Michigan Tech 1 on 1 Drill



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:

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michigan_tech_2on1Michigan Tech 1 on 1

1. on whistle, (D) and (F) leave from each side of the ice (4 players at the same time).
2. (D) do a figure 8 around the cones, then make a breakout pass to the (F) swinging through
3. After making the pass, (D) closes gap on the (F) from the opposite line to play him 1 on 1
4. If coach blows the whistle twice, the (F)’s change direction and play the 1 on 1 with the other (D)
5. Coach can blow the whistle multiple times during the same turn. (D) must continue to close the gap with each switch.

Note: This drill can also be run as a 2 on 1 – see second diagram

Enjoy!


USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN:



Slovakian Agility Race



Slovakian Agility Race Drill

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

Enjoy!


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