A typical practice should include work on skill development, team play, and conditioning. For younger players (under 10 years old), the team should focus more on the basic skills of skating, passing, shooting, and puck control, with less emphasis on team systems.
With over 40 years of coaching experience, author Dave Chambers presents
500 drills that have been put to the test and used for developing
players at all levels of competition in North America and
internationally. Drills improve players’ shooting, passing, goaltending,
and skating skills and in-game strategy and decision making for power
plays, penalty kills, face-offs, and breakouts.
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The best-selling hockey drill book returns, bigger and better than ever! Now with 500 drills for all aspects of the game, The Hockey Drill Book, Second Edition, is a must-have for every coach and player!
With more than 40 years at the junior, university, NHL, international, and World Championship levels, five-time Coach of the Year Dave Chambers has spent countless hours on the ice developing players at every level (the Russian Ice Hockey Federation translated and distributed the previous edition to all its coaches). Practice after practice, he puts drills to the test, compiling the best here in the second edition of The Hockey Drill Book.
Accompanied by step-by-step instructions, diagrams, illustrations, and coaching tips, the 500 drills cover essential skills for each position, offensive and defensive systems, pregame warm-ups, on-ice conditioning, and game-specific situations, including power plays, penalty killing, and face-offs. A collection of skill evaluation drills will help players and coaches identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.
Whether your goal is to raise your game or coach your team to the top, The Hockey Drill Book is the go-to resource. It’s the only drill book you’ll ever need.
Key to Diagrams
Chapter 1 Running Effective Practices and Drills
Chapter 2 Warm-Up Drills for Skating, Passing, and Stickhandling
Chapter 3 Warm-Up Drills With Shooting
Chapter 4 One-on-One Drills
Chapter 5 Two-on-One Drills
Chapter 6 Two-on-Two Drills
Chapter 7 Three-on-One Drills
Chapter 8 Three-on-Two, Five-on-Two, and Breakout Drills
Chapter 9 Defensive Drills
Chapter 10 Combination Drills
Chapter 11 Shooting Drills
Chapter 12 Defenseman Drills
Chapter 13 Forward Drills
Chapter 14 Goalie Drills
Chapter 15 Power Play, Penalty-Killing, and Face-Off Drills
Chapter 16 Competitive Fun Drills and Games
Chapter 17 Evaluation Drills
Chapter 18 On-Ice Conditioning Drills
About the Author
The primary audiences for the book are hockey players and coaches at all
levels of competition. Additionally, public hockey rinks that offer
skill sessions (stick and puck) to the general public will benefit from
the drills featured in this resource.
Dave Chambers has coached hockey for more than 40 years from key
developmental levels to the National Hockey League and international
competition. His experience with all types of players and styles makes
him well suited for teaching the ever-evolving game that is a blend of
the European and North American styles. Chambers has won two gold medals
in World Championships, five university championships, and five Coach of
the Year awards. He was named Master Coach by the Canadian Hockey
Association and was inducted into the York University (Toronto, Canada)
Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the University of British Columbia
Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Chambers was an assistant coach with NHL’s Minnesota North Stars and
head coach of the Quebec Nordiques. He coached the Canadian national
junior team to the gold medal at the World Junior Championship in Moscow
in 1988, the Canadian team to the championship in the International
Spengler Cup Tournament in Switzerland in 1987, and the Canadian student
national team to the silver medal at the World Student Games in 1985.
His university coaching career spanned 14 seasons while he earned a
record of 334-110. Chambers coached at the University of Saskatchewan
and the University of Guelph before holding the head coaching position
at Ohio State University, where he won the CCHA Championship. He then
coached at York University in Toronto, where his teams won three
division championships, three Ontario championships, and a Canadian
Chambers holds a PhD in sport science and was director of the coaching
program at York University in the School of Kinesiology and Health
Science. Chambers has written books and articles on coaching ice hockey
and has made numerous presentations worldwide. He lives in Collingwood,
“For more than 40 years Dave Chambers has been sharing his
exceptional knowledge and wisdom as a coach, teacher, and specialist
within the world of hockey. His brilliant forward-thinking instruction
guides are long lasting yet new to coaches everywhere. He is a
world-renowned student and teacher of the game and a man I admire and
greatly respect. His information is useful to coaches everywhere.”
Lou Vairo-- Director of Special Projects, USA Hockey
“The Hockey Drill Book demonstrates Dave Chambers’
intimate knowledge of the game. He has the ability to simplify every
skill set. This collection of drills is an absolute must for individual
player and team development.”