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12-28-2013, 04:57 PM
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Branden
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Originally Posted by thedonger View Post
First of all, congrats in making the 1st pairing in your 1st year of HS hockey and having just transitioned from forward at at that.

Sounds like despite the slow footspeed, you have a decent amount of skill as your coach is showing a good a amount of trust in you by putting you on the first pairing. I think you've already got the most important thing down by having an open mind and showing a team approach.

The next thing I'd consider is asking your coach what his expectations of you are. Does he want you to be more if a responsible defensive player, puck mover, etc. it might be wiser to focus on your defensive game at first. Keep things simple. Always try to keep your guy to the outside defending the rush, keep the puck away from the middle when clearing, etc.

Also very important, learn to communicate with your partner and the goalie.

Good luck!
Thanks for the kind words.

I just purchased new skates, and I hope they will help in the skating department.

In all honesty, I think I am in my situation because we are very forward heavy, and he likes me. I am excited for the oppurtunity, we will see how it goes.

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