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04-05-2009, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by wildebeest View Post
I hop over no matter what. I've never used the door going on or coming off.

At every NHL game I've ever been to, the defensemen use the door coming off most of the time while the dmen going on hop over. The forwards just do whatever they want. It's more important for the D to have a smooth and quick change.

If you're playing beer league, chances are you're not going to have somebody paying close enough attention to open the door for you every time, so be prepared to hop over. Just be careful not to cut somebody with your skate when you come over the boards.
I only started playing a few months ago, but this has been my experience as well. I play forward, and the only time I've ever used the door has been during a play stoppage. Same thing with the rest of the team - the forwards go over the boards, defense through the door.

And depending on the rink if the door latch sticks and doesn't like to open it may be faster going over (though I can't complain of that problem where I play).

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