Cutting Hands & 1 v 1 Net Drives
Cutting Hands Warm-Up
Shot Into Gap Up 1 v 1
Chute Angling 1 V 1
Use the Pads 1v1 Keep Away
Breakaway Backcheck With 1 on 1 Variation
1 v 1, to 2 v 2 to 3 v 3
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: Cutting the hands of the defender is a great way to invade their space which allows you to protect the puck and gives you space to make a play. Once a player has a step on the defender while driving to the net they need to take the defense's hands away by cutting to the inside. This takes away the angle where the defense can recover. If the offensive player uses their body to take away the defense's hands then they also eliminate the ability for the defense to go stick on puck. This practice plan emphasizes using this skill in different situations with a focus on net drives. It's also a great practice to work on defensive angling.
3 Key Focus Points
- Gain a Step on your Defender - work to gain a step on your defender by reading their angle and using speed or change of speed
- Cut the hands of the defender - invade the defenders space by moving your body into the defenders hands to protect the puck and drive the net
- Defensive Angling - Lead with your stick and take an angle that limits options for the attacking player and finish through their hands
Pierre-Luc Dubois Net Drive Taking Away Hands of Defender
In this clip Pierre-Luc Dubois drives hard to the net to create a great scoring chance. There are a couple things to take note of that result in the scoring opportunity:
What to Watch
- Even thought the pass is behind him he maintains his forward momentum and uses stick work to get the puck in front of him.
- Once he is shoulder to shoulder with the defender he cuts to the inside and takes away the defender's hands with his body.
- He uses a long reach to extend the puck away from the defender.
Caufield Cutting Hands on Net Drive
Once a player has a step on the defender while driving to the net they need to take the defense's hands away by cutting to the inside. This takes away the angle where the defense can recover. If the offensive player uses their body to take away the defense's hands then they also eliminate the ability for the defense to go stick on puck.
What to Watch
- As Caufield is entering the zone he is shoulder to should with the defender.
- He keeps moving his feet so that he can gain the half step needed to take away the defender's angle to the net.
- Once he knows he has the half step he cuts to the inside taking away the angle and the hands of the defender.
OZ Entry - Kessel Drive Wide and Cutting Hands
Cutting the hands of defenders is a great way to attack on rushes and entries as it allows you to gain valuable ice while protecting the puck. This is a great example to show your player of how to use your body positioning to cutting through the hands to gain the middle of the ice and create opportunities.
What to Watch
- Kessel Picks Up Puck In NZ & Proceeds To Drive Wide On D
- As He Proceeds To Cut Towards The Net He Makes Sure To Protect The Puck From The Defenders Stick With His Body
- Using His Body He Cuts Through The Hands Of The Defender Rendering His Hands & Stick Useless, Creating A Line To The Net