Coach Nielsen's Ice Hockey Drills

Horacek 5 Pass 2 on 1 Drive Drill

I am always on the lookout for good team oriented drills and last night I watched former NHL player Tony Horacek run this drill with his Midget 16 team. Timing is very important with this drill and it may take a few rotations to get it right but once you do the drill will flow really nicely and force your players to make good passes and work on timing their approach to the receiving zones. This drill is best performed by the more advanced teams.

If you like you can add an additional regroup in the neutral zone to make the players think and create more confusion.

5 Pass 2 on 1 Drive

5 pass 2 on 1 Drive Drill

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Filed under: coaching, Defensemen, Drills, Forwards

Half Ice Checking and Support Drill

I picked this one up from Ken Pauly who is a very well respected coach in Minnesota high school hockey.

I like to use this drill a few times each year to just get the players to understand working hard along the walls and in the corners. This drill isn’t the typical gauntlet drill where you have each player try to crush the incoming skater. What we want to do with this drill along the wall is have the players create resistance by chipping the skater, not try to put him through the glass.

You can separate the players however you want to but I like having the centers up high and using them to act as support in front of the net. Once you get the timing down this drill flows real nice and works a number of important areas of the ice.

Red Knight Compete


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Filed under: Checking, coaching, Drills, HalfIce



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