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Chalk Talk | Competitive ‘Game-like’ Stations (All Ages)

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 05/06/17, 2:00PM EDT

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Age-appropriate skills, drills and progressions

In this edition of Chalk-Talk, we look at a station-based session of competitive ‘game-like’ drills.  

These drills put players in situations that they will encounter in games – this presents the players with the opportunity to create, problem-solve, read and react and to use the technical skills, tactics and concepts they have learned in practice.

This practice sequence includes three ‘games’ that can be used from Novice to Midget.

The following drills are from our recent Under 16 Program of Excellence Mini-Camp as the players and staff prepared for the 2017 OHL Gold Cup. Two teams participated in the ice session including 36 players and 4 goaltenders.

Station 1 is set up on one end using the full width of the rink. Station 2 and 3 split the other end in half.

STATION 1 - Continuous 3 v 2

  • Team BLACK starts drill attacking 3V2 into the offensive zone
  • Team WHITE has two players defending an a third player behind its net.
  • Team BLACK (3 players) tries to score while Team WHITE (2 players) defends and tries to get possession.
  • Once they get possession, Team WHITE want to move the puck to player #3 behind the net
  • Team BLACK makes a line-change and two players come out to face a 3V2 and a third goes behind the net.
  • Team WHITE begins their 3V2 attack immediately.

STATION 2 - 3v2 Middle Protect

  • 2 Defencemen cannot leave circle
  • They focus on taking away passing lanes, protecting  the middle of the ice, box out, coverage, and stick on puck
  • 3 Forwards can move around anywhere within playing area

STATION 3 – 2V2 Corner Battle

  • 2V2 – both teams trying to score on same net
  • Play until puck covered or a goal is scored

Key Teaching Points (KTP)

  • Puck protection
  • Puck possession and management
  • Puck support
  • Find quiet areas
  • Quick transition
  • Decision making
  • Compete

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