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03-03-2006, 02:07 PM
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A few things:

#1. You have to go in with the attitude that face-offs are important.

#2. The four biggest factors in winning face-offs are quickness, strength, timing, and perhaps most important, cheating. Anything below a college/Jr. level hockey you rarely will see linseman throw centers out of the face-off circle, take advantage of that.

#3. Mix it up. Yes, most of the time you'll be trying to win the draw back to your defenseman/winger, but don't try that 100% of the time. Other options, include tapping it through the opposing centers skates and then slipping past him to grab the puck. Another is just steamrolling the opposing center and having your winger pick up the loose puck.

#4. Wingers. Wingers probably win 30-40% of all face-offs. Make sure your wingers are ready to jump in and grab any loose pucks if you're having a tie-up with the opposing centerman, or if a puck just squirts away.

#5. Always have a plan and let your wingers know what the plan is so that they are ready for what you're going to try.

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