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01-13-2013, 10:51 AM
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I'd say the toughest part of playing D happens in the transition from offense to defense.

You absolutely cannot get caught staring at a turnover. Forwards can get away with that because the play is usually up-ice and away from them. At D, no matter where the turnover happens, you need to react immediately or you're toast. There's nothing worse than the feeling of taking a split-second too long, losing a step on the opponent, and watching him coast in on your goalie alone. Even worse if your guy is the trailer and he puts home an easy tap-in after your partner and goalie stop the first guy.

For the first little while, you might want to play it safe and hang back just a little while you sharpen your sense of anticipation and work on your transition skating.

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