Breakout Basics 2v2 Drill

Breakout Basics 2v2 Drill

The Breakout Basics 2v2 drill, from Hockey Coach Vision. Fourth in a 5-part series.


In the Breakout Basics 2v2 drill, the fourth in a five-part serious of breakout strategies, another defender is added to the mix. The focus is on the timing and positions of the two forwards during the breakout and encourages the two D to “gap up” quickly after the breakout passes.


D1 and D2 (defense) step up over the blue line, pivot backwards and then go to retrieve the puck. Defensive pair then work together to beat the imaginary first forechecker by making a low D-to-D pass or D-to-D reverse pass, or call for the D puck-carrier to “wheel” the net (continue skating).

F1 and F2 (forwards) must read the D and make adjustments to their skating patterns to time getting into their breakout positions. After the breakout, F1 and F2 circle out to the middle zone, around the waiting players and back in 2v2 against D1 and D2.

Key Points of the Breakout Basics 2v2 Drill

  • On the breakout, the forward in the middle of the ice cuts across in front of the net “low and slow,” to be positioned slightly behind the F taking the pass on the wall.
  • Defense players gap up quickly and try to force the attack wide, while playing tight 1v1 coverage against each attacker.
  • D must communicate with their partner to let them know whether to trade off forwards (in case of a crisis-cross), or continue player-to-player coverage.

About Hockey Coach Vision…

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