By Minnesota Hockey & CoachThem, 01/04/22, 9:00AM CST
USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager Roger Grillo shares a drill designed to teach good forecheck habits and concepts in a station based practice during the 2021 USA Hockey Level 5 Coaches Symposium held in Duluth, MN.
D skates the puck around the net and attempts to skate the puck between two tires (or cones) at the top of the zone.
On coach signal, F1 forechecks, using good angling and stick on puck to force the defending player to the boards.
On coach signal, F2 provides support on the forecheck. F1 & F2 attempt to create a turnover and attack the net quickly.
Start all players higher and dump the puck in so the D must work on the retrieval as well.
Use the full zone so the D can go to either side of the ice.
Start the F at the same time so they must communicate F1/F2.
Defense - Get feet up ice and have head up
F1 - Timing, angling and body/stick positioning.
F2 - Read the play and provide appropriate support.