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.

Offensive Attack: Options within the Attack Triangle

A few different attack options stemming from the attack triangle

I love the attack triangle because it can be branched off into so many different attack possibilities. I usually like to outline 8-10 of these possibilities for my players, just to get their minds moving in the right direction… then I let them get creative on their own, always encouraging more and more creativity in the offensive zone.

Having a solid understanding of support tactics will allow your players to “improvise” effectively within the offensive framework you have given them.

CLICK HERE to check out our “Attack Triangle Sequence” drill.


Post Awareness Drill

This is a great 3-sequence goalie drill that works on many different aspects of Post Awareness

This post awareness drill offers lots of possibilities. If you want to progress past just taking shots on this drill, give the players the option to carry the puck across the net/zone before they shoot.

Here are the goalie’s objectives on this drill:

1. Post Awareness
2. Rebound Control and Recovery
3. Post Recovery
4. Post-knee-up position (Post Load)

Here’s the diagram and drill explanation:

post_awareness_drillPost Awareness Drill
1. Goalie starts on the post
2. Player 1 leaves without puck, pivots from forward to backward at about the hashmarks, and receives a pass from Player 2
3. After receiving the pass, Player 1 pivots and skates forward around the far cone, then drives to the high slot for a shot on goal
4. Goalie follows the puck, squaring up to the shot
5. After the shot, Player 1 positions himself for a rebound. Goalie gets back to the post with urgency
6. Player 2 drives around the middle cone (with puck), and takes shot. Player 1 jumps on the rebound if it’s within the green area
7. After Player 2’s shot and rebound, Player 1 gets back in line. Player two positions himself for Player 3’s rebound. Goalie gets back to the post.
8. Player 3 drives around the low cone and shoots. Player 2 rebounds, then gets back in line. Player 3 positions himself for a rebound, and the drill repeats.