Joel Lenius Reading the Second Wave Hockey Drill- CoachThem

CoachThem Hockey Drill of the Week: Reading the Second Wave (VIDEO)

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Featured by Skate to Excel owner Joel Lenius, this drill focuses on reading pressure from the opposition and using evasive moves across multiple waves of defenders.


  • The drill starts with X1 standing facing the boards and receiving a spotted puck from X2.
  • X2 follows their pass and provides token pressure towards X1.
  • X1 must use shoulder checks to read the pressure and then use an evasive move to spin away from their opponent.
  • X1 then attacks the net and uses another evasive move around X3 who acts as a defender, also providing token pressure.

Key Points

  • Be patient and wait for X2 to get close before spinning away.
  • Using shoulder checks to be aware of your surroundings. Use your body to shield the puck from your opponent.
  • Accelerating out of escapes/exits to create separation after your skill execution.

Here’s how it looks in practice:

This drill is featured in the Global Skills Showcase Drill eBook. Click here to download it for free today!

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