The Penalty Kill Cross-Ice Drill

penalty kill cross-ice hockey drill

This week we look at the Penalty Kill Cross-Ice hockey drill, courtesy of Hockey Coach Vision


The Penalty Kill Cross-Ice drill teaches players how to read the attackers, and adjust their positioning to take away passing lanes with good body positioning.


  • Set up with 3 attackers on both sides of the end zone, with 3 defenders down the middle
  • The attackers try to maintain puck control, and make as many cross-ice passes as possible through the defenders
  • One defender tries to force the puck carrier to limit their time and space, and force passes into tight areas
  • The other 2 defenders position themselves to cut off cross-ice passes.
  • Defenders may rotate in a new active defender when the original defender rotates out to the middle area

Key Points

The Penalty Kill Cross-Ice hockey drill instructs players to…

  • Read the attackers and adjust their positioning to take away passing lanes, with good body positioning and active sticks
  • Encourage more communication on the offensive and defensive side of the puck
  • Aggressively attack the puck; players on the Power Play move the puck quickly

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