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  1. Developing Defenseman andDefensive Zone Jeff GiesenAssistant Women’s Hockey CoachSt. Cloud State University

  2. Defenseman Skills • Skating • Puckhandling • Passing • Shooting

  3. Skating • Probably the biggest thing in hockey • Work on a daily basis • Good starts gives more confidence and can help on gap control both offensively and defensively • Pivots, don’t crossover open up your hips

  4. Skating Drills • Up and Back • Triple Circle • Big Figure 8 • Mirror drill • Small Figure 8 • Horizontal • Lateral • Iron Cross

  5. Puckhandling and Passing • Do as many things with pucks as possible • Always try and keep the puck on the forehand • Have players pass in practice • Incorporate into off ice • Communicate when passing both ways • Don’t give your problem to someone else

  6. Puckahandling Drills • 3 circles with pucks • Big figure 8 with pucks • Small figure 8’s • Horizontal • Lateral • Iron Cross with pucks • Chop chops and Figure 8’s with pucks

  7. Passing Drills • Breakout warm up • Dump in with pivot B.O • Big figure 8 with one touch • Small figure 8 with one touch • Lateral • Horizontal • Rocking Horse

  8. Shooting • Proper technique • Keep your head up • Something to incorporate into off ice workouts • Keeping shots on net • Change shooting lanes • Limit stick handling

  9. Shooting Drills • Down up and around • With pass to partner • Pass re-pass for shot • Gather and Shoot • With pass to partner • One timers

  10. Defensive Zone • Defense is dull, boring commonplace. It is the unimaginative plodding attention to duty. It is grit and determination. There is never a day you can’t use defense. All you need is the decision to put out. To give 100 percent. What defense discloses is character. Effort and energy are a matter of will. Dr. George Sheehan Running and Being

  11. Defensive Zone • COMMUNICATE • Always on the defensive side • Know your responsibilities • Defense one in front at all times • Centers working board to board • Wings on points and high slot area • Good position

  12. Defensive Zone • Keep your stick down in passing lanes • Head on a swivel • Control your opponent in one on one situations • Chase vs. contain • Contain after the puck moves • Establish good angles and gap control be quick, take away time and space

  13. Defensive Zone Development • Breaking it down into smaller parts • 1 on 1 • Situations • 2 on 2 • 3 on 2 • 3 on 3 • 5 on 5

  14. 1 on 1 • Shadow • Out of the corner • Fwd in the corner • Fwd half way • Fwd and D are even • Def. plays 3 1on1’s • Zone entry • Fwds have three options

  15. Situations • 1 on 1 x 3 • 3 on 3 low • 2 late back checkers • 5 on 5 in the zone • 5 on 5 ¾ ice scrimmage

  16. In Closing • Special thanks to Nicki DelCastillo for video help • Questions