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St. Norbert’s 1×1 Warm-up Drill

August 3, 2013 Drills, Hockey Blogs No Comments

Here’s another drill from the coaches at St. Norbert’s. This drill can be used at any time during a practice session but I like it as an early practice warm-up type of drill. Give it a try.

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Nightmare Drill

I was at the rink the other day and watched a team run this really interesting full ice 10 man drill. Basically it has breakouts running from both ends of the ice followed by different types of even or odd man rushes. I spoke to the coach and asked him about the drill and he said he picked it up from the St. Norberts DIII college team and it was called the Nightmare Drill. The drill really forces players to pay attention and to keep their heads up through the neutral zone.

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Small Area Games from Jim Johnson Part II

Here are another set of small area games and drills from San Jose Sharks assistant coach Jim Johnson.

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Small Area Drills from Jim Johnson San Jose Sharks Assistant Coach

Here are a few small area drills/games that you can use to develop specific skills your players will need in game situations.
With more and more organizations going to shared ice practice it’s good to have a variety of small area drills you can use to
keep your team focused and developing. Hope these drills from Coach Johnson help.

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Combination Drill From Former NHL Player Tony Horacek

Former NHL player Tony Horacek coaches in our organization and I went out to watch his practice the other night. While watching a really up tempo session I saw his team run this drill and thought it was really excellent and worked on a number of areas of the game. I spoke with Tony about it and got the details and am sharing it with all of you. It is a multi-part drill so I did my best to make it understandable in the diagram, but if you have any trouble I also did a YouTube video explanation. Hope you like it.

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DIII Head Coach Jack Arena of Amherst College Offers 4 Small Area Half Ice Drills

Coach Arena has been the head coach at Amherst University for over 30 years. In 2008-09 he won Coach of the Year honors for NESCAC and New England hockey writers ECAC East. In 2011-12 he won National Coach of the Year honors from the AHCA. I contacted Coach Arena and asked him if he would be interested in contributing a few drills to our site and he agreed. I told him I’ve been receiving many requests for half ice drills because so many teams now share ice to save on cost. Coach Arena supplied us with four very nice half ice drills that go beyond just small ice games. Take a look and see what you think.

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Neutral Zone Regroup Drills

Every coach has their own style of play through the neutral zone along with how they want their team to work a regroup. Below are a few drills that you can use to work on your teams NZ play along with a simple document on how to run two styles of NZ regroup. Hope these drills can be helpful.

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New Half Ice Drills

February 20, 2013 Drills, Hockey Blogs No Comments

Spent some time on the ice with my buddy who coaches a junior team and he had about fifty players on the ice to run a practice. He ran a few half-ice drills on both ends to keep everyone moving and I thought I would share them with everyone. Hope these are helpful in your practices.

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