Here’s a Quick “2 for 1” Post with Two Hockey Skating Drills
The Mohawk Square Drill, and the Full-Ice Snake Drill are two phenomenal ways to work on inside mohawks with your team. I use these two drills to work up to more difficult mohawk drills like the “Snake” Shooting Drill––and of course, the Snake Shooting Drill is a precursor to many other situational drills in which the mohawk can be used.
In this video, I make reference to two previous videos:
Here are the diagrams and explanations for the drills mentioned in the video:
1. Players start on the boards, about half way between the two cones
2. On the whistle, players skate around the square, executing a mohawk around each cone
3. After a few times through, go the other direction
Note: Once the players can execute the move well, put a puck on their sticks and have them do a toe drag with their mohawk at each cone.
Full-Ice Mohawk Snake
1. Players start in corner.
2. Each player weaves through the cones, executing a mohawk around each cone.
3. Maintain the mohawk behind the net, then come back.
Note: Add a puck and a shot at the end as players begin to improve.
The 3-Zone Timing Drill is one of my all-time favorite passing and timing drills!
I’ve been using the 3-Zone Timing Drill for years as both a player and a coach. I love it because it simulates passing patterns that happen over and over in game situations––particularly in breakouts and regroups. This is a “classic” flow drill with lots of passing, timing, and shooting.
1. To start the drill, 3 players leave from the corner (after that only 2 leave from then on)
2. First player shoots, picks up a puck from the circle, and hits the second player in the first green receiving zone
3. Receiver controls puck, then hits the third player in the second green receiving zone
4. Receiver takes a shot, picks up a puck from the circle, and hits the first player of the other line in the first red receiving zone.
5. Drill continues perpetually.
One-Touch Timing is a great precursor to the 3-Zone Timing Drill
If you’ve followed me at all over the past few years, you know I love to use progressions to develop new skills. This is a great example of a simple drill that can be progressed into a more complex version, the 3-Zone Timing Drill.
As you begin introducing timing concepts to your players, remember to stress that it is better to be late and accelerating into the pass, than to be early and slowing down. Here’s the diagram:
One Touch Timing Drill:
Designate a Passer (P) for the first time, just to start the drill.
1. first player from each line at one side of the ice leave together
2. low man swings to receive the pass, then one-touch passes to his partner swinging through at mid-ice.
3. receiver shoots, passer picks up a puck and passes to the low man of the other line
4. drill is perpetual
NOTE: this is a GREAT precursor to the 3-zone timing drill.