Throughout my season, I like to take one of my practices and have a hockey skills competition. This is a fun event for the players, and helps them bond and at the same time invite a little competitiveness into the team. Here is a sample of a skills competition I have done in the past.
I have included a hardest shot in the competition, you will need something to track the speed of the shot, ask around, you will be surprised how many people have access to a radar gun.
4 Sections Skills 7 minutes each drill * 4 = 30 minutes
Players behind the net make pass out front to player shooting, Player has 10 shots to hit all the targets.
Stick Handling Drill
Players will be timed on skating through the pylons with the puck start at one end, turn around at the other and finish where they started (backwards as well if more time is needed)
Pass / Sauce Accuracy Drill
Players will line up near the face off dot. Stick will be placed on the ice which players will have to sauce the pass into the small net. How many can they make in minute. (2 try’s if more time is needed)
Players each get 3 shots (make sure they register on the gun) Have the goalies participate it adds some additional fun to the event.
The Fastest Skater Forward and Backwards – 10 Min
Split on the ice as shown below. Coaches line up at either end of the ice one to make sure there is not cheating at the start and the other to time as they come across the goal line.
Break Away Challenge (Elimination) 10 Min
One player at a time, if you miss you are out.
This should be a fun event wear all the players can let loose and enjoy themselves. Use it as a team bonding tool, after the hockey skills competition is completed, arrange a dinner or another type of event when the players can discuss what happened on the ice earlier.
Please comment below on any ideas you may have or done in the past yourself. Thanks for stopping by.