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11-27-2006, 04:11 PM
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How do I deal with a Puck Hog?

Hi all,
I need some advice on how to deal with another forward on my team. He NEVER passes the puck when we are going into the other teams' zone. He always gets stripped of the puck, want to do it all himself, causes turnovers and squashes any offensive chances for the rest of us. All the other teams in our league know this and they just take advantage of him/us. I play Right Wing and have recently put the brakes on at the opposing teams' blue line because its guarunteed that there will be a turnover, and the play will be headed to our defensive zone. Ive spoken to the coach regarding this and he says that this has been discussed before, and just to keep trying. How do I deal with this?

Thank You,
Ivana

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Hi all,
I need some advice on how to deal with another forward on my team. He NEVER passes the puck when we are going into the other teams' zone. He always gets stripped of the puck, want to do it all himself, causes turnovers and squashes any offensive chances for the rest of us. All the other teams in our league know this and they just take advantage of him/us. I play Right Wing and have recently put the brakes on at the opposing teams' blue line because its guarunteed that there will be a turnover, and the play will be headed to our defensive zone. Ive spoken to the coach regarding this and he says that this has been discussed before, and just to keep trying. How do I deal with this?

Thank You,
Ivana
The other four of you on the ice with him need to make a conscious effort to not let him have the puck unless hes going to generate a bonafide scoring opportunity. If the coach isnt going to do anything about it, youll need to take matters into your own hands.

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Have you talked to *him* about it?

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I had a similar issue and just played my game for a few seasons. It finally got to me and now I refuse to play on the same line. Of course this is a beer league I'm talking about so it probably doesn't help in any way. Sorry for wasting your time.

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I've delt with the same thing

I'm a natural centre, 1st line, but a rookie last year tried to take that position away from me, thinking that she could do that and possibly get away with that and not share the puck, a week into the season I told the coach that and she got demoted to 4th line defence, her natural position, she still managed to try to beat me with points, but yeah. and the team all decided to strip her of her A and all agreed that she was a puck hog and got called for most of our penalties(when I wasn't in the sin bin for fighting)

to solve it all

tell the coach and talk to the team about it

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11-27-2006, 05:58 PM
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I can't believe the coach hasn't stepped up and put an end to this.

Try talking to the hogger one-on-one and tell her what's on your mind. Sometimes people get so stuck in their style of play that it becomes natural to them unless they are called out on it. Good luck.

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Have you talked to *him* about it?
Bingo.

Communication. And this is not a topic to be discussed "in game". Bring it up afterwards or before a game, in a non-confrontational way ("Can I make a suggestion?"). Provide a specific example or two, positive ones, where you or a teammate could have helped him in a situation...or where you got the puck to him. Let him know that he is drawing a crowd (positive), which mean its incumbent upon you to get open...and him to find you.

Might make sense to do this with the other forward on your line present.

If he is a team player, and intelligent, he'll appreciate the insight (not criticism) and try to adjust. If he's not, or is just incapable of passing, then at some point, you and your teammates have to address it again with your coach, tactfully. Always with the bottom line being that you want to help the team. (As opposed to you simply wanting to have the puck more.)


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Communicate like everyone has said. Not just off ice, but on the ice. Gotta keep talking even when your skating out there. Call for the puck and let him know your open and stuff. And maybe he doesn't feel his linemates are helping him either...like you say, you wind up standing at the blueline...you still gotta keep moving and either help create some space for him, or for yourself for a pass.

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My friend is like that...It's because he keeps his head down too much.

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Good advice thus far. If after you talk to him, and the team does too (if that doesn't work) then it'll be time for the Coach to bench him.

Should always be the very last step, but it's the most effective one.

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If all else fails you can check him and steal the puck.

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Drop the gloves next practice and show them whats up.

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I've delt with the same thing

I'm a natural centre, 1st line, but a rookie last year tried to take that position away from me, thinking that she could do that and possibly get away with that and not share the puck, a week into the season I told the coach that and she got demoted to 4th line defence, her natural position, she still managed to try to beat me with points, but yeah. and the team all decided to strip her of her A and all agreed that she was a puck hog and got called for most of our penalties(when I wasn't in the sin bin for fighting)

to solve it all

tell the coach and talk to the team about it
Raaawr. Caattty. So she still managed to get more points than you on 4th line defense (that's a lot of D btw)? If I read that right than that girl must be really talented. When a puck hog happens to be really good and create more than they squander than I don't think it's a problem.

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Slap him/her in the face an yell "PASS THE PUCK JACKASS!"..should work

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The best way to deal with a puck hog- nail him with a pass right when he is in a position to get nailed. Then he'll think twice about hanging onto the puck too long.

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All you gotta do is take the puck, shake everyone, score, and tell the puckhog..."See i can do that **** too, so learn to pass and maybe we'll score so ****ing goals".

Worked for me.

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Just tell them that the other team is reading him like a porno in a sperm bank, and that you're usually wide open and to look for you.

If they don't listen kick the **** outta them.


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Hi all,
I need some advice on how to deal with another forward on my team. He NEVER passes the puck when we are going into the other teams' zone. He always gets stripped of the puck, want to do it all himself, causes turnovers and squashes any offensive chances for the rest of us. All the other teams in our league know this and they just take advantage of him/us. I play Right Wing and have recently put the brakes on at the opposing teams' blue line because its guarunteed that there will be a turnover, and the play will be headed to our defensive zone. Ive spoken to the coach regarding this and he says that this has been discussed before, and just to keep trying. How do I deal with this?

Thank You,
Ivana
Dont let him touch the the puck or.. this is mean.. you could accidently on purpose lay a heavy open ice hit on him in practice, maybe knock him out of action for a while.

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Put him offside. Then put him offside again. And again til he gets the message.

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Hi all,
I need some advice on how to deal with another forward on my team. He NEVER passes the puck when we are going into the other teams' zone. He always gets stripped of the puck, want to do it all himself, causes turnovers and squashes any offensive chances for the rest of us. All the other teams in our league know this and they just take advantage of him/us. I play Right Wing and have recently put the brakes on at the opposing teams' blue line because its guarunteed that there will be a turnover, and the play will be headed to our defensive zone. Ive spoken to the coach regarding this and he says that this has been discussed before, and just to keep trying. How do I deal with this?

Thank You,
Ivana
What level of hockey is this?

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Put him offside. Then put him offside again. And again til he gets the message.
Not the best way to help the team, but now that's funny!

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when you pass to them, make it your hardest slapshot and aim for the back of their legs

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Tell them to eff off and start being a team player because it's a team sport. Show them how they're not getting anywhere doing it all on their own and unless they're ******** they should understand that they need to get the rest of the team involved.

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Two words: Puck bacon!

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i had the same problem with my centerman back in pee wee

there wasnt much we could do, coach didnt do anything, and he could careless about what we thought....what did we do? we constantly gave the guy suicide passes and watched him get rocked everytime and enjoyed it. eventually he actually started passing us the puck more, so i guess it worked

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