Shutdown d-man tips
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05-30-2012, 03:49 PM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Port Moody, BC
A lot of people say don't look in their eyes, and I 90% agree.
But from growing up doing karate, I almost always make eye contact. Use my peripheral vision to track his body movement and puck.
I've noticed that against the less confident skaters, sometimes you can get them to slow up just by skating backwards staying with them, in position, good gap, making direct eye contact and looking confident & calm. If you are above average in size then that definitely helps.
Even if it's just a second or he slows down a bit, it's an advantage and may even allow a back checker to pick his pocket. Probably won't work at higher levels though or against good players.
Also, keeps from getting puck focused.
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