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2 on 2 Read The Rush

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Reading the rush

Key Elements

Defensive awareness, Communication, Offensive awareness, Reading the rush, Gap control


Two lines of forwards in diagonal corners of rink and two lines of defensemen in the opposite diagonal corners of the rink. On whistle, one end starts by the defenseman skating towards middle of ice and passing to forward skating up boards. Forward skates around center circle and comes back against defenseman 1-on-1. On next whistle, other end begins same sequence. At same time, the defenseman who just played the 1-on-1 tries to join the rush and make a play with forward from the opposite end. The original forward has to backcheck. The drill is continuous with whistle starting the alternate end.


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Situational awareness; communicate with the defenseman

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