1. DRYLAND DRILLS
Object: The purpose of these drills are to:
1. Improve puck handling skills,
2. Learn to keep head and eyes up while handling the puck,
3. Learn to see puck out of bottom of eyes.
• Keep head and eyes up. Learn to see puck out of bottom of eyes.
• Grip – 6 to 12 inches apart.
• Grip the stick with the fingers, not the palms.
• Cup the puck with the blade by rolling the wrists.
• Keep the arms out in front of the body to get a full range of extension.
• Use bare hands. Do not use hockey gloves.
• Use both a round ice hockey training ball and golf ball for drills (or a puck if on
Drill # 1 – Stationary Puck Handling
Stick Handling – Five Positions
Standing stationary work the ball in the direction of the arrows. Try to move the ball as
far to each end as possible.
Drill # 2 – Moving Puck Handling
Same as drill # 1 except that you walk forward and backward.
2. DRYLAND DRILLS
Drill # 3 – Puck Handling Wide
Stick handle trying to get the ball as far left and right as possible. Stick handling pattern
should be: Short left, short right, long left. Short right, short left, long right. Repeat.
Drill # 4 – Figure Eight
Place two ice hockey pucks about two feet apart.
Move ball in a figure 8 pattern around the pucks.
Practice pattern in both directions.
3. Drill # 5 – Slalom
Place ice hockey pucks in a zip-zag formation Walk forward and backward through
pucks while stick handle around pucks.
Drill # 6 – Zig-Zag
Place ice hockey pucks in a straight line Walk forward and backward through pucks
while stick handle around pucks.
4. DRYLAND DRILLS - PASSING & SHOOTING
Object of Drills: Improve shooting speed and strength, and passing accuracy.
Note: You can use an ice hockey practice ball, but it is recommended that you buy a
piece plastic and shoot ice hockey pucks off of the plastic.
Key Elements for shooting:
• LOOK AT WHERE YOU WANT TO SHOOT, NOT AT THE PUCK
• Puck should be between middle and heal of stick blade
• When shooting, puck should start from behind back foot
• Shift weight from back foot to front foot during shot
• At completion of shot stick should be pointed at area of goal you were aiming
• These drills should be done equally with forehand and backhand
Shot Speed and Strength
• Shoot 100 times into a net (goal) (50 with forehand and 50 with backhand)
• Make shots as fast and hard as you can. Do not worry about accuracy on this drill,
but hit the net.
Goal Scoring Accuracy
• Standing about 20 feet from net (goal) try to shoot puck in each of the 4 corners of the
net (both forehand and backhand).