Drill of the Month: December 2023

DRILL OF THE MONTH: Defence – Escape Triangle

Age Groups

  • U13, U15, U18

Skill Description – First Progression

  • Players use the pylons as guides.
  • First player in line skates up to the top pylon and pivots backwards around it.
  • Player then skates backwards towards the bottom pylon based on direction of their pivot.
  • Player transitions forward around the bottom pylon and then goes back to the top pylon, pivoting in the opposite direction.

Skill Description – Second Progression

  • Add a puck when going around the pylons.

Skill Description – Third Progression

  • Remove the pylons and have a player act as a passer at the top of the circle.
  • Player in drill one-touch passes with the player at the top of the circle. 
  • When the player with the puck gets to the bottom pylons, transition forward around the pylons by facing away from the pylons. 

Key Teaching Points

  • Turning head and shoulders first when going around pylons.
  • Bending knees to maintain speed.
  • Transitioning directions while maintaining speed.
  • Keeping head up while skating with puck. 

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