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08-03-2006, 10:50 AM
Join Date: Apr 2005
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I'm already an abover average offensive player but what can I do to become an exceptional one? how can I become more "tricky" 1on1? how can I have better offensive awareness? see the ice even better? etc. Are there any drills or visualization I can do to become an exceptional offensive player or is most of it god given??
Thanks for the help,
There are some great tips here.
The things I've tried are:
Setup a mini obstacle course to stick handle through while keeping your head up. I would do this in my basement when the Wings were on. I would try to pay attention to the game while stick handling through and around cups, bottles and blocks.
I would also practice stick handling while keeping my head up while standing on one leg, alternating every couple of seconds.
This greatly helped my stickhandling on the ice.
I also try to practice my shot by picking corners and shooting over and over again.
When I was a student I had a job in a warehouse by myself preparing orders. There was quite a bit of downtime in between loads so I brought a hockey stick to work and I would practice shooting a roll of packing tape at a skid full of unmade cardboard boxes. The skid was almost regulation net size so it was perfect.
After doing this all summer long I couldn't believe how much better my shot and accuracy was come hockey season. I scored 31 goals in 25 games in the mens beer league I played in. I had never scored that much in my life. My shot has never been that hard but through this practice it became extremely accurate.
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