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Gap Control Basics

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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