Coach Nielsen's Ice Hockey Drills

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Thanks for stopping by. This site contains information and drills that I have learned over the course of my 28 years on the ice. Everything is FREE, if I have a drill I will post it and you can use it.

If you have a question you can contact me privately Email Coach Nielsen and I will do my best to answer your questions.

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Team Canada 2v0 / 2v1

TeamCanada2v0-2v1

I really like this drill a lot. It incorporates a number of aspects of play in just one drill. The drill starts with a reverse pass between the D and then a quick outlet pass. That part then moves down the ice, while a 2v1 begins in the opposite direction. The play down the other end has a shot on goal, a quick transition to a low to high pass, with the forward getting into a good screening position, for a point shot.

Be sure everyone is working at a high tempo and that all passes are hard tape-to-tape.

 

Team Canada 2v0-2v1

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Neutral Zone Continuous Passing/Forechecking

NZPassForecheck

I received this drill from Wally Kozak and thought I would share it with our readers. This is an excellent drill to work with the defensemen to handle the forecheck pressure during a NZ regroup play. It also gives you the opportunity to have your forwards work on the teams NZ forecheck system. The drill is continuous back and forth. After a few rotations you can blow the whistle and have the forwards attack the defensemen 2v2 and then swap in the other defensemen.

NZ Continuous Pass/Forecheck

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Filed under: coaching, Forecheck, Passing

Wednesday Drill of the Week: 2v1 to 4v2

Originally posted on Coach Chris Hall:

2v1 to 4v2

Another transition drill, this one focuses on the offensive side of the transition game.

The drill starts with X1 and X2 (in black) crossing and attacking one D 2v1. Play out the rush.

On a whistle, X3 takes off with a puck. X1 and X2, as well as the D that played the 2v1 join him to create a 4 man rush. Two new D (in green) gap from the red line and play the rush 4v2. This rush plays out. On the whistle, two new players cross and attack 2v1. X3 provides backpressure on the 2v1 rush. The drill becomes continuous.

Areas of emphasis are quick transition from the 2v1 to 4v2. On the whistle, every player should be looking to quickly jump and attack on the change of direction. The D should activate quickly and look to get up ice to create a four man front.

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Horacek 3 Shot Carousel Drill

Picked this one up watching former NHL player Tony Horacek running practice for our 18U AAA team. Drill runs from both ends at the same time (the video shows only one side to make it easier to see). Watch the timing and skate hard.

3 Shot Carousel

 

 

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Filed under: coaching, Drills, Passing, Shooting

“The Importance Of Practice” (Williston Northampton School Head Coach – Derek Cunha)

“The Importance Of Practice” (Williston Northampton School Head Coach – Derek Cunha).

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Canadian 1 on 1 Drills

Here are two drills I received from my Canadian friends to work on 1 on 1 skills. Typically 1 on 1 drills are run with the defensemen defending the rush, but you can also have the forwards defend the rush to work on their defensive skills, because at some point in a game you will need a forward to pick up for a pinching or rushing defenseman and that forward may need to defend the counter attack.

Canadian 1on1 BO-Regroup


 

Canadian 1on1 Both Ends

Filed under: 1 x 1 - 2 x 1 - 3 x 1, coaching, Defensemen, Drills, Forwards

Drills for Defensemen

While looking at the stats for views on the site, I noticed a lot of action every day in the Defensemen section. To give you more choices, I’ve added 16 new drills, that my defensive coach runs throughout the season when we split up by group. Hopefully you find these useful in building the skills of your defensemen.

Defenseman Shooting Sequence
D Lateral Skate With Shot
D Puck Movement
D Rim Pass Shoot
Full Circle Pivot With Pass
Swedish Shooting
Puck Protection
Off The Wall Dump
Lewis D2D Support
Horseshoe Skating

Breakout Simulation Drills

Right Up
Reverse
Quick Up Option
D Over
D2D
Breakout Simulation

 

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Filed under: Breakout, coaching, Defensemen, Drills, Skating

Avalanche Flow Passing Drill

I got this drill from a friend in Colorado who watched the Avalanche run it during practice. I used it last night at practice and I liked the flow and tempo of the drill. Be sure to have the forwards stay wide so the defenseman has time to perform an escape move before the second pass. Also, make sure the D skates hard to jump into the rush.

 

Avalanche Flow

 


 

 

 


 

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Filed under: coaching, Drills, Passing, Practice

Drills to Build Competitive Instincts

My team is eleven games into our season and I haven’t been happy with our competitive instincts. I feel we are not winning enough 50/50 pucks and not winning enough loose pucks. Over the past few weeks I’ve started running drills in practice specifically designed to work on these skills and as of today, I’m happy with the results I see from the players. All of these drills can be considered Small Area Games and I will post them in that section of the site for future reference.

Crease Challenge

CreaseChallenge

The team really gets competitive with this drill. I split the team into two groups and they compete against each other. The action gets pretty intense at times and really teaches the players how to win puck battles.

 

 

 

 


 

2v2 Below Goal Line

2v2BelowGoalLine

I picked this one up off the Coach Chris Hall site and it is intense. The players have to work in very tight areas and compete along the walls.

 

 

 

 


 

1v1 Battle

1v1 Battle

This drill is the typical corner battle. Using it causes the players to work on the physical part of the game as well as tight area puck protection.
 

 

 

 

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Filed under: 1 x 1 - 2 x 1 - 3 x 1, Checking, coaching, Drills, Small Area Games

Robert Morris Head Coach @DerekSchooley – Canadian Reverse 1v1

Coach Schooley brings us another drill designed to work on breakout passing and 1 on 1 play.
Drill runs from both ends at the same time. Make sure that the defensemen work the reverse pass at game speed and are positionally sound. D2 should hold the front of the net with his skates up ice until the reverse pass is made and then he should sprint to the puck, get his head up and make the breakout pass.

Coach Schooley is the head coach at Division 1 Robert Morris University and his Colonial team is the defending Atlantic Hockey Champions. If you are interested in more information on Coach Schooley, you can visit the RMU Athletics page or follow him on Twitter at @DerekSchooley .

 

Canadians Reverse 1on1

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Coach Schooley has a terrific DVD to help develop defensemen. Every coach should have a copy of this DVD, it is really well designed and thought out. I have a copy of it myself and use many of the drills with my defensemen every year.

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Filed under: 1 x 1 - 2 x 1 - 3 x 1, Breakout, coaching, Drills, Passing

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