Archive for January, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Establishing a Foothold on the Attack

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Understanding Hockey From the Neck up article
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By Paul O’Donnell
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It’s easy to point fingers when a team’s offense is unable to consistently sustain an attack in the other teams end. There are some who will blame it on lack of talent while others are quick to blame coaches or a combination of both. My personal belief in these situations is that it’s not so much a lack of talent or understanding, as it is a lack of planning.
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The planning needed to establish a proper foothold in the offense end doesn’t begin when the puckcarrier enters the opponent’s zone; it begins when they’re leaving their own. Puckhandlers and support players, who enter the neutral zone without some rudimentary plan of attack, lower their chances of successfully setting up in their opponent’s zone. This is because, how your team enters and leaves the neutral zone will ultimately affect the offensive tactics and movement once they’ve entered the zone.
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PostHeaderIcon “Backchecking is not a city in China”

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Understanding Hockey From the Neck up article

By Paul O’Donnell

My hockey buddies and I had heard this statement uttered more than once by coaches back in the early 70s while playing our youth hockey on Boston’s South Shore. Over time, this mildly humorous, if not somewhat ridiculous saying evolved into an ongoing joke between us when someone was caught dogging-it on the backcheck. While the phrase always seemed to result in a chuckle or two during those magical times, we were all acutely aware of the meaning that it inferred – Backchecking is not an option!
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