CoachThem Mike Weaver Pocket Man Ice Hockey Tips and Drills

CoachThem Drill of the Week – Find the Pocket Man

In Drills by Mike Weaver

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Drill Description:

The “Pocket”: A slang term used to denote an area on the ice most times referring to the slot. Getting open for a pass in the “sweet” spot in the slot – between the hash marks.

Version B – F1 (facing boards) have to work the boards to find a passing lane to  F2 – D1 is playing F1 on the defensive side. – F2 is getting in the OPEN pocket for a quick shot. – D2 (Optional) to play F2 with the stick in passing lane and to be in support if F1 makes it to the net. – This is a quick play with possible rebound. Get set up quickly so Coach can throw a puck back down boards for next chance. 5-8 reps before switching. ​​​​​​​

Version C – Make it a 3 vs 3.


Key Points:

  • “Pocket” man moves around to find the area, far enough from oposition high winger and too far for the netfront defence to go to.
  • Corner forward looking over shoulder for “Pocket” man for a quick, hard pass on the tape.


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