Don’t Be A Lazy Forward
Speaking to Forwards This Sunday Morning.
Do you want more ice time?
Do you want to be out there the last minute of the game?
- Take pride in your defense.
- Work just as hard in both ends.
- Good defense creates offence.
- Johnny Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes worked for me a couple of summers ago. They said their game at BC changed and took off as soon as they bought into playing a lot of heavy defense. I’m talking worked their asses off in the defensive zone most especially.
- No shortcuts in Defense. This is for the forwards because D is their secondary job, sort of. You need to backcheck to create your own offense and help out your team. It will change the game. Significantly.
- One of the hardest plays in hockey is when the D wraps the puck out around the wall on the breakout and the Winger has to stop the puck, absorb the hit and make a play. Way easier said then done.
- We work on this play in The Battle Camp A LOT. I’m talking a lot. Mastering THIS SKILL will make you a franchise on your team. I teach this to the forwards over and over and over and over again. We master this play.
- There are a lot of choices that we will master in this winger’s most frequent and I believe most important game situation.
- If not executed properly with proper choices. You will cause a turnover and ride the pine.
- First option. Stop this wrap. Settle the puck with your stick or skate. Hit your center.
- Second option. Settle the biscuit and skate with it. You might have time.
- Third option. Flip pass out. To your center or to yourself. This is not going a great distance. You may skate up for your own flip pass.
- Fourth option. Stop the puck. Aborb the hit by sticking your butt out and shielding the puck. Not the most fun option.
- Fifth option. Passing it back to your D.
- Sixth option. Eating the puck on the board. And waiting for your teammate to come help you. You are in a 50/50 battle holding that puck away from the other team.
- Forwards. It is never ending. You need to skate hard all the way back. All the way forward. Over and over and over again.
- Conditioning is KEY.
- So obvious when forwards are being lazy and not helping out the D.
- So obvious to scouts. So obvious to trained eyes MOST especially.
- The Battle Camp.
- Yah. Hockey is REALLY hard.
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