Winning Puck Battles Through Hockey Practice Small Area Games

Winning Puck Battles Through Hockey Practice Small Area Games
Confining the area in which players can work shrinks the game down to a more realistic size.
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It doesn’t matter if you’re in the offensive zone or the defensive zone, if the puck isn’t in your possession, you’re battling for it.

Many drills have battle elements to them, but I wanted to ensure our practices regularly incorporated drills that focused on the actual battle, helping the players feel more comfortable in winning them, meaning we have more puck possession. 

3 to 1 Battle

3 to 1 Battle from Dan Arel on Vimeo.

In this drill, the coach dumps a puck into the corner and all three players go to battle for it, whoever comes out with the puck and makes a successful pass to the point becomes the forward, and other two players become defense. Until the pass is made to the point, all three players should continue fighting for possession.

Confining the area in which players can work shrinks the game down to a more realistic size . . .

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Dan Arel

Dan Arel is the Director of Coaching Education and Development for the San Diego Oilers and head coach of their 12U A team. He was also named the 2020 San Diego Gulls Foundation's Coach of the Year. You can email him at [email protected]

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