JuhaniWahlsten –Tom Molloy
HOCKEY COACHING ABCs
GAMES PLAYED USING 2 OR 3 PUCKS
PLAYING WITH 3 PUCKS
D1, ROLES 1 AND 3
Playing with 3 pucks causes some things to happen naturally. The players must look around with their heads on a swivel so they know what is happening behind them. Some methods are: everyone on the ice; 5-on-5 with line changes. Keep score and the team that scores twice wins. Next game start with 2 pucks, then 1. In order to avoid confusion, have only 3 pucks on the ice at 1 time, the extra pucks can be on top of the nets. Another idea is a timed game where the goalie puts the puck back into play after a goal.
GAMES PLAYED USING 2 PUCKS
PLAYING WITH 2 PUCKS
Playing with 2 pucks has the same basic purpose in the system as all multi-puck games. The goalie puts the puck back into play after a goal. A good tech- nique is to give a point to the team that scores 2 goals. Playing with 2 pucks at more advanced lev- els is a good read-and-react exercise when you play situations such as 3-on-3.
D, ROLES 1 AND 3
E1 BASIC FORMATION
E1 exercises are meant to give the team a good way to finish the practice. The formation is the same as B4 and C1.
Every player gets 1 shot at each net.
Score 2 goals; practice is over; hit the showers.
1 goal; skate 1 lap; go off the ice.
No goals; skate 2 laps.
Teaching points: Team contests, like a shootout where players take penalty shots, are fun for the shooters and the goalies.