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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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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

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