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05-29-2012, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
I am not being sarcastic, but it seems to me that the small ice has the effect of relieving the "best hockey minds" of a lot of their workload. When you are on small ice, you are more or less forced to dump and chase. How many different forechecking systems can you have? You can either choose to send 1, 2 or 3 men in to forecheck. You can also establish a few patterns for disrupting the other teams' breakout once you have dumped the puck in. You can also run a few patterns on your power play and your penalty kill. Most of the coaching done in the NHL is bench coaching - matching lines and motivating your team to go, go, go. With all due respect, I don't see any NHL coaches coming out with a full-scale textbook on the theory, strategies and tactics of hockey and player development such as is found in THE ROAD TO OLYMPUS, written by Anatoli Tarasov.
Mike Babcock, Dan Bylsma, Peter DeBoer, Peter Laviolette could probably tell you something you don't know.

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