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04-30-2012, 01:52 PM
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If you are sitting around with nothing to do, just daydream about all the different options you have in certain areas. Just picture yourself skating into the zone along the boards, and where each player is and try and think of ways you can get them the puck. Then re-imagine that scenarion but with a different play. If you can learn to see the game from different viewpoints, and understand the timing of it that will go a long way. Watching a game on TV can be difficult to really learn how everything works. Finding a way to combine the traits (head up, awareness, timing, etc.) that are essential to 'hockey sense', and visualizing the game is key. The unfortunate thing is that the best way to do this is by practicing and learning with a team, that has a smart coach. The single most important part of the 'hockey sense', is anticipation. If you can teach yourself to just imagine several different plays to make, from different areas of the ice, when you get in that position in a game you will be surprised at the quality of plays you can make.

There's a reason when people rave about Gretzky and Lidstrom being smarter than everyone else, they always say they are 2-3 steps ahead of everyone on the ice.

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