Practice Notes


3 Speed Warm-Up Drill
2 V 0 Continuous Backcheck
1 v 1, to 2 v 2 to 3 v 3
Jets 2 v 2 Drill
2 vs. 2 2 Ways Game
Renegade Line Rush
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Please Note: The Practice of the Week is usually 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.

Practice Theme: The drills in this practice are designed to practice playing with pace after a turnover. The drills are high intensity in nature so you might only want to run your players through them a couple of times so they have quality reps focusing on speed, instead of burning them out early in practice. 

Coaching Points (for players with the puck):

  1. Under handle the puck: push puck in front of you so you can explode up the ice and maximize the length of your skating stride to get going as fast as possible.
  2. Keep head up: be aware of the defenders in front of you, and look to find teammates streaking.
  3. Pass the puck: the puck can move up the ice quicker than someone skating. 
  4. Change pace: play around with changing your pace in the offensive zone. Slowing up slightly can create passing lanes, and more space from the defenders.
  5. Curl option: if you run out of space when entering the offensive zone, consider curling back up along the boards and look to hit a trailing teammate with a pass. 

Coaching points (for offensive players without the puck):

  1. Playing fast is a mentality: know that when the puck transitions to offense, you are ready to explode up the ice.
  2. Sprint to an open lane: do not crowd the puck carrier, find an open lane going north and make yourself available.
  3. Keep stick on the ice: keep your stick on the ice so your teammate knows where they can pass to.
  4. Communicate: let your teammate know if you are open.

Defensive coaching points:

  1. Defenders: Match speed & use proper gaps. Do your best to match the speed of the forwards. If you go faster then them, you will give them a larger gap and more space to make a play, if you go to slow, they can blow right by you.
  2. Backcheckers: keep stick on the ice to block passing lanes & angle players to the outside of the ice. 


This warm-up drill sets the tone for practice and can show players the top speed (3rd speed) that you want them to use throughout practice. 

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