one of four skills coaches from North America. I was on the top of the list and the job was mine if I wanted it. My wife said for me to go because I had turned down things earlier because neither her or my kid's wanted to leave. She said you have always wanted to do this but she was still working as a nurse and we had 6 grandchildren she didn't want to leave, so she stayed. It wasn't working out that well with us both being alone so I told the Red Bulls with a month left that I couldn't come back the next season. I was coaching with elite coaches from Sweden, USA, Russia, Finland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and I thought it would be smart to take videos of them on ice so I didn't forget what they do. I did a lot of video watching practices. I had the option to go on ice for all the practices but only went when I was running some drills and the others I took video.
I have a lot of trouble understanding diagrams of drills; especially when they have multiple stages to them. That is why a video is included. I take the video and then write them up, code them in our ABC method and do a diagram based on the clip.
I didn't add the group like Pro or U17 until about 2011, so those pdf.s before that don't have who is doing the drill in the title. I was doing these for myself and then Dwight set up this site for me to make it easy to share. So hopefully it helps some of the coaches. I know I would have loved to have a resource like this and I use the material all the time.
I live in Calgary and Hockey Canada has it's offices at Winsport which has four arenas and many international teams come and practice here. NHL teams also practice there, so I take video of what they do so I keep up to date with the game and share them here as well.
There are also many articles and drill booklets, ten best lists, Youtube links, etc. that I have prepared over the years.
The coding explanation makes it easy to find what you want. i.e. If you are looking for a passing drill it would be coded B, a passing drill starting from the corner B6, from the four blue lines B600 etc..
A link to the same practice games and drills organized in A-B-C-D-DT-E-F-G-O-T - T1-2-3-4 Folders.
Everyone plays both forward and defence in this transition game. They have to FIO (figure it out) in the defensive and offensive zones so two players are deep on the attack and defending and two at the point on offense and two covering the point on defense. ‘Keep Score’, it is a ‘Game’ with no whistles and constant ‘Changing on the Go.’
1. Black A-B attack vs. Red A-B.
2. Black C-D follow when the puck crosses the blue line and support at the point.
3. Red C-D follow from the other side and cover the point.
4. Play 4-4 in the zone.
5. On a goal, frozen puck or change of possession Red C-D attack vs. Black C-D.
6. Red E-F support the attack at the point and Black E-F cover the point.
7. Continue this flow.
* This sequence can be done 1-1 to 2-2, 2-1 to 3-3, 3-2 to 5-5 or random combinations that create odd man advantages in the attacking or defending end.
* Teach players to read the game situation by sending out 1-2 or 3 new attackers or defenders. This causes players to communicate and adjust how they defend or attack. It may be a power play or penalty kill; players have to read it and act. Dump the puck in to work on the forecheck or quick breakout. Use your imagination as a coach to develop players with ‘Game Sense’.
1. Reds on one blueline and black on the other.
2. Goalies across ice from each other at the red line.
3. Play 2-2 and 3-3 keepaway where you must regroup with either goalie.
4. Goalies pass to the team that passed to them.
5. Start with 2 vs. 2.
6. Progression is 2-2 then 3-3 and you don’t check the goalies.
7. Progress to checking the goalies is allowed.
8. 1 pt. for making 10 passes, 1 pt. for a skater pass and 2 pts. for a goalie pass.
9. Switch after 45”.
10. Option is to allow passes to players on the blue lines and have them on both sides.
C600 - Multiple One Touch Passes x 2 - 1-1 x 2 – U18 F
This drill is done from diagonal corners. Keep skating and make firm passes. Give a target and call for the pass. Face the puck. Shoot, follow the shot for a rebound and then go out to play a tight gap and defend 1-1 vs. the next shooter. We added one more pass to the previous multiple pass drill.
A. 1 exchange passes twice with 2.
B. 1 turn out and exchange passes twice with 3.
C. 1 skate across and exchange passes two with 4.
D. 4 skate to the inside and pass to 1 skating wide up the ice.
E. 1 shoot and follow the shot for a rebound and then skate out to play a tight gap.
F. Defend a 1-1 vs. the next shooter.
*1-0, 2-0, etc. drills are not game like. Add a screen, give and go with the last shooter or defend after shooting to practice scoring in realistic situations.
B6-600 Flow -Breakout 2 F Shoot - D Point Shot - Finland U20
Pass hard, keep skating all the time. Pass and follow the pass. Screen, rebound.
This happens the same time from each end.
1 - D1 pass behind to D2.
2 - F1 get breakout pass from D2.
3 - F1 skate to big ice and pass to F2.
4 - F2 drop pass to F1 who attacks and shoot
5 - D1 pass to D2.
6 - D2 pass to F2 who skated around circle.
7 - F2 attack and shoot..
8 - D2 follow attack and get a pass from F1.
9 - D2 take a point shot and F2 while F1 move in for a shot pass and rebound.
Attack with speed. Prepare to shoot by squaring up if on the off wing or give a target on the forehand. Shoot quickly with a ‘one timer’ or ‘catch and release.’ Always shoot hard.
1. Players start from the four corners.
2. Player 1 leave from diagonal corners and cut across to the 'Big Ice' between the dots.
3. Player 2 leave from diagonal corners and skate up the ice.
4. Player 1 pass to 2.
5. Player 2 skate to the ‘Big Ice’ and 1 takes the ice behind to the wide lane.
6. Player 2 pass to 1 for a wide entry into the offensive zone.
7. Players 1-2 attack with speed and play ‘Poker’ with the goalie and either pass or shoot.
8. Only one pass in the offensive zone and both players crash the net for a rebound.
9. Alternate leaving from both corners.
* This is an unopposed drill that can be enhanced by passing to the previous shooters.
* After shooting skate to the blueline and defend 2-1 or 2-2.
Two defensive forwards tag up at the far blue line and then back track through the middle lane and the first F back support low in the defensive zone. Description is for two colours – video has all the D in black.
1. Red on one side in neutral zone and Blue on the other side.
2. Red F1-F2 attack vs. Blue D1-D2.
3. White F1-F2 tag up at the far blue line and backtrack through the middle.
4. F1 backtrack deep and support D1-D2 making it 2 on 3 low in the defensive zone.
5. F2 skate back to the mid high slot.
6. Red D1-D2 follow and support the attack from the blue line.
7. On transition Blue F1-F2 attack Red D1-D2.
8. Red F3-F4 tag up - backtrack and F3 support D1-D2 low.
9. Blue D3-D4 support from the point.
10. Continue this flow.
I have done clinics with Jursinov and coached with him in Salzburg. I coached with Slavamir Lener at the University of Calgary and am meeting Czech skills coach Tomas Pacina in about 90'. The drills that my players are doing are ones I learned from the international coaches I have worked with. The other ones I took videos of while they were practicing.
The Finnish view of how to organize practices for every age group is outlined in the ABC’s of International Hockey manuals. Juhani Wahlsten an IIHF Hall of Fame coach from Finland simplified system by coding the drills and games. 1drv.ms/b/s!AukXg5gWoW-9xGoLpsNv_J6Znvgn
Finland Hockey Organization – Presentation given by Kalle Väliaho at a seminar in Calgary.
Offense should attack with speed and force the D to make a decision early by the first play near the blue line. This allows for a second play. D should delay the attack as much as possible and defend the most dangerous player allowing a bad angle shot. D tie up the stick of the most dangerous attacker after the shot, then look for the puck.
1. Red D1 pass to Blue F1.
2. Blue F1 and F2 cross in the neutral zone and attack Red D1 2 on 1.
3. Blue F1 and F2 continue until they score, the goalie freezes the puck or D makes a breakout pass.
4. Red D1 defend and pass to the coach when they get the puck.
5. Coach mirror the play for a pass from the D.
6. The D starting the next rush or a F who just attacked could support and then start the next rush.
This is the same drill but the coach allows the players to watch and decide when to start the next 2-1. It starts when the play is over at either end, so players must be alert and engaged. Much more of a player centred approach. The coach can now coach instead of being a traffic cop.
C600 – 2-1 x 2 – Player directed. www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ijFFdC9JwU
Attack with speed and fight to get the shoulder in front of the defender. Defender get up ice quickly to close the gap and defend from the net side. Attacker use the defender for a screen and move the puck sideways to get a shot through. Defender box out the attacker and control his stick after the shot. All players should take reps at attacking and defending.
1. All the players start from diagonal corners.
2. F1 and D1 x 2 leave.
3. F1 skate to the far face-off dot with the puck and turn back.
4. D1 skate to the top of the circle then backward to the circle bottom then up ice.
5. F1 attack vs. D1 on both sides.
6. F1 and D1 have the option of either turning to the inside or outside.
* Improve the drill by passing to the last attacker or the defender carry the puck past the top of the circle.
* Engage the players more by eliminating whistles and allow them to see the play is over and start the next rep.