Wednesday Drill of the Week: 10 Minute Drill


A fun competition drill this week. Forwards vs D & Goalies.

Set the clock to 10 minutes. The forwards have to score 15 goals – if they do they win, if not the D & Goalies win.

The drill starts with the two F’s closest to the Coach getting a pass and going in 2v0. They get one look at the net and then the play is done. Coach will give them a second puck where they go down 2v1 on a D (same one look at the net).

The two F’s now pick up a third from the far corner (with a puck) and go down on 2 new D, 3v2. After the 3v2 ends, the 3rd F who joined then gets a breakaway.

After the breakaway ends, the drill starts over. If the Forwards score 15 (or more!) they win.

A great drill to do to end practice, it’s fun for the team and has a great compete element. Losing has consequences!


Wednesday Drill of the Week: Bowtie 2v0

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

Bowtie 2v0.jpg

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

3v2 One Puck

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: 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.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: Laker 2v2

WDotW Returns! A great full team rush/oz play drill courtesy of one of the two Laker programs in NCAA D1.

Laker 2v2

The drill starts with F1s crossing and exchanging a puck near the top of the circles. Two D start at the blueline and play the rush 2v2 back into the zone. Once in zone, two D (D2) come and play the offensive points while F1s and D1s play 2v2 below the tops of the circles. F1 can use D2 at the offensive blue line to maintain possession and generate point shots. On the whistle, F2’s cross and exchange a puck, attacking D2 down the ice into the far zone 2v2 – two D1’s join to play offensive points. The drill is then continuous, with the next pair beginning their attack on the whistle.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: Tech 2v2

Tech 2v2

A simple full ice 2v2 rush drill with a re-gap element.

The drill starts with a dump and a 4v0 breakout. Two D start at the red line and establish their gap while the group breaks out. The two F’s who broke out then attack the two gapping D in a full ice 2v2. On a whistle, coach leaves a puck in the neutral zone for two F’s to retrieve and play live – the D have to retake ice and re-establish their gap. The drill then plays out 2v2.

The coach doesn’t have to always blow a whistle – the players have to attack until they hear a whistle. The second puck can be left wherever, the goal is to create a situation where the D have to retake ice and establish their gap quickly. This drill can be done in one direction only, or can alternate ends.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: Bulldog 2v2

Bulldog 2v2

A progression from last weeks Yale 1v1, only 2v2.

The same thing is going on in both ends. The puck starts in the corner with two F’s. 2 D man the points. Puck goes from the corner to the point, then D to D for a shot. The two F’s go to the slot for a screen presence, then cycle a second puck out of the corner – again D to D for a shot. After the second shot, the two F’s get a puck from their line while the 2 D regap and take back ice. The two F’s then attack down the other end of the ice (top) while the D play a 2v2 rush coming from the other end (bottom).