Keys To Exiting the DZ with Confidence & Relative Ease:
- Use of the width and depth of the ice surface in the zone.
- Setting of clean (quality) passing lane options, more options the better.
- Never rushing or forcing a pass, especially 1st pass.
- Remaining calm, nobody panic, we’ve got this.
- Timing of the passes and player movement in the timing of the exit play to ensure puck support necessary to advance the puck.
- Exit route option selected.
- Getting players to come back to the puck in the zone into the right spots.
- Role of the player in middle ice down low to support puck offensively & defensively if need be.
Technical Hockey Skills (Skating,Passing, Puck Control)
- The skill level of the players matters. The higher the skill level of the players, the easier execution of exit play.
Hard Pressure Forecheck
- A well executed breakout defeats the best hard pressure forecheck every time. Outnumbering offensively and playing 5 against 3 (forecheckers) makes good sense. Follow the keys and practice with an increase in resistance & pressure based on the execution of the players.
Net/Slot Zone Middle Ice Down Low Position
- Doesn’t have to be a Defensemen. 1st Forward back into the zone is an option but you want a skilled player with good hands and skating quickness to support the breakout. The timing of when this player leaves the net/slot zone to receive a pass is one of the keys to exit play. The player must set a good angle to receive a pass and time acceleration of speed on the exit.