In this drill players work in pairs. The player with the puck is starts on the wall and the other player faces them about 20 feet away. The player with the puck skates forwards towards the player without the puck while they skate backwards. At about the center line of the ice the player with the puck passes to the other player. The player receives the puck and does an escpape move to either side. Then they skate towards the other player with the puck and the player that just passed the puck transitions backwards.

This can be a great pre-game warm up as well for your defense.

Coaching Points

  • use deception in the escape moves by using your eyes and stick position
  • practice escapes to both sides
  • practice escapes with a "fake" to one side

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