5 Keys to being an Effective Defenceman

Check out five things Drew Doughty does to be an elite defenseman.

Defence in today’s game is a specialized position. 

I recently watched a Los Angeles Kings game on TV and during the opening, the commentators were describing the play of elite defenseman Drew Doughty. They talked about five things Doughty does to be an elite defenseman: 

  1.     Make the first pass.
  2.     Limit turnovers.
  3.     Defend well.
  4.     Have a Fast Transition.
  5.     Join the Rush – be the fourth man.

Let’s look at each point in more detail and add some teaching points that players and coaches can use to help improve their game.

Check out five things Drew Doughty does to be an elite defenseman . . .



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Enio Sacilotto

Enio Sacilotto is President of International Hockey Camps and operates the Mental Edge High Performance Training. Enio has 39 years of coaching experience (professional hockey in Europe and the WHL's Victoria Royals). Currently, he coaches at the Burnaby Winter Club Hockey Academy and the Croatian National Men's team. If you have questions or are interested in his services, contact Enio at [email protected] or call 604-255-4747

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