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Swedish 5-Pass & Shot



Swedish 5-Pass & Shot

The Swedish 5-Pass & Shot drill is a great way to work on some of the passing and skating patterns used in regroups. This is a more advanced drill, so make sure you have the right group for it before giving it a try. Here’s the diagram:

Swedish 5-Pass & Shot

1. On whistle, first player from each diagonal line leaves without a puck (only one line shown here to keep the diagram simple)
2. First player skates across the blue line, receives a pass from the second player of the opposite line, then touch-passes it back
3. After passing it back, he or she loops around the top of the center-ice circle, receives a pass from the same line he or shee left from, then touch-passes it back
4. After the second touch pass, player loops out wide, opens up as an outlet pass, receives another pass from the same line he/she left from, and attacks 1 on 0

Enjoy!


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Spice Figure 8 Passing Drill



Here’s Another One of my Favorite Hockey Passing Drills

I love this hockey passing drill because it just flows well––especially when you have the right group of players for it. At it’s best, this is a quick-paced, “tic-tac-toe” type of drill. However, if you have the wrong group of players, this drill will grind to a halt pretty quickly. So, just make sure your players are advanced enough before attempting this one! Here’s the diagram and explanation:

spice_fig_8_passingSpice Figure 8 Passing Drill
1. On the whistle, one (F) from each line diagonally across from each other goes.
2. Each (F) takes a few steps forward, then passes to the far (D).
3. The defensemen make a few “D to D” passes, then hit the (F) as he power turns around the far cone.
4. After skating the figure 8 as shown in the diagram, (F) picks up the puck, splits the defensemen, and enters the zone for a shot on net.

Enjoy!!


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Coach Regroup 2 on 0



The Coach Regroup 2 on 0 is a nice little regroup drill, with plenty of progressions to work toward!

I love this drill because is is very modifiable. You can start simple, with coaches controlling the play, and progress to complex variations which include 2 on 1’s!

I’ve used this drill with all levels of experience, from beginners up to college-level players, and it’s always a lot of fun!

coach_regroup_2on0Coach Regroup 2 on 0

Forwards in each of the corners, one defenseman on each blueline.

1. Forward steps out, passes to far D-man.
2. Both forwards from that line swing through for a regroup pass.
3. After receiving the return pass, forwards regroup with other D-man, then return 2 on 0.

OPTIONS: start simple with one side at a time, progress to both sides simultaneously, then to a 2 on 1.

Enjoy!!

Weiss


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Tom Renney Warm-up



The Tom Renney Warm-up has a little something for every position!

This is a fantastic warm-up drill for more advanced teams. My old junior coach back in Toronto, Kevin Burkett, used to run this with us almost every practice. It’s great because it is high speed, mimics many different game situations, and involves every player on the ice. Here’s your diagram:

tom_renneyTom Renney Warm-Up

Both sides go at the same time. After the dump in and breakout, both defensemen play 2 on 1 against the other line’s forwards.

1. two forwards swing low and receive a pass from the coach, then step over the center line and dump it in.
2. goalie stops the puck for the defenseman, who initiates the breakout, then plays 2 on 1 against forwards from the other line.
3. forwards attack 2 on 1 against the defenseman from the other line

Note: You can start the forwards and defensemen on the same side (as shown in the video), and make sure your players keep their heads up. Or stagger the corners (as shown in the diagram), to avoid congestion in the middle.

Enjoy!


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“S” Warm-up Drill



Use this Hockey Warm-up Drill to get everyone moving at the beginning of your practice!

This is a great little high-speed hockey warm-up drill that incorporates many different elements of the game, including skating, passing, and shooting. I typically have my defensemen acting as the passers, since that neutral zone “d-to-d” pass is something they will need to perform over and over in games.

Make sure to push those defensemen to make quick, hard, stick-to-stick passes to each other, and then fire that cross-ice pass hard and accurately.

s_warm-up“S” Warm-up Drill

1. Forwards line up in the corner, two defensemen on each blue line
2. On whistle, first forward in each line passes out to the near defenseman
3. Defensemen execute D to D passes while forward skates the “S”
4. Cross-ice pass to the forward, who attacks 1 on 0

Enjoy!


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