How do you deal with goons/pests?
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01-10-2014, 07:58 AM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Security Perimeter, Presence and Awareness
Based on 59 seasons experience in hockey.
When a player or a team steps on the ice they are entitled to play in a safe and secure environment. This will not be given to the player by the opposition nor should any help from on ice or league officials be expected.
Presence and awareness
Presence. You are on the ice to play hockey. Carry yourself in this manner. Avoid nonsense suggest upthread - pointing at the scoreboard, staring contests - looking beyond the player is more effective since the message is clearly conveyed that they are insignificant not worthy of your attention, etc. Same reason why yappers should be ignored plus yapping back distracts from playing hockey.
Awareness. At all times you should know which opposition players and teammates are on the ice and how they play. You do not need a scouting report, just the ability to pay attention to little details. Example check how the butt end of each opponents stick is taped. Right at the top they are unlikely to butt end you. Lower make a mental note.
You are entitled to a security perimeter within your reach. Certain inconveniences should be viewed as advantages. The light hook, jersey tug, etc. tells you where your opponent is and how he (from which side) you will be played. This will allow you to leverage situations. Learn how to use your hands and arms to leverage within reach. Watch short track speed skaters to see how a light hand touch cornering works.
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