New and challenging hockey drills and practices

The book Multidimensional Hockey Drills and Training, take a look into the evolution of the hockey players mind and capacity, connecting it to the world they are facing today and how it affects the hockey practices and hockey drills, or at least should, if we are not stuck in old patterns as hockey coaches?

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Hockey training books for coaches and players

Multidimensional Hockey Drills and Training – …When you increase your hockey players “bandwidth” during the hockey practices, with challenging multitasking drills with reduced time, you actually do the opposite for the feeling of the game, you slowdown the game for them thanks to higher “bandwidth”. This is exactly the purpose of this book, to give you the understanding, tools and methods to increase the “bandwidth”, with nonlinear or multidimensional hockey drills and coaching for all of your players. Buy the book from ALIBRIS, AMAZON or other online bookstores.

Hockey at Home – Train hockey at home is a book for hockey players in all ages, who are ready train extra by their own, in other words for hockey players with big hockey heart, but also for hockey parents, who wants to support their child to develop in hockey, by practicing extra at home. Are you motivated to practice extra and want to learn more, and know what and how to practice hockey at home? In that case, in this book you will get training tips, drills for shooting, skill drills, but also physical exercises and coordination training you can perform at home. Buy the book from ALIBRIS, AMAZON or other online bookstores.

Hockey Leadership and coaching – What is required from a successful hockey coach or a hockey team? How can you as the coach bring your team to the next level on ice, but also see and strengthen each individual in the team? How do you create engagement, work with goal setting, teambuilding, strengthen your players hockey capacity, run efficient on ice practices, reduce collaboration losses, get results and work with your communication and feedback, to develop your team and yourself?
The team development and leadership areas are connected to an easy to use and practical leadership model, strengthened with examples, teambuilding exercises, on and off ice practices and hockey drills for you to use. Buy the book from ALIBRIS, AMAZON or other online bookstores.

Match-Like Hockey Drills – Match-like hockey drills. The idea of this hockey book is that the focus should be entirely on hockey drills in different categories and that all hockey drills link as much as possible to the theme of match-like hockey training, whether it is a warm up drill, skating or a passing drill. The hockey drills with turnovers, breakouts, offensive drills and 1 vs 1, 2 vs 1, 2 vs 2, 3 vs 2 or 3 vs 3, of course naturally gets a strong connection to the theme match-like hockey drills.

You also get tips on “spices” for the hockey drills, which make a difference, details that cannot be drawn into the drills, but link the drills even more strongly to the theme match-like hockey drills! Buy the book from ALIBRIS, AMAZON or other online bookstores.

Hockey Coaching Book

Hockey Leadership and Coaching is a book for hockey coaches, focusing on leadership, coaching, communication and building a strong team. But you will also find hockey drills, teambuilding exercises, practical leadership tips and physical training.

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1 vs 1, 2 vs 1, 2 vs 2… Hockey Drills

Match-like hockey drills are hockey drills to be as close as possible to match situations in hockey and containing a lot 1 vs 1, 2 vs 1, 2 vs 2 etc hockey drills. The hockey drill book is also available in online bookstores like ALIBRIS or AMAZON

Match-like Hockey Practices and Drills

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Play like you train hockey

Many times it’s said, the way you practice, you play on the match. These hockey drills are match-like, you just secure the right performance and speed on the ice. Train Match-like!

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Train like you play hockey

Match-like hockey drills is a book or eBook with hockey drills that simulates the patterns or situations from a hockey game.

Hockey coaching and leadership

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Hockey coaching and leadership connected in a tangible and practical way to hockey drills, practices and teambuilding. A hockey leadership model to follow and connect to. Buy via Amazon or through other online bookstores.

Multidimensional Hockey Drills and Training

If you are interested in only hockey drills and individual skill development, then the Hockey drill book, Multidimensional Hockey Drills could be something for you. Buy via Amazon or other online bookstores.

Hockey Leadership and Coaching – Book

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What is required from a successful hockey coach or a hockey team? How can you as the coach bring your team to the next level on ice, but also see and strengthen each individual in the team? How do you create engagement, work with goal setting, teambuilding, strengthen your players hockey capacity, run efficient on ice practices, reduce collaboration losses, get results and work with your communication and feedback, to develop your team and yourself?
The team development and leadership areas are connected to an easy to use and practical leadership model, strengthened with examples, teambuilding exercises, on and off ice practices and hockey drills for you to use.

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Youth Hockey practice drill 2 on 1

Simple youth hockey drill for 2 vs 1, on one quarter of full ice. In the three other areas of the ice, hockey practice, you can run the hockey drill as 1 on 1, 2 on 2 and 2 on 0.

Youth hockey drill practice 2 on 1, 2 on 0, 1 on 1, 2 on 2

The 2 on 1 youth hockey drill performed on a hockey practice at Teemu Selanne hockey camp in Finland for youth hockey players, 10-11 years old.

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Hockey 4-1 System / Set Up Russia

I wrote earlier about the Swedish 2-2-1 set up and quite aggressive forecheck, if you then look at the World Champions in hockey Russia, you find almost the opposite, very defensive 4-1 or V set up. When the forecheck is started they have almost a 2-2-1 set up, that is transferred to a wall or trap when they stop the attack from the opposite team. Not maybe fully transferrable to floorball, but I hope this post still will create some thoughts outside the box…

Russia 4-1 system, set up, tactic in Hockey / Floorball

Hockey Game Tactics Sweden

In the International Hockey Coaching Education, during the World Championships in Sweden, we had the opportunity to listen to the Swedish National Hockey team coach, before each game.

“We want to play with full puck control / possession towards the offensive zone, and in the  offensive zone we try to go straight towards the goal, P1 goes in front of the goal and P2 seeks up the rebound area. We also try to stay in the way of the goalie and steer the shots. Other areas we focus on, are to “win the inside” in 1-1 situations. You can say that, the more skilled hockey players you have the less we talk about how, it’s more about what.”

Roger Rönnberg Swedish National Team Ice Hockey Sweden

/Roger Rönnberg, Swedish National Team Coach in ice hockey

Hockey Formation / System / Tactics

In the International Hockey Coaching Training, during the World Championships in Sweden, we also had the opportunity to listen to the Swedish National Hockey team coach, before each game.

Before the game against Russia, the team formation or system was discussed. Earlier Sweden have been playing 2-2-1 with defined or static roles, and with the mindset of putting pressure when the timing is correct. Since the statement “when timing is correct” can create confusion, he system has been changed, and the valuing part of “when it’s correct time” has been removed. Today Sweden play 2-2-1, but player 1 in top will always put pressure and the roles are flexible, the most offensive player will take the role of being P1 and the player that puts the pressure imediately, the other forwards will then adjust and take the two other roles P2 and P3.

Evgeny Malkin Russia, NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins against Sweden IIHF WC
Evgeny Malkin Russia (NHL Pittsburgh Penguins) vs. Henrik Zetterberg Sweden (NHL Detroit Red Wings)

 

Hockey Goalie Trainer or Goal Scoring Coach, Part 2

…Hockey Goalie Trainer or Goal Scoring Coach, Part 2. If you look at the Nordic countries in ice hockey most of the teams and hockey players are very skilled when it comes to stick handling and skating, but there is lack of good goal scorers and skilled shooters, why? (of course with some exceptions)

This is simply a result of practicing focus, in USA and Canada a lot effort is put in this area in hockey practices, shooting and goal scoring, while in Sweden and Finland other areas are prioritized.

In the end it doesn’t matter how skilled you are with the puck, what counts is the amount of goals scored in a hockey game.

Of course the first step is to:
1. Create goal scoring opportunities (You need to be a good skater and a stick handler to create these goal scoring opportunities in a hockey game)
2. Score goal
3. Defend your own goal

 

I think a lot of focus in hockey is already put in area 3. Defend your own goal, and then 1. Create goal scoring opportunities, but what can be improved is, 2. Score goal when you have the chance.

“I will get ready, and perhaps my chance will come” / John Wooden

To be continued…

Hockey set up / system 2-2-1, 1-2-2, 1-3-1 and 2-1-2

Hockey game systems and hockey set ups like 2-2-1, 1-2-2, 1-3-1 and 2-1-2 are basically only visible when the hockey team has lost the puck and changed from attack to defense, or are just changing from defense to attack, that will say in a fast counter attack in a hockey game.

I will add a few examples of the different hockey set ups, such as 2-2-1, 1-2-2, 1-3-1 and 2-1-2. The set ups can be played in many ways, for example, offensive, defensive, and right or the left-weighted.

Systems can also vary depending on the hockey team, coaches, players, their competence or skills level and their given roles, so for an example a 2-2-1 hockey set up found on this page does not need to be the same as how all hockey teams and coaches will play the 2-2-1 set up, these are just my examples.

Images are marked with green areas, the plan is to win the puck primary in that area. Red areas represent dangerous or game system / design / set up weaknesses.

I will also add various openings / break outs in hockey, or the small golden details which will help you break the different hockey systems, if you can’t wait you can purchase the drills 😉