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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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