Winnipeg Jets Power Play: Dissected

Coaches' Corner, Philosophy, Special Teams, Team Systems
Winnipeg Jets Power Play Dissection from the Illegal Curve show on TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg This past Saturday I had the opportunity to be a guest again on the Illegal Curve show on TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg. If you haven't listened to the show before, and you're a Jets fan, check it out here: http://illegalcurve.com/ The topic I covered on Saturday will be useful to any coach, whether you're a Jets fan or not. I also made a video dissection of the Jets power play after the fact, illustrating a few of the things I mentioned on the show. So, Check out my segment in the audio below, then watch the vid! [haiku url="http://weisstechhockey.com/blog/videos/jets_pp_tsn1290.mp3" title="Jeremy Weiss on the Illegal Curve show - TSN Radio 1290"] Here are the…
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Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence

Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence

Hockey Drills, Offensive Zone, Special Teams, Team Skill Drills, Team Systems Drills
Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence I use the Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence to simulate the patterns and passing lanes players will see in game situations. The idea for this drill is to instill the mindset of "Set-up, Attack, Rebound, then back to Set-up." All executed at top speed. Here's the diagram and explanation: Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence 1. Player's line up in proper position for your team's power play set-up (in this case it's the "hybrid" set-up) 2. Place cones in positions where the opposing defenders will likely be 3. Work through your attack options, in order from highest probability to lowest 4. Focus on running through "set-up, attack, rebound, and back to set-up," with crisp passes, always executing at full speed Enjoy! USE THIS…
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Power Play: Breakout

Special Teams, Team Systems
Here's one of my favorite power play breakouts... There are quite a few different power play breakouts. Rather than try to cover them all, I thought I'd just post my favorite. I like this one because it is very versatile, and can beat most penalty kill forechecks if the players read and react effectively. This is another instance where I like to have designated responsibilities so that we always have the proper-handed-shot in the correct position. Lastly, I forgot to mention in the video, but SOMETIMES there is an opening straight up the middle to the "breakaway man." If the far forward notices this, he can cut across the blue line early and sync up with the quarterback behind the net. The QB can step out to the RIGHT side…
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Power Play: “Hybrid” Overload/Umbrella

Special Teams, Team Systems
My favorite power play set-up... The "Hybrid" The "Hybrid" is a very complex power play set-up that has very specific skill requirements for each position. This is a phenomenal set-up IF you have the right personel for the job. If not, it will fall apart badly! Make sure your players understand the "key indicator" that signals the "shift" (see video for details). Doing this will ensure that the timing works out correctly. Also, I like to designate a specific side of the ice to run it from every time to eliminate positional confusion, and to make sure we have the proper shooting hand in the proper spot. Enjoy!
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Power Play: Umbrella

Special Teams, Team Systems
The Umbrella is a solid power play set-up that can be very difficult to defend against if run well The Umbrella is a very common power play set-up at higher levels of play. The reason for this is that it is extremely effective when run well. Remember to structure your set-up using players that fit each position's "job description," including what way they shoot. The Umbrella works very well when two cross-ice passes occur before the shot (see video for examples). This helps to hang the goalie out to dry, and can really mess up the opposition's penalty kill. Enjoy!
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