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03-12-2011, 05:57 PM
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Some of the defensive techniques Phil Housley used, as he describes it himself:

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"You just have to know what you're going to do before you get the puck. I don't care how good you are, you're going to run the puck if somebody is on you. If you can get there before he can and know what you're going to do with the puck before you get it, you try to get back there quicker, try to face up ice, and try to make the quick first pass out of the zone.

Instead of trying to wrestle a guy in front of the net, anticipate when the shot is coming and then use your energy to try and move him out of the way of the goalie. But there are a lot of guys out there I can't really move, so I'm certainly going to try and tie up their sticks so they don't get any tip-ins or rebounds
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He describes some very useful defensive skills that he has used. Housley is NOT a PHYSICAL defenseman. But don't confuse that with lack of defensive play. He was good positionally. He played quarterback and safety on his high school football team and has said before he likes to anticipate the play and react early. That is one of his finest skills at both ends of the ice.


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