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: 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 fo the Week: F-D 3 Shot

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A half ice skill drill today. The drill starts with a defenseman on the wall. D walks the blue line and hits a forward coming out of the corner on a high roll for a shot. The D then goes back to the blue line for a second puck. D again walks the blue line, this time hitting a second forward who has gone from the corner to the dot line on the goal line. The first forward has gone to the net and then pops for a pass from the goal line forward. The D then retrieves a third puck, walks the line and takes a shot through two men screening (pop forward stays high, goal line forward moves to the net front).

D should focus on walking and moving the puck with their eyes up the entire time. All shots and passes should be made with eyes up ice. Forwards need to accelerate up the wall and through the shot. Pop should be with purposeful movement and a quick one-timer attempt.