"I want to make sure that we've got...five in the zone, so that way, we know that everybody's involved and everybody's important on the attack."

In episode 3 of The Breakdown with Dave Starman, Dave dives deep into developing defencemen and explains his strategies for getting them involved in the offensive side of the game.

As someone who has been directly involved in coaching and developing defencemen over recent years, he believes that in order to have a potent offence, they have to be active in the attack.

“If I’m watching a game…I want to see all players on one team in the same zone,” says Dave. “If I’m showing players clips, I want to make sure that we’ve got five in the frame, five in the zone, so that way, we know that everybody’s involved and everybody’s important on the attack.”

Watch as he breaks down game video and offers strategies for creating a an offensive-minded defenceman.

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David Starman

Starman has spent 11 years as an NHL scout with Toronto, Montreal, Seattle.  He is a member of USA Hockey Player Development staff in New York State and has spent  25 years as an instructor with USA Hockey Coaching Education Program.
Starman tended goal for the University of Hartford before turning to the other side of the game, becoming the youngest head coach in Central Hockey League history in 2000 when, at age 31, he took over the Memphis River Kings. Starman later guided the New York Junior Bobcats of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League and was associate coach of the New York Apple Core of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. Starman is now one of the nation’s most respected college hockey TV analysts.

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