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Shooting Drills

Horseshoe Re-Group Drill
Age Levels: Bantam, Midget
Great drill here if your looking for a flow drill that involves a lot of players, passing, shooting, and skating.  The setup is similar to the typical horseshoe drill with two lines in opposite corners with pucks except now there are four defense at center ice as shown.  Two players from each line will go on the whistle.
Short Track Flim Flom
Age Levels: Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget
This drill has an emphasis on speed and receiveing the puck at top speed. To set up the drill place four equal lines at about the top of the circles along the wall (as shown in the diagram). Depending on the amount of players you can have the two opposite lines go at the same time, this results in four players being active on each repetition.
Four Lines Flow #2
Age Levels: Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget
Here is the second drill in the four line flow drill.  In this variation the players make a give & go pass with each line as the swing through the neutral zone. Again, as the players enter the zone it is an opportunity to work on shooting angles and zone entry skills.

Passing Drills

Seven Pass 2 on 1
Age Levels: Bantam, Midget
This high tempo passing drill involves a lot of passing and requires good communication and awareness from the players.  There is a minimum of seven passes that occur in each repetition leading into the 2 on 1 against the defensive player that started the drill.  To set up place four lines of forwards at each blue line and split the defense into two lines, one at each end on opposite face-off dots (as shown).
Continuous Warm Up Skills Series #2
Age Levels: Pee Wee, Squirt, Bantam, Midget
The second variation in this series works on puck control in transition and acceleration with the puck. As the players go down the ice they still receive the puck and make one quick stick handle before making a pass back to their partner. When the players turn to the outside they accelerate to the outside with a puck. At the cone they transition backwards with the puck to the inside cone. At the inside cone they transition forwards and again, emphasis is on accelerating to the next cone.
3 Player Passing Series Station
Age Levels: Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam
There are three variations to this passing station.  The first variation players skate at the player in front of them making one-time passes to each other.  Encourage players to not slap at the puck but have soft hand and receive and pass.  The next variation players do a control turn around the player while receiving hte puck back, then they make give and go passes on their way back to the other player.
Blue Devils Flow Drill
Age Levels: Bantam, Midget
This flow drill is great to work on timing and communication.  Both P1's start the drill on a whistle with a puck in the high slot and take a shot, after that there should be no more whistles needed.  After the shot, P1's pick up a puck from the corner and start the passing breakout.  P2's and P3's should start there routes just before the P1's take their shots.  When the breakout is complete the P3's become the new P1's keeping the flow going.

Half Ice Drills

Continuous Cycle Drill
Age Levels: Pee Wee, Bantam
The Continuous Cycle Drill is a great drill for coaches to go over some of the finer points of cycling in the offensive zone. It is a fast paced drill that puts a log of shots on the goalies and keeps the players moving.
Eagles Half Ice 1 on 1
Age Levels: Squirt, Pee Wee
Great half ice drill here!  It incorporates passing, shooting, moving your feet, breakout timing, gap control, and 1 on1.  The forwards all line up in the corner without pucks.  The defense line up just inside the forwards with the pucks as shown in the diagram.  To start the drill F1 skates up along the boards and receives a pass from D1.  F1 receives the pass, skates around the circle and takes a shot on net.
Footwork Shots
Age Levels: Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam
Here are two hockey drills that work on footwork, passing, and shooting.  It is good for half ice situations or stations. In one drill the cones are set up parrallel to the goal line and in the other one they are set up perpendicular.  In both drills the players start outside the zone and inline with the face off dots.  There is one player that starts in the corner with the pucks.

Stickhandling / Puck Protection Drills

Neutral Zone Puck Skills #1
Age Levels: Pee Wee, Bantam
This station has three areas that can be set up for stickhandling drills, puck protection techniques, and puck skills.  The station is set up in the neutral zone.  The first station has large movements where players maintain puck possession.  Next the players use a puck protection technique along the wall.  The third drill is for player to work on quick hands.
Tire Moves
Age Levels: Mite, Squirt
Here is a hockey drill that can be used for the younger players when the ice is divided up into stations.  This drill can be used in the neutral zone using four tires (or cones) and two of the small nets.  Arrange the tires as shown in the diagram with two lines, each off to the side of the net.  Player 1 in each line will skate with the puck up to the first tire and make a single shift move to the outside.
Heads Up Stickhandling Station
Age Levels: Squirt, Mite, Pee Wee
Split up players into four equal lines and have them line up at each neutral zone dot with pucks. On the whistle, first player from each line skates into the center circle with a puck. There will be four players in the center circle stickhandling and controlling the puck. On the next whistle the four player skate to the end of the line diagonal from the line where they cam from. At the same time the next players from each line skate into the center circle doing the same thing.

Full Ice & Flow Drills

Cycle to Backcheck Drill
Age Levels: Bantam, Midget
This is a drill that Denis recommends at least once a week if you have the ice-time that allows for it. The drill starts with 3 forwards cycling in the offensive zone against 2 defensemen while another line of forwards is waiting at the top if the circles with a puck to break 3 on 2 up the ice. Let the players cycle down low for a little bit to see if they can generate a scoring opportunity and then blow the whistle when you think it is fit.
Speed 2 on 1
Age Levels: Bantam, Midget
This 2 on 1 hockey drill is a high tempo drill that works on fast 2 on 1 rushes, quick transitions, and timing in the neutral zone.  To set up the drill place four equal lines at the blue lines along the boards.  In this diagram the F1 lines will have the pucks.  The drill start with the defense jumping into the center of the ice, transitioning backwards, and calling for the puck from F1.  F1 takes a couple of strides with the puck and makes a pass to D1.
Avalanche Flow Drill
Age Levels: Midget
Here is a drill that incorporates lots of shots, passing, and timing.  Four equal lines of players are in all four corners with pucks.  The first two players from opposite corners start the drill by carrying a puck a couple of strides transitioning backwards and making a pass to the next player in line.  After the pass they skate into the slot to receive a pass right back and take a shot.
Continuous Rim Drill
Age Levels: Pee Wee, Bantam
If your wingers need help making plays along the wall in the defensive zone, then this is a good hockey drill which gives players a lot of repetitions in this situation.  Form two lines with pucks at the hash marks on opposite ends of the ice as shown in the diagram.  The line should face the goal line.  Just to start the drill place a player at the blue line with a puck.

1 on 1 Drills

Whip One on One
Age Levels: Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam
The focus of this drill is to contain the forwards from a tough situation.  The set up of this drill puts the defense at a dis-advantage.  Set up the drill as shown in the diagram.  The spacing of the players may need to be adjusted after you run a few reps so that defense are coming out of their transition equal with the forwards.  The forwards should have a good speed when they receive the puck and drive to the outside towards the near post.
1 on 1 to 2 on 2 Battle
Age Levels: Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam
This is a small area drill that gives players a chance to work on protecting the puck in small areas.  The nets are bplace close together around one of the in-zone face off circles.  It is a fairly simple hockye drill but it can be as challenging as the players make it.  The coach starts each drill by throwing the puck ot the wall, one player from each team will battle until the whistle.  The drill then progresses to two players from each side.
Stop and Start 1 vs. 1
Age Levels: Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget
This is a good 1 on 1 battle drill.  Think about using this drill towards the end of practice for conditioning as players tend to push themselves more when competition is introduced.  To set up place four lines on the blue line as shown in the diagram. Place a coach in the center of the ice on each blue line with a bunch of pucks.
Tight Space 1 on 1
Age Levels: Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget
This 1 on 1 drill is done in a relatively tight space and great for half ice practice plans.  This is not necessarily a position specific drill, it is good for players to take repetitions in both lines.  It is a great 1 on 1 drill if you are limited to half ice yet have access to two goalies.

Small Area Games

Impossible 3 on 2
Age Levels: Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget
Here is a hockey drill that focuses on defensive coverage.  It is geared towards defensive players but you could also use any player that is supposed to be down low in your own zone.  The offensive players will also have fun with this drill.  Three offensive players, two defensive players, one goalie, and one puck are required.  Set up the players as shown in the diagram, two offensive players below the goal line just inside or lined up with the face off dots.
Quarter Ice 3 vs. 3
Age Levels: Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam
Players and goalies tend to love this game.  It is a 3 on 3 game played in a very small area and therefore players create lots of scoring chances and goalies are very active.  The game is played using two nets, one on each end of the face off circle.  One player from each team is allowed inside the circle and is only allowed on the defensive half.  The other two players are on the offensive side of the circle but cannot go inside the circle.

Skating Drills

Transition Pivot Hockey Races
Age Levels: Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget
This drill focuses on footwork for defense.  By incorporating a "race" into the drill it forces players to move their feet faster than they would normally.  It is just something about a little competition that increases the urgency.  To set up the drill place a couple of cones as shown in the diagram and have the coach at center ice with all the pucks.  Split the players into two teams and have each team form a line on each side of the center ice circle.
2 Dot Overspeed Skating Drill
Age Levels: Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget
This is a simple skating drill.  The focus is simply on footspeed.  This drill pushes players to move their feet faster and longer than most drills.
Defensive Pivot Races
Age Levels: Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget
We have numerous overpeed races geared towards forwards so here is one that focuses on footwork for defense.  Similar to the previous drill, the coach will have the pucks at center ice just outside the blue line.  Set up cones or discs as shown in the diagram.  Two lines of players are required, each along the boards at the bliue lines.  On the whistle the players skate forward and transition towards the middle of the ice around the cone on the goal line.

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