Purpose

Defensemen work on passing the puck back and forth while skating backward and then forward.

Setup

  • Defensemen form two lines at center ice.
skate and pass hockey defensive drill

How it Works

  1. Coach blows his whistle and passes the puck to one of the defensemen.
  2. The two defensemen then skate backward while passing the puck back and forth.
  3. At the goal line they stop and then skate forward passing the puck back and forth.
  4. At the center line they pass the puck to the coach and the next pair of defensemen go.
  5. Run the drill for 5-10 minutes.

Coaching Tips

  • When receiving a pass, the player should have his blade square to the puck and he should put a little weight on his stick with his bottom hand so the puck doesn’t bounce off.