High Tempo Hockey Drills to Advance the Puck
with Mike McShane,
Norwich University Head Men's Hockey Coach;
2000, 2003, 2010 & 2017 NCAA D-III National Champions;
2017 Edward Jeremiah Division III AHCA's National Coach of the Year - 5x recipient of the award, he has won the award more than any other coach in its history;
over 700 career victories and 12x appearances in the D-III Frozen Four
Hockey sense can be taught, and Mike McShane effectively uses high tempo flow drills to demonstrate how you can help your players heighten their own senses! Using indirect passes, timing and communication, your players will learn how to defeat any tight checking system your opponent uses against you.
Every fast-paced drill in this video continuously incorporates many active skaters with a focus on skills used during a game, based on position. Your defensemen will learn why they need to move the puck quickly to advance it, while your forwards will learn when to use different passes to beat a defender.
High Tempo Drills
Through eight drill segments and various sub-segments, you will see McShane's overall theme of constant foot speed and drive to the net that helps scoring chances.
The "Hound" is an effective warm-up drill to engage players to communicate, move their feet with urgency, and create time and space by utilizing either direct or indirect passing. The drill is perfect to start practice because everyone on the ice will quickly be involved in the play.
"Cadet Indirect" is another great drill to help develop indirect passing, which is a skill that needs repetition to become comfortable with. This drill utilizes both forwards and defensemen in game-like play and reinforces how to use the boards to beat your opponent and create scoring chances. Your players will quickly absorb:
- How to utilize indirect passing to slip past coverage
- The best way to communicate and provide partner direction
- The foot speed necessary for an effective attack
One of the best drills to involve your defensemen in quick outlet passing and offensive zone shooting is the "UNH Three Shot" drill. Low defensemen work to quickly retrieve pucks for a first choice outlet pass while high defensemen work on blue line utilization and shooting with the intent of net front deflections and screening.
Defensemen and forwards can improve their neutral zone transition game using the "Yale 1 vs. 0 and 2 vs. 0" drill. Your players will improve their communication and puck support skills, as this drill has a lot of quick puck touches and athletes need to know where the next pass is going.
Details Make the Difference
Each of Coach McShane's drills are shown on the whiteboard and then via video demonstration. He gives the listener fantastic insight to why each detail practiced during the drills is being taught and why they are important to the overall success of the player.
With the use of high tempo flow drills, you'll learn how to teach your players the methods of advancing the puck from the defensive zone to create offense in the opponent's end.
78 minutes. 2018.
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All Access Hockey Practice with Rick Bennett
featuring Rick Bennett,
Union College Head Coach;
2017 ECAC Coach of the Year - 2x ECAC Coach of the Year;
2014 NCAA Champions; 2014 and 2012 NCAA Frozen Four;
2014 Spencer Penrose Award (AHCA National Coach of the Year), College Hockey News Coach of the Year and U.S. College Hockey Online Coach of the Year;
Back-to-Back-to-Back ECAC Tournament Champions (2012-14); 4x ECAC Regular season Champions;
played for Providence College - was co-captain, 2nd team All-American & Hobey Baker Finalist (1990)
with John Ronan and Matt Alvey, Union College Assistant Coaches
This all-access video featuring Rick Bennett, Union College head coach, takes you into a college practice setting for multiple days. You'll see what takes place after a day off and experience what practices are like leading up to games later in the week. These practices include small area games, small skill stations, full ice high tempo drills, a goalie drill session, dryland training, weight training, and an in-depth sports psychology session!
Practice Day 1
This practice, which takes place after a weekend of games, is lighter with a skill-based theme featuring some specialty team work. Coach Bennett, through a series of six drills, has his team work on passing, the penalty kill, and shooting. Of note is the use of different weighted pucks in drills that emphasize passing and moving. See how the use of weighted pucks help the players work on and develop a good touch on the puck, which is crucial for a good passing game. See the importance of this touch as the passing drills are made more game-like.
Other drills include a penalty kill/power play drill that helps the short-handed team work on covering the passing and shooting lanes as the attack team moves the puck around the zone attempting to pull the defense out of the lanes. See how to be more successful in winning the 3v2 up top battles as well as the 2v2 down low battles.
The 4 Net drill promotes scoring, touches, and shooting. These four 'coaches choice' stations work on different aspects of puck battles with the goal of getting the puck to the net. The on-ice portion of this practice concludes with a session for the goalies; watch as they work on their recovery saves and lateral movement.
The off-ice portion of day one includes sitting in on a game file review session with the team, an overview of the strength and conditioning aspects, and a discussion about the process and staples that are responsible for building and maintaining the team culture at Union.
Practice Day 2
Day two has more emphasis on defensive zone play. Through a series of six drills, Bennett has the team work on movement/spacing/shooting, taking away time and space in the defensive zone, defensive zone coverage, and a great drill that works on read and react.
See how Coach Bennett's TNT (talk now time) concept is used to help the defense sort through the chaos being created by the attacking team. During the 5v1 - 5v4 Power Play Progression, you'll learn to methodically train your man-up unit to think ahead to its next move while the players have the time and space to do so. See how, as man-down players are added, this premeditated movement becomes increasingly important as the penalty killer unit increasingly covers the passing and shooting lanes.
In the Kong game, you'll see how the creative use of a dog Kong toy as a puck trains offensive players to work on puck control with an unpredictable 'puck,' while defensive players work on read & react skills and taking away time & space. The unpredictable movement of the Kong mirrors a game situation where a player is having difficulty handling the puck. This is going to help the defense recognize those situations where they can apply more pressure on an attack player. It's also a good hand-eye drill for the carries.
Practice Day 3
Day three places more emphasis on offense. Coach Bennett has the team work on transitions, forechecks, and offensive movement with th
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Practice To Game: Blueprint For Success!
with Bob Montrose,
Owner of Peak Performance Training Camps;
former John Marshall/Lourdes (MN) HS Girls Head Coach;
Back-to-Back-to-Back Big 9 Conference Champions (2014-16)
Many players get nervous, lose their poise, and make crucial mistakes in the game of hockey. Bob Montrose will help minimize these mistakes and help resolve the many issues coaches have with a player's clouded judgment.
Coach Montrose understands players' need for simple concepts and has developed a teaching style in which his players respond well to; they learn to be effective on the ice by playing fast and under control.
The first video (two-video set) focuses on simple system play in each of the three zones - the defensive zone, the neutral zone and the offensive zone. By minimizing the number of options players need to remember, the learning cycle is shortened. This enables the team to play with speed due to no delays in the decision-making process and all players understanding what their teammates are trying to accomplish. By giving players a limited number of options and training them to communicate with each other, your team can become a force on the ice.
The second video contains 13 drills that teach players how to make decisions on the ice during a game. Drills include a passing progression that incorporates the in-game decision-making process and intense, game-like drills that provide players with the opportunity to make real-time decisions.
A featured drill loved by Coach Montrose's players is called '10 Goals in 7 Minutes', a high-paced, game-like drill that pits the forwards against the defensemen and goalie. The objective is to score, or prevent, 10 goals from being scored in 7 minutes. For each repetition, there are three scoring opportunities presented: a 1v0, a 2v1 and a 3v2. All players get involved with this highly-competitive and action-packed drill that has athletes working on all aspects of hockey in a competitive and FUN atmosphere.
There isn't a single cone used in any of these drills, making this a simple framework for teaching how to play the game of hockey. Coach Montrose explains and illustrates his concepts for making the game simple for players.
183 minutes. 2017.
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Developing an Effective Transition Game
with Chris Brooks,
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Head Coach;
2016 NCAA Division III National Champions;
Back-to-Back-to-Back NCAA DIII Frozen Four appearances - he led the team to National Runner-Up finishes in 2014 and 2015; 2016 USCHO.com DIII Coach of the Year;
Back-to-Back Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioners Cup Champions (2016-17)
Neutral zone transitions are an important skill for all teams. Shifting from defense to offense quickly is vital to improving scoring opportunities.
2016 D-III National Championship coach, Chris Brooks, gives you the skill techniques, positional breakdowns, and multiple options to teach your players how to transition the puck from the neutral zone into the offensive zone quickly. Using whiteboard illustrations followed by on-ice demonstrations to reinforce the crucial coaching points, he gives you a better understanding of spacing and puck support as it relates to the transition game. This will allow your players to move the puck more effectively, create speed through the puck, and transition and counter-attack during games.
Key Teaching Points
Transition hockey is about giving and getting time and space - two crucial elements in keeping possession and controlling the puck. Breaking down the key teaching points into both the forward and defensemen positions, Brooks ensures everyone is on the same page. If the forwards can anticipate what the defensemen are going to do, then it will allow your team to transition faster as a unit, leading to better puck possession and more offensive chances.
Brooks teaches players the key points that will improve their ability to transition into the offensive zone. The coaching points help with understanding on how to stay in control and keep possession of the puck. You'll learn:
- Staying inside the dots and how it allows forwards to be in a good spot offensively and defensively.
- How to get forwards to anticipate, not react, to the play.
- The physical techniques needed to improve athletes' chances to move the puck quickly up ice.
Beginning practices with a neutral zone transition drill, Brooks reinforces the systems and techniques of quickly transitioning from defense and creating offensive scoring chances. He offers up 13 high-energy drills mimicking game situations to get every player involved right from the start. Each drill includes getting shots directed towards the goaltender as an added warm-up.
The Neutral Zone Three Variations Drill is the perfect game scenario example of how to quickly move the puck into the offensive zone.
- Forwards and defensemen learn three options to move quickly through the neutral zone as a unit of five depending on the opposition's forechecking system in the neutral zone.
- Players are taught options for getting the puck to the net once they enter the zone.
This video from Coach Brooks will help your team generate more offensive attacks without sacrificing defensive coverage. Develop the skills necessary to have an effective transition game!
100 minutes. 2017.
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Essential Elements of a Successful Power Play: Breakouts, Entry Plays and Formations
with Enrico Blasi,
Miami University of Ohio Head Coach;
2009 national runner-up; 2 Frozen Four appearances;
2006 Spencer Penrose National College Coach of the Year;
2010 College Hockey News and CollegeHockey247.com National Coach of the Year honors; 5x CCHA Coach of the Year recipient
Coach Enrico Blasi takes you through the basic power play principles of creating scoring chances/opportunities, building momentum and scoring goals. The power play is all about supporting the puck, options and creating odd-man situations.
You are given three power play breakouts: All 5 Back, Double Post, and Single Post.
Coach Blasi diagrams each breakout and defines each player's role as the play progresses up ice, zone by zone. Each step of the way, you are shown passing options and what players must do to support the player with the puck and those away from the puck. By giving each player lane responsibilities/rules to follow, your team will create width and depth for effective exits from your zone and entries into the opponent's zone.
The on-ice session shows how crucial timing, speed and players knowing their routes on the breakout are to having a successful breakout and offensive zone entry.
Coach Blasi then goes back to the drawing board to take you through three power play formations: Overload, Umbrella, and 2/3 High-Low Support.
Detailed options are presented for each formation and then presented on ice in a walk through. Coach Blasi always has players looking for options with and away from the puck. Athletes always try to find the open man and create scoring chances with constant movement and creativity. Each power play formation has its own unique characteristics. This gives your power play the ability to adapt to your opponent's penalty kill system, quickly moving from one formation to another if needed.
This video from Enrico Blasi has everything you need to kick your power play up a notch!
28 minutes. 2017.
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