5-Card D-Zone Coverage in Action

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiOkmQwuUz4&w=640&h=360] 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.