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Cornell One Touch Warm-Up

August 29, 2013 Drills, Hockey Blogs No Comments

Here is a simple warm-up drill from Cornell university that works on one-touch passing and moving the puck up the wall for a shot on goal. This drill helps develop better passing skills and also helps to warm-up the goaltenders. Make sure to tell the players where to shoot from.I prefer to keep the shots from the tops of the circles.

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Behind the Net Forechecking Drill

August 20, 2013 Drills, Hockey Blogs No Comments

This is a nice drill to help your defensemen develop good habits against a hard forecheck. The defenseman must shoulder check when he is skating to make sure he knows where the forecheck is coming from and which side of the net to exit to make the pass. Try to make sure the defenseman skates to about the hash marks before making the outlet pass so they get used to coming around the net with the puck. Also make sure you work on having them stay close to the post so the forechecker can’t squeeze in between them and the post.

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A Day with Tony Horacek at Midget National Camp

August 11, 2013 Drills, Hockey Blogs No Comments

I posted about this before but just in case you don’t remember, my organization has former NHL player Tony Horacek coaching our 16 National program. Tony invited me out to skate with his team yesterday to help with day 2 of his summer camp. I took the opportunity with excitement because I really like watching how other coaches do things and with my summer camp starting next Friday I figured it would give me some ideas on things to add to my program. I’ve watched Tony run practice in the past and admired how up-tempo the skates are and how he handles the team. I wish I could have attended all three days of his camp but with mine coming up next weekend I didn’t have the free time this week to commit. Here is a breakdown of his day 2 camp schedule.

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St. Norbert’s 1×1 Warm-up Drill

August 3, 2013 Drills, Hockey Blogs No Comments

Here’s another drill from the coaches at St. Norbert’s. This drill can be used at any time during a practice session but I like it as an early practice warm-up type of drill. Give it a try.

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Nightmare Drill

I was at the rink the other day and watched a team run this really interesting full ice 10 man drill. Basically it has breakouts running from both ends of the ice followed by different types of even or odd man rushes. I spoke to the coach and asked him about the drill and he said he picked it up from the St. Norberts DIII college team and it was called the Nightmare Drill. The drill really forces players to pay attention and to keep their heads up through the neutral zone.

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Small Area Games from Jim Johnson Part II

Here are another set of small area games and drills from San Jose Sharks assistant coach Jim Johnson.

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Small Area Drills from Jim Johnson San Jose Sharks Assistant Coach

Here are a few small area drills/games that you can use to develop specific skills your players will need in game situations.
With more and more organizations going to shared ice practice it’s good to have a variety of small area drills you can use to
keep your team focused and developing. Hope these drills from Coach Johnson help.

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