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Speed – the Ultimate Game Changer
Since the lockout took place in the 2004-2005 NHL there’s been a few things that have happened to the game at the highest level. Much of the stickwork that took place pre-lockout, like the hooking, little slashes, and crosschecking infront of the net has been partially eliminated. The goaltenders have been basically told to park themselves infront of the net and not worry too much about handling the puck. Lastly, the red line has been taken out of play, eliminating two-line passes and trapping defences, to open up the game.
What’s happened has changed the way the game is played. Skill is being displayed like never before and one thing stands out in players that are not being subjected to the constant stick work and open style play….speed.
Hockey no longer is being defined by the big, rugged players that can push players around, win battles in corners because of brute strength and size, and players that just throw forwards out of the front of the net. Hockey is now being defined by players with skill and speed. And if you have speed, you can find a place to play.
Just think about the advantages you’ll have as a player if when you get faster: