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01-25-2011, 10:24 AM
Dump and Chase
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Originally Posted by Jarick View Post
Really, there's not much you can work on at the low levels of hockey to become better defensively other than learning to read plays and positioning.

That is just silly. It is very easy to have a defensive impact at low levels of hockey.

Players cough up the puck and make poor decisions when they are pressured. Poor players do it even more often. When you put them under the gun with aggressive checking (pre-emptive: I don't mean body checking as we are discussing rec) you can force lots of turnovers. If you are strong on your skates as well as your stick and have quick feet you can steal the puck almost at will.

You can also win lots of races to loose pucks if you have bothered to back check and board battles in your own end.

Don't be one of those guys who doesn't back check or work hard in your own end. Do not leave your defense and your goaltender swinging in the wind.

Hockey is a team sport.

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