how to dangle
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11-26-2008, 04:06 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Dangling is just good stickhandling combined with confidence, creativity, and speed. It can't really be taught, but it can be practiced and learned.
There are certain moves that you may want to learn:
1) The toe-drag
2) Quickly moving the puck from your farthest reach in one direction to your farthest reach in the other
3) Controlling the puck on your backhand w/ one hand on the stick
My only real deke against a defender is a combination of the three of these. I usually push the puck forward like I'm going thru the defenders legs, then pull it back w/ the toe drag, push the puck over to my backhand side and skate around the defender w/ one hand on the stick. I use my free hand to try and block the defender's stick checks.
This one works well if the defenceman bites on the fake play between the legs. He winds up pulling his feet together, which slows him down and adds some delay in his ability to start moving again. His only option is to either stick check you (which you block w/ the free hand) or trip you and draw a penalty.
If he doesn't bite, he'll have no trouble at all poking the puck right off of your stick. Keep in mind that I'm not a dangler.
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