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11-27-2012, 06:26 PM
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Origins of the LWL

Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
And Mike, I really do think you are exaggerating the defensive nature of the left wing lock. It does help out the goalie, but not as much as the neutral zone trap:

The article describes the difference between the LWL and the Trap in detail for anyone interested.
Origins of the LWL are strongly linked to the 1970s Czech National Team's efforts to counter the distinct Soviet attributes.

Also of note that the early 1970s were before the various changes to the offside rules, touch-up, delayed, intentional and the rules that counter freezing the puck along the boards and other tactics that facilitated the neutral zone trap to the detriment of the one and two forward forecheck.

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