Rick O’Shay Hockey Targeting System

The Rick O’Shay gives an alternative perspective to the conventional “Shooter Tutor” style, roll-up canvases.

The Rick O’Shay is a great hockey targeting system that gives an alternative perspective to the conventional “Shooter Tutor” style, roll-up canvases. Since it’s a 3D mold, there are endless rebound possibilities, which makes for a much more realistic scrimmage experience.

Rick O'Shay

Butterfly Style

Glove Pocket

The Rick O’Shay is made of super durable plastic, which will hold up to your hardest shots. In addition to being durable, it is also very light weight, and can be separated into halves, which makes it easier to transport. The Rick O’Shay is fastened to the net with bungee cords that fit between molded channels, which provide a shield against shots.

The most obvious difference between the Rick O’Shay and most other hockey targeting systems is the fact that the Rick O’Shay is a 3-dimensional model. This design gives a more realistic shooting experience, and provides for infinite rebound possibilities. One of my favorite design features is the glove pocket. If you’re trying to go upper right, and miss, your puck might land in the goalie’s glove, stopping play while you fish it out. The Rick O’Shay also features a more “up-to-date” hole set-up, which more closely resembles the open areas you’d see against a butterfly goalie.

All in all, the Rick O’Shay is a great targeting system, and is especially useful in drop-in situations where goalies can be scarce. It’s not quite as portable as a roll-up target, but it’s much more realistic. So it could be a great option if portability isn’t a huge deal to you.

Motivate Players with Hockey Shooting Drills

During the course of a practice, it is not uncommon for players to get uninterested and become detached, especially at younger ages while working on boring skills like technical skating. Adding Hockey Shooting Drills into the mix is a wonderful way to liven up your practice and keep your players motivated and up beat. High tempo shooting drills can also help spark some competition and mentally rejuvenate your players during longer practices.

When working with Hockey Shooting Drills, I try to implement a few key points that help my players to get the most benefit possible:

1. Make sure your players keep their feet in motion while shooting, this is called shooting in stride. Many players slow down and glide just before shooting, not only does this affirm to the goalie that a shot is forthcoming, but it also gives the backchecker a chance to get a stick on the shooter and muck up the shot. Shooting in stride is a great custom to get in to!

2. Follow up on rebounds. Coach your players to take their shot, then drive home any rebound. Again, this constructs a good habit that will be useful in games!

3. Add a shot at the end of a skating drill. You can entirely change a skating drill in the mind of a youngster by putting a shot to the end of it, motivating him or her to practice all kinds of skills he or she doesn’t really like. I use this a lot when working on backward skating with the really young kids.

4. Designate what types of shots to use. It is tempting for players to walk the puck all the way in and deke. There is a time and a place for dekes, but most shots in games will not be dekes. Sometimes its helpful to clearly spell out what type of shot you’d like your players to focus on, and where you’d like to see the shot come from. This will guarantee that players are adequately developing a wide range of skills around the net.

As you progress through the season, you’ll get a good feel for your team, and you’ll be able to acknowledge when they need some good Hockey Shooting Drills to get them revved back up again. Give these easy pointers a try and see how it goes in your next practice!

“Snake” Shooting Drill

One of my favorite hockey shooting drills. Simple to set up, but teaches some profound concepts.

This could be one of the most basic hockey shooting drills out there… but it is also one of the most effective because of the concepts that can be applied. Remember to have your players shoot in stride if they’re on their forehand, and to use their Inside Mohawk if they’re on their backhand. Here’s the diagram and explanation:



snake_drill3Snake Drill

Option 1:
1. players line up in corner
2. on whistle, first player in line skates up and around the top of the circle, attacking the “seam”
3. if on forehand, player shoots in stride, if on backhand, player executes a mohawk, and shoots from the forehand
4. after shot, players line up in opposite corner

Option 2:
1. Basic snake – add coaches for “token” resistance
2. Start by drive skating through the coaches, using puck protection
3. Then switch to an outward facing inside mohawk as the protection move at each coach

Option 3:
1. First player leaves without a puck
2. Next player in line passes out for a one-time shot
3. Use Mohawk if on backhand



3 Pass and Shot Drill

The 3 Pass and Shot Drill is Great to Warm-up Your Passing and Timing

The “3 Pass and Shot Drill” is a great Hockey Drill that can be utilized in many different practice scenarios. I like to use it as a warm-up drill, but it can also be used to develop passing and timing concepts, or to work on one-touch passes or shooting. Here’s the diagram:

3_pass_shot3 Pass and Shot Drill

1. Players line up in two lines, at the blue lines
2. Each line has pucks
3. On the whistle, the first player from each line skates across the blue line and receives a pass from the opposite line
4. The receiver controls the pass and gives a pass back to the player who passed to him
5. After giving the return pass, the player circles around, presenting himself as an option in the receiving zone, where he receives a pass from the line he originally left from
6. Receiver turns up ice and takes a shot, then skates to the back of the other line



Figure 8 Shooting and Deflection

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:

fig8_shootingFigure 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.


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