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05-26-2010, 12:29 PM
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"No Red Line" defensive system...

I'm not sure if this is the exact forum I should put this in, but...

A few years ago, at the Salt Lake City Olympics, I remember hearing a lot about Canadian defensemen (particularly power-oriented guys like Rob Blake) having to adjust to playing with no red line, and using some sort of defensive system the announcers were calling "4 across center" or something like that, used to deal with long-bomb passes from the opposing defense.
Since the NHL has done away with the red line, I've heard nothing about it. Anyone know what this system actually entails, and why it was used in European/International hockey but not the "New NHL"?

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