Breakout Basics 1v1 Drill

breakout basics 1v1 drill

The Breakout Basics 1v1 drill, from the experts at Hockey Coach Vision. Second in a 5-part series.


The second part of this instruction progression is the Breakout Basics 1v1 drill, where a defender is added to create a 1 on 1 after the initial breakout pass.


Defense 1 (D1) steps up over the blue line, pivots backwards and retrieves the puck. D1 then does an evasive move behind the net and makes a breakout pass to Forward 1 (F1) on the wall. F1 skates out around the next players waiting in line and attacks back 1 on 1 against D1, who has gapped up to defend F1.

Key Points of the Breakout Basics 1v1 Drill

  • Forwards time their pivot towards the wall and pivot to the wall once the D has committed to the cut-back move.
  • Forwards pivot towards the wall, forwards to backwards, always keeping their eyes on the puck.
  • D fakes wheeling to the net before cutting back and making a quick, tape-to-tape outlet pass.
  • After passing, D1 moves up quickly towards the blue line to set a tight gap on F1.

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