Wednesday Drill of the Week: Norton 2v0

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A 2v0 multiple attack drill courtesy of Pat Norton (Head Coach at Tufts University). The drill starts with forwards in the four corners – you can start them in line with the dots or you can start them wider, it all depends on the desired spacing. This drill is good for forwards to get comfortable with scissoring and attacking quickly on a 2v0.

All four lines have pucks, starting out of alternating sides simultaneously. X1 makes a long pass to X2 who starts to move up ice. X2 scissors with X1 (optional drop pass) and then they attack the net in the crease 2v0. At the same time, X and X3 would execute the same thing, attacking the net near the blue line.

The second part of the drill is done behind the net. It still starts with a long pass, then a scissor and 2v0 attack. The forwards can attack on the same side of the net, or one can go around the far side for different spacing.

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Wednesday Drill of the Week: 6 Pass 2v1

This one might be a little confusing but I’m going to give it a shot.

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The drill starts with the F at the blue line (XF) making a pass to the F in the corner (black dotted line). They exchange passes as the blueline F skates towards the corner F (purple dotted line). At the same time, the D in the corner passes D-D and then up to the point (green) – the point D walks the blue line for a long shot on net.

When the blue line F gets close to the corner, he passes to the corner D (pink dotted line) who initiates a breakout sequence with both Forwards (blue dotted lines). The two F then go into the Neutral Zone and regroup, while the D who took the long shot gaps up and plays them 2v1.

This drill creates an unbalanced, quick hitter 2v1 while incorporating a lot of passes and puck movement on one half of the ice.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: Bowtie 2v0

This week’s drill is a skill development drill primarily intended for forwards

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To start the drill, two cones are set up about 15-20 feet apart from each other. A coach is standing just below them with a mini-bumper (to simulate a long-body defenseman). The lines of forwards are in line with the cones, right around the blue line.

F1 begins with a puck, F2 without. F1 and F2 criss-cross and execute a drop pass. F1 and F2 then proceed through the cones in a figure 8 pattern (F2 has the puck – green). F2 and F1 then execute another drop pass above the cones (F1 receives the puck – black) before taking the outside lane to attack the net 2v0.

The coach times the bumper and uses it to simulate a long-body defenseman, forcing the forwards to pull up above the bumper or extend their reach and make a play behind the bumper. Ideally, F1 makes a cross-crease pass to F2 for a one touch shot. Far pad/rebound is also a play here for the forwards.

We have seen a direct translation from this drill in to games – forwards making extended reach plays and/or pulling up to make a cross crease play, both have resulted in goals off the rush.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: 3v2 One Puck

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A simple 3v2 rush into OZ play drill this week.

The drill starts with three forwards at the blue line vs two defensemen at the red. On the whistle the three F attack the two D 3v2. The play the rush out into the zone and then continue as a 3v2 down low.

After the play crosses the offensive blue line, three new forwards come out and assume a position on the blue line. Two new D come out to the red line. When the defensive players are able to gain possession of the puck, they have to clear it to the new forwards standing at the blue line. At this point these three forwards take off down the ice for a continuous 3v2 drill.

Good for rush offense, rush defense and you can always have a forwards vs defense competition (F have a target number of goals to score in a certain number of opportunities).

Wednesday Drill of the Week: Two Cone Agility

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A simple yet effective agility drill for forwards or defenseman.

Player skates in from just above the top of the circle carrying a puck. The player does a figure 8 around both cones, then passes the puck to the coach standing at the far dot. Coach gives an instantaneous return pass which is one-touched into the net.

The drill is designed to focus solely on the players’ edgework. The variance lies in the skating movement around the cones. First have the player go through on one foot with just inside edges (right at bottom, left at top). Then just outside edges. Then two feet tight turn. Then open hip. Then stop at the bottom, crossover accelerate around the top.

Again, simple drill but change the skating movement to help develop edges, balance and acceleration.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: 2v0 Exchange Shooting

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A shooting drill with a lot of passing elements to it – gets the hands and feet moving with a lot of pace.

X’s and O’s all start at the same time. The X & O that carry a puck cross with their respective partner and make a drop pass (inside the blue line). This player then skates into the outside lane while the original puck carrier skates into the inside lane on the far side. The outside lane gives a bump pass to the player skating in the inside lane from the opposite side (the original puck carrier gets the puck back from the other end). The two X’s then go attack the far net 2v0 (the O’s do the same thing).

A little confusing, but in short: Drop pass to your partner. Fill either the outside lane (pass receiver) or the inside lane on the far side (original puck carrier). Receive/give a pass to the other twosome. Go in 2v0 with a long shot and rebound.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: 10 Minute Drill

10 Minute Drill

A 10 minute competition game. Forwards vs D & Goalies. Forwards are trying to score 10 goals (or some other number that you believe to be appropriate).

The drill starts with a 2v1 in one end (right side of the picture). Two F attack one D out of the corner 2v1. After a shot on net or a clear by the D, they receive a pass from their original line and go 2v1 vs the same D down the length of the ice. After the long 2v1 plays out, a new forward starts with a puck from the corner and they go 3v2 (2 new D) down the length of the ice. After the 3v2 hits the blue line, a forward steps out and gets a breakaway down the far end. The drill then starts again with a tight area 2v1 at the net and continues this way for 10 minutes or until the forwards score the allotted number of goals.

A great competition drill, offensive emphasis drill as well as a sneaky conditioning skate for your team.