Offensive Zone Archives

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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Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence



Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence

I use the Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence to simulate the patterns and passing lanes players will see in game situations. The idea for this drill is to instill the mindset of “Set-up, Attack, Rebound, then back to Set-up.” All executed at top speed. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence

1. Player’s line up in proper position for your team’s power play set-up (in this case it’s the “hybrid” set-up)
2. Place cones in positions where the opposing defenders will likely be
3. Work through your attack options, in order from highest probability to lowest
4. Focus on running through “set-up, attack, rebound, and back to set-up,” with crisp passes, always executing at full speed

Enjoy!


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MacDonald Forecheck Drill



MacDonald Forecheck Drill

The MacDonald Forecheck is a nice little drill to work on forechecking lanes and angles. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

MacDonald Forecheck Drill

1. On whistle, forecheckers take a lap around the center circle
2. As the forecheckers finish their lap, coach dumps the puck in
3. Forecheckers attack, 5-man unit breaks out
4. After the breakout occurs, puck is passed back to the coach
5. 2 of the 3 forwards peel out to take a lap around the middle circle, becoming the new forecheckers (forwards must communicate who goes!)
6. As forecheckers finish the turn, coach dumps the puck in for a breakout from the far end
7. New 5-man unit moves into the end that just broke out

Enjoy!


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Cycle Give and Go Drill



Cycle Give and Go Drill

The Cycle Give and Go Drill is an awesome way to introduce cycling concepts, and offensive attack patterns. Here’s the diagram:

Cycle Give and Go Drill

1. Player from line 1 leaves with the puck and walks up the boards, then cycles back to player from line 2
2. Player from line 1 drives through the seam for a give and go pass, receives the pass from player 2, then executes a one-time-shot

Variation: After receiving the pass back from player 2, player 1 touch-passes to player 3 or 2 for a one-time-shot

Enjoy!


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Perpetual Forecheck



Awesome Hockey Forechecking Drill that Works on Multiple Game Situations

I’ve been using this Hockey Forechecking Drill in my practices, and it has worked really well for my team. The thing I really like about it, is that it allows you to work on a lot of different stuff at once. Obviously, the main focus is forechecking, but you’re also working on D-Zone Coverage, and Breakouts as well.

Here’s how the drill works:

  • 5 forecheckers start at center ice
  • 5 defenders at each end
  • Coach dumps puck in, defenders attempt to break out, or play d-zone coverage, depending on how quickly the forecheckers get in
  • Forecheckers execute whichever forechecking system the coach designates
  • Play continues until defending team breaks out, or until the forecheckers score
  • If defending team breaks out, forecheckers peel off as soon as puck crosses blue line. After breaking out, the defenders cross the red line, dump it in, and become the NEW forecheckers at the other end.
  • If the forechecking team scores, coach blows two quick whistles to kill the play, then dumps a new puck into the far end. Defending team hustles to the far end to become the NEW forecheckers.

Give this one a go – I think you’ll get some good usage out of it!


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