FOUR BLUE 2-0 LANE EXCHANGE
Players line up just inside the blue line on both sides. Two lines on each side of the ice surface in the neutral zone. One unit on each side of the ice to start the drill.
1. (C) dumps the puck into the zone, and the players perform specific breakout patterns. (C) calls the breakout pattern (i.e. Wheel, D to D, Reverse, Controlled, Weakside D, Center Support).
2. Try to have all the forwards touch the puck once before passing back to (C). Once (C) receives the puck, he dumps it back into the zone. Each line performs three breakouts before switching.
This drill works well at the beginning of practice on a fresh sheet of ice, but this is not completely necessary, as the ability to break out on both good and bad ice is equally important.
Defensive Zone Face-off Setup (Top Right)
Start in your teams defensive zone face-off alignment, practice set breakout options off a defensive zone face-off win, repeat with two regular breakouts, passing back to (C) in neutral zone each time.
• Players need to communicate with each other
• Watch for proper puck support on each breakout
• Don’t be afraid to stop the drill
• Dump the puck on both sides of the ice; have the goaltender involved communicating with teammates and handling the puck
• D shoulder check to the puck
• Use both direct and indirect passes