Practice Notes


Gates of Buffalo Small Area Passing Game
- 12 Mins
- #1
3 vs. 1 Keep Away Game
- 12 mins
- 2
Decision Time 2 on 1
- 10-12 mins
- 3
Offense to Defense 2 on 2
- 10-12 mins
- 4
Gretzky 2 V 2 Switch Game
- Remaining Ice Time
- End of Practice

Please Note: The Practice of the Week is designed to be utilized across multiple age levels.  With that being said, we highly encourage you to adjust the drills based on your team's age and skill levels.  These drills and practices can be modified to become more basic or more advanced.  

The drills and games in this practice are designed to help your players work on very basic elements of puck support

The 3 Key Focus Points

  1. Finding Open Ice - encourage players to find open ice and create passing lanes for their teammates
  2. Communication - encourage your players to use verbal and non-verbal communication to let their teammates know they are open
  3. Exchanges/Switches - try to get your players to work on some basic exchanges/switches and show them how it creates time and space


  • Simple warm-up
  • Run 4 stations - 10 to 12 mins each depending on ice time
  • Save time for The Gretzky Switch Game at the end
    • Play as 3 v 3 in the middle of the ice with 1 "Gretzky" behind each net (8 skaters total)

Puck Support Drills for Higher Age Levels

Practice Diagram


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10-12 mins
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Remaining Ice Time
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End of Practice


No systems have been added to this practice.

Coaching Clips

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No off-ice exercises have been added to this practice.