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06-28-2011, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by SenzZen View Post
The thing the best stickhandlers do is NOT have their stick on the puck. If your stick is on the puck all someone has to do is tap your stick in order to make you lose the puck.

Only touch the puck when you need to move it from one side of your body to the other, or when you're pushing it up-ice.

Apart from that, you need to lower your center of gravity as best you can, and "box out" your opponent as though you're rebounding in basketball. Do this, and when he reaches in with his stick, you can lift it and push the puck to the side of your body he isn't on.
Not sure I agree with this statement at all. Center of gravity, sure, but maintaining control of the puck and spending time stickhandling around players in an ingame situation is how to become stronger on the puck. Experience, physically, weight management and timing all play a part. I would suggest doing one on one drills where one player keeps the puck away from the other in a small designated area. Will help with experience, weight management and timing.

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