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05-31-2012, 10:13 AM
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CrosKinnon
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Originally Posted by ColePens View Post
A few things to study...

1) Gap control: Know everything about it
2) Hit/block shots: Study what pros do.
3) Be overly smart with the puck: Don't make the big play - throw the puck out when in trouble.

Honestly... the best shutdown defenders are the smartest hockey players. Study the game. Study angles. Study hits. Study blocked shots. Communicate every second of the game. Remember, be everyone's eyes out there.
This is the best answer I have seen so far. All of these things are so crucial. Also, look at the crest on the sweater, not the puck, not the head or eyes. It is easy to get head faked or faked out by the stick, wherever the chest is going is where the whole body is going.

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