Passing & Playmaking
Pit Chaos Handling with Passes
2 V 2 Crossfire Box Game With Outlets
Pass Through The Circle Game
4 v 2 Rondo to 4 v 2 Quick Attack
The Box Game
4 Corner Possession Game - Offensive Advantage
Please Note: The Practice of the Week is designed to bring value across multiple age levels. You can use this to build ideas to develop your own practice. With that being said, we highly encourage you to adjust the drills based on your team's age and skill levels. IHS should always be used as a starting point and you can add/remove constraints to fit your team.
Practice Theme: This is an up-tempo practice designed to stimulate players' awareness, decision-making, and play-making skills. The drills and Small Area Games reinforce the importance of recognizing passing lanes, executing on puck movement, and being a quick support option for teammates.
Offensively, players have to be comfortable making and receiving pucks with limited time to make their next play. Players off the puck have to find lanes and become scoring threats as they get into high-quality shooting areas.
Defensively, players should focus on limiting offensive players' space, killing plays and regaining possession.
Start practice with an up-tempo puck control and passing game that gets players hands, feet and eyes going right away.
Canadians Pre Touch Scanning in the Offensive Zone
This is a great sequence to show your players how scanning and being aware of your surroundings is done constantly at the highest level. Really nice job by the Montreal forwards here scanning pre-touch and understanding their environment and making plays based on their reads.
What to Watch
- Montreal able to play fast and without hesitation in the offensive zone because they are constantly scanning the ice, especially prior to their first touch in possession
- By doing so it allows them to make quick plays before defensive coverage can make adjustments and cover the space being attacked by the next player in possession
Svechnikov's Deceptive Pass to Aho on the PP
Deception is a great tool for offensive players, especially on the power play. The ability to freeze a goalie for a split second can be the difference between a goal and a save.
What to Watch
- Svechnikov is patient and stays high so he is an option as his teammate walks the blue line with the puck.
- Once he receives the puck he get the puck into shooting position.
- His eyes and toes are facing the net as he sells the shot.
- This deception freezes the goalie just enough so when the pass is made the goalie is not able to get across to make the save.
Colorado 3v3 Puck Possession & Support
What to Watch
- Colorado showcases and excellent example of puck support in a 3v3 overtime scenario
- Using strong puck protection and support they are able to draw in and isolate a defender and force changes of coverage in the defensive team
- Players, rather than just getting open and working to the puck to create counter flow/scissor opportunities and give and go's