This is a great flow drill for players of all ages and abilities.
Explanation of the Drill
This drill is designed to be a full ice drill.
All of the players on the ice are divided into two groups, each group working on half the ice, with the two groups overlapping in the center circle.
Each of the two groups is further divided in half, with half the players starting in a line at the hash marks on the boards near the corner and half the group starting on the red line.
The first player at the hash marks skates the nearest circle counter clockwise. As soon as this player goes half way around the circle, the next player in line leaves.
After skating completely around the first circle, the player cuts across in front of the net and skates the far circle in the same end clockwise.
After skating around this circle completely, the player skates to the center circle and skates completely around this circle clockwise, overlapping with the group doing the same drill on the other half of the ice.
The player then comes off the center circle and goes into a line at the red line against the boards, facing the end where the player started. Once the player is at the start of the line, and the player in front of him or her goes around the last cone and in on net, the player leaves with a puck.
He or she skates down the boards before cutting to the middle, around the last cone in the high slot and in for a shot on the net at the end where the player started.
The player then joins the line in the corner to start the drill again. The drills on each half of the ice are mirror images of each other so that the players skate the middle circle in the same direction.
In total there should be four even lines, two at opposite ends at the hash marks and two at opposite sides at the red line, to start the drill.
When the players are on the drill they are working on their “hard skills” (forward crossovers with and without a puck, backwards crossunders with and without a puck, pivots, puckhandling, shooting etc.) as well as their “soft” skills. (timing, anticipation, the ability to read and react, etc.)
The players can progress on this drill through several levels depending on their age and ability.
The players can start skating the circles without a puck and then pick one up when they get to the red line.
When they do this well, send them backwards around the circles without a puck and they can turn and go forwards with a puck once they get to the red line.
Next, have them carry a puck for the whole drill. Send them forwards with a puck and then backwards with a puck around the circles. Then try adding pivots every half circle with the players turning from forwards to backwards and backwards to forwards, first without and then with a puck.
Now try putting a coach between the red line and the blueline, and have the players coming off the redline deke to their forehand and their backhand to go around the coach before cutting to the middle and attacking the net.
Finally, remove the first circle, start the line at the hashmarks on the boards of the second circle, shift the net along the goaline so that it is even with the dot of the first circle and run one on ones and two on ones down the side from the red line. It is the responsibility of the players skating the circles to avoid the one on ones and two on ones.