Wednesday Drill of the Week: Bandits Backcheck

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A backcheck/transition drill this week.

The drill starts with five O players stationary – two F’s below the goal line, one high F3 and two D on the blueline. X starts with the puck on the half wall.

On the whistle, X takes off with the puck. The D play the rush while F3 backpressures the puck carrier (or however you structure your backchecks). Either the D or F3 angle the puck carrier into the wall and force a turnover while the other player retrieves the puck and quickly transitions it up ice to either F. The defensive team then transitions to a 3v0 attack on net (D join the play).

To add another element to the drill, place two defensive D down low with the forwards below the goal line for a 3v2 offensive attack.

I really like this drill as a transition, gap, reattack game scenario for all players involved.

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Wednesday Drill of the Week: LSSU Backcheck

LSSU Backcheck

One of my all-time favorites this week. Simple yet effective drill. Coaches stand on both blue lines in the center of the ice with pucks. Players stand on the blue lines and in the center circle. Players in the middle are backchecking the players on the wall. Backchecker stands facing the coach. Coach will pass to one wing or the other, on the pass the backchecker turns and backchecks the player without the puck. The player with the puck drives for a long shot (top of the circles) and looking to go far pad for a rebound to the other attacker. As a variation, the coach can tell the backchecker to backcheck the puck carrier.

This drill is a good conditioning workout for players and also allows for teaching effective backchecking. Gaining the inside shoulder and taking away sticks are critical pieces of the backcheck. It isn’t good enough to just follow your man back to the net – you need to isolate them from being a threat.

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