Bodycheck off the faceoff?
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08-22-2011, 01:33 AM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Port Moody, BC
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Something you might try as a variant is to swing your body sideways into the opposing center right when the puck is dropped. Moves him away from it, and puts you between him and the puck to give you access. It wouldn't be a meaningful hit, but it is useful for winning a faceoff.
To describe it a little differently, swivel your position around so that you're right where he's supposed to be standing, shove him back and dish the puck where you want it.
This. Block his stick from getting the puck (usually with your stick, sometimes leg) and step into the guy.
Alternatively, make sure your winger knows to jump in. You can tie up the guy, step forward over the puck to protect, and let your winger snatch the puck and make the next play. You just need to focus on taking the center out of the play.
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