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07-03-2012, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by RTN View Post
I think it's easier to pick up pucks, make break out passes, and cross-ice passes when your a D-man on your "proper" side, but I always found it easier to hit when I was playing on my off-side. Much easier to put your weight into a guy coming down the wall or when your catching a forward cutting across the ice from the opposite side. Plus, you always have that one timer when your on your off-side.

I think since NHL d-men often put up a lot of points growing up and in junior (even if they eventually become shutdown/stay-at-home d-men in the NHL), they usually play their "proper" side because it can be easier when you're playing offensively. Though, I'm also from BC so who knows!
I'm the complete opposite. As a righty, i always hold my stick in my left hand while skating backward with one hand on the stick. The way i usually hit is with one hand off the stick. When i'm on my off side that leaves me in a jam and i have to hit with both hands on the stick (or throw a hip). When im on my right side i can keep my stick out to block a possible pass all while throwing everything i have out of my right shoulder on the boards.

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