The 5 best hockey flow drills are exercises that help improve the flow of the game for the offense and the defense. The transition game in hockey is one of the most difficult to practice, but it is also one of the most important in winning games. The 5 best hockey flow drills will show you how to teach your team to move the puck while leaving the opposition flat-footed.
- Corner to blue line. Passing the puck from the corner to the blue line in the offensive zone is a critical hockey skill on the power play, or in a regular 5-on-5 situation where you are trying to keep the pressure on. The drill is simple, but it helps create a more fluid motion towards the net. One player stands in the corner of the rink with a bucket of pucks. Two players cross the blue line into the zone. As the players cross the blue line, the person in the corner hits one of the two with a pass. That player then has to pass it to the other player, who then shoots the puck into the net. The idea behind this drill is to develop speed and flow from the moment the puck comes out of the corner to the time it is buried in the back of the net.
- Getting the puck out. One of the most important aspects of good flow to a hockey game is getting the puck smoothly out of your own end and then transitioning to going on offense. The drill starts with one defense man standing behind the net with a puck. A winger takes off up the left side of the rink as the defense man's playing partner skates behind him and takes off up the right side of the rink. The defense man behind the net moves slightly to his right, fires a pass to his defensive partner before his partner gets past the top of the face-off circle and then the defense man passes it across the ice to the winger after the winger crosses the blue line. It is all about flow, timing and precision.
- Three up and down. This is a good hockey flow exercise for line mates to do on a regular basis. A center and two wingers line up in front of a net at one end of the ice. The center has the puck and, on the coach's whistle, the three players start skating up the ice. The center is in the middle, the left winger is on the left side and the right winger on the right. The three players are to stay in their lane as they skate down the ice. The center starts by passing it to one of his wingers. Each player can only have the puck for two seconds before he has to pass it off to another line mate. If one of them keeps it for more than two seconds, then all three have to start over again.
- Passing into the zone. This is a simple drill that helps reduce offsides calls as your team enters the opposing zone. One player stands along the boards at the center red line and has to get a pass to each player that crosses the blue line at top speed. After three offsides, the passing player is replaced with someone new.
- Out of the zone. A winger and two defense man stand at the center red line. The coach fires the puck into the corner of the defensive zone and then blows his whistle. The players cannot move until the whistle blows. One of the defense man must get the puck under control behind the net, the other one takes the puck from his defensive partner behind the net and then passes it to the winger along the boards. When this drill is done right, it greatly improves continuity and flow between the defense and wingers as they clear the puck out of the zone.