Initiating a Hockey Breakout

Initiating a Hockey Breakout

Defensive Zone, Team Systems
Tactical discussion on initiating a hockey breakout and hockey systems. Initiating a proper hockey breakout is a very important aspect of hockey systems. All to often you see young players who are coached to do nothing more than "dump it in" or "dump it out." While I agree that there is a time and place for "dump and chase" hockey, I believe we do our players a disservice by teaching those tactics at too young an age. Teach possession hockey first, then implement "dump and chase" for specific situations as players develop and mature. My two cents worth :)
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3 Pass and Shot Drill

3 Pass and Shot Drill

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing, Shooting
The 3 Pass and Shot Drill is Great to Warm-up Your Passing and Timing The "3 Pass and Shot Drill" is a great Hockey Drill that can be utilized in many different practice scenarios. I like to use it as a warm-up drill, but it can also be used to develop passing and timing concepts, or to work on one-touch passes or shooting. Here's the diagram: 3 Pass and Shot Drill 1. Players line up in two lines, at the blue lines 2. Each line has pucks 3. On the whistle, the first player from each line skates across the blue line and receives a pass from the opposite line 4. The receiver controls the pass and gives a pass back to the player who passed to him 5. After…
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Some Hockey Nostalgia

Miscellaneous
A good buddy and teammate showed me this today. The original source is unknown, but I thought it was fitting for the time of season. The dad who wrote it definitely understands what hockey's really about... Almost brought a tear to my eye thinking about the times I had with my dad, and the times I'll undoubtedly have with my son. These next few weeks may be the last times I see my boy lace ‘em up with an organized team. Fourteen years ago we started, not really knowing anything about this marvelous game. He skated out onto the ice as wobbly as can be. Tonight he glides across the ice cutting his edges into the glimmering sheet of white and throwing snow up to the top of the glass…
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FAQ on 1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck

FAQ on 1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck

Offensive Zone, Team Systems
Make sure you check out the original 1-2-2 "Foosball" Hockey Systems Forecheck post before you watch this. Since I posted the original 1-2-2 "Foosball" Forecheck video back in October, I've had a lot of feedback. Many of you have had a lot of success using this forechecking system... this is great! I am always interested in hearing about your experiences with the drills, systems, and other material I post here. Over the past few months, there have been a few recurring questions and comments about this particular forecheck. Rather than answering the same questions over and over, I decided to post a video that addresses the three main questions people have asked: What happens if the defenseman reverses the puck (or beats F1 in some other way)? How to you…
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Chaos Stickhandling Drill

Chaos Stickhandling Drill

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Shooting, Skating & Agility, Stickhandling
Hockey Stickhandling: The Chaos Drill The Chaos Drill is a simple and effective hockey stickhandling drill that is sure to get your team flying! Make sure you stress that your players keep their feet moving through the cones, shoot in stride, and KEEP THEIR HEADS UP! As always, here's the diagram and explanation: Chaos Drill 1. players line up in corners 2. one player from each line leaves on the whistle 3. players skate full speed through the cones, keeping their heads up, and feet moving the entire time 4. after deking through the cones, players shoot on respective goalies USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN:
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