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04-13-2013, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Hawkey Town 18 View Post
What does Johnson sitting back at his own blueline when his team is on offense tell us about how he moved the puck out of his own zone?
It's not specifically about Johnson, but more the fact that this tactic was practiced leaguewide before 1934. From what I just posted on Gorman:

20.3.1929 - The Morning Leader:

The Rangers tried some of their patented passing combinations, but the Gorman squad blocked everything offered. The latter did not do much on their own account, leaving two men at the blue line on every thrust.
Here we see that even Gorman's own teams were playing this way prior to his invention of forechecking. What this means is that defensemen in the pre-forechecking era would have had much easier passes to clear the zone than those who came after them, because they didn't have to worry about an opposing defenseman picking them off. There were also no icing rules when Johnson played, so again, clearing the zone would have been vastly easier for defensemen of his generation.

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