Chicago 5 Puck Warm-Up diagram

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.

Coaching Points

  • Eyes up
  • Explode from the line
  • Communicate
  • 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).


L-P Robert on 10/12/2023

great drill all age

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