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08-12-2011, 12:26 PM
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Frank the Tank
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Forearm strength along with proper body/stick positioning, timing, and leverage are the key. If you are in a puck battle (like off the draw) do not be intimidated from using your legs to both protect your stick if you are on offense or to sweep/kick up you opponents stick if you are defense. Also, the more separation you can create between you opponent and the puck also helps you gain possession of it. I quickly place my leg in between my opponent and his stick (aim for the middle of the triangle that is formed from the ice, his stick, and body) and then turn my body into them, basically shoving them farther away from the puck and behind me.

If you live in the proper climate, shovel a lot of snow in the winter (scoop, lift, and throw the snow) - I view it as lifting stick practice. I read someone Datsyuk practiced stick handling with weights attached to the blade of his stick.

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