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Further Hockey insights from the Noob...

In continuation of my earlier "hockey thoughts" thread, which was painfully hijacked by the flamers, malcontents, and those just jealous of my solidified status as "America's Worst Hockey Player" - some further ideas came to mind recently:

1) why is "finishing one's check" important?

It seems rather stupid, as it takes you out of the play for that much longer. This isn't the NFL, where the play stops when you crunch the RB and they fall down. Oftentimes, the d-man has sent the puck up the ice by the time a forechecking forward arrives to check them against the backboards, so that forward/center is just wasting his time rather than turning quickly to get back in the play. Given how hockey is endless motion, with getting back into the right positioning is so critical, why would a coach actually think that "finishing a check" like that is of any usefullness?

2) NHL motion offense - it seems when looking at alot of NHL teams, particularly on the power play, some Doug Moe-style offense (for those non-geezer NBA fans, he was an iconic Denver Nugget head coach in the early-mid 80s) would be helpful. For instance, on the power play especially alot of players just stand around waiting for the guy on the point to decide whether to shoot/pass, then react.

Why don't more teams use set motion/offense plays with quick passing to move the puck around, and get the other team moving one direction - and then a quick pass to the other side of the goal mouth? I did it in open hockey last week a few times and it worked well.

3) Open hockey is open hockey, but I went to one recently where there were actually players worse than me, it was shocking. They weren't all that interested in concepts like positioning, who is on defense and who is playing offense, etc. Really was an eye opener.

4) Hockey is a passing game, and I would rather make 1 nice pass for a goal than score 3 times - just like my b-ball days. Another thread mentioned that everyone wants to score in the scrimmage games - not me, I firmly believe I am the second coming of Adam Oates, though it might take 40-50 years more to attain his skill level...where was that Stamm skating book...

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