This hockey breakout progression is recommended for advanced teams only
This is a highly effective breakout progression. There are endless ways to change it up to work on different game situations, and it involves many recurring passing patterns. Since there are many possible “points of failure” I only recommend this drill for older, or more advanced hockey teams. Here’s the diagram and explanation:
Advanced Hockey Breakout Progression
1. D to D to Wing
2. D to D to Wing
3. D to D to Wing, one-touch to Center
4. D to D to Wing, one-touch to D who follows up play
5. Start again from the other side
OPTIONAL: Put defensemen on far blue line for a 1 on 1.
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 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.
A very versatile drill to work on Breakouts, Regroups, and Attacks
Since finishing up our Coaches’ Training Course, a few people have asked about different ways of practicing some of the systems we discussed in the course. This drill is in response to the questions about practicing breakouts and regroups.
The “Breakout, Regroup, Regroup, Attack Drill” is extremely versatile, and can be used to work on a number of different game situations. After your team gets good at it, try throwing in a forechecker (or two). You can designate where and how you want the forechecking pressure coming in, which will make your defensemen have to read and react to different scenarios.
For a more detailed explanation of the Swing Regroup mentioned in this video, CLICK HERE
Here’s the diagram and explanation:
Breakout, Regroup, Regroup, Attack
1. Coach dumps puck into one end, forwards execute a breakout
2. After breakout, forwards perform a regroup with the far defensemen, then regroup with the first set of defensemen (same ones they broke out with)
4. After second regroup, forwards and defensemen attack 3 on 2
Over the past few weeks I’ve posted a few of my favorite half-ice hockey drills. I’ve had some really good response, and a few of our readers even sent me some of their favorite half-ice drills as well… THANKS!!
This drill is from Petri Väisänen (from Finland), and is a fantastic half-ice drill. One of the reasons I like this one so much is that it’s very customizable––you can create multiple variations to fit lots of different game situations. I show a few of these variations in the video, but feel free to get creative on this one!
Here’s the diagram and explanation:
Finnish Half-Ice Drill
1. on whistle, (D) skates up to blue line and pivots backward
2. after the pivot, (C) dumps a puck into the corner
3. (D) picks it up and initiates a breakout using the misdirection
4. (F) times the play and swings through to receive a board-side breakout
5. (F) attacks the seam and takes a shot (in stride)
Sequence 2: Same set-up as above, except add a second defenseman, and use a reverse.