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Leafs Warm-Up Drill



This One’s a Fun Warm-Up Drill that Works a Bit of Everything

This is a fun one that touches on quite a few different skills, including backward skating, pivots, passing, drive skating, and shooting. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

leafswarmupLeafs Warm-Up:

1. Players on each side of center at boards
2. First player leaves, skating backward, receives pass from second player in line–always receives pass on the side of his body he’ll be turning to
3. After receiving the pass he/she opens up and skates forward around the cone, driving wide to the net.
4. After shot, player lines up on opposite side

Variations: a) go around near cone instead of far cone; b) after pass, player joins for a 2 on 0


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Half-Ice Bednár Conditioning Drill



Here’s a Fantastic Half-Ice Conditioning Drill from Our Friend, Ján Bednár

From time to time our coaches send me drills, this is a great half-ice conditioning drill from Ján Bednár out in Slovakia. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

half-ice bednar conditioningHalf-Ice Bednár Conditioning Drill

  • Option 1: Skate through the pattern forward
  • Option 2: Skate through the pattern, pivoting backward as diagrammed
  • Option 3: Skate through the pattern, forward, with a puck. Add shot at the end.
  • Option 4: Skate through the pattern with a puck, pivoting backward as diagrammed. Add shot at the end.

NOTE: make sure players are alternating lines so they develop stops and starts in both directions.


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Serpentine Drill



Serpentine Drill is Great for Youngsters, and Helpful for Older Kids too!

The Serpentine Drill is a great progressional drill if you’ve been working on power turns. This drill develops power turns with the puck, and can incorporate some passing and shooting as well. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

serpentineSerpentine Drill
1. Players line up as shown
2. Puck carrier drives deep, power turns around the low cone, and explodes up ice
3. Puck carrier passes to next player in line, then loops around the high cone
4. Next player passes back to the receiver, then skates up to the center line, picks up a puck, and starts the drill over


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Center Pass for Mites & Squirts



Center Pass is a Great Drill for Younger Age Groups

I’ve been using this drill with my Mite team this year, and have already seen the kids executing it in our games! In the video I show two variations, but you can make more adaptations as you see fit. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

center_pass1Center Pass
Variation 1:
1. Coach dumps the puck into the corner
2. First player in white line goes and gets it
3. Next player in line goes to the front of the net
4. Pass out from the corner, shot on goal

center_pass2Variation 2:
1. Coach dumps the puck into the corner
2. First player in white line goes and gets it
3. One white and one blue drive the net, white trying to get open, blue trying to defend by lifting the white’s stick
4. Player from the corner can either pass out front, or shoot


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Rick O’Shay Hockey Targeting System




The Rick O’Shay gives an alternative perspective to the conventional “Shooter Tutor” style, roll-up canvases.

The Rick O’Shay is a great hockey targeting system that gives an alternative perspective to the conventional “Shooter Tutor” style, roll-up canvases. Since it’s a 3D mold, there are endless rebound possibilities, which makes for a much more realistic scrimmage experience.

Rick O'Shay

Butterfly Style

Glove Pocket

5-holeConstruction:
The Rick O’Shay is made of super durable plastic, which will hold up to your hardest shots. In addition to being durable, it is also very light weight, and can be separated into halves, which makes it easier to transport. The Rick O’Shay is fastened to the net with bungee cords that fit between molded channels, which provide a shield against shots.

Design:
The most obvious difference between the Rick O’Shay and most other hockey targeting systems is the fact that the Rick O’Shay is a 3-dimensional model. This design gives a more realistic shooting experience, and provides for infinite rebound possibilities. One of my favorite design features is the glove pocket. If you’re trying to go upper right, and miss, your puck might land in the goalie’s glove, stopping play while you fish it out. The Rick O’Shay also features a more “up-to-date” hole set-up, which more closely resembles the open areas you’d see against a butterfly goalie.

Usability:
All in all, the Rick O’Shay is a great targeting system, and is especially useful in drop-in situations where goalies can be scarce. It’s not quite as portable as a roll-up target, but it’s much more realistic. So it could be a great option if portability isn’t a huge deal to you.


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