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Defensive Zone Pickup (Video)

Oct
20
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Instructional Video
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A good breakout pass can be the difference between creating an offensive scoring opportunity, or finding the puck in the back of your own net. Last week we covered passing options for neutral zone regroups – in this week’s video, we’ll take a look at options for picking up a loose puck in the defensive zone.

Teaching Key Points:

  • Prior to picking the puck up:
    • Look over your shoulder prior to picking the puck up
    • Angle in when approaching the puck (don’t skate straight at it)
  • Strong-side pass option (wing or center):
    • Move the puck quickly
    • Eliminate unnecessary stickhandles
    • Avoid rimming the puck around the wall if at all possible
    • Identify which pass option is available prior to picking up the puck
  • D to D pass:
    • Move the puck quickly
    • Eliminate unnecessary stickhandles
    • Know if your partner is right or left-handed
    • Don’t jam your partner up by putting the puck to close to the wall
    • Don’t rim the puck around the wall
  • Escape turn:
    • Use the net for protection initially
    • Turn toward the boards, protecting the puck
    • Move the puck quickly
    • Accelerate out of the turn


 

Neutral Zone Transition Options for Defensemen

Oct
13
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Instructional Video
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Quickly chasing down a loose puck in the neutral zone and getting the play moving up ice creates a strong offensive threat. Often times defensemen are the first to recover loose pucks in neutral ice – this video covers three basic options for D to transition the puck up ice effectively.

Option 1 – D to D Pass :: Key Points

  • Protect the puck while passing
  • Weak-side d should be staggered back 1-2 stick lengths from the puck to create a better passing angle (see diagram below)
  • Don’t hesitate when making the pass – the longer you hold it, the more forecheckers will have time to pressure you
  • Communicate with your D partner
  • After passing to your partner, provide a support option for him/her
Defense Support Position for D to D Pass in Neutral Zone

Defense Support Position for D to D Pass in Neutral Zone

Option 2 – Open Up :: Key Points

  • This is an option to be used when you have a bit more time
  • Open up (pivot backward) and quickly scan the ice
  • Keep the puck close to the body, and initiate passes from close to your skates in order to generate maximum power

Option 3 – Cross-Body Pass :: Key Points

  • Protect the puck with your body
  • Look prior to passing and arriving at puck
  • Make a hard pass – you’ll have to attempt to pass extra hard to compensate for your body moving away from the pass
  • If you are on your backhand, use a turning motion back up ice to help propel the puck

 

Defenseman – Walk to the Middle (Video)

Oct
5
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Instructional Video
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A defenseman’s ability to quickly move laterally to the middle of the ice at the point while maintaining control of the puck and properly reading options is a skill often overlooked.  In this 7-minute video we cover the techniques, teaching points, and visual references for defenseman to improve their blue-line mobility.

Forehand Side Key Points

  • 2 Main Options
  • Backward quick start
    • explosive first steps – cover distance quickly
    • move toward the blue line to create additional space between yourself and the attacker
    •  head up as you move so you can see your options
    • feet can go outside the blue line
  • Forward quick start
    • explosive first steps – cover distance quickly
    • head up
    • when you’re ready to move the puck, bring the puck under your body so you can use your stick’s flex to put a hard shot on net (or hard pass to an option)
Backhand Key Points
  • 2 Main Options
  • Backward quick start
    • explosive first steps – cover distance quickly
    • move toward the blue line to create additional space between yourself and the attacker
    •  head up as you move so you can see your options
    • bring the across your body to your forehand side quickly to increase your strength with the puck and improve your shooting angle
    • feet can go outside the blue line
  • Forward quick start
  • explosive first steps – cover distance quickly
  • head up
  • bring the across your body to your forehand side quickly to increase your strength with the puck and improve your shooting angle
  • protect the puck with your body
Reading the Shooting Lane Key Points
  • Read your lane from the “eyes of the puck” – players often see the lane (openings in coverage) based on their body position rather than from where the puck is traveling.
  • If the opponents body is in the pucks lane to the net, look for a short-side, back door, or safe (corner) option.
  • If the opponents body is coming toward your body, you typically have a lane to move the puck directly to the net.

 

Related Video :: Backward Quick Starts


 

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