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Chalk Talk | Defenceman Escapes (Atom & up)

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 02/24/17, 3:45PM EST

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Age-appropriate skills, drills and progressions

In this edition of Chalk-Talk, we look at the the escape or ‘spin away’ move.  This is a crucial skill that defencemen need to learn to shake a forechecker and avoid being checked.

Puck Control - Escapes

Drill Description

  • Defencemen skate the drill backwards
  • When they come to a pylon, turn away from it in an escape move fashion
  • Shoot at the end of the drill

Key Teaching Points (KTP)

  • Maintain your speed
  • Bend your knees and keep good balance
  • Control the puck keeping the full blade on the ice
  • Turn your head and shoulder first into the escape turn

The following video provides some examples of game situations where defencemen use this skill to ‘escape’ the forecheck by protecting the puck, spinning away from pressure and accelerating out of the turn.

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