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NHLCA Feature Drill

At the start of the 2021-22 NHL season, we launched a new monthly campaign to share a drill from one of our NHL coaching staffs. For the 2022-23 NHL Season, we are excited to update the campaign to feature two drills each month on the 1st and 15th.

This campaign is part of the NHLCA’s objective of supporting the development of the next generation of NHL coaches.

 

2022-23 NHL Season #4

This Breakout introduces your players to the DINK play. Communication is a vital component of this Breakout’s success.

 

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Team: Vancouver Canucks

Drill Name: Syracuse B/O’s

Drill Category: Breakout Drills

Description:

  • Drill begins with a Coach dump, D’s go backward dink wall/dink net.
  • D pass it to Forwards and go down for a shot.
  • 2nd puck, Low to High D Shot.
  • 3rd puck Delay, Low to High, pass to high Forward shot.

DINK Definition: Bumping it either up wall or net.

2022-23 NHL Season #3

This shooting drill focuses on rebounds. Mix it up with a pass over for a quick shot and a drive.

 

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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Drill Name: TB BC 2 on 0

Drill Category: Shooting Drills

Description:

  • Players line up on all 4 blue lines.
  • X skates towards middle of ice and receives a pass from O and bumps it back.
  • O can pass it to either X or X.
  • Both X‘s attacks 2 vs 0.
  • X line is now the passer.

2022-23 NHL Season #2

Challenging drill for the defence focusing on quick starts while going backwards.

 

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Team: Seattle Kraken

Drill Name: 1 on 1 Racehorse

Drill Category: 1 on 1’s / 2 on 1’s / 3 on 2 Drills

Description:

  • One forward on each side of the center circle touching the red line.
  • On the whistle, forwards go halfway around the center circle to pick up the puck on the red line for 1-on-1 vs D on the dot.
  • When forward hits the red line with speed, D can begin moving.

2022-23 NHL Season #1

Transitioning from Defence to Offence takes back control in the game. This simple transition stretch drill is an excellent warmup drill that  incorporates your goalies.

 

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Team: San Jose Sharks

Drill Name: Sharks Chip

Drill Category: Shooting Drills

Description:

Part 1
1. D1 picks up a spotted puck at top of the circle and passes to F1 at the far blue.
2. Coach gives pressure to F1 who chips to F2 who has worked across ice.
3. F1/F2 tandem entry and shot.
4. D1 follows to blue line for shot.

Part 2
1. D1 passes to F2 working across middle, who chips to F1 posted at blue line.

Shot Progression:
F: 1. Shot off wall 2. Cut to middle money line shot
D: 1. Low-High pound. 2. Climb and slide

September 2022

Great drill to ramp up for the season. The catch & release shot is a game changer for any player.

 

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Team: Montreal Canadiens

Drill Name: Overspeed Shooting

Drill Category: Shooting Drills

Description:

  • F1F2 gather speed around forward group, coach spots puck either side to speed forward and F1 must execute a pass with F2 one timing the puck or with a catch & release shot.
  • F1 needs to stop at the net for a rebound and develop a good habit of stopping at the net.

August 2022

This drill is an excellent game for transitioning. Knowing what to do in this situation speeds up decision making.

 

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Team: San Jose Sharks

Drill Name: Mads 3 vs 3

Drill Category: Small Area Game

Description:

  • Set one net in the standard position in the crease and a second net between the circles, facing the blue line.
  • Play 3 vs 3 in the zone with a coach along each wall (always on offence).
  • Players must pass to one of the coaches on change of possession before attempting to score. Coaches can move laterally along the wall and must pass back to the team that passes to them.
  • Teams can score on either net.

July 2022

Set up just like the Great One behind the net. This teaches players how to escape the opposition and get open.

 

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Team: Arizona Coyotes

Drill Name: Gretzky – Behind the Goal Line – 10 Players

Drill Category: Small Area Game

Description:

  • Drill Set Up – Pucks in the slot at the top of the circles.
  • One player stays below the goal line the entire time.
  • After each change of possession the attacking team must make a pass to the player below the goal line.
  • The player below the goal line will change after every goal scored.
  • 5 players in 5 players out, players switch every minute.

June 2022

Defence is key to any championship team, and this drill’s success rides on a great backcheck.

 

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Team: Nashville Predators

Drill Name: 3 vs 2 Low Into 5 vs 5

Drill Category: Dzone Coverage Drills

Description:

  • Coach spots a puck behind the net. Red Fs play Black D 3v2
  • Black Fs and Red D stay above the tops of the circles.
  • Coach continues to spot pucks until whistle.
  • On whistle Black Fs take off against Red D 3v2 and Red Fs on Offence transition to Defence. Play it out 5v5 in OZ, 2nd coach can spot pucks in OZ as needed.

May 2022

A defensive zone drill that integrates progression for your players to keep improving.

 

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Team: Edmonton Oilers

Drill Name: Arrive in Dzone

Drill Category: Dzone Coverage Drills

Description:

  • 5 pucks
  • F3 stays below the goal line and looks to feed F1 and F2 for a shot (2 vs 1 net front).
  • After the first puck or whistle from coach, F1 & 2 around dot cones, D around the middle cones.
  • F3 moves below goal line looking for the forwards with second puck. This continues for pucks 3/4/5.
  • *Progression – 2 vs 2 situations or the forwards around middle cone, D around the dot cone.

April 2022

A great drill to start your practice which includes multiple one-touch passing. Emphasize moving your feet continuously and tape to tape passing.

 

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Team: LA Kings

Drill Name: NZ Speed

Drill Category: Warm Up Drills

Description:

Opposite sides go together.

  • X1 belly out, pass from X2 then X1 passes to O1 in the opposite line.
  • O1 indirect pass to X2 in starting line then X2 bump back to X1 in the center of the ice.
  • X1 gets puck back and passes across to O3.
  • O3 passes back to X1, who drives the middle with speed for a shot on goal.
  • Use tire to make shooter change the angle of shot.

March 2022

This drill teaches the technique of surfing, a lateral motion across the ice that mimics surfing, which allows the D to close the gap on the forward.

 

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Team: Nashville Predators

Drill Name: 1 vs 1 Push the Pace

Drill Category: 1 vs 1/ 2vs 2 Drills

Description:

  • Forwards in all 4 corners with pucks. D on walls at blue lines.

  • 1 vs 1 out of opposite corners. Forwards work on pushing the pace. Defence work on surfing up and taking the gap early.

  • D should allow forwards to handle the puck until puck gets into the OZ where they play out the 1 vs 1.

    Surfs Up: “Going forwards toward a player then transitioning backwards”

February 2022

Defensive zone coverage is critical for the center to work with the defensemen. This drill allows the low battle, which turns into the all-important backcheck.

 

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Team: New York Rangers

Drill Name: New York – 3 vs 3 – Back 5 vs 5

Drill Category: 3 on 3’s / 5 on 5’s

Description:

  • Drill starts with a 3 vs 3 down low.
  • On whistle, O1/O2 attack 2 X’s with all players back-checking to create a 5 vs 5.

January 2022

Very simple and effective 1 vs 1 drill. Players have to understand they aren’t just playing another player; they are influencing where they go.

 

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Team: New Jersey Devils

Drill Name: New York 1 vs 1 / 2 vs 2

Drill Category: 1 on 1’s / 2 on 2’s

Description:

Part A

    • Both sides at same time.
    • D1 passes to F1.
    • F1 wide out around pylon for a 1 vs 1 against D1.

Part B

    • One side at a time.
    • D1 passes to F1
    • F1/F2 go around pylons for a 2 vs 1 against D1.

December 2021

Very difficult drill for the Defence which helps to improve foot speed and force Forwards to take advantage of flat footed players.

 

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Team: Minnesota Wild

Drill Name: 1 vs 1 Quick Feet

Drill Category: 1 on 1’s / 2 on 1’s / 3 on 2 Drills

Description:

    • On whistle, both forwards leave, skate around D and pick up puck on red line that the coaches have spotted.
    • D can’t leave until the forwards touch the puck.
    • D try to force a wide shot.Drill starts as shown. Opposite lines go at the same time and will mirror one another.

November 2021

The Red Wings share a great warm up drill that incorporates backwards skating, one-touch passes ending with a shot.

 

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Team: Detroit Red Wings

Drill Name: Thunder Warm Up

Drill Category: Warm Up

Description:

    • Drill starts as shown. Opposite lines go at the same time and will mirror one another.
    • X1 backskates and gets a pass from X3. X1 then pivots and passes to O1 and gets a pass back. X1 then passes to X4 and gets a pass back.
    • X1 then passes to O2 and opens up for a pass at the red line and gets the puck back. Goes down for a shot in the opposite end they started in.
    • After X1 and X2 cross the blue line, O1 and O2 step out and go.

October 2021

The Hurricanes share a competitive, two part warm-up drill that begins with a quick shot and finishes with a 2 vs 2 battle.

 

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Team: Carolina Hurricanes

Drill Name: Carolina 2 vs 2

Drill Category: Warm Up

Description:

    • Forwards touch pass then shoot on goalie with defence following. Curl around cones and race up ice. Coach will lay a puck out for 2 vs 2 in the zone.
    • D and F’s curl around cones and race up ice. Coach will lay a puck out for 2 vs 2 in the zone.
    • Play it out. If the defence wins the puck, they have to skate it out of the zone.

     

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