By Minnesota Hockey & CoachThem, 01/05/21, 10:00AM CST
Puck possession starts with winning loose puck battles, and that's the name of the game in this 1v1 drill from Osseo-Maple Grove Bantam coach Kurt Halstrom that rewards players who win puck races and battles with a chance to go on offense.
Coach spots a puck in front of the net, equidistant to the two players along the goal line.
On the whistle, two players race for the loose puck. The player that wins the puck (X1) passes to the player at the blue line (O).
When the pass is completed, O player attacks the net 1v1 against the player who lost the initial puck race (X2). Play it out to whistle.
X1 goes to the blue line position for next rep, and the other two go back to the lines on the goal line.
Variations: Coach can vary how the players start: on belly, back, face the wall, etc., and placement of puck. Instead of a straight line race to puck, instruct players to circle behind net on start, creating a traffic scenario, where they have to "get through" opposition before skating to loose puck.