Breakaway Tips to Light the Lamp

There’s not a better feeling for a hockey player when you split the defense and are off to the races on a breakaway.  Players on the bench stand up, and everyone in the rink takes a deep breath to see who’s going to win.

Most breakaway opportunities happen somewhere close the neutral zone. Where a pass is picked off, or a shot is blocked near the defensive blue-line.  The other most common breakaway occurs when a player gets behind the defensemen near the offensive blue-line and receives a pass, springing them in alone uncontested.

What I would like to do is give you some breakaway techniques and hockey tips for forwards. That way you are better prepared and score more goals.  Let’s get started.

Once the breakaway opportunity has been established, you first identify if you have the time. Otherwise, you will be rushed because of a backchecking opponent.  If your time is limited, then you should be protecting the puck with your body. Then attempting to get a quality shot to the net.  

When you have ample time, then peek at the goalie. Are they coming out to challenge you, or deep in the net waiting for you to arrive?  If the goalie is out challenging, that means it is time to make a hockey breakaway move.  If the goalie is deep in the net, this is a signal that it is best if you shoot.

When it is a shooting situation, it comes down to how quick and accurate your shot is.  Can you overpower the goalie with a rapid release and outmatch their cat-like reflexes?   You are the only one who can answer that question, but if you have practiced enough, I will bet on you!

The other factor I should mention is ice conditions.  If it is late in the game and the ice is chewed up, you want to go with a shot. Although if it is early in the game with fresh ice, then a move, fake or deke is an option you can consider.

Simplicity is better when considering what move should be made on a goalie.  I instruct players to have three specific deking options from 3 different points of attack. One coming in from the right side of the net, another from the center of the ice and finally the left side of the net.   

I would suggest having three separate faking options or moves depending on what lane you are attacking from. Work on mastering each one both off and on the ice and be able to execute consistently.   If you do this, the next time you find yourself in alone on the goalie, you will be stress-free and ready tickle the twine.

If your move toolbox is a little empty, later this week I will provided you a short video with three different options you can check out. Thanks for stopping by and remember to Work Hard and Dream Bigger than Everyone Else!!


Coach Pitlick


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