Skate forward in and out between the blue lines—in from the first blue line to the center circle and out to the next blue line. Skate backward in and out between the blue lines—in from the first blue line to the center circle and out to the next blue line. Skate forward diagonally to the near blue line.
Only one drill from this chapter should be needed per practice and it should usually follow a drill from chapter 2. The drills in this chapter include passing, skating, puckhandling, and shooting. The player with the puck inside the blue line one-touch passes with the stationary player at the center circle. Player 1 skates to the blue line, pivots, skates backward to the center line, pivots again, and skates forward over the blue line.
This chapter contains drills for working on individual and team defensive skills, including drills that can be used to practice forechecking, backchecking, and defensive zone play. Call to action: Find more defensive drills in The Hockey Drill Book. The defensive part of the game is very important, and defensive drills should be included in most practices.
Players shoot one puck each time, going in the same order, until each player has shot three pucks. Next, the players alternate, with a player shooting from one side, and then a player shooting from the other side. Forward 1 starts with the puck and either shoots or passes to forward 2, who then shoots.
The on-ice conditioning drills included in this chapter are specific to the training of the three energy systems used to move the body in ice hockey: anaerobic alactic, anaerobic lactic, and aerobic. The chapter is structured with the anaerobic alactic drills at the beginning, anaerobic lactic drills coming next, and aerobic drills coming last. Also note that lactic interval training drills also train the aerobic system and are more practical for on-ice conditioning as they train both ...