The Triangle Offence a Multi-Sport Strategy


The Triangle Offence has been a strategy used in sports like basketball, soccer and hockey for many years. The Triangle accomplishes a number of useful purposes as an offensive strategy:

  • It gets everyone involved.
  • It emphasizes spacing and creates passing and shooting lanes.
  • It allows offensive players to isolate on defenders to create mismatches and outnumbered advantages in space.
  • It provides structured puck/ball support in a framework that allows offensive players read options to make plays.
  • It provides a framework or structure that is flexible to contract or expand in zone to support possession and control of the puck/ball.
  • It provides continuity and there is always a way out or another option.

The triangle offence in hockey is used in all three zones of the rink in the following tactics and systems play:

  • DZ Exit Play,
  • Attack Rush Play (3 on 2, 4 on 2(3) etc),
  • NZ Regroup,
  • OZ Cycle,
  • OZ Constant Player & Puck Movement Play – above and below the hash marks,
  • Power Play (1-3-1 and other structures).

Video of the Pittsburgh Penguins Power Play 1-3-1

A review of the PENS in zone PP play reveals how the Triangle Offence is used to support the puck to retain possession and control and advance the puck on net to create scoring chances.

Triangle Offence Soccer – TW from TLPF_Hockey

Hockey Sense

The Triangle Offence is a big part of the strategy and tactics used in hockey. It is important that young players understand how this geometric shape can be used to support the puck offensively to create scoring chances, retain puck possession and control and advance the puck in all three zones of the rink. The strategy allows players to use their creativity to make reads and create plays in all three zones.

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