Wednesday Drill of the Week: Breakout Shooting

Breakout Shooting

A simple breakout repetition drill that works on breakout skills for the forwards and defensemen while giving the goalies some long warmup shots.

The drill starts with pucks in both corners and forwards in three lines at the blue line. Each forward will sprint in to simulate D zone coverage, then sprint to breakout position to receive a pass. The second D in line will chip a puck behind the net, the first D will retrieve it, take the net and find the forward on the far side (bottom of the picture) with a breakout pass. The D then picks up a puck from the other corner, gains the net and finds the other wing on a breakout pass. Finally, he retrieves a third puck and finds the center. After receiving a pass, each forward goes down in their lane and takes a long shot on net. To add to the degree of difficulty, we placed obstacles for the forwards to stickhandle around after they gained the offensive blue line.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: Devils 3v3/2v2

A great drill with a few different concepts happening at the same time: Breakout, Odd-Man Rush w/backcheck, In-Zone Play, Transition Rush

Devils 3v3 2v2


The drill starts with a 5v1 breakout – a coach dumps a puck in and five players break the puck out against one forechecker. Two D follow the play up and then play a 3v2 rush against the forwards who broke the puck out. The forechecker backchecks the rush. These players then play a 3v3 in zone. The D who broke the puck out follow the play up. Two forwards are standing on the far blueline – when the breakout D gap up, those two forwards attack the two D 2v2.

I really like this drill due to the activity on the ice, as well as the multiple concepts being worked on by the players – a breakout, rush attack/backcheck and in-zone play, as well as a quick transition rush against D attempting to get up in the play. Players can work on situational concepts and positional concepts.