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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.

Face Offs

Quick Blast Offensive Zone Face Off
Here is an offensive zone face off play to use if you have a player that has an exceptional one-timer. To set up, the shooter will be set off the hash marks at about the top of the circle on their off-hand so they can receive the pass in a good shooting position from the other winger.  The center tries to win the face off directly back to one of the wingers.  If the puck goes to the player closer to the boards they should pass it right away to the shooter for a one time shot.
Neutral Zone Flip
In this neutral zone (offensive blue line) face off play, the right defense and right wing switch positions.  The center and right defense have to tie up with the opponent opposite them.  The center tries to win the face off back to LD.  RW releases and looks for a quick pass from LD and tries to catch the opponents out of position as they attack the zone full speed.
Switch Wing
In this offensive zone face off, the right wing lines up on the left slightly off of the hsh marks.

Power Play

Overload Option #3
Another option in the overload power play is the "pick".  When F2 gets the puck, they carry it behind the net.  F3 needs to position themselves between X2 and the net.  Their goal is to open up a passing lane across the goalie crease for F2 to pass to F1.  They also make it difficult for X2 to challenge F2 as they come out from behind the net.  Usually F1 is able to sneak in behind X1 as they watch the puck.  However, if X1 takes away the pass to F1, then F2 keep
Playmaker 5 on 3 Power Play
If your 5 on 3 PP is struggling this is a set-up that may work for your team.  The playmaker 5 on 3 will utilize your best player and ensure that he or she gets the puck on his or her stick to dictate the scoring chances on the PP.  It is important to have the proper shooting hands on the ice, but there is a little bit of flexibility in some areas (especially at the point).
5 on 3 Box and One - Off Hand Options
This 5 on 3 power play option places two players at the top of the box on their off-hand.  This allows them to one-time the puck back and forth quicker.  There are two players at the bottom of the box also on their off-hand which allow them to make one time passes and have their stick further outside the box. A player with a good shot and good scoring touch is placed in the middle of the box.

Forechecking

2-1-2 Forecheck
A 2-1-2 forecheck is aggressive and can be used in many situations. In this video Denis explains in-depth how to run the 2-1-2 forecheck to maximize results. The first objective is a good dump. The goal is to get the puck into one of the corners. Then it is crucial for F1 and to take the proper inside out route and pressure the puck hard. The second player (F2) first has to recognize that they are the second player on the forecheck and cheat to the weak side of the ice.
NE 1-3-1 forecheck
This is a 1-3-1 variation that is similar to a typical trap forecheck.  This is often very useful against a control breakout or a line change situation when you cannot pressure the puck right away.

Penalty Kill

I Formation Penalty Kill Forecheck
This is one of the more common penalty kill systems.  It requires the penalty killers to be passive and allow the team on the power play to carry the puck out from behind their own net.  This diagram shows a standard power play breakout with the defense carrying the puck out from behind the net in the middle of the ice.  K1 attacks P1 from an angle and forces P1 to make a pass to P2.  K2 anticipates this pass and jumps P2 as he receives the pass.  The goal is to force
Double Stack Penalty Kill Forecheck
This penalty kill will often give the opponents a look they have rarely seen before.  In this case we have stacked K1 and K2 on the right side of the ice just inside the red line.The key is for K1 to time their swing so that P1 has to make a decision about ten feet inside the blue line.  If K1 has a good angle, then the only play available to P1 will be a pass to P2.  K4 needs to anticipate this pass, and the moment it is made, K4 jumps P2.  If it is done correctly, P2 wil

Zone Entry

3 on 2 Zone Entry - Overlap #2
In this option the puck is pushed up ice along the wall just like option #1.  Again, the puck carrier cuts to the middle and makes a drop pass to the center forward.  This time the forward who made the drop pass stays in the high slot and gets a return pass.
Squirt & Mite Station Practice #1

Control Turn Races

Control Turn Races - Ice Hockey Drill

Turns and Stops Station

Turns and Stops Station - Ice Hockey Drill

Figure Eight Tire Shots

Figure Eight Tire Shots - Ice Hockey Drill

Weave Shots

Weave Shots - Ice Hockey Drill

Backwards Give and Go Station #1

Backwards Give and Go Station #1
Half Ice Pee Wee Practice Plan #1

Young Snake Skating Drill

Young Snake Skating Drill

Four Corner Shooting Warm Up #1

Four Corner Shooting Warm Up #1

Eagles Half Ice 1 on 1

Eagles Half Ice 1 on 1

Eagles Half Ice 2 on 1

Eagles Half Ice 2 on 1

Forward Overspeed Competition

Forward Overspeed Competition

Backwards Overspeed Competition

Backwards Overspeed Competition

Defensive Pivot Races

Defensive Pivot Races

5 Puck Breakaway Races (Cross-Ice)

5 Puck Breakaway Races (Cross-Ice)
Full Ice Bantam Practice #2

Full Ice Overspeed Skating Progression #2

Overspeed hockey skating drill with change of speeds

Full Ice Overspeed Skating Progression #3

Overspeed hockey skating drill with crossovers

Continuous Warm Up Skills Series #1

Continuous Warm Up Skills Series #1

Continuous Warm Up Skills Series #2

Continuous Warm Up Skills Series #2

Continuous Warm Up Skills Series #3

Continuous Warm Up Skills Series #3

Quick Turn Up 2 on 1

Quick Turn Up 2 on 1

Continuous 2 on 2 Hockey Drill

Continuous 2 on 2 Hockey Drill

Westminster 3 on 3

Westminster 3 on 3
Full Ice Midget Practice #1

Blue Devils Flow Drill

Blue Devils Hockey Flow Drill

Horseshoe Re-Group Drill

Horseshoe Re-Group Drill

Four Zone 1 on 1

Four Zone 1 on 1

Danger Zone 1 on 1

Danger Zone 1 on 1

Continuous 2 on 2 Hockey Drill

Continuous 2 on 2 Hockey Drill

Quarter Ice 3 vs. 3

Quarter Ice 3 vs. 3
Blank Hockey Drill Template

Blank Hockey Drill Template

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Blank Hockey Drill Template #2

Blank Hockey Drill Template #2

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Ice Hockey Line Up Card for Coaches

Line Up Card

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3 rink ice hockey practice sheet

3 Rink Practice Sheet

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Ice Hockey Turnover Chart

Ice Hockey Turnover Chart

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Ice hockey shot chart for downloading and printing

Ice Hockey Shot Chart

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Ice hockey practice sheet with one large rink

One Rink Practice Sheet

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