4 ways to set up when you have a 4-on-3 power play

Lots of room, lots of options.

Would you take a timeout if you have a 4v3 man advantage? Would you have a play drawn up in the locker room about your 4v3 before the game? Would you practice the 4v3?

What if this 4v3 could be a game changer, you are down by one goal or, you are in overtime and need the two points?

It’s always good to have a plan, and when you have a 4-on-3 power play, there’s plenty of space to work with, and lots of options.

Let’s look at some setups.

1. The traditional

The box is probably the most used set up for the 4v3 at a younger age levels. You can have a shooting mentality from the top, or move the puck around the defenders and wait until someone commits outside the diamond, then you attack right away.

Look at the opposite forward. He is always an option either with his stick, or skating towards the net for the rebound.


2. Double one-timer

Having a shooter on both sides on the power play can be dangerous.

Lots of room, lots of options . . .



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Mitch Giguere

Mitch Giguere ChPC, is the father of four children and a passionate hockey coach. Assistant Coach for Carabins Université de Montréal (USports W). Former Assistant and Video Coach in the KHL. Mitch has his High Performance 2 from Hockey Canada and has an Advanced Coaching Diploma (NCCP4) from the Canadian Sports Institute. You can reach out to Mitch via email at [email protected] or SMS 450-578-1187

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