Defensive Drill: Gretzky Behind the Net

gretzky behind the net defensive hockey drill

Defensive Drill: Gretzky Behind the Net hockey tactics

The experts at Hockey Coach Vision are back! This time the focus is on the Gretzky Behind the Net defensive drill.


This defensive drill works on passing and playmaking skills from behind the net. It’s a challenging net-front coverage drill for defenders.


  • One forward must always be below the goal line
  • The two defenders play tight “man on-man” on the other two forwards
  • Great game to simulate behind-the-net cycle plays

Key Points

  • Forwards should vary their positions to force defenders to make switches in their coverage, as each forward alternates from the front of the net to the low position
  • In this defensive drill, defenders need to read the play and communicate switches with their partner

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