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05-23-2006, 03:00 AM
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Closing the gap is good, but never do it before the blueline if you are skating back, if you are skating side by side try to just lift their stick and slow them down that way, of course not hooking and getting your team in trouble.

I always studied game tapes of good NHL defensemen like Foote, Ohlund, Bourque, etc and see how they play man on man. A good team to watch is the Calgary defense, they play a good man on man coverage and take away passing lanes (i hate the flames but they do it very well).

Never wait by the player, be infront or in a position to intercept and always be cautious of your surroundings like a trailer or something, never just focus on one player. It will take time, its not easy to jump from forward to defense, i'm finding it a little easier to jump to forward from defense as i always liked to rush the puck as a defenseman.

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