CrossIceHockey.com regularly features hockey drills from leading authorities in the game. The Two-Shot Hockey Drill is helpful to rec hockey players of all ages and abilities.
By Tim Turk, NHL skills coach
Improve your ability to communicate and focus on the ice
On the whistle, Player 1 (blue) skates forward with a puck and passes it to Player 2 (green), who skates around his line with the puck and passes it back to Player 1. Player 1 goes in and shoots, then goes to the Red Player line at the boards. Player 2 then passes the puck back to Player 1.
Player 2 swings low and skates towards the boards, turning up the ice and ready to receive a pass from Player 3 (red). Player 3, with timing, then takes a puck and skates to the middle. Player 3 turns up the ice and passes the puck to Player 2, who then skates all the way down the ice and shoots. After Player 3 passes the puck, they proceed to the Green Player line in the middle.
Once Player 2 shoots the puck, they go to the Blue Player line. Complete a rotation after each sequence initiated by a whistle start.
Key Points of the Two-Shot Hockey Drill
- Call for passes (communicate)
- Timing with heads up awareness
- Elevated focus and attention
Rec hockey players know that acquiring hockey skills takes time and practice. Like anything else, in time these skills will become second nature to you.
Tim Turk has been an NHL-level skills and shooting coach since 2001. He works with many organizations, teams, coaches, and players of all ages and levels from around the world. He has worked with the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Carolina Hurricanes, as well as with many national programs overseas. He continues to work with NHL players while making time for minor league hockey teams and players. For more information visit his website, www.timturkhockey.com.