Coach Nielsen's Ice Hockey Drills

Don’t be Afraid to Practice the Fundamentals

I know a number of coaches who are unwilling or afraid to practice fundamentals because they think their players are too old to practice such mundane things. Well, we have all seen mistakes in our games on very basic plays and thought “how the heck did he make that mistake”. Many times it’s because we forget about the basic fundamentals of ice hockey when we start coaching the older age teams. Keep in mind that many players are coached by their dad’s when they are young and maybe the dad’s aren’t hockey players, so the fundamentals go untaught.

I try to always fit in some type of fundamental skating or passing or even shooting drills to reinforce the fundamentals of the players. Currently in the drills section I have a few skating and passing drills that help on the fundamentals and at the same time keep the players interested in the drill. Remember that if you work on the fundamental stuff the players will become better and thus play better in games. Good luck and have fun with your team.

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