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Drill of the Week: Spurgeon 2 vs 1

By Minnesota Hockey & CoachThem, 01/19/21, 3:45PM CST



Wayzata High School coach Pat O'Leary shares a 2 vs 1 drill he named after Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon for its emphasis on skating, puck and gap control.


  • F1 & D1 start at the same time. F1 carries the puck around the top of the circle and shoots on net. After shooting, F1 skates around the far circle.
  • F2 starts when F1 reaches the hash marks after going around the far circle.
  • D1 carries the puck backwards around the center circle and passes to F1. 
  • F1 passes to F2, and they go on a 2 vs 1 against D1 full ice. 
  • Same thing happens on both sides of the ice. 



  • Quick release on the first shot
  • Attack with speed and generate a high quality scoring chance


  • Puck control around the circle
  • Tight gap
  • Protect the middle of the ice

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