CoachThem Hockey Drill of the Week: 1 vs 1 gap up

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This drill is a great way to work on a forward’s transition game in the neutral zone, while having your defence follow the play and try to close the gap down the ice.

Drill description

  • On whistle, F1 passes to D1 and posts up between red and blue.
  • D1 carries puck backwards with head up and passes once gets to just below blue line.
  • F1 proceeds to go around the pylon and attack D1.
  • D1 must gap up as much as possible.

Key points

  • Gap between you and the opposition player is called “Somebody’s Ice” and it has to be ours.
  • Being proactive and closing the “Somebody’s Ice” is a must. Mention that you don’t care if a player gets beat, just as long as you are closing the gap.
  • Goalies should challenge the shooter. Don’t sit back in net. Direct shots to corner and limit rebounds.

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