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Implementing the
    Breakout
      Neil Giarratana
             Coaching Director
    neil.giarratana@keenehockey.org
Over time, the players who

learn to possess the puck,
  move to open space and
   understand the game
will prevail over t...
Objectives


•   Exit the Defensive Zone
•   Maintain Possession of the Puck
•   Transition to a Scoring Opportunity
The Final Product
STRONG Wing Options




W1
                                         W2
                          CD




           D1     ...
All we need...

1. Solid Fundamentals
2. Puck Support
3. Good Decisions
The Fundamentals
•   Skate for ward
•   Start/Stop
•   Carry the puck (with our head up)
•   Pass the puck on the move
•  ...
Tactics / Concepts
•   Puck protection          •   Stretching the zone

•   Corner pick-ups          •   Puck support

• ...
Puck Support
Players without the puck moving to places
that give the puck carrier options or
other wise promote us maintai...
Combine all of that and
 you have a consistent
       breakout.
Step-by-Step
W2
                             W1



                        D1        CD




                                       D2

...
W1
                                                   W2

                        D1        CD




                       ...
Opposing D has two choices:
 1. Retreat with breaking wing
 in which case we have eased
 pressure
 2. Hold blue line in wh...
W1
                                             W2
                                CD




                 D1             ...
How I Would Implement
      a Breakout
Convince them it’s
         ok to fail
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are
willing to feel awkwar...
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Implementing The Breakout

Overview of skills, tactics and systems for implementing a breakout.

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Implementing The Breakout

  1. 1. Implementing the Breakout Neil Giarratana Coaching Director neil.giarratana@keenehockey.org
  2. 2. Over time, the players who learn to possess the puck, move to open space and understand the game will prevail over the players that “stood in the right spot.”
  3. 3. Objectives • Exit the Defensive Zone • Maintain Possession of the Puck • Transition to a Scoring Opportunity
  4. 4. The Final Product
  5. 5. STRONG Wing Options W1 W2 CD D1 D2 Center continues up boards Wing cuts out to the middle
  6. 6. All we need... 1. Solid Fundamentals 2. Puck Support 3. Good Decisions
  7. 7. The Fundamentals • Skate for ward • Start/Stop • Carry the puck (with our head up) • Pass the puck on the move • Receive a pass • Boards position
  8. 8. Tactics / Concepts • Puck protection • Stretching the zone • Corner pick-ups • Puck support • Opening up to the puck • Underhandling • Head on a swivel • 2-on-1 hockey • Numbers read (and • Defender manipulation react) • Skating to open space
  9. 9. Puck Support Players without the puck moving to places that give the puck carrier options or other wise promote us maintaining control of the puck
  10. 10. Combine all of that and you have a consistent breakout.
  11. 11. Step-by-Step
  12. 12. W2 W1 D1 CD D2 Wings skate to hash marks and STOP bum against the boards , Other 2 D watch for direction of breakout Puck carrier moves feet toward initial direction
  13. 13. W1 W2 D1 CD D2 D2 starts in one direction; that is the STRONG side. CD moves with D2 D1 moves behind net on WEAK side WEAK side wing breaks for center ice
  14. 14. Opposing D has two choices: 1. Retreat with breaking wing in which case we have eased pressure 2. Hold blue line in which case we have a breakaway option W1 W2 D1 CD D2 D2 starts in one direction; that is the STRONG side. CD moves with D2 D1 moves behind net on WEAK side WEAK side wing breaks for center ice
  15. 15. W1 W2 CD D1 D2 Draw the forechecker in and pass the puck
  16. 16. How I Would Implement a Breakout
  17. 17. Convince them it’s ok to fail “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” Brian Tracy

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