Teaching Width in an Ice Hockey Attack

Dayle Keen

Professional Ice Hockey coach for the Coventry Blaze in the EIHL, Great Britain u20 assistant coach also working throughout the UK, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Featured writer for the coaches site; bringing constraints based learning to ice hockey.

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Promoting width to our players whilst they are young provides endless qualities that help create the necessary habits in Ice hockey whilst on offence. This week my focus is keeping my young players out of the middle of the Ice. We speak about it during our practices and games but I felt its something we really need to learn.

As always I use the Teach Games for Understanding method! I create scenarios and game like situations and turn them into small area games with small guidelines and rules. This helps engage my young athletes within the practice and provides the correct information for them to learn and then apply to real game situations. This method of practice is really easy to use and the young athletes love that they are constantly playing and are unaware that they are actually learning something (shhh don’t tell them).

Please have a look at the two games I have made, game 1 focusing on good habits on the breakout options and game 2 focuses on speed out wide. These games can be easily adapted for your own teams needs.

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