One of the best ways to utilize ice time and get the largest amount of players moving at once is through station based hockey, with small area games.
Now, stations don’t mean your entire place has to happen in small stations. For those who have it, there are still useful full ice drills and half ice drills that make the most of the ice time.
Regardless of half ice or full ice, we start every practice with a team skate. We may do edgework, or even sprint based hockey skating before jumping into a few drills, then moving into station based drills or small area games.
Full Ice Warm Up Drill: 1v1 Gap Control
In this drill, the focus is mainly on defenders to choose the right gap on the forward skating at them.
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