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Each of these drills can be done with variations that increase the level of difficulty. The drill should be done as described for the lower skill levels until the players can skate reasonably well. To increase the difficulty, have the players alternate between skating forward and backwards between each line. An other difficulty increase is to have the players always face the same direction while braking. This will force the players to stop on both sides rather than favor one side (as most players do when starting to skate). To increase player conditionning, doubling the each step is quite effective (or immediately skating the drill a second time without rest).

Although these drills are aimed at skating, pucks can be given to the players in order to practice puck handling while skating and stopping. This may be motivation for younger players but should be avoided for higher levels as it will distract them from skating at maximum capacity.



This skating drill has all the players lining up on the goal line. For teams of younger players, there might be enough room for all the players to go at once. For older teams, it is recommended to separate the team in groups. The group standing on the goal line starts to skate as fast as they can toward the centreline. They the brake on the centreline and then turn around to skate to the blue line. They then brake on that blue line and turn around to go to the other blue line. They brake on that blue line and turn around to go to the centreline. They brake on the centreline, turn around and skate to the opposite goal line. 


drill-red-blue-blue-red hockey drill

Full path:

drill-red-blue-blue-red drill full path


Sequential lines

For this drill, all the players line up on the goal line again. They skate to the first blue line and back to the goal line, then to the centreline and back to the goal line, then to the 2nd blue line and back and finally to the far goal line and back. They have to brake on each line before turning around. If ringette lines are painted on the surface, you may use those as two additional steps increasing the drill difficulty.

drill-goal-blue-goal-red-goal-far blue-goal-goal drill

full path:

drill-goal-blue-goal-red-goal-far blue-goal-goal full path


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  • 20 years of playing hockey and counting
  • 5 years of competitive hockey (novice, atom, pee-wee (2 years) and bantam)
  • won the Northern Ontario Hockey Association (N.O.H.A.) title 4 times
  • won the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) title once
  • finished third for the OHA twice


Stéphane has been playing hockey since he was 4 years old. He has played competitive throughout is youth until his late teenage years when school work came before competitive hockey. He played defence for the first few years of his career and then moved as a forward, where he is still playing. Right now he's playing hockey in a men's league in the Ottawa region.

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