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04-22-2010, 03:32 PM
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The onus is on the shooter as much as it is on you.

If the shooter is going to try and go top shelf, shoot the puck directly at your body, or launch a floater... you're going to have a hard time deflecting the puck. A hard, low shot is the prime shot for a deflection.

I like to keep my stick on the ice b/c it gives the shooter a target and encourages him or her to shoot a lower shot. As for the actual deflection, it's more than just making contact. When you're learning to deflect shots you'll probably just end up blocking a lot of them for the goalie. You need some fairly strong-yet-soft hands to deflect a puck properly.

The trick is to absorb as little of the shot power through your stick as you can. Try to rotate your stick in the direction you want to deflect the puck as it's coming to you. IE: if the shot is coming low towards your blade, try to turn your blade upwards as the puck is hitting your stick. If you do it too soon you won't actually change the direction the way you want to, and if you do it too late you'll be absorbing the shot. If you graze the puck like this, you'll be sending the puck off erratically. The same holds true with how stiff you keep your stick. You need to hold it firmly in your hands while keeping your wrists loose to move the stick and guide the shot. No puns intended.

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