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Hockey Positioning - 101 Defensive Zone . Defensive Zone Coverage. Great defensive teams… Control the “Middle Lane” and “The HOUSE”  see diagram next page Force the opponents to the outside (from the inside out)

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Hockey positioning 101 defensive zone

Hockey Positioning - 101

Defensive Zone


Defensive zone coverage
Defensive Zone Coverage

Great defensive teams…

  • Control the “Middle Lane” and “The HOUSE”  see diagram next page

  • Force the opponents to the outside (from the inside out)

  • Function as 1 unit: all players do their own job, cover their assigned opponent/position and communicate as a group

  • Maintain defensive-side position  always stay between your opponent & our goal

  • Read the play, anticipate and block passing lanes (sticks on ice)

  • Win battles and races to the puck everywhere on the ice

  • Are not afraid to block shots!

  • Take pride in shutting down the opponent and their best players

  • Have the ability to quickly breakout after taking the puck away


Key defense concept
Key Defense Concept

Play the body first and puck second:

1st – position yourself so that your own goal is

behind you and your opponent is in front of you

2nd – watch your opponents chest (NOT THE PUCK)

and move to stay between them our goal

3rd – once you are in defense-side position, you can

sweep or poke-check the puck away


Taking the body first

Key Defense Concept

Taking the body first!


The middle lane and our house

Defensive Priority Area

“The Middle Lane” and “Our House”

MIDDLE

LANE

Fusion

Goal

Opponent

Goal

OUR

HOUSE

Defensively, we must protect the “Middle Lane” and “Our House”

ALWAYS Force the Opponent to the Outside


What do we do to opponents in our house

Key Defense Concept

What do we do to opponents in our house?


Defensive zone coverage puck in corner
Defensive Zone Coverage - Puck in Corner

Red = Fusion

Black = Opponent

RW

RD

LW

Puck

LD

CTR

C

RW

LD

Eagan

Goal

RD

Opponent

Goal

LW

OUR

HOUSE

The strength of our Middle Lane/House coverage determines the strength of our defense!

Wings - Stay out of the corners (get puck only if loose and you are sureyou can get it)

RD and RW – don’t just be in your area, cover players in your area

Center - 3rddefender below the faceoff dots; block passes from corner to front and cover opponent down low (below the goal line)

LW – puck-side (strong side), stay between puck and the LD at point; get to the LD if they get a pass – BLOCK THE SHOT!

LD – force inside-out, watch the body (chest) stay with your opponent; go to front of net if puck goes to other side of rink

RD – defend in front of our net; lift opponent stick (bug them); head on swivel watching play/puck and your opponent in front


Defensive zone coverage puck at point
Defensive Zone Coverage – Puck at Point -

Red = Fusion

Black = Opponent

RW

RD

LD

LW

CTR

CTR

Puck

LD

Eagan

Goal

LW

RD

RW

Opponent

Goal

OUR

HOUSE

LW – is strong sidewing (puck on your side); move to RD with puck;take angle to block shot on net

RW – weak side wing (puck not on this side); stay in front of net (between hash-marks & top of circle).

If pass goes to your D, hustle out to LD and block shot to net

RD/LD/C – all 3 players must be between our goal and the opponent. Clear opponents from front of net

by force (push them away) so goalie can see and they don’t tip puck. Cover your opponent.

 All - DO NOT try to play “goalie” and knock shots from the point out of the air with your stick or kick

at shots – they often get tipped and then end up in your net! Maintain defensive-side position.


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