This hockey practice plan for advanced players focuses on passing and stickhandling with strength and accuracy and skating with speed and power. We’ll introduce a variety of fun drills to help develop passing, stickhandling and skating fundamentals and apply those skills to game situations.

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Phase 1 – Warm Up (0:00-0:10)

  • Free Play – 10 minutes. Players can shoot pucks, skate and work on other skills.

Phase 2 – Pass and Follow Drill (0:10-0:20)

Pass and Follow Hockey Skating Drill
  • A coach blows his whistle or says “Go” to start.
  • First player passes the puck across the ice to the opposite player.
  • First player then follows his pass and will take the position of the player receiving the pass.
  • Player receiving the pass then passes across the ice to the next player and follows the pass.
  • Drill continues in this pattern.
  • After the last player has gone, the pattern is reversed and players pass back the other way.
  • Run drill for 5-8 minutes.

Phase 3 – Station Passing (0:20-0:40)

Station Passing Hockey Passing Drill
  • A coach blows his whistle or says “Go” to start.
  • Players at each station perform a specific passing drill.
  • Station 1 – players one-touch pass to each other.
  • Station 2 – Players pass and follow.
  • Station 3 – Players pass the puck while on their knees.
  • Station 4 – Players execute backhand passes.
  • Station 5 – Players play “monkey in the middle” with a player in the middle of the circle trying to intercept the pass.
  • Run the drill for 2-5 minutes and then have players rotate stations.
  • Continue until players have been at all five stations.

Phase 4 – Down and Back Drill (0:40-0:55)

  • A coach blows his whistle or says “Go” to start.
  • Two players pass the puck back and forth as they skate down the middle of the ice.
  • At the faceoff circles, players turn and go back along the boards making long passes across the ice to each other.
  • When first two players reach goal line, next two players go.
  • Finished players go to back of the opposite line.
  • Run the drill for 10-15 minutes.

Phase 5 – Semi-Circle Shooting Drill (0:55-0:70)

Semi Circle Hockey Shooting Drill
  • Coach blows his whistle or says “Go” to start the drill.
  • Players shoot in succession going from one side to the other.
  • When all players have shot once the drill is over.

Phase 6 – Knock Away Drill (0:70-0:90)

Knock Away Hockey Stickhandling Drill
  • Coach blows whistle or says, “Go.”
  • Players attempt to skate around and maintain control of their puck while attempting to knock other players’ pucks away with their stick.
  • If a player’s puck is knocked away, he is out and must go outside one of the blue lines.
  • Drill continues until only one player is left.

Phase 7 – Full Team Two Puck Drill (0:90-1:10)

  • Coach blows his whistle and puts two pucks on the ice.
  • First puck scored counts as 1 point, second puck scored counts as two points.
  • When both pucks have been scored, coach puts two more pucks into play.
  • First team to score 10 points wins.