Youth hockey program, Arlington MA

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Neutral Zone











The forwards should be aware of each other’s positioning and read and react and communicate.  The first two forwards back (F1 & F2) support wide, posting up at the boards and providing a safe outlet for the defesnemen.  I tis important the F1 & F2 stay wide to stretch out the opposing team and to be an easy outlet for our D.  the third forward (F3) swings through the neutral zone and hopefully can come low towards the strong side and be an outlet for close support.  Once F3 starts approaching one side of the ice, the posted F on that side should release and swing towards the middle.  Assuming that the puck goes towards that initial side, the weak side wing would release and stretch, providing depth and regroup. 






The Defensemen also need to be aware of each other’s positioning and recognize that we want to have them staggered, with one lagging behind a bit to provide support.  It is essential that the defensemen keep their feet moving as much as possible, constantly pivoting from forwards to backwards and/pr making small circles.  The defensemen need to have their heads up and move the puck as quickly as possible, recognizing that they have a number of outlets.  They can make a D-D pass and then try to move the puck to either the swinging F3 or to one of the F’s posted on the boards.  They can skate the puck up ice themselves if there is open space ahead.  The safety valve is always a quick pass to the boards to one of the F’s posted and providing width.  Pass the puck confidently and with a purpose.