The 1-2-3 4Check

The forecheck system that I like to use the most is called the 1-2-3 4Check. The numbers refer to players crossing the blue line – first player, second player, third player and fourth player. The first player into the zone is called THE MISSILE. This player pressures the puck carrier and “takes the man”. As … Read more

How To Choose Team Systems

My systems have to: 1) Put offence first! It is our responsibility as coaches to foster as much offensive ability in our players and help them to find ways to score more goals. Offence is fun! 2) Be simple! Systems should be easy to teach, easy to remember and use unambiguous and nested language to 3) Encourage full … Read more

Killer Attack Triangle in Action

Using the Triangle to Open Up Space on the Attack A few years ago, I did a quick video dissection of Joe Pavelski’s over time goal against the LA Kings. This video shows perfect execution of one of the Attack Triangle options we outline in the Coaches’ Training Course and in the Playbook. Here’s a … Read more

5-Card D-Zone Coverage in Action

[youtube] A good example of our 5-Card D-Zone coverage. They call it a “sagging zone coverage” in the video. We modify it a bit from the video, by not rotating from our positions nearly as much. Centre should always be between the puck and our net. When in doubt return to your 5-Card position … Read more

1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck in Action

Here is a really good example of the 1-2-2 Foosball Forecheck in action. Key points: F1 pressures from the outside and tries to force opposing D to switch sides. F2 and F3 move across like they are on a foosball bar. D1 and D2 move across like they are on a foosball bar. Strong side … Read more

Post-up Regroup in Action

Post-Up Regroup Drill – “Wild Stallions”

Modify so that the D-to-F pass doesn’t go cross ice, but rather goes to the same side as in the Post-Up Regroup video above.


On whistle, blue forward and green forward leave zone, green forward “shadowing” blue forward who has puck. Red and orange D start into other zone and pivot backwards to face play. On clearing zone, blue forward passes regrouping pass to red D, who pivots towards orange D and goes D-to-D with pass.

Blue forward goes around center faceoff circle and out wide towards blue line, then stays onside by “riding the line”.

Green forward is two strides behind blue forward, and takes long stretch outlet pass from orange D, and quickly getting across line to let blue forward enter zone on-side.

Green forward fires cross-zone pass to blue forward who shoots on net, green and blue forwards crash for rebound. Orange and red D rejoin line.

After shot, coach’s whistle starts next 4 players.

Notes: Great warmup drill, but coaches should remind players to attack zone with realistic game speed and no “cute” passes back and forth in slot, instead get it on net and crash for rebounds.