Top 5 Things Every Defenseman Needs to Anticipate

Ice Hockey Coach Defenseman Defensive Defensemen Defense Jim Vitale

Jim Vitale

Jim Vitale is a coach in the Greater Toronto Area and Owner of Vital Hockey Skills (www.vitalhockeyskills.com).
His passion stems from the application of principles of Physiology and Biomechanics to all areas of hockey skill development. Jim is a seasoned coach and has in-depth knowledge of systems as they pertain to team tactical play.

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1. Soft support when puck moves up the half wall

One of the biggest defensive zone breakdowns happens when the opposing team moves the puck from the corner, up the boards to the half wall. Chances are that the strong side defenseman was pressuring hard when the puck was in the corner and in an aggressive frenzy, continues to chase the puck up the wall. At this point, the defenseman is now doing the centerman’s job and will be overstepping onto the strong side . . .

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