Players go to skill stations led by coaches. Forwards who take face-offs in the middle. Defense shoot at one end. Forwards at one end do in tight scoring drills. Defense face the play when skating sideways to shoot. Head up to read the checker. Make one touch passes for the one timer shot. Description:
1. Coach pass to point-D1-Skate and pass to D2-D2 skate down lane-D2 back to D1-D1 shoot from mid-point. 2. Coach drops pucks for face-offs in the middle. 3. F1 cut in or go around the net and shoot, then screen the goalie for F2’s shot. 4. Coach pass to D1 who passes across to D2 who shoots. Alternate sides. 5. D1exchange passes with a coach at mid-point then slide and shoot. 6. D1 progress to exchange passes then slide without a puck and one time D2’s pass. 7. Coach rim the puck from the far corner; F1 pick up the rim and cut in or go around net and wrap. 8. Coach pass to D1 from mid-point; D1 across to D2 for a one timer.
Key Points: Strong side D surf in above the winger to discourage the offensive D from passing. Play a tight gap right away.
1 - D1 pass to F1 2 - F1 Shoot and swing to the boards 3 - G set up puck for D1 4 - D1 wheel and pass to F1 5 - D2 surf above F1 to discourage pass 6 - D1 pass to F1 7 - D2 angle check and take puck from F1 8 - D2 pass to D1 9 - D1 pass to F1 who skates in to shoot 10 - F1 get a puck and pass to D2 who shoots
Key Points: - When the goalie is square to the puck he has the advantage. - Imagine a wall between the dots as the ideal shooting area. - Preserve space by skating laterally and not straight at the goalie. - Make the goalie move. - Hit the net and follow your shot for a rebound. - Shoot where the goalie is coming from and not where he is going. - On forehand skate laterally and shift weight to the inside leg. - Off wing push the puck out and skate laterally to shoot.
Description: A. Players start from the corner and hash marks on each side. B. Player 1 skate a tight turn to the outside and pass to 2 in the corner. C. 2 return the pass. D. 1 preserver space and slide changing the shooting angle. E. 2 Shoot and follow the shot. F. 3 and 4 repeat from the other side. * Avoid crossing hands on the forehand tight turn. Instead move the hand back and to the side.
Key Points: Firm passes and face the puck. Hands in front in the triple threat position. Pass and get open right away.
Description: A 1 pass to 2 B 2 skate and pass to 3 and pivot toward wall C 3 pivot outside and pass to 2 D 2 skate into slot for a return pass from 2 E 2-3 exchange passes and shoot F 2-3 follow shot for a rebound
Key Points: Closest player on the puck hard. D deceptive moves and protect the puck.
Description: 1. Coach shoot the puck in. 2. D1-D2 go back for the puck. 3. F1-F2-F3 forecheck 4. F1 on puck - F2 middle on second D - F3 take away pass to wing. 5. D1-D2 work together to defend and carry the puck out. 6. Forwards rotate closes on puck, third above the puck, double team when defender faces the boards.
T2 - D1 – 4-4 – Offensive Playing Concepts with Darryl Belfry
White and Red vs. Grey and Black.
- All 4 attackers must constantly move to support by getting open, screening, setting picks. - D must be involved in the attacking zone or it is a 2 on 4 and not a 4 on 4. - D skate hard between the dots at the blue line. Make offensive rather than possession decisions. - Defense continuously create a forward angle on the forecheck and don’t simply back up. - Turn to beat pressure. Support the puck by setting picks and screens. - Play together and not a 1-1 game but turn it into a 2-1 game. - Play fast on offense instead of slowing down. - Use change of speeds with the puck and without the puck. - Pass and quickly jump up to support the attack. - Short passes allow close support and long passes to static players puts them on an island alone. - Speed of the attackers needs to be faster than the speed of the defenders. - Nine of ten shots will be stopped by the goalie and the players skating the fastest will get the loose puck so skate fast on offense. - As soon as the puck is shot everyone is on defense and winning loose pucks puts you onto offense.
Other Attack Concepts
- Always face the puck. - Give a target and make eye contact. - Take three hard strides to open ice when you get the puck and then skate hard to join the play. - Skate at the net when shooting and follow your shot. - Stop at the net for rebounds or possible passes. - Use scissors to confuse the defense. - Attack with constant cross over skating, - Take the puck to the 'Big Ice' between the dots whenever possible. - Use deception: fake passes or shots, look aways, change of pace. - Always have a 'Lead Dog' going hard to the net and stopping without the puck. - Screen and 'take the goalies eyes away.' - Keep your stick free not letting the defender tie it up.
Play full ice 4-4 in a controlled scrimmage format and the coach stop the play to teach or review offensive or defensive concepts.
Key Points: Make attack decisions instead of possession plays in the offensive zone.
Controlled scrimmage game of 4-3 in one end. Goal is to practice attacking with speed and supporting the puck carrier by getting open, attacking the slot, picks, screens, scissors. Always be creating with the puck and away from the puck.
Both practices show how coaches have moved away from constantly going to the whiteboard. They simply call out instructions on drills that the players already know and change the situation or stop them for instruction or correction. Players move the pucks to the next starting point not assistant coaches and the coaches are involved in giving passive pressure or better still communicating with the players in line.
Key Points: Work together getting open without the puck and create 2-1's, set picks, screens, attack the net. Avoid playing a 1-1 game and only passing when you run out of options.
Description: 1. Play 3-3 with close support. 2. Always attack with speed. Outwork the defenders. 3. Follow shots, stop at the net, screen the goalie, go to the net without the puck, be an option without the puck.