Wednesday Drill of the Week: Cutback Shooting

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An individual skill drill for forwards this week. The drill starts with X1 (black) carrying a puck on a wide drive outside the dots. Continuing to drive below the goal line, X1 then executes a cutback. X2 (green) times his departure, leaving so that he will arrive below the goal line at an appropriate time to execute an overlap (or scissor) move with X1. On this overlap, X1 drops the puck to X2. X2 then drives towards the back of the net and cuts back, creating space to make a play. X1 has now continued to find the soft spot in the zone (just inside the dot). X2 passes to X1 who catches & shoots on net.

Forwards should focus on their individual habits in this drill – playing with their head up, keeping their hands away from their body, making plays at speed. Coaches can add in token defensive pressure on the drive and on the overlap play to help simulate game play.

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.

Wednesday Drill of the Week (Double Header Edition)

Two drills for you this week, as I missed last week.

I’ll give you two sets of offensive scoring drills. These are drills that work on a forwards ability to finish with the puck in tight to the net. Drills are laid out clockwise, starting in the top left corner.

Scoring Circuit


A. One-time redirects. Forward starts at the top of the dot (barrier covers the bottom part of the net). Forward accelerates towards the net, coach fires a puck to the top of the crease where the F gets heavy on his stick and redirects the puck into the upper part of the net. Drive hard to the net and finish in tight.

B. Rebound scoring. A barrier covers the bottom part of the net. Coach and Forward start from the hashmarks. Coach fires a puck at the barrier as a forward accelerates towards the net. Forward has to collect the rebound and either make a move around the barrier or lift the puck over the barrier. Collect the puck and quickly maneuver in tight.

C. Net drive/pass out. Forward drives along the wall and makes a pass to another F driving the middle lane either before or after the net. Another forward or coach puts pressure on the driving forward, dictating where and how he has to make a play on the pass out.

D. Pop out shooting. Forwards always face the net. Two forwards have pucks on either side of the net. Forward starts in between the cones, receives a pass and quickly releases the puck on net. As soon as he shoots, he backpedals around the top cone, accelerates into the slot on the other side to receive a pass and shoot. He then backpedals and the drill continues. After a few reps going backwards, the forward shoots and then moves forward around the front cone, then backpedaling to the slot.

All of these drills work forwards on play in tight around the net. Quick reactions, good hands, heavy sticks, and accurate shots are all important in these drills. Every effort should be made to do these at game pace – if you don’t practice at game speed you will struggle to translate these skills to a game.