CoachThem Hockey Drill of the Week: Gap control

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Let’s face it… gap control is tough to teach and more difficult to master. CoachThem’s co-founder Mike Weaver came up with this drill while teaching players in his hockey school Defence First. 

Mike says, “I’d rather my defence get beat while having a good gap, than give too much space and open up the offensive zone” and this drill reinforces the point of taking control of open ice.

Here’s a drill we like to call “Choose your gap”:

Drill Description

  • D1 Starts with puck
  • F1 starts on hashmarks. Can’t move until pass is received.
  • On whistle D1 carries puck and passes to F1.
  • F1 skates full speed down ice and takes D1 from other end on 1-on-1.
  • D1 after passing skates hard and chooses which pylon to go around.
  • Objective is to go to the third pylon.

Key Points

  • The faster you skate forwards, the faster you will be backwards, with a better gap.
  • Doesn’t matter if the D falls. Push their limits.
  • Pivot around pylon staying square to opponent with no wide turns. Stay tight to while going around pylon.

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