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07-11-2011, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Farkas View Post
I tell them to pull the hand on the butt-end back a bit, raise the elbow a bit and keep your stick a bit more in front of your skates as opposed to dangling way out there. The attacker will feel he has more room, get closer to you and then you just simply poke it away without him even realizing you were positioned to do so.
This makes so much sense, and even though I rarely play D when I did I would do exactly as you described and leave me stick out there- I need to work on that exactly like you described.

Another piece of advice from me (a newb)- play good positioning- if you chase the puck around not only will you be out of position and give up chances but you'll get tired a lot quicker. I still catch myself doing this a few times a game and I have to hustle to get back where I need to be and focus on not leaving my man.

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