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08-12-2010, 09:14 AM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Reading the play is something that comes with time and practice. Watching a lot of hockey and learning about some basic strategies can help.
The problem is that, in most rec leagues, everyone's interested in playing all-out-offensive scramble hockey. There isn't much emphasis on playing a system, and as such playing a position is more about being where your other teammates aren't than it is about being in a set section of the ice.
As a winger in the defensive zone, you'll want to cover the points. Depending on whether your team collapses, staggers, or plays the point hard, you'll need to be somewhere between your own blueline and the hash marks on the faceoff circle.
In the offensive zone you will probably just want to get open. I advise trying to set up a triangle with the other guys. If one guy goes behind the net, try standing off to the side of the net for a pass or a rebound. If the puck goes back to the point and everyone's waiting for a rebound or pass, skate to the front of the net and screen the goalie.
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