Musical Pucks is a great game to help youngsters work on crossovers
Working on crossovers can be hard and frustrating for many young hockey players. I’ve found that turning skill development drills into shooting drills or games can make them a lot more fun and motivating to work on. Musical Pucks is a small area game that demonstrates this tactic well. Here’s the diagram and explanation:
1. Put one less puck in the middle than you have players on circle
2. Players cross over until whistle
3. On whistle, each player tries to get a puck – whoever doesn’t get one is out
4. Make sure to run it both directions so players practice crossing over both ways.
Figure 8 Shooting and Deflection is a Great Shooting Drill
Here’s a quick and effective hockey shooting drill that incorporates shots from the points, and deflections in front of the net. I like to run this drill from both ends so the forwards get plenty of chances to execute. Encourage your defensemen to fire low, hard shots on net that the forwards will be able to deflect. This is a great game simulation drill for everybody! Here’s the explanation:
Figure 8 Shooting and Deflection
1. Forwards & Defensemen line up as shown
2. First forward passes to the near defenseman, then skates around the top of the circle and drives the net.
3. Far defenseman fires a low, hard shot for a deflection
4. Forward deflects the puck then skates around the other circle and drives the net again.
5. Defenseman who received the initial pass fires a low, hard shot for a deflection.
6. Forward deflects the puck then stops in front of the net to screen the goalie and get ready for the third shot.
7. Middle defenseman fires a low, hard shot. Forward deflects it then drives in any rebound.