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Cut to the Middle On Off-Hand

By Ice Hockey Systems, 01/16/19, 12:00PM CST

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There will be a tendency for player to want to stickhandle before the shot but we want them to push the puck into a position where they can release the shot.

The Off-Hand Pull and Push is an effective skill for zone entry as well as changing the angle of the shot. Here are a series of drills that break down this skill element by element.  

It starts with working the inside edges, combines inside edges with the puck, pushing and pulling the puck through a series of pucks, and then combining these skills at high speed.  

DRILL 1 - INSIDE EDGES

Most hockey players have worked on their inside edges more than than they would like to admit. It is one of the most basic fundamental skating drills, but it is the foundation of this skill, therefore in this progression we use it as a bit of a warmup but also because it leads into the next drill.