Transition from Non-Checking to Checking Division
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02-25-2008, 12:48 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
When giving a hit, keep your elbows in. If they get up, or you put your hands into the other player's head/face, it's an easy penalty to call. Hand checking can be useful in some situations in open ice but as more of a push then an actual hit.
The best advice I've ever received on hitting is this: Remember that you're trying to separate player and puck, not kill a guy.
As for the receiving end; don't slow down near the boards. I see this a lot, kids slow down near the boards and the guy chasing them doesn't.
Also, learn to kick the puck to your stick if it's in your feet, looking down to get it can end badly.
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