Check out the drills Peter Bohunicky shared during his Global Skills Showcase presentation, including Stride Swipes and Break Deception.
As Peter Bohunicky explains, deception is not only one of the most important skills in hockey, but in most sports. His presentation on developing deception focuses on deceiving opponents by creating time and space, with and without the puck.
Bohunicky, the CEO of BP Hockey Academy, stresses the importance of reading the play through scanning and breaks down seven skills that help create deception, including the stride swipe, open hip movement, and fake shot. Help your players surprise their opponents with this critical skill.
Stride and Swipe Deception
- D1 dumps puck low and starts to go pick it up.
- Before retrieving the puck, shoulder check both directions, check’s his stride, makes a swipe fake with his stick and escapes the opposite way.
- At first set of cones, execute a fake and lateral movement.
- At second set of cones, execute an outside edge single left skate brake fake then go around the cones and shoots.
- Shoulder check both sides to scan area behind, visible stick swipe and quick acceleration out of tight turn.
- Swipe check with stick but also fake with shoulder, head and skate movement.
- Shoulder check, maintain pressure on both blades while faking the brake.
- Shoulder check, single outside edge blade pressure and stick swipe.
- F1 dumps the puck to the boards, starts to retrieve it, shoulder checks over both shoulders does an easy brake deception to right side and escapes to the left side.
- F1 now skates with the puck in a circle 8 pattern inside the cones and boards.
- F1 then executes an inside edge lateral movement in front of the last cone, moves into the shooting lane and shoots.
- Stick in both hands with proper upper body position. Head and shoulders up.
- During fakes, fake with stick, shoulders, skate position and eyes. Sell the fake to the defender.
Double Brake Deception and Escape
- Coach Dumps a puck into the corner.
- Version 1: F retrieves the puck and skates up the wall, step faking towards the boards before skating the edge of the circle and taking their shot.
- Version 2: F retrieves the puck and skates up the wall, step faking towards the middle of the ice and then turns back down the wall to drive the net via the goalline.
- Do it correctly slowly then build up to game speed. • Work on going to left and to the right.