Elite Hockey Development Drills – Gopher Double Transition



Forwards split into two groups and line up on opposite hashmarks. Two defensemen are located just outside the neutral zone.

  1. On the whistle, both corners leave at the same time (one side shown). 01 carries a puck into the neutral zone.
  2. 01 passes the puck to D1.
  3. D1 pivots backwards with the puck in transition. (D can perform escape move before making pass)
  4. 01 supports through mid-ice and receives a return pass, from D1.
  5. 01 accepts the pass in the neutral zone and quickly moves it to D2.
  6. 01 opens up in the neutral zone to receive a return pass from D2.
  7. 01 moves in for shot on net. After shot, 01 stays at net front until point shot is completed.
  8. (Red) D2 follows the play up ice for a pass from (C). Once having received the pass, D2 brings the puck toward the middle and performs a point shot.

Key Points:

D Can use an escape move, (such as would be performed if a forechecker was applying up-ice pressure), after receiving the first pass from 01.

F’s double transition with both D’s

F’s ensure not to get too far up the ice in neutral zone

“This drill was taken from a Book Called “Elite Hockey Development Drills” Published by Barrett Leganchuk.

For more information on the book please check out elitehockeydevelopmentdrills.com

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Barrett Leganchuk

Barrett Leganchuk is the Scouting Coordinator for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League. He served on the Coaching staff for Team Canada West at the 2014 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Prior to joining the Jets, Barrett has spent over eight years coaching most previous having spent two years as an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. He has also directed and assisted in many different hockey schools in the summer months. Leganchuk holds a BA in Business Administration from Providence College, Otterburne Manitoba and received his High Performance 1 coaching level from Hockey Canada in 2010.

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