The Chicago 5 Puck is a warm-up drill from TJ Manastersky, the Head Coach of Brock University. The drill activates a lot of players while practicing awareness, passing, skating and communication.
- 4 lines face each other in the neutral zone.
- 5 lines start with a puck (can also modify and start with 4 pucks. Starting with 5 pucks, makes it more challenging)
- On the whistle, players with the puck must find an open player on the other side to pass to. They can pass to any open player on the opposite blue line.
- It is critical that the player with the puck, scan the ice, communicate, and buy time as needed.
- Players without the puck need to be alert, have their stick on the ice, and scan the ice as well.
- This warm-up drill is continuous.
- Eyes up
- Explode from the line
- Sticks on the ice
- Can start with 4 pucks (as shown in the drill video) or start with 5 pucks (as shown in the diagram).