Defensive Zone Coverage

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Session #2: Defensive Zone Coverage

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Session #1: Defensive Zone Coverage

Session #2: Defensive Zone Coverage

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May 5, 2017


The "CYCLING", is an offense tactical circulation that allows a collective control (as a team) of the puck with the intention to progress the offense to the net.

Tactical traffic in circular movement with a goal of a collective control of the puck in the offensive zone in order to create a scoring chance. Cycling is initiated by the puck carrier. If the puck carrier moves clockwise, his partners will do the same. Then non-puck carriers need to be alert and read the play developping since they need to take the place left open by his partner in the same direction. It is a coordination exercise, action-reaction. The circular movement of the 2-3 players comes with a coordinated pass...

February 18, 2017

Power Play Coverage: Overload system

The Overload is the mainly used by more skilled (aka “finesse”) teams. This formation was popular a few years ago, but has become less used in recent years. As you can see from the image, the Overload aims to outnumber the other team along the half boards, thus creating a lot of three on two scenarios.

The idea is to constantly cycle the puck and create a lot of movement down low, which causes defensive breakdowns.
The play usually starts along the half boards. One forward supports from below the goal line on the strong side and the other forward gets open in the mid slot on the weak side. The defensemen support from the blue line and are lo...

February 18, 2017


The next two forechecking strategies are linked for multiple reasons, not least of which because the initial formations look nearly identical. We'll start with the more aggressive of the two -- the Same-Side Press.

In this forecheck, the penalty kill lines up in a 1-3 formation, with the first forward (F1) significantly ahead of the other three members of the unit, who are positioned in a horizontal line across the ice. The second forward (F2) is stationed in the center of the line behind F1, flanked by both defensemen. F2 usually starts out a bit ahead of the defensemen, for reasons that will be explained soon.

Here is a dia...

February 18, 2017


The objective of any penalty killing unit is to play the percentages and stop the opposing team from scoring. A team does this by using quickness, discipline, and an overall penalty killing strategy. The coach must ensure that the penalty killing unit understands and executes the following three penalty killing fundamentals:

1. Control the area around the slot, there are at least two ways of doing this. The first way is to physically position a penalty killing player in the slot to control that area, thus preventing attackers from screening your goaltender, deflecting a puck into the net, or receiving a pass or a rebound. The second, and probabl...

February 13, 2017

WIN / LOSE Face Off: Offensive Zone Coverage

Offensive Zone Coverage Option #1 Winger Shoots
Offensive Zone Coverage Option #2 Kick Out to Defencemen
Offensive Zone Coverage Option #3 Pass to Center
Offensive Zone Coverage Option #4 Shot by inside Forward



Offensive Zone Coverage Option #5 Winger Shoots
Offensive Zone Coverage Option #6 Winger One Time Shot

Offensive Zone Coverage Option #7 Picket Fence Shot

February 13, 2017

 WIN FACE OFF - Here are the roles for each player.

Defensive Zone Coverage: Option #1 D2D up the Weak side
Defensive Zone Coverage: Option #2 D2D/D2D Reverse

 WIN FACE OFF - Here are the roles of each player using a different system.
Defensive Zone Coverage: Option #3 D Ring Around


LOSE FACE OFF - Here are the roles of each player using a different system.

Defensive Zone Coverage: Option #4 Winger attack
Defensive Zone Coverage: Option #5 Squirt and Run

LOSE FACE OFF - Here are the roles of each player, perfectly executed.

 Defensive Zone Coverage - LOSE FACE OFF

Defensive Zone Face Off Strategy: WIN / LOSE

February 13, 2017

A step by step guide to winning more face offs

 How to win a Faceoff in Hockey

  1. Have a plan when you approach the face-off dot

    • There are many different ways to win a face-off, how you plan to win the face off depends on where the face-off is taking place. In the neutral zone you may try something cheeky like tapping the puck forwards and blasting past the centermen, in your own end you may tie-up the other centermen and have your defence or winger come in and get the puck, in the offensive zone you could win the puck back on your fore-hand, back-hand, between your legs or even put it right on net. Never approach the face-off without a plan.

  2. Let your team mates kno...

January 27, 2017

We want to establish early on that the players are going to be encouraged to be as creative as possible in the offensive zone. They will be asked to mirror some basic principles of play and position but overall, we want the kids to have fun and execute play's that they create.

When you start the cycle in hockey; it is best to pass the puck back to F2 back side support, when they call for it. F2 who will be receiving the past will call out "cycle" and F1 will pass the puck back to him/her via a pass along the wall. Make sure the pass is strong enough to get to them and F1 should immediately turn to face F2 who is receiving the puck for a "give and go" pass. F3 positioned in front of...

January 11, 2017

Haringey Junior Ice Hockey Club (HJIHC)

Why are we introducing "Chalk Talk" to the players during off ice sessions?
During our ice hockey practices, we want to take full advantage of our precious time while at the arena. Our only course of action is to implement a new off ice training regime. Simply put, our coaches are far too busy at the moment on the ice with their teams, they plan, organize and execute their training regime on the ice but don't have the extra time needed for off ice training. Off ice training can be executed in two stages: physical fitness and team strategies/tactics. Our club has taken the initiative and are committed to supporting the Chalk Talk program for our you...

November 27, 2016

Defensive Zone Coverage: Color Coded Break Out

Here is where we start to introduce Coaching 101 with the kids. We will introduce a color system to help them communicate and/or have the coach call out the color for the kids to initiate. This will take time to learn, develop and execute effectively for everyone on the team. You will see a marked improvement by the end of the year. Ideally, the only color that should be initiated by the players, will be blue.

Power Play Break Out – Post Up

Power Play Break Out – Quick Up

Standard Break Out – Center Sweep

Standard Break Out: Center Sweep

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