CoachThem Hockey Drill of the Week: USA Hockey DZ small area game

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Building on the 3 vs 3 transition game, which focused on using support players to create offence, this small area game places two defenders at the top of each zone and forces a D-to-D pass before a shot attempt can be made.

Drill description

  • 2 vs 2 game where each team has two D stationed at each half wall
  • D on each team must play stationary
  • Coach dumps in puck to begin play
  • Each team’s forwards must battle for the puck and pass it to their respective D

Key points

  • Forwards battling for net-front positioning and jumping on rebounds
  • Defence, low hard shots
  • Play must go D-to-D

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