Elite Hockey Development Drills – Spitfire Support 2 on 0

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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Forwards line up in the neutral zone on all four blue lines. Defensemen line up inside opposite circles, with one placed at net front.

  1. On whistle, both corners leave at the same time (one side shown). Coach spots puck behind the net for D1. D1 skates forward to the top of the circle then pivots backwards to the bottom of the circle, shoulder checking to spot the puck.
  2. D2 supports D1 from net front by dropping down for a D to D pass.
  3. 01 starts out in the neutral zone in the pattern outlined in support of the breakout. (Post up play can be used as well)
  4. 02 is the support forward coming across into mid-ice.
  5. D2 receives an over pass from D1 then proceeds to make a direct pass to 01, with 02 supporting.
  6. 01 and 02 attack up ice 2 on 0 for a shot on net.
  7. D2 follows the play up the ice for a pass from Coach, then drags the puck in mid-ice for a shot on net with Forwards in front.


D Options – D Wheel, D Reverse

Key Points:

Practice different breakout options: such as D wheel, D to D and D Reverse

Watch and ensure 02 provides support on breakout

Practice both direct and indirect passes

“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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