Help on getting puck off boards in defensive zone: Winger
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09-08-2011, 01:50 AM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Drexel Hill PA
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Stopping the puck with your foot should only be an option if you don't have a stick in your hamd. Nothing good will come from it ever unless you are skilled enough to be able to angle the puck with your skate to your stick and even that puts the puck in a vulnerable place to get it stolen.
Even if you stop the puck with your foot with your butt to the boards you still have to take the time to turn around and get it with your stick before you can do anything and you will then be facing the wrong way.
If you want something to practice and you have someone who can shoot the puck around the boards to you go to the the boards at the hashmarks. With your butt to the boards and in a position to accept a pass, have the puck railed around the boards. Turn quickly (counter clockwise from left wing, clockwise from right) and move a foot or two from the boards and stop facing square to the blue line. Stop the puck with your stick blade with the toe on the boards and the heel just a bit back from 90 degrees toward the goal line. You might be on your backhand but just keep practicing it and you will get it. Do that move over and over till you get it down before you start with moving the puck.
Once you can stop it regularly you will already be in a position to move the puck in multiple directions. You can make a pass to your center breaking up the middle splitting their pointmen. You can carry it toward the point and bank it off the boards to yourself or a teammate ahead of you. You can make a pass to the top of the circle to your defenseman if he keeps skating after unloading the puck. Or send it back to the defenseman if he becomes open again.
I know it will feel odd to turn your back to the puck but this will get easier and it allows you to quickly survey the ice so that you will have an idea what to do with the puck when you get it and you won't have to stand there with the puck while a defender charges at you.
Just keep practicing the turn and stop the puck, over and over. Then you can add a piece at a time after that. You also need to talk to your linemates and make a plan with each of them. Let your center know that if it gets railed around that you want him to break and split the defensemen. Let your defenseman know that if he rails the puck up at you to get his butt in gear and skate through the faceoff circle to get a pass or stop and go behind the net so you can come back to him and set up a breakout. If they keep skating, even if you fumble the puck a little you will still have options and know where they will be. If the center keeps going he will either take the defenseman with him into the neutral zone and open the ice for you or he will be free for you to chip the puck off the glass and send him on his way. If you pass to the breaking defenseman just play his position until you get control in the offensive zone and can switch back.
Just think of it in pieces and it will be easier when you finally implement the whole process.
Thanks for the detailed explanation. I'm going to try my best to find someone to work with me on this.
Just so I'm clear. As a winger when my defensemen has possession of the puck behind our net I should be on the boards down by the hash marks, stick on the ice, and ideally getting the pass tape to tape on my forehand(right wing, right handed shot). If it comes up the boards follow the above.
If I'm a right handed shot playing left wing, butt on the boards at the hash marks, how am I trying to accept the tape to tape pass? On my backhand?
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