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7 Tips for Young Defensemen

By The Coaches Site, 01/13/19, 1:00PM EST


This chart reveals the area where most goals are scored in the game of hockey. The dark green area (net/slot zones) is a prime scoring area. Goals scored in the dark green area result from some of the following offensive tactics:

  • puck deflection by a player standing in the green area
  • wrap around by a player coming from behind the net
  • walk out by a player coming from behind the goal line area
  • offensive player driving the net with his/her stick on the ice for pass or deflection
  • player beating a defensemen one on one and going to the net from below the hash marks or front of the net
  • player winning a loose puck battle in the green area and getting a shot on net

So, while we’re coaching our young defensemen, how can we defend against those offensive opportunities?

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