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It’s important to note these fundamentals at an early age with everyone knowing where to be on the ice. You can be a great skilled player in practice but at the end of the day we are still playing this game and it hasn’t changed a whole lot from the basics.

I stress to the wingers that if the point man (offensive defensemen) heads to JFK and goes to England, they are going to England. This is so that at an early age (Mite, Squirt, Peewee) they understand the importance of defensive responsibility and also to teach them about 1-1 battles all over the ice.

After a few weeks of this we will look at transitions from how this turns to a break out opportunity when we regain possession. However, before overloading them with information it’s imperative that the students fully grasp this.