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Basic Neutral Zone Regroup Options

Sep
22
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Hockey Systems
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The ability for a team to properly execute a neutral zone regroup can mean the difference between generating a scoring opportunity and giving up a scoring opportunity.  In this video, we cover four basic neutral zone regroup tactics to help your team transition from the neutral zone to the offensive zone.

View the Drill Page for these Neutral Zone Regroup Options

Option #1: Post Up – Wings post up just inside the blue line along the wall for quick outlet options. Center curls strong-side for a secondary pass.  This is a good option for less experienced teams, or teams with defensemen who don’t have strong puck-movement skills and ice vision.

Option #2: Double Curl – The strong-side wing curls to the middle of the ice while the center curls toward the strong-side wall. The weak-side winger can post up for a tertiary outlet option.  This option creates more offensive movement through the neutral zone, so defensemen need to have solid passing abilities, as they’re attempting to hit a cutting player instead of one at a stand-still.

Option #3: Weak-Side Stretch – The strong-side wing posts-up, center curls strong-side. The weak-side wing starts up ice, then cuts back across the far blue line looking for a stretch pass outlet.  This option requires defensemen with strong ice vision and passing abilities.

Option #4: Strong-Side Stretch – The weak-side wing posts-up, center curls strong-side.  The strong-side wing starts up ice, then cuts back across the far blue line looking for a stretch pass outlet.  This option requires defensemen with strong ice vision and passing abilities.


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