Mohawk Square Drill

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:

Click Here to see the Mohawk in Action
Click here for the Snake Shooting Drill

Here are the diagrams and explanations for the drills mentioned in the video:

mohawk_squareMohawk Square
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.

mohawk_snakeFull-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.



“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