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08-19-2012, 01:45 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Ottawa, ON
For a beginner, keep it simple. The winger watches the point, period. Head on a swivel, stick in lane, discourage any pass to that player.
Let the D and centre do the work in the D-zone, otherwise, the opposing D-men will be wide open kill you. (And your teammates will want to kill you.)
The one exception I would say is if you see an opposing player COMPLETELY open in the slot with his stick ready for a shot. At that point, you go to him and leave the point open. Once the D or centre come back to take that open player, go back to covering the point.
Follow these two rules and you'll be more defensively responsible than 80% of the wingers in your league.
(And yes, be ready to breakout once your team controls the puck. But you asked about D responsibilities.)
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