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Aug. 19, 2020 at 11:27 a.m. MDT

"Zipper" is an excellent skating, puck control and conditioning drill which forces a consistent change of direction. Players are split into two or three member teams. The first player begins with a puck and leaves it at cone level one (which is the first cone), and then returns back to their line and retrieves puck number two and takes it to cone level 2, (which is the second cone). The player then returns to their line again and grabs a third puck and takes it to cone level three. The player finally returns to their line and tags player number two who brings all three pucks back to the starting line starting beginning with the closest puck first. Repeat for a few sets and change the role of the players. The coach can also make this a relay competition for the players. What for

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Teaching Points

Puck Control: Carry the puck in front of the body, cushion to control when stopping with the puck, elbows are bent. The top puckhandlers don't beat up the puck when they carry it. Cradle it with very few touches. Stopping: Avoid dragging bag leg (prevelent for young players), stopping takes confidence to un-weight. Young players are afraid to fall over. Ensure players are stopping both directions as they will always favor one side.

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