jt miller attack on angle

Create time and space by attacking your opponent on an angle

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One clear indictor of a player who knows how to create time and space, is the ability to attack on an angle.

This principle, from the IQGame course, allows you to manipulate opponents and attack with options. It allows you to attack more proactively, rather than reactively. This forces defenders to make the first move, opening up space and extending puck possession.

Players in general play too linear with the puck. Unless you’re head over heels faster than everyone, it isn’t an effective tactic. Even if you are, eventually teams will pick up on it and neutralize your speed.

Connor McDavid is the fastest player in the game, but he still uses this principle to consistently create time and space.

Here’s an example of attacking on an angle from the 2020 postseason between the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild.





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Mason Baptista

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My name is Mason Baptista and I'm the founder of BapsHockey. A player-coach, I'm currently in my sixth year of pro hockey. I specialize in hockey IQ development and personalized programming for players. I teach the importance of IQ and how it can allow individuals to apply the skills they have while creating unique competitive advantages. Hockey IQ is the next frontier in hockey development and we're here to show you how to access this new way of training.



  1. Great lesson here Baps, appreciate all you do. Keep up the great work!

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