Using the Triangle to Open Up Space on the Attack

Using the Triangle to Open Up Space on the Attack

Coaches' Corner, Offensive Zone, Philosophy, Team Systems
Using the Triangle to Open Up Space on the Attack A few years ago, I did a quick video dissection of Joe Pavelski's over time goal against the LA Kings. This video shows perfect execution of one of the Attack Triangle options we outline in the Coaches' Training Course and in the Playbook. Here's a quick summary of how it works on this play: How the Sharks used the Attack Triangle on this Play 1. F1 drives the puck wide, while reading the gap of the strong-side defenseman 2. F2 realizes he has an inside lane to the net, and drives straight through the middle, pulling the weak-side defenseman with him, and opening up space in the high slot 3. F3 (Joe Pavelski) reads that the weak-side defenseman has been…
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Michigan Tech 1 on 1 Drill

Michigan Tech 1 on 1 Drill

1 on 1's, 2 on 2's, 2 on 1's, 3 on 2's, Hockey Drills, Team Skill Drills
The Michigan Tech 1 on 1 Drill is fantastic for working gap control, passing, agility skating, and many other skills! This is one of my favorite 1 on 1 drills because you can use it to work on so many different skills. Make sure your forwards swing fairly deep into the zone to receive the breakout pass. This will allow the opposing defenseman time to close the gap properly and play the 1 on 1 the way he or she should in a game. Also, make sure your defensemen get outside the blue line... that gap MUST be closed, and the defensemen need to be able to get their speed up quickly after the pivot. Here's the diagram: Michigan Tech 1 on 1 1. on whistle, (D) and (F) leave…
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Figure 8 Angling Drill

Figure 8 Angling Drill

Checking & Angling, Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Skating & Agility, Team Skill Drills
One of my favorite Hockey Body Checking Drills to work on body positioning and angling Remember, as you progress into hockey body checking drills, to stress that the purpose of body checking in hockey is to separate the man from the puck. To do this effectively, players need a strong base in the following areas: "Raw" Skating Ability Agility Body Positioning (Angling, Gap Control, etc...) Stick Positioning Make the Hit Here's the explanation: 1. Players start facing each other on dot 2. (F) picks up a puck and drives wide 3. (D) skates around cones as shown, then angles 4. (F) has to drive around lower cone before cutting to the net Variations: (a) take out the cone at hashmarks (b) allow forward to cut inside earlier Cheers! USE THIS…
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What I learned Today…

Coaches' Corner, Philosophy
Hey guys - sorry for such a long gap between posts! I've been really busy this summer running hockey camps, going to family reunions, and a bunch of other stuff... Anyways, right now I'm at the Level 5 Coaching Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota. So far it's been a pretty good event - we've heard from a bunch of cool speakers. But the most interesting thing I heard today as about COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT... or in other words BRAIN TRAINING. There is a company called Applied Cognitive Engineering that has developed a product called IntelliGym that consists of a complex series algorithms that can be implemented into a video game that will train your brain to react quicker to the recurring patterns in athletics. They have already developed it for…
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