Lesson 1 Hey boys, just thought I could shine some light on a few key areas of playing defense to help some of the new or even some of LG's veterans what's up. People are constantly asking me things like; "what the fuck, man. Why did you do that?" "how can someone even play like that?" "Where did you learn to play hockey?" ....i will now pass on my infinite wisdom to some of you less defensively inclined peasants... Everyone knows that the key to a successful offense is slow breakouts and defensive zone posession time. Let's dive in.. If you aren't Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift, breaking out can be tough. Let's look at some tips. 1. Defensive zone posession time is crucial. You are going to want to rag the puck in your own zone as long as possible before hitting that strong side winger or center up ice. It helps to keep posession until you have at least 2 forecheckers pushing you into the boards like dog catchers on a stray. When this happens, be sure to blind sauce that bitch straight up center ice. Nothing can go wrong. 2. The rush. Okay, so you've tossed that hot potato up center, and the reciever got banged harder than your sister after step-dad came home from a bender after getting canned from his job at the plant....luckily the winger was able to snag that loose puck and turn on the jets up ice toward the offensive zone. This is your time to show the team your offensive skills. Youre going to want to chase that zone entry with speed. Everyone knows that the forwards are looking for the defense as soon as they cross the blueline. Youre going to want to be there for that very common pass back through 3 defenders. Tip: get in as deep as possible. (5 attackers is better than 3) Thanks for reading and stay tuned for part 2!