Head on a Swivel! I love watching the World Junior Championships each year. It's a chance to see a bunch of talented, young, "up-and-comers" playing some high-quality hockey, in a fun and exciting atmosphere. The nature of the games, and of the tournament in general, lends itself to a great study of the game. The players are smaller than in the NHL, there's a bigger gap between the top and bottom teams, and the games are more of a finesse style of play. Which means, lots of scoring, especially in the early rounds, and lots of well-executed systems play. Even at the highest levels of play, you still see mistakes made. And games are won and lost based in the DETAILS. In this video, we see what happens when a…
Sagging Zone Coverage - Clarification It's no secret that Sagging Zone Coverage is one of my favorite Defensive Zone Coverage setups. Recently, a few questions have surfaced regarding the Centerman's role in the coverage. In this video, we address the role of the centerman as the "3rd defenseman," and how he or she should play the position effectively. If you haven't watched our other videos on the Sagging Zone Coverage, take a look here: 1. D-Zone Coverage: “Sagging” Zone 2. Sagging Zone Coverage: In Action Enjoy!
Sagging Zone Coverage Sagging Zone Coverage is one of my favorite Defensive Zone Coverage setups of all time. I love the fact that you can be aggressive, create turnovers, but at the same time never be out-manned in front of your own net. In this clip, we see Team Canada execute Sagging Zone Coverage masterfully. This is performed almost exactly how we describe it here - D-Zone Coverage: “Sagging” Zone The only real difference is that they interchange positions more often than you'd usually see at younger age groups. Enjoy!
Offensive-Minded D-Zone Face-Offs I'm a huge fan of offensive-minded face-offs in the defensive zone; especially on the penalty kill! Most teams expect you to play defense in your defensive zone, and when you attack aggressively you can really catch them off guard, particularly on face-offs. In this clip, Tyler Bozak loses a shorthanded draw against the Montreal Canadiens, then gets out quickly to the opposing defenseman, causing a turnover. From there he's able to chip the puck through, and win the footrace on the breakaway. A well-structured face-off set-up should give you offensive options whether your team wins or loses the draw. Give it a go, and start generating some offense from your defensive-zone face-offs! Enjoy!
Attack Triangle in Action Team USA is playing some great hockey right now in the 2014 Winter Olympics. A lot of their systems look just like the stuff we've laid out in the Coaches' Training Course, especially their offensive attack structure. In this play you see a textbook Attack Triangle, with F1 driving wide, and pulling the opposing defenseman deep; F2 driving wide to the far post, pulling his defenseman deep, and F3 filling in the vacated space in the high slot. From there, it's a drop pass, and a one-time snipe. Beautiful setup, beautiful goal! Enjoy!