Learn how to make the most of 2-on-1 and 3-on-2 rushes by understanding what to do with or without the puck.
This is a great fake that works to move in the opposite direction from a toe drag.
Our Woodpecker drill is all about protecting the puck. Sydney Crosby protects the puck better than anyone…
- Eyes up.
- Keep your feet moving.
- Body between the puck and your opponent.
Think about this video when you are doing the Woodpecker drill!
Notice his intensity as he does these drills.
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.