I used this drill last week with a group of Mites and Squirts in a local clinic here in Salt Lake City. It was a progression from some of the skills we had been working on earlier in the session. This drill combines stops and starts, angling, and drive skating.
Stop & Start Angling:
1. Players line up as shown, offensive player (white) in the corner, defensive player (blue) toward the middle, players waiting in line near the blue line.
2. Offensive and defensive players start facing each other. Each stop and start is to be done facing each other.
3. On the whistle, players run a mini ladder: out to the first cone and back, then out to the second cone and back.
4. After the ladder, both players skate out around their respective cones, the offensive player tries to drive deep below the first cone, the cut to the net. Defensive player angles.
5. Stagger the starts of each side, so the goalie doesn’t face two shots at the same time.
Pressure v. Contain 1 on 1:
1. Form groups of two around the rink.
2. In each group, there is one forward (carrier) and one defense (forechecker).
3. The forechecker tries to prevent the carrier to move toward the center: A) the forward does not have control of the puck (pressure situation), then, B) the carrier has full control of the puck (contain situation).
4. Reverse the roles for each sequence.
This one is a great, full-speed sprint race. Lots of intensity, and good opportunity for some physical contact.
1. Players line up on red lines
2. On the whistle, two players across from each other race to the puck
3. The player who gets to the puck first shoots, other player backchecks
4. On the next whistle the other two players go the other way
Here’s a Fun Competition Drill that can be Run Half-Ice
I picked this one up from by good friend Jan Bednar, out in Slovakia. This one is great for full-speed agility skating, and works power turns and pivots, forward and backward.
Bednar Escape Race:
1. On whistle, first player from each corner leaves and skates the route shown
2. Full power turns around each cone, pivot backwards around the bottom quarter of the circle
3. Race to the puck, player who gets there first shoots, other player backchecks
Here’s a Great 1 on 1 Drill that Works Skating, Pivots, and Gap Control
In this drill, we develop passing, skating, gap control, and a number of other skills. This drill can also be developed into a regroup drill (see Option 2). Here’s the diagram and explanation:
1 on 1 Swedish Overspeed Drill:
1. On the whistle, the F makes a pass to the D.
2. The F skates across the ice and receives a return pass.
3. The D follows up the ice.
4. The F skates around the centre ice circle and goes 1 on 1 with the D.
1. After the F skates around the centre ice circle, the F makes a pass to the D, and turns to the boards.
2. The D makes a board pass and closes the gap in the neutral zone.
3. The F turns back for a 1 on 1.