Skills to watch during the World Juniors: Close support on breakouts

It's not just the defenceman's job to break the puck out anymore.

This is a special series of six posts published over the holidays to help coaches watch the skills and tactics that lead to Team Canada’s success (or lack thereof) at the World Junior Championship.

Once the games begin and the players settle in, the skills of each nation will really shine through. One area of focus for Team Canada in recent memory is the reliance on skilled, puck-handling defencemen. Seems like such a simple concept, right? Well, it wasn’t so long ago that big, slow defencemen could clutch and grab their way to a gold medal. 

It's not just the defenceman's job to break the puck out anymore . . .



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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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