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    So after two weekends of hockey now, I can safely say that the only thing that seemed to be accomplished with the icing call on the penalty kill is momentum being killed. If there were any extra scoring chances being generated by the offensive zone faceoff it was minimal. When a team tossed it down ice and tried to rush off the ice for a change while the other team pushed it forward it created just as much offense as this. At least at the PW level anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    So after two weekends of hockey now, I can safely say that the only thing that seemed to be accomplished with the icing call on the penalty kill is momentum being killed. If there were any extra scoring chances being generated by the offensive zone faceoff it was minimal. When a team tossed it down ice and tried to rush off the ice for a change while the other team pushed it forward it created just as much offense as this. At least at the PW level anyway.
    The idea isn't to create scoring chances from the faceoffs. There are plenty of goals to be scored in youth hockey, especially at PW. The idea is to teach them NOT to ice it, and learn how to move the puck in small areas.
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    How many of those small area moves will be rewarded with positive gains instead of negative impact like a horrible giveaway? I don't think the risk meets the reward for trying to move the puck around instead of just shooting it down...especially with tired personnel out there.

    Are you coaching your guys to try some short passes or hold the puck in the zone a little longer to try to make a play or are you telling them to get it out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    How many of those small area moves will be rewarded with positive gains instead of negative impact like a horrible giveaway? I don't think the risk meets the reward for trying to move the puck around instead of just shooting it down...especially with tired personnel out there.

    Are you coaching your guys to try some short passes or hold the puck in the zone a little longer to try to make a play or are you telling them to get it out?
    We're Midgets, the rule doesn't apply for us. However, we always spend the last 20-30 minutes playing small area games, and small area drills. If the guys have been out there for a while, sure, send it and get a change. Playing in small areas is huge for development at every level. All teams at every level should be working on it. If it's good enough for NHLers to work on, it should be incorporated into every youth coach's practice plan. I have 100 games/drills I could send you if you want them, just text me your email.

    If your guys learn how to get the red and dump it while SH, they'll learn how to close out tight games at ES with ease.
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    Oh, I'm not talking about practicing and utilizing small area drills. We do it all the time too. I'm just suggesting that while short-handed, in the defensive zone, it might not be the best practice to try some of that stuff. The risk of the turnover isn't worth the reward of a possible breakout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    How many of those small area moves will be rewarded with positive gains instead of negative impact like a horrible giveaway? I don't think the risk meets the reward for trying to move the puck around instead of just shooting it down...especially with tired personnel out there.

    Are you coaching your guys to try some short passes or hold the puck in the zone a little longer to try to make a play or are you telling them to get it out?
    As Mike mentioned, this rule had little to do with the game. So don't worry about what you are seeing, (chances, no chances, etc).
    It's all about long term development.

    http://usahockeymagazine.com/article...-heated-debate
    Last season, the rule change was taken for a test drive as Massachusetts conducted a pilot program. Alaska will follow suit this year.....
    I had the only team in Alaska doing this last year, (Bantam level), to my knowledge. I worked with Kenny Rousch from USA hockey on this.
    This new rule is going to only reinforce teaching young players more skill in regards to area passes, movement away from the puck, etc.
    And stop the "box" and contain mentality we've forced down these kids throats for so many years.

    When the kids hit U16, it will take about 5 minutes to teach them how to ice the puck, and around 30 how to front a PP....but the difference is we will have a much more aggressive skilled player than before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puck Head View Post
    As Mike mentioned, this rule had little to do with the game. So don't worry about what you are seeing, (chances, no chances, etc).
    It's all about long term development.

    http://usahockeymagazine.com/article...-heated-debate


    I had the only team in Alaska doing this last year, (Bantam level), to my knowledge. I worked with Kenny Rousch from USA hockey on this.
    This new rule is going to only reinforce teaching young players more skill in regards to area passes, movement away from the puck, etc.
    And stop the "box" and contain mentality we've forced down these kids throats for so many years.

    When the kids hit U16, it will take about 5 minutes to teach them how to ice the puck, and around 30 how to front a PP....but the difference is we will have a much more aggressive skilled player than before.
    The Bruins have an aggressive pk with Bergeron and Marchand. The low guy will pressure the puck carrier on the wall, then the high guy jumps all over him.
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