5 Ways to Get More Offense From Your Defense

5 ways to get more offense from your defense Brent Burns Kelvin Cech Ice Hockey Coach Tips and Drills
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A wonderful opportunity is available for hockey coaches all over the world in the seasons to come: a 5-person attack.

I was conducting research for a potential coaching opportunity recently. I was watching the team for which I hope to work play a perennial favourite, a powerhouse that consistently challenges for national championships. The confidence in the stronger team’s defensive corps was blatantly obvious early in the game. So obvious, in fact, that the scrappy underdog adapted and took a page out of the opposition’s book – their own defenseman made better decisions with the puck as the game progressed.

Knowledge is out there for any player who wishes to take advantage. The best defensemen at any given level don’t relinquish possession of the puck unless it’s going to a better place when it leaves their stick. More often than not, if there’s no play to be made, they escape coverage and solve their problem without chipping it off the glass.

I’m not ready to abandon plays that put the puck into better space when a d-man is under duress, but that’s the way the game is going, and it would behoove us all to adapt.

Here’s a few skills you can work on in the summer with your players to create more offence from the back-end.

A wonderful opportunity is available for hockey coaches all over the world in the seasons to come: a 5-person attack.

I was conducting research for a potential coaching opportunity recently. I was watching the team for which I hope to work play a perennial favourite, a powerhouse that consistently challenges for national championships. The confidence in the stronger team’s defensive corps was blatantly obvious early in the game. So obvious, in fact, that the scrappy underdog adapted and took a page out of the opposition’s book - their own defenseman made . . .

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Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at The Coaches Site, current General Manager and Head Coach of the MJHL Niverville Nighthawks, former Assistant Coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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