There are quite a few different power play breakouts. Rather than try to cover them all, I thought I’d just post my favorite. I like this one because it is very versatile, and can beat most penalty kill forechecks if the players read and react effectively.
This is another instance where I like to have designated responsibilities so that we always have the proper-handed-shot in the correct position.
Lastly, I forgot to mention in the video, but SOMETIMES there is an opening straight up the middle to the “breakaway man.” If the far forward notices this, he can cut across the blue line early and sync up with the quarterback behind the net. The QB can step out to the RIGHT side in this example, and fire a hard pass up the middle to that far forward. You can usually get away with this once or twice a game before the other team takes it away.
Timing and Support: Two concepts that can greatly enhance a player’s ability to read and react!
Timing and Support are extremely important concepts for a hockey player to understand. Having a sound understanding of these key concepts will allow him to adjust to different coaching styles and systems, no matter what the positional set-up may be.
In this video, I show an example of timing, support, and multiple receiving zones, using a simple “swing” regroup. For a more extensive explanation of these concepts, check out Hockey Canada’s “Goals” video series 1 and 2. These videos can be purchased at http://breakaway.hockeycanada.ca/
This is an Excellent Hockey Breakout Drill to Teach the Patterns of Game Situations
Many hockey situations occur in patterns. This simple hockey breakout drill breaks down these patterns into their simplest form, then puts them back together in sequence to mimic a game situation. Here’s the diagram and explanation:
Hockey Breakout Progression:
1.Set up forwards on the blue line, with defensemen on the close hash mark. Defenseman who is going steps out to the dot
2.On whistle, ﬁrst forward in line passes to the defenseman, then skates down around the bottom of the circle and opens up for a breakout pass
3.Defenseman skates behind the net, then passes to the forward on the boards, who skates down for a shot
Note: Teach forwards to pivot and keep their eyes on the passer while receiving the pass
1.Same set-up as phase 1
2.On whistle, ﬁrst forward passes to the defenseman, then skates the same route as in phase one
3.Second forward in line plays the role of the centerman, and “shadows” the defenseman, who is skating the puck behind the net
4.Pass is made to the board-side forward, then a touch pass to the second forward, who is swinging through for support
5.Forwards attack 2 on 0
Note: As players improve, open up the option for a middle breakout to the second forward
1.Same set-up as phases 1 and 2
2.Drill begins the same as in phases 1 and 2, this time we add the third forward as a breakaway man
3.The third forward times the play so he is breaking through the middle for a pass as the second forward receives the pass and gains control of the puck
4.Players attack 3 on 0 using the attack triangle
Note: Be creative with this set-up. Try adding a second defenseman for a D to D pass in stead of skating it behind the net. Open up multiple breakout options.
1.Same set-up as phases 1, 2, and 3, except now it ends in a 3 on 1, or a 3 on 2
Note: Remind forwards to keep their heads up in the neutral zone. Work with your defensemen on judging when and when not to step up and intercept the stretch pass