Hockey Plays

Hockey Plays you need to know

There are a few basic plays that we feel all adult hockey players should know. Beginners should be able to execute them at whatever level of skill they possess. If your team has practices, these plays should be a part of them.

Hockey plays are never executed exactly as diagrammed as the fun and beauty of the game is in the improvisation that every player brings. However, the basic plays we have selected provide a starting point and basic context for getting the puck out of your zone, moving through the neutral zone and executing an effective attack.

You can watch these plays on your computer or you can learn about them on the ice. Attend Lifetime Hockey’s schools in Minnesota and really improve your play.

A few notes on format:   We have provided an animated diagram at the tops of the page and explanation of the play below .  We do not include every player on the team – only those that are important to the play. The animation will repeat so you can study each player’s movement. You can get a “diagram” of each play by clicking the print button on your browser at key times in the animation and thereby get a series of print-outs for the play. The animations work well on mobile devices and smart phones so you can use them easily at a practice.

Basic Hockey Plays

Offense   Defense Penalties
Breakout – up the boards One player forecheck   Starting the power play
Breakout – up the Center Zone Defense Basic power play
Neutral Zone Regroup Odd Player rush Power play box defense
Dump in Defensive Zone face off
Forward Criss Cross
Hitting the Trailer
Triangle Offense
Two player forecheck