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Stick Handling Tips and Drills

One of the most important stickhandlings basics is to always keep your head up. You've got to be able to be aware of what's happening around you on the ice without looking at the puck. If you're staring at the puck while stickhandling, you're likely to be checked by somebody you didn't even know was near you.
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Playing Defense One-On-One

When learning how to play defense in Hockey, you can never go wrong with the basic principal of keeping yourself between the opposing player and the net. One-on-Ones are a perfect example.

When a hockey player on the other team is heading into your zone with the puck, your goal is to keep him to the outside towards the boards. His chances of scoring from the outside are far less than if he beats you on the inside. The best way to do this is with your body position. If the player is coming in down the middle of the ice, position yourself directly in front of him.

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How to Get More Wrist Shot Power

The wrist shot is the most commonly used shot in hockey, but you would be surprised how many players, young and old, are not harnessing all of their power and putting it into their wrist shot.
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How to Block Shots

Blocking shots is an exiting defensive play. Done properly, it can be a safe way to create an opportunity for your team to regain control of the puck.

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How to Cover the Front of the Net
Protecting the area if front of the net is crucial when you’re playing defense.Most goals are Scored from the Slot. When the opposing forwards decides to camp out in front of the net, your job is to make it as difficult as possible for him to get his stick cleanly on the puck.

Position Yourself Between the Player and the Net. If you let the forward get in behind you, he’s home free if he gets a decent pass.

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How to Get Your Teammate to Pass You the Puck

There’s something about hearing your own name that grabs your attention like nothing else. Psychologists call this the ‘Cocktail Party’ phenomenon. No matter how much noise is around you, or how distracted you are, you always seem to overhear your own name from a conversation across the room. It’s the same on the ice.

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Hockey Defense: Gap Control

The 'Gap' is the distance between a defnseman and a forward coming towards you with the puck. When playing defense, it's important to be aware of the gap, and control the Gap. Judging the amount of gap to leave is not easy, especially if the forward is a faster skater than you.
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Line changes on the fly
Line changes in ice hockey are usually pretty straight forward, but sometimes things can get a little tangled up. Here’s a couple tips to make sure your shift change goes smoothly.

When the hockey player you’re taking off is nearing the end of their shift, keep a close eye on him. Watch him wherever he goes on the ice. Don’t take your eyes off him. When your player makes his move to change on the fly, it's up to you to be ready. Not having a drink of water, not tying your skate, and not watching the play at the other end of the hockey rink. Be ready.
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Yoga for Hockey
Yoga can do wonders for your flexibility. The incredible stretches and deep breathing increases the blood supply to your muscles and ligaments which reduces the chance of injury.

Yoga a powerful tool for stretching and strengthening the muscles and increasing flexibility. Physically, hockey demands a lot of strength from legs. This mean that hockey players keep a lot of stress in their legs. Calves, quads,glutes, and lower back muscles are heavily used. There are many yoga stretches that can help after hockey play, to relieve tension and prepare for the next game.

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