By: TomM (offline)  Wednesday, September 20 2017 @ 05:21 PM GMT  

T2-4 - BO-RG-FC - 3 F - Tomas - U18 F

Key Points:

Game like passing as you practice the forecheck and breakouts at the same time. Coach can focus on one aspect of the game or have a coach with the D, one with the F and one with the G. This could be the 'Magic Warm-up Drill.'

Description:

1. Players leave from inside the four blue lines.
2. Forwards dump the puck into their own end and forecheck the other defense.
3. Red F1-F2-F3 cross the red line and dump the puck in so the goalie must handle it.
4. Red D1-D2 go back for the puck.
5. White F1-F2-F3 forecheck; F1-F2 within a stick length and F3 mirror.
6. Add tasks like Red D1-D2-F1-F2-F3 breakout and everyone must touch the puck up ice.
7. Red F1-F2-F3 shoot the puck in and forecheck vs. White D1-D2.
8. White F4-F5-F6 follow the play into the zone and breakout with white D1-D2.
9. Continue this flow end to end.

* In this video example they are dumping in at one end and regrouping at the other because the goalies are working at one end. The description is for dumping in at each end.


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By: TomM (offline)  Monday, September 25 2017 @ 04:45 PM GMT  

B6 - 3 Pass-3-Shots-Agility Skate-3 Shots - U18 F

Key Points:

Warm-up drill with passing, shooting, agility skating, puck handling tasks and goalie shots. Shoot from the three lanes while skating. Push ups if you miss the net. Opposite corners leave when the last shot is taken; no need for whistles.

Description:


1. Three leave from diagonal corners.
2. 1 skate to the top of the circle and get a pass from 2 then skate into the slot and shoot.
3. 2 and 3 repeat getting passes from 3 and 4.
4. Give a target and get a pass from 5-6-7 in the other corner.
5. Skate up and back to the blue line and top of the circle three times.
6. Cross the red line and 1 skate straight and shoot, 2 skate to the middle lane then down and shoot and 3 to the wide lane and shoot.
7. 5-6-7 repeat from the other diagonal corners.

*Add skating and puck handling tasks: i.e. puck only on the forehand or backhand of the blade, quick hands and quick feet, face the other end always, chocktaw front to back transition turn, Crosby turns, backward skating, etc. Also vary the kind of shots taken: wrist, backhand, snap, slap and you can even incorporate exchanging give and go with players in the corners.

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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, September 26 2017 @ 05:30 PM GMT  

B600 - 2F RG 1D - 3-0 Middle Drive with D – Pro

Key Points:

Hard passes and defenseman jump into the rush as the third man on the middle lane drive. Pass and shoot on the forehand when possible.

Description:


1. F2 pass up to D1 at the far blue line.
2. F1 skate into the middle lane and F2 support from the wide lane.
3. D1 skate between dots and pass wide to F2.
4. F1 drive to the net in the middle lane.
5. D1 join the rush in the wide lane.
6. F2 pass across to D1 who shoots.
7. All three crash the net for a rebound.
8. F3-F4-D2 repeat the other way.

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By: TomM (offline)  Thursday, September 28 2017 @ 07:47 PM GMT  

T1 - Skills for C Low and Slow Breakout – Pro

Key Points:

Centre or low forward has to swing low and slow to support the wing on the boards for a one touch redirect pass. This is effective against a team pressures the pass to the boards. A pass to the centre is the most effective because he is between the dots and has a lot of options with the puck. Players have to help each other by communicating on the ice.

Description:

1. Forwards at dots outside the blue line pick up wide rims from the coach on both sides, switch.
2. F1 and F2 leave. F1 pick up the rim and coach pressures down the wall.
3. F2 swing low and slow for the touch back from F1.
4. F1-F2 cross and drop in the neutral zone, turn back and attack 2-0.
5. Coach in front of the net spots a puck below the goal line three times for the defense.
6. D1 skate up to the blue line and back, shoulder check to read coach pressure from behind.
7. Puck one D1 fake-turn inside and pass to the coach in front then skate out to the blue line.
8. D1 shoulder check, fake, tight turn outside and pass to the coach on the wing.
9. D1 shoulder check and drive the back of the net then cut tight to the net up the middle and pass.
10. D2 repeat on the other side and D1 switch sides.
11. D1 go back for the puck in the corner under close pressure from the coach and D2 support.
12. D1 has the option of passing to the wing or behind while facing the glass.
13. D1 shoulder check and D2 support the outlet either behind the net or in the corner.
14. D1-D2 skate out to the blue line then back for the puck once in each corner.
15. Half the D and half the F at each end now combine the breakout skills 3-0 BO, 2-1.
16. Coach spot a puck for D1 to rim.
17. F1-F2 come into the zone from the blue line.
18. Coach pressure down the boards, F1 take rim and touch back to F2 who swings ‘low and slow’.
19. F1-F2 skate out to the far blue line then cross and drop and attack 2-1 vs. D1 at each end.

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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, October 03 2017 @ 09:15 PM GMT  

T2-4 - Continuous Three Team Game - Passive Resistance – Pro

Key Points:

Practice offensive and defensive team play with passive resistance where players practice positioning in both situations. You can also play this as a live scrimmage and use the same rotation for PP and PK. To work on PK have either 3 or 4 players waiting in the neutral zone.

Description:


1. Start with a dump in and 5-0 breakout.
2. Defending team wait in the neutral zone and go back to breakout on the dump-in.
3. Offensive team forecheck with a wide 1-2-2 and a 2-1-2 when F1 creates pressure.
4. Use various breakout options as; boards, reverse, quick to C, C touch back to Wing, etc.
5. Three forwards and two defensemen wait in the neutral zone when the puck enters each end.
6. The new players go back for the dump-in and breakout.

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By: TomM (offline)  Friday, October 06 2017 @ 04:29 PM GMT  

T4 - 5-5 Contain-Pressure Defensive Zone Coverage – Pro

Key Points:

Everyone must see the puck and see their man. Stay on the net side (defensive) of the player they are covering. Sticks on the ice and in the passing lanes. It is a combined ‘man to man-zone defense’. All defenders must cover one player. Closest defender to the puck on tight, ‘Body on body and stick on the puck.' next closest a stick length away, third closest half way, fourth and fifth closest maintain a ‘man-you-puck triangle’, see the puck and your man with the stick in the passing lane. Weak side defending forward pick up F3 if he is high in the slot.

Description:

Part One – Defensive Zone Rotation Contain then Pressure (Swarm)


1. 5 defenders start from the blue line with a coach in each corner.
2. Coach pass the puck to the corner and defenders skate into the zone. ‘Man on Box Behind.’
3. Read offensive control and play ‘man to man-zone defense.’
4. D1 on puck, D2 net front, F1 support D1 low, F2 mid slot, F3 puck side point.
5. Read no offensive control so pressure and outnumber the offense – ‘Swarm.’
6. D1 on hard, D2 move to goal line, F1 close support for D1, F2 net front coverage, F3 move to boards above the hash marks. D2 and F3 intercept any low or high rim.
7. Pass to coach, players skate out - pass to the coach in the other corner - the 5 defenders rotate.
8. D2 to corner, F1 skate in front and to corner, F2 cover puck side point, F3 mid slot.
9. Repeat the contain and pressure, ‘ Swarm’ walk through.
10. After each group has practiced a few times go live.
11. Repeat the walk through in both corners then skate out and pass to 5 attackers and defend 5-5.

Part Two – 5-5 Walk Through then Live

1. Set up in one zone with 5 attackers and 5 defenders.
2. Coach pass the puck to the corner and all 5 defenders rotate.
3. D1 on puck, D2 net front, F1 support D1, F2 mid slot - cover high offensive OF3, F3 puck side point.
4. Pass puck to strong side point and all rotate.
5. F3 up to point, F2 slide to mid slot, F1 cover high offensive OF3, D1 and D2 be half way or box OF1-OF2.
6. After the low and high walk through play 5-5 live.
7. Communicate to switch between ‘contain and pressure’ defending.
8. Coach spot a new puck if the play ends right away.
9. F1 pressure the puck at the hash marks or half wall and D1 support.
10. F3 drop down to prevent a high walk-in if F1 is beaten on the wall.

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By: TomM (offline)  Saturday, October 07 2017 @ 04:56 PM GMT  

T4 – Defensive Zone Walk Through - RG 5-5 – Pro

Key Points:


Review defensive zone rotation. Lots of communication helps everyone to make good decisions. Use controlled skating towards the puck carrier. Always defend from the net side. Stick on the ice in the passing lane and closest checker play with ‘body on body and stick on the puck.’ Goalie can see everyone so it is important he communicates loudly.

Description:

1. Players start from the neutral zone with a coach in each corner.
2. Coach one pass to coach two in corner and 5 players defend.
3. Coach two pass to coach three in other corner and 5 defenders rotate.
4. Defending 5 skate out and pass to 5 players waiting in the neutral zone.
5. Play 5 on 5.
6. Coach one spot a new puck if the play ends quickly and continue playing 5-5.
7. Rotate so the other 5 players walk through the defensive zone coverage.
8. Walk through the contain ‘box plus one’ and the pressure ‘swarm.’
9. Do this at both ends if you have 20 skaters for 5-5 or 16 for 4-4.
10. If you have less skaters you can do it at one end with a defend-attack-rest rotation.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=2&s=20171007114720916

youtu.be/ZTFMo9YjWd4

If you have less than 4 lines you can have the walk through then the original attackers walk through then pass to the players waiting behind the red line. After all players have done the walk through make it a continuous transition game of Attack-Defend-Breakout-Rest.


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By: TomM (offline)  Saturday, October 07 2017 @ 09:51 PM GMT  

DT400 – Two Thirds Ice Game with Passive Support

Key Points:


Play 3-3 in the one end with the offense trying to score and defense defending and then making a breakout pass.

Description:

1. Black 1-2-3 attack Red 1-2-3 from the far blue line.
2. Black 4-5-6 follow the play into the zone above the circles.
3. On a goal, frozen puck or change of possession Black 1-2-3 pass to Black 4-5-6.
4. Black1-2-3 return to the line at the far blue line.
5. Black 4-5-6 skate with the puck to the far blue line and turn back.
6. Red 1-2-3 follow the play into the neutral zone.
7. Black 4-5-6 attack Red 1-2-3.
8. Red 4-5-6 follow to the top of the circle to support.

* Great game with only one goalie or a goalie working with the coach at one end.

* Play this transition game from 1-1 to 5-5 with even numbers like 3-3 or vary the situation like 3-2 then 2-3.

* Have modified rules to practice individual or team skills. i.e. Goals only count on one touch shots or there must be three passes made before shooting.


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By: TomM (offline)  Sunday, October 08 2017 @ 10:29 PM GMT  

D202 – Two Thirds Ice Game with Jokers Behind Nets

Key Points:

Modified Rules: only 2” with the puck, you must make 2 passes, 2 passes and one touch shots, all must touch the puck, everyone skate backward, only forehand passes, only backhand, must make and escape move when you get the puck, on touch game, skate a Crosby when you get the puck, regroup with joker, pass to jokers at each end and any other skill you want to focus on.

Description:

1. Nets are at the top of the circles in each end.
2. Extra players are jokers who can pass or shoot and are behind their own net.
3. Play 1-1 to 4-4 or 1-2, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 4-4.
4. An option is to have jokers from each team behind the nets.
5. Play games with modified rules to practice individual and team skills.


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By: TomM (offline)  Wednesday, October 18 2017 @ 02:00 PM GMT  

B6 - Big Horseshoe 2-0 – Pro

Key Points:

Pass and shoot with the feet moving. Face the puck, follow the shot for a rebound, give a target. Player who passes skate inside the dots before passing.

Description:

1. Players line up in opposite corners at each end of the rink.
2. Player 1 and 2 skate down the wide lane and cut across the ice inside the far blue line.
3. Player 3 and 4 leave from the other end and player 3 pass to 2 in the middle lane.
4. Players 1-2 exchange passes and shoot.
5. Players 3-4 skate to the far end and player 4 gets a pass from player 5.
6. Continue this end to end flow.

* Players could screen after shooting, or exchange passes with the next shooter or play a passive or aggressive 2-1 or 2-2 after the shot.

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By: TomM (offline)  Friday, October 20 2017 @ 04:10 PM GMT  

F - D400 - 1-1 x 2 x 2 – Pro

Key Points:

Play 20” at each to simulate a 40” shift. Protect the puck and go to the net. Could be done 2-2 with a large group or 1-1 at one end and 2-2 at the other so 6 players are going at once so they have a proper work/rest ratio. Simulate your teams w/r in games. If you have 4 lines then 1/3 and if you have 3 lines then 1 time work and 2 times rest.

Description:

1. Players line up at each end in two lines at the top of the slot.
2. Start with each player taking a shot.
3. Race for a loose puck and play 1-1 with both players trying to score.
4. Coach blow whistle after 20” and players switch end and race for a loose puck.
5. Battle to score at the other end.

* Defend with toe caps facing the attacker from the defensive side and stick on the puck.

* Attacker must go to the net and create space with quick stick and body fakes.

* Great game like battle for fitness and individual offensive and defensive skills.


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By: TomM (offline)  Monday, October 23 2017 @ 11:09 PM GMT  

T2-4 - D400 - 6 on 5 – Pro

Key Points:

Outnumber the defenders to win loose pucks. Take away rims with a high triangle at the top, one player on each side and one in the middle. Screen and take away goalies eyes whenever a shot is possible. Reset the attack by putting the puck behind the net and moving it low to high. Set up a 1-3-2 diamond when the puck gets to the middle point. When the puck is at the half wall one attacker support on the strong side goal line. The key is to produce rebounds and outnumber the defenders in the slot.

Description:

1. Start with a face-off and the extra forward higher along the boards on the strong side.
2. Defenders line up like 5-5 with D along the boards.
3. Allow the offense to win the draw.
4. Move into the diamond power play 1-3-2 when the puck gets to the midpoint.
5. Defend from the net out with a diamond and the closest player challenge the puck carrier.
6. Defenders do not get tied up with the player in front but defend in a diamond.
7. Defend with sticks in passing lanes and shin pads in front of the shot.
8. Puck on wall the strong side D be a stick length from low attacker on the goal line.
9. Quick play is pass to goal line to attacker in the mid slot for a shot.

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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, October 24 2017 @ 09:33 PM GMT  

T2 - 3-3 Loose Puck 6 on 5 - U18 F

Key Points:


Forward play forward and defense play the right back, middle back and left back on their forehand sides to keep the puck in.

Description:


1. Always two forwards on a loose puck and if they have two battling then 3 forwards.
2. Pinch on both sides with the Middle Back filling behind.
3. Left and Right back must keep the puck in on wide rims.
4. Reset when under pressure by putting the puck behind the net.
5. Three backs play high on the 1-3-2, one F take goalies eyes, one shot pass or tip, one mid slot.

* This is the style we played when I coached college hockey and when I was with the Red Bulls in Austria we had a similar strategy. You get continuous pinching on both sides and it is very difficult to rim the puck out.


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By: TomM (offline)  Thursday, October 26 2017 @ 04:06 PM GMT  

B600 – Stretch Pass-Shot Flow x 2 – U18 F

Key Points:

Pass, take the pass and shoot while skating. Keep the stick blade square to the puck to receive passes.

Description:


1. Shoot at each end then Second player shoot and go to opposite corner.
2. Skate to the corner for a new puck.
3. Make a diagonal pass to 2 who comes off the boards from the blue line.
4. Player 2 skate in and shoot.
5. Player 2 get a puck from the other corner.
6. Player 2 pass up to 3 who cuts across from the diagonal far blue line.
7. Continue this flow

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By: TomM (offline)  Saturday, October 28 2017 @ 05:41 AM GMT  

Specialty Team Scrimmage and Principles of the Power Play and Penalty Kill

We had a specialty team scrimmage on 10-24-17. Former Olympic Women's team asst. coach and asst. to Dave King when he coached the men's National team Wally Kozak is my mentor and these are his thoughts.

AAA/AA Special Teams Scrimmage - Oct. 24, 2017

Format of scrimmage: It was a 75' ice time. 10' warm-up, 10' 5-4, 10' 4-5, 10' 5-3, 10'-5-3, 10' 6-5, 10' 5-6. After each segment the clock is reset and the players come to the bench for a 3' review with the coach and then play for 7'. Straight time.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=i02cdqlBbpQ&feature=youtu.be

Key to success: Special teams are “Special” teams within a team.

PP Read and Act – Adjust to the PK – Think a pass ahead -Take what they give

you.

“Play Chess not Checkers”

Match players skills and traits to PP areas; point, 1?2 boards, corner, net, and slot.

70% of PP goals are a product of point shots , tips, rebounds

PP Get pucks through to the net or sticks

Work harder on the PP,” Gang Mentality”

PP possession overrides position.” Swarm to get and keep the puck.

PP D pinch down to the goal line on PP

Win Face Offs or... get the puck. It starts with Possession. Every second counts.

P K rules:

1. Stop and Start St line skating.

2. Lead with the stick. Body in the shooting lane. Look big.

3. Busy sticks - in the passing lanes.

4. Swivel the head -

(Same rules for 5 vs 5 D zone play)

Clear Pucks while skating on Forehand

Soft Rims allow for possession to clear pucks

Special Teams:

Here are some lessons learned from watching special teams that May benefit any coach of any team. Win the Special team's Game and you will often win the game.

Power Play:


1. Break out
> D sets up behind net (if possible) (wheel if not)
>The D behind the net must fake one way and go the other if the C does not come behind. This creates time and space to carry and pass the puck using the open lane as the PK fore checkers react to the fake.
> Timed swing in corners by D and C (or low Fw's)
> IF C comes behind net they may leave or take the puck and the D and FW use each other to move the puck up ice.

2. PP entry
> Always try to score on direct attack - take advantage of the time and space.
> Try to set up at the hash and provide support ( Out # = Possession over rides Position) to get and keep the puck
>D pinch to the goal line on PP

3. PP execution
>use a give and Go and roll to create options low or high .
>take what they give you. (walk out of corner, walk the seam, pass to point)
>Possession over rides position. Outnumber, out battle/ race to keep the puck.
WIN THE FACE OFFS> Vs box > get pucks through from he point.

? Vs Semi active - Read and act - give >go >roll > etc Smart point shots.
? Deceptive quick puck movement. Touch passes.
? Vs Pressure - quick deceptive puck movement - low to high or high to low pass. Short pass >long pass. Touch pass.

Penalty Kill

1. Forecheck
> Think scoring when given a chance. The PP does not expect it.
> Use your system ? swing and roll ?

PK /PP successful tips:
1. Pressure on entry - do not let them set up easily..
2. Use soft not hard rims to get the puck at the 1/2 boards to clear it. Avoid hard rims. Hard rims on PK will be a give away to their D. Few Teams will pinch their D so far down on PP. Teach your D to pinch down to the goal line. Out battle them. Outnumber them. “Possession overrides position”. Always outwork them on the PP

P K rules:
1. Stop and Start St line skating.
2. Lead with the stick. Body in the shooting lane. Look big.
3. Busy sticks - in the passing lanes.
4. Swivel the head - (Same rules for 5 vs 5 D zone play)
Get the picture?

Montreal’s PP
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gw5d3OYysU

8 Year Olds execute:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgzkEYnSNrU


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By: TomM (offline)  Sunday, October 29 2017 @ 04:02 PM GMT  

B6 - 2 Cross and Drop - Regroup - 3-0 – Pro

Key Points:

Pass and shoot while skating. Give a target and make crisp passes. Follow the shot and stop at the net for a rebound. Great drill to practice playing at a high tempo. Middle lane drive.

Description:

1. Players are lined up in all four corners.
2. Players 1 cross and drop the puck to player 2.
3. Player 2 pass to player 3 at the far end.
4. Player 1-2 cross and skate down the wings.
5. Player 3 carry the puck in the middle lane.
6. Players 4-5 follow and cross and drop then pass to 6.
7. Player 3 pass to 1 or 2 and drive to the net without the puck.
8. Puck carrier either shoot or pass across or to 3 driving the net.

* This is a core drill for warm up done by the same team in another arena.

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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, October 31 2017 @ 04:29 PM GMT  

B6-600 – F-D Agility Skate - Stretch Pass - Point Shot – Pro

Key Points:

Skate at top speed. Pass and shoot while skating. Forward screen so the goalie has to lean one way to see the puck. This drill could be done alternating sides.

Description:

1. Forwards in diagonal corners at defensemen at diagonal blue lines.
2. F1 from each end skate around the top of the circle and bottom of the other circle.
3. D1’s skate up to the red line, backwards, turn and pick up a puck from F2 inside the blue line.
4. F1’s skate down the far wing and give a target for a pass.
5. D1 on each side make a cross ice pass to F1’s and follow to the blue line.
6. Coach or player who shot give passive resistance to F1 at each end.
7. F1’ take a shot and follow for a rebound in the slot.
8. F1’s get a new puck in the corner, pass to D1 and screen in front.
9. D1’s skate the puck inside the dot and shoot.

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By: TomM (offline)  Wednesday, November 01 2017 @ 07:46 PM GMT  

B6 - 2-0 - Regroup - 2-0 x 2 – Pro

Key Points:

Face the puck, give a target, handle the puck and then wrist pass and cross the blue line in the wide lane. Option are to exchange passes with the next attackers or defend 1-2 or 2-2. Another option is to shoot from the wide lane and practice passing off the pads.

Description:

1. A and B leave from diagonal corners making wrist passes.
2. Regroup with a coach or player at the far blue line.
3. Continue exchanging passes and turn back at the blue line.
4. Exchange passes and enter the offensive zone in the wide lane.
5. Maximum of one pass in the offensive zone.
6. Shoot follow the shot and stop at the net for a rebound.
7. Go to the end of the other lane.

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By: TomM (offline)  Thursday, November 02 2017 @ 04:35 PM GMT  

B4-B600 - Neutral Zone Pass x 2 – Shot - U18 F

Key Points:

Forwards face the puck and give a target. Defense make crisp wrist or snap passes while skating.
Forwards focus on keeping the stick blade square to the pass, especially on the backhand.

Description:

1. Forwards at the blue lines and defense in the middle.
2. Defense at each blue line skate forward - get a puck.
3. Forwards from diagonal side skate up to the red line and pivot for a pass.
4. Defense each pass to a forward on the opposite wing.
5. Defense repeat by skating back to the blue line and up to get a new puck.
6. Defense now pass to a second forward who pivots for a pass on the other wing.
7. Forwards skate in and take a shot then follow the shot for a rebound.
8. Defense get a third puck, pivot at the blue line then skate to far blue line and take a point shot.
9. First forward screen and second circle back to rebound for the next shooter.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=2&s=20171102112044347

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By: TomM (offline)  Thursday, November 02 2017 @ 07:19 PM GMT  

T4 - 4-5 Penalty Kill vs. Overload – Umbrella - 1-3-1 Diamond

Key Points:

Sticks in the passing lanes. Straight line stop and start skating. Cover puck carrier but do not chase passes. Shin pads in front of the shot. Play 4-4 closest to the puck carrier and give them the player two passes away and then adjust on the first pass. Never allow a shot from the mid-point. One defender challenge the puck carrier with either contain or pressure. Hard on any player facing the boards or without control of the puck. Swarm when in a battle on the boards and the player is facing the glass. Give the pp a 2-1 as far away as possible.
High forward defending Umbrella drop into the cross ice passing lane when the puck is passed to a player at the top of the circle. Puck on one side then the weak side player cover a low attacker.

Description:

1. High press vs. the Overload power play.
2. Diamond vs. the Umbrella.
3. Diamond vs. the 1-3-1.
4. Forecheck in and I tandem.

* Another option called the low press but not covered here is the forward force the pass low and play a low 3-3. Strong side D pressure a low pass, D in front covers slot and weak side forward has the high 2-1. The forwards switch sides if the puck is passed to the point and the weak side F goes there.


www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=2&s=20171102141309723

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By: TomM (offline)  Saturday, November 04 2017 @ 04:34 PM GMT  

A - Skating and Playing With Speed - Wally Kozak - U18 F

Key Points:

Wally is a former Canada National Men’s Team player and later assistant coach to Dave King. He was the head scout and assistant coach for Canada's Olympic Women’s Team.

Wally did this sequence with my U18 Female team with the focus on playing with speed. Wally comes to my early afternoon practice on Thursday and I always give him time to try out some of his thoughts on teaching the game. He is 'The Professor' of hockey.


Play at top speed both going forward and backward Skating in straight lines, turning and with quick cross-overs. Everyone takes turns going forward and backward. Look over your shoulder to the inside when skating backwards.

Description:

1. Players line up at one end of the ice and skate down the middle to the far blue line and back down the side.
2. Work in pairs. Forward skater can cross-over up to three times and backward skater must mirror.
3. Puck carrier try to get behind the backward skater either striding or crossing over.
4. Skate backward around two circle and reach in with the inside skate.
5. Backward skater mirror partner using only one cross-over each way.
6. Skate backward down the side and back making two strides each way.
7. Make linear cross-overs forward to gain speed.
8. McDavid and Eichel using linear cross-overs. First without the puck and second with the puck down and back.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9shcAqsCmlM&feature=youtu.be

9. 1-1 attacker start from the crease and defender from the hash marks. Defender no cross-overs; stride only, start back facing the side boards.
10. Focus on speed and use linear cross-overs forward.
11. Backward stride down the middle and focus on using the arms North/South only.
12. Defense in middle and forward leave from the corner. Forward skate to the blue line then back below the dot. Defender mirror to maintain the gap and defend 1-1. Forward skate using linear cross-overs to accelerate.

* Team did a Continuous 2-1 Transition Game after this with the focus on speed.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=2&s=20171104114129333

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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, November 07 2017 @ 08:30 PM GMT  

T4 - Penalty Kill 3-5vs. 2-1-2 Spread PP

Key Points:


Play 3-3 close to the puck, deny passes through the seams with the stick, skate straight lines. Pressure any loose puck. Block shots and keep the triangle tight. Don’t get tied up with an attacker.
Against a 2-1-2 spread.

Description:

1. Two high defenders who rotate top of the slot when the puck is at the point, mid-slot when at the other point or low on the weak side, low back door when the puck is low.
2. Low defender go east-west on the strong/puck side.
* Low Dice or Spread causes players to turn their back.
* Players have to defend with heads on a swivel.
* 3-3 strong side and give attack 2 players farthest from the puck.
* D to D pass. Rotate; low defender to other side, mid-slot defender to top of circle, top of circle to mid slot.
* Puck passed low. Rotate; low D to strong side, weak side high defender low weak side, other to mid slot. Take away back door tap in and give up options that are two passes away.


www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=2&s=20171107143552986

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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, November 14 2017 @ 03:33 PM GMT  

T2-4 - D400 3-2 – Wally Kozak - U18 F

Key Points:

Forwards have to get on the puck hard. Two in deep. F1 make contact, F2 double team D1 or pressure D2 on a D to D. F3 mirror from about the hash marks. Rotate who is F1-F2-F3 according to who is closest to the puck. Make eye contact before passing and avoid ‘hope passes’ that result in turnovers.

Description:

1. Play the low 3-2.
2. Two D go back for the puck vs. three forwards.
3. Forwards try to score and defense to break out.
4. Coach dump the puck in.
5. Coach shoot in a new puck if original puck is out of play.
6. Go about 30”.

I sent the Team Play video to one of my friends who is coaching in the NHL and this is his comment.

… ‘that was good. Basically how most teams F/C now. F1 and F2 mark the D and F3 surfs east/west in surf zone (around hash marks) and gets to strong side wall or to bump to middle.
Off a share - which a lot of teams do now and wide rim is D pinch down. F2 quicker than old days and D up and pinch quicker. Basically it is 5 man forecheck now, and 5 man neutral zone aggressive once the Opposition gets there and 5 quick back and tight(swarm) in defensive zone coverage.’


www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=2&s=2017111409263440

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By: TomM (offline)  Saturday, November 18 2017 @ 06:56 PM GMT  

C6-600- 1-1 D Join F Backcheck 2-2 – Pro

Key Points:

Attack with speed and transition quickly from offense to defense and defense to offense. Do not take penalties on the back tracking.

Description:

1. Forwards leave from diagonal corners and defense at the blue lines.
2. F1 leave with a puck and attack vs. D1.
3. After the rush the coach blows the whistle.
4. F2 attack the other way vs. D2.
5. D1 join the attack and F1 backcheck making it a 2-2.
6. Whistle and F3 attack vs. D3 while D2 joins rush and F2 back track.
7. Continue this flow.

*Options: Create various even strength situations by having the same number of new attackers leave from each end. i.e. 2 F and 1 D which would mean a 3-3 at each end, a 2-2 creates a 4-4 and 3-2 a 5-5. Send various numbers each rush to force the players to read the play, i.e. 2 F and 1 D then 2 F and 2 D and you would have a 3 on 4.


www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=2&s=20171118130229380

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By: TomM (offline)  Sunday, November 19 2017 @ 04:33 PM GMT  

B2 - Shot-Pass-Shot x 3 x 2 x 2 – Pro

Key Points:

Pass and shoot while skating. Make firm one touch wrist passes. Hit the net.

Description:

1. Players line up at the red line with pucks facing each end.
2. P1 in middle leave and shoot.
3. P1 turn and exchange passes with P2 on the right who shoots.
4. P2 turn inside and exchange passes with P3 on the left who shoots.
5. P3 skate into the middle lane and exchange passes with P4 in the middle who shoots.
6. After passing the player replace the player they passed to.
7. Continue this rotation.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=2&s=20171119101355948

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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, November 21 2017 @ 05:51 PM GMT  

T2 - 3-0 Middle Lane Drive x 2 – Pro

Key Points:


First player over the blue line without the pick drive hard to the net trough the middle lane. Be ready for a pass and stop in front to put in a rebound.

Description:


1. Half the team on each side of the red line up in middle and each wing.
2. Coaches give passive resistance from the blue line to the top of the circles.
3. P1 leave from the middle lane with a puck.
4. P1 pass to either P2 on the left or P3 on the right.
5. P1 skate hard to the net.
6. P2 skate with the puck and choose: A. Shoot B. pass across to P3 who shoots. C. Pass to P1.
7. Everyone crash the net for a rebound.
8. Skate hard back to the blue line.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20171121114101689

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