1 on 1 Defense Tips for Hockey

(rock music) – Hey guys, it’s Jeremy. – And Dan. – From The Hockey Movement. And in this video, we’re
showing you how to play better defense when
you’re going one-on-one with a guy coming down the ice. The first tip is to play body on body. You typically want your
stick in front of you when you’re coming down the
ice because that allows you to take away passes across the ice, also allows you to steer
the player where you want, and if he makes a deke to
the right or to the left, you’re ready. You don’t have too much room to move. Now, when I’m coming down
the ice, I want to align my outside shoulder with
Dan’s inside shoulder. I’m giving him more room to the outside, which is where I want him
because it’s harder for him to make a pass here, harder
for him to make a shot on net, and I can play him into the corner. So what happens if it’s a
one-on-one and the player with the puck is in the center of the ice? Well, you can send him
to the outside there, or send him to the outside there. Typically, you want to
send him to his backhand. Most players are worse on
their backhand than they are on their forehand, so if you
can get them on their backhand, they’re gonna be more
uncomfortable making that pass or taking that shot. So Dan’s coming down. Take a look, I know it’s
his backhand’s there. I’m gonna give him more space on that side so he takes that side, and I
can make him uncomfortable. The next tip is to match
the player’s speed. You almost never wanna get
caught really committing to a poke check because you’re
gonna get caught flat-footed. Sure, sometimes you’re
gonna take the puck away from the player, but if you
miss, he’s gonna one step, he’s gonna be around you and be completely alone with the goalie. So try to match the player’s
speed when he’s coming down the ice because then
you can stick with him all the way into the
zone, keep that good gap, and keep on putting pressure. The last tip for playing
one-on-one through the neutral zone is your gap. You don’t want your gap to
be too close to the player because if he’s expecting
it, he can easily make a play to another player, and then
you’re out of the play. But you also don’t wanna be too far back because then he can choose where
he’s gonna go down the ice. He can go to the right, go to
the left, maybe make a pass, slow up. So typically you want about
a three stick-length gap coming through the neutral
zone, and then as you get closer to the blue line, you’re
gonna close that gap, close that gap and be more
aggressive on the player, try to play him into the
boards, give him a nice slash. Alright guys, those tips
should help you play a little bit better defense. Thanks a lot for watching the video. Don’t forget, subscribe
to The Hockey Movement. We do new hockey videos every single week to help you become a better hockey player. Thanks for watching the video. We’ll see you in the next one.

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