3 Drills for Zone Entry Progression

Dan Arel

Dan Arel is the Director of Coaching Education and Development for the San Diego Oilers and head coach of their 12U A team. He was also named the 2020 San Diego Gulls Foundation's Coach of the Year. You can email him at [email protected]

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These drills build upon each other to reinforce the necessary steps to a quality zone entry, none of which rely on dump and chase.
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Entering the offensive zone is always a lot easier said than done. In previous articles, I have looked at the breakout and neutral zone play, and how to control the puck, and even regroup to try again.

Here, we are looking at how to rush the puck into the zone, with a dump and chase being the last option. In fact, USA Hockey strongly encourages coaches to avoid dump and chase tactics, but that is kind of unreasonable given that not every play goes as planned and sometimes the best thing you can do is just get the puck deep, 200 feet from your own goalie.

This first drill below is a great warm-up and gets players moving with speed and making a few good hard passes. Great way to get both their legs and hands moving early. 

These drills build upon each other to reinforce the necessary steps to a quality zone entry, none of which rely on dump and chase . . .

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