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07-31-2010, 11:08 PM
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Briere Up There*
 
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Forehand grip is good for certain situations, but the backhand is definitely the bread and butter.

When I actually cared about winning faceoffs (I am now more concerned with preserving my blades) I would try a variety of tactics. Standard sweep, stick knock then sweep, tie up and kick, you name it. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you I easily won 75 percent of the draws I took in competitive games. That's more of a commentary on how faceoff skills aren't appreciated until the stakes get higher (college, pros) but I also think the fact that I played center every year from Mites to my senior year in high school helped. I was bound to get good at it.

Like anything practice is the best way to get better. In game is limited so grab two buddies and have one drop the puck for you.

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