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PostHeaderIcon The Three Levels of Puck Control

A New Hockey Concept

By Paul O’Donnell

If your thirst for hockey knowledge is anything like my own, you’re probably as unimpressed by the lack of pertinent coaching information available to the average coaching Joe. While part of my purpose for writing this column is to emphasize the importance of the mental game of hockey, the other reason is to share helpful, but more importantly, useful information with my readers.

Every now and then, you come across a tidbit of hockey knowledge that peaks your interest. This was my experience after reading an obscure passage about forechecking in Red Gendron’s book “Coaching Hockey Successfully” several years ago. To help reinforce his explanation for the proper reading and reacting technique on the forecheck Coach Gendron included are obscure hockey concept called “The Three Principles of Puck Possession”.

Since initially finding this little hockey coaching gem I have made significant additions to the basic principles, customizing and tweaking the original concept considerably. During a phone conversation with Coach Gendron I explained my revamped version with him and, with his blessing, I would like to share it with all of you for the very first-time. I call it “The Three Levels of Control” and I hope you will find it as useful as I have in communicating to players how to effectively read the play while on defense.

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