Wall Play with 2 v 2 Situations
Billy Purcell Off the Wall
Wrap Puck Protection Progression
2 v 2 Rim Game
3 vs. 3 Split Zone Game
2 vs 2 Corner Battle Tag Up
Puck Retrieval Along The Boards
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.
We do not recommend having 7 drills in a practice, but we wanted there to be options for multiple age levels. Please copy the practice into your library and edit for your team.
This practice plan encourages players to develop wall play skills that can be utilized in every area of the ice. The practice starts with low-pressure repetitions on wall retrievals for and then progresses to use the skills in various live game play situations.
- Encourage players to explore different variations of wall pick-ups and adding in the use of deception in their ability to retrieve pucks along the walls.
- After you pick the puck from the wall, protect it and work to get off the wall and into space to make a play
- This is a great practice for defenders to work on angles, body positioning and stick detail along the wall
Drill Variation: After the player gets off the wall, have him/her curl back towards the boards to provide a rim/bank to the next player so they can work on picking the puck up off the wall.
Have the coach go to the end of the boards if possible to start each rep with a wrap.
Start each game with a rim/wrap from the coach, encourage using the wall for passes to teammates.
Emphasize switches and exchanges down low in 2 v 2 before working to the high player.
Start each new puck with a rim/wrap.
LAK89 Initiates Contact In OZ Possession
This is a great clip to show your players on how to initiate body contact when you have the puck to protect is and create space.
What to Watch
- In offensive zone possession LAK89 is being closed in on by a defender in the corner
- LAK89 extends the possession & preserves his space by initiating contact into the defender
- LAK89 then spins off his check & into open ice
- Play then extends low to high before the puck ends up at the net and a rebound goal is scored
Coyle Cutback Off Wall Retrieval Below Goal Line
A sharp cutback can be a great skill to master to create time and space down low in the offensive zone. Charlie Coyle does a masterful job in this clip.
What to Watch
- Before Coyle retrieves the puck off the wall his toes and head show that he is going to continue up the wall.
- Once he receives the puck uses a sharp cutback using the inside edge of his left skate and outside edge of his right skate to make a sharp cutback.
- After the cutback he keeps his feet moving to create separation, giving his time and space to make a play.
Kirill Kaprizov Puck Protection
From Topher Scott:
Puck protection is one of the most important skills in hockey. This is a great clip from Kaprizov to show your players on 3 key fundamentals:
- Recognize where pressure is coming from
- Use your body to shield puck from pressure
- Make the Play After
What to Watch
- Kaprizov has great body positioning to shield the puck from the defender
- He keeps his feet moving as the d-man is trying to pin him
- He keeps his head to up to make a play after protecting the puck