Purpose: Create a live-action game situation for players to move, skate, possess and support the puck while executing consecutive passes within a small area.
This drill helps teach hockey sense, reading passing lanes and puck possession.
Drill Set-Up/Coaching Points: Coach forms a box with tires or cones. Players compete 2v2 within the box. Players have teammates on opposite sides of the box. The X players can only pass to Xs and O players can only pass to Os. Points are scored when a team completes passes from one side of the box to the other.
You must complete a pass to a player within the box first. Two points are attained if both in-the-box players touch the puck before getting it to the opposite-side teammate, i.e., all four teammates touch the puck without turning it over. One point is awarded if three of the four teammates touch the puck in a sequence that moves the puck from one side of the box to the other. The team without the puck tries to intercept/gain possession. If they do, they must complete a pass to one of their outside-the-box teammates to initiate their own scoring sequence attempt.
This drill hones passing, o-zone play, d-zone play, power play concepts, penalty kill and team play.
Equipment: Pucks, cones.
Comments: You can teach many subtle skills in this drill. Teach passers to give “false information” or no-look passes. Teach players away from the puck to get open and use the width of their given space. Teach rapid puck movement. Teach defensive stick skills.
Tag(s): Drill of the Month