Published at Thursday, April 12th, 2018 - 19:39:56 PM. Hockey Gear and Equipment. By Regina Dania.
In some ways a breakaway might be easier than a penalty shot because you don′t have time to think about it. On a penalty shot you have more time to think and you know everybody′s watching you. A breakaway is just part of the game. Just go with the flow. Don′t think ‘Oh wow I′m on a breakaway.’ And if you miss just get the puck. Don′t get discouraged. Keep your head in the game.
USA Hockey strongly discourages checking from behind but if it should happen while you′re facing the boards get your stick and gloves up to spread out the area of impact. Use your arms as shock absorbers.
Remember This... The backhand shot shouldn′t be a dying skill. It′s just as important as a good wrist shot. Most players don′t have a strong backhand shot because they don′t practice it enough. Coaches need to develop drills that will help you practice this very important but under-used shot.
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