By Minnesota Hockey & CoachThem, 11/03/20, 9:30AM CST
This small area game, which was shared by Delano High School coach Gerrit Van Bergen, emphasizes the offensive concepts of puck support and using cross-ice passes across "Royal Road" to create high quality scoring chances.
Start with a 2 vs 2, and each team has a third player in their "backdoor" circle.
The 2 vs 2 players must pass to their backdoor shooter to take the first shot, and the pass must come from the opposite side of the green line.
Teammates earn one rebound per shot taken by the backdoor shooter. Only one backdoor shooter can be in the circle. Opposing players cannot defend the backdoor shooter.
Progression: Once players understand the concept of the game, utilize a point structure that encourages teams to use the backdoor shooter without requiring it. 3 pts - Backdoor shooter goal, 2 pts - Rebound of a backdoor shot, 1 pt - Goal scored without using the backdoor shooter.
Win the first puck touch
Puck support and communication to set up backdoor passing lane