THE DEFENSIVE LINE


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The defensive objective is to not let the puck into your defensive zone slot. If this can be achieved the other team will never have a good scoring opportunity.

Anywhere on the rink when the puck changes hands; ie, the other team gets control of the puck, all our players should be aware of their shortest direct line to the defensive slot. In the offensive and neutral zones the line ends specifically at the point where the side of the slot meets the top of the defensive zone faceoff circle.

The idea is that this line is the shortest distance to the last good defensive positioning.

If players break as fast and as hard defensively as they do when the team gets possession of the puck they are on their way to winning.