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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



 

Defense Recovery – Video

May
6
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Instructional Video
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This quick video covers defensive recovery when getting beat on a rush.


 

Net Protection for Breakouts

Mar
2
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Instructional Video
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This week’s video covers a very useful tip for defensemen to utilize on breakouts.  Many young defensemen inadvertently give the forechecking pressure a lane to close them off or take the body instead of using the net as added protection to gain the advantage.  This video covers how to properly use the  net to your advantage.

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5 Drills for Defensemen

May
12
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Hockey Drills
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Developing defensemen can be a difficult task. The skill sets required to be a solid defenseman are unique and require years of practice.  One of the biggest things to work on with defenders is lateral movement.  Here are some drills I like to use to improve my defensemen’s footwork:

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Gap Control Basics

May
3
Posted by Kevin - Filed under: Hockey Tips
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Gap control is one of the most important skills/concepts for defensemen to learn. Simply stated, a defenseman’s gap is the distance between the puck carrying forward and the defender.  Making a play at the right time, and knowing how and when to make the commitment can be the difference between a defender making a great play or getting beat.  The basics to setting a proper gap can be broken down into three main points:

  1. Required skating skills
  2. Ability to react to the rush
  3. Rule of thumb

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