I’ve got a good buddy out in Slovakia who sends me great drills on a regular basis. I usually test them out with my teams, then pass the best ones along to you guys. I’m naming this hockey warm-up drill after him, the Bednár Skating Warm-up Drill. Here’s the diagram:
Bednár Skating Warm-up Drill
1. Players skate the patterns, with pucks, as diagrammed.
2. First player of each line goes at the same time.
3. The next player goes ones he receives the pass from the first player of the other line.
4. Drill is perpetual.
Note: Make sure to have players execute at full speed, while maintaining good puck control, and staying low on the pivots.
My good buddy, and assistant coach, Josh Burkart showed this one to me a couple of years ago. It’s a solid drill that has a pretty quick rotation, so not much standing around once your players pick up the flow of it. Here’s the diagram:
Burkhart 2 on 2 Deflection Drill
1. (F) passes to (D) then drives net
2. D to D pass and shot
3. (F) deflects, then stays in front
4. Other corner passes out to (D) then drives net
5. D to D pass and shot
6. Other (F) deflects
7. (F)’s swing for a breakout pass then attack 2 on 2
8. After second shot, (D)’s back up 2 on 2
Since I started this blog back in 2008, I have met a lot of really cool hockey folks. Believe it or not, it has made me a better coach! I have had the opportunity to exchange drills from coaches all over the world. I make a point to work my way through most of these drills, and pass the best ones on to my “readers” here on the blog.
I usually try to credit the drill to the person who sent it to me. However, many times the drills that come in are in other languages… as is the case with this one from my good buddy Ján Bednár. Ján has sent me A LOT of drills over the past year or so! Since he is from Slovakia, I’ve named most of his drills the “Slovakian ___________” (insert drill description).
So – here you go, another fantastic drill from Ján Bednár, the “Slovakian Agility Race.”
Slovakian Agility Race
1. Player from each line skates through the cones as shown
2. Pivot at each turn
3. Winner takes the puck and tries to score
4. Loser backchecks