The importance of good centers
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05-03-2010, 03:10 PM
Join Date: Apr 2005
I played like 4 times this past winter on a team that had no coach and tried to use their centers in an offensive/stretch pass role - as in the centre would be at their blueline way past their own wingers when the D would break out.
If their D wasn't making perfect passes or good decisions, then their winger had to make a perfect pass or chip off the boards, but no outlet sometimes if the center was too far up the ice. They would get hemmed in for long shifts at a time with a well timed pinch from the opposing D - needless to say they didn't finish the season above .500
The best thing anyone can do in organized hockey at a younger age is pay attention to what the coach teaches each position group of wingers, centers and defense - if anything, it should teach you to understand what each group is responsible for from a basic team perspective. Unfortunately, there are a few people in rec hockey who don't know the basics and are running around like their head is chopped off trying to do too much when it comes to playing in their own zone.
The most accurate description I've heard about great centers is that they tie the knot between the offensive and the defensive side of the game.
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