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Controlling and Rolling on Your Edges to Create Deception

By Ian Taylor, OMHA Executive Director, 01/23/19, 2:45PM EST


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Skating has always been a foundational skill in the game of hockey. The game is faster than ever, however, the ability to use and control your edges provides the opportunity to create deception and confusion for your opponents. Combining that with unpredictable changes of direction, however so slightly, can give players the ability to get around defenders.

This is a skill that focuses more on the skating ability than shooting when looking for a scoring opportunity. The offensive player gives himself the space to get open before firing off a shot into the back of the net.

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Let’s take a closer look and break it down…

Deception and Rolling on Your Edges

Game Date: December 17, 2018

  • OTT72 enters the offensive zone with eyes up and with speed using powerful crossovers.
  • ‘Underhandling’ the puck is a key skill here with hands off the body and puck outside the skates.
  • This allows for maximum speed and the ability to read pressure.
  • OTT72 pushes hard with inside edge of outside (right) foot.
  • He pulls the puck across his body and shifts his weight from the inside edge of his outside (right) foot to the inside edge of his inside (left) foot.
  • Eyes continue to be up and reading the play.
  • OTT72 shifts weight back from inside foot to outside foot and pulls puck back across and outside skates.
  • OTT71 drives through the middle lane
  • NSH92 reads the pass to OTT71 and has stick in passing lane, however, he is moving forward and his toes are pointed towards OTT71.
  • OTT72 reads the feet of NSH92 and pushes hard off inside edge of inside (left) foot.
  • NSH92 is now in ‘no man’s land’ and desperately tries impede OTT72
  • OTT72 protects pucks outside his skates and he shifts back onto the inside edge of his outside foot
  • OTT72 ‘rides’ the inside edge of his outside foot and attacks the dot-line while continuing to read play in front of him
  • Getting to the dotline makes OTT72 a dual-threat to pass or shoot
  • He continues to ride his inside edge holding the puck in a ‘loaded’ position outside his body
  • This creates indecision in NSH59 who is looking to take away the pass as he pushes away from OTT72.
  • Now inside the dotline, OTT72 shoots off his inside edge and gets his hands off his body and pulls hard with his top-hand
  • OTT71 continues to drive the net – this keeps the NSH back in his crease
  • NSH59 tries to hurry the shot but is too far away to get his body or stick in the shooting lane.

Watch the video clip again to see how the ability to roll on your edges is a game changing skill that allows players to play with speed and agility to create deception and confusion.

Video Coach is a series of articles which reviews a video clip from game action and then breaks down the sequence into frames identifying key skills, individual and team tactics, strategy and hockey IQ. Video is a great teaching tool that can be used by both players and coaches.

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Ian Taylor is the Executive Director of the OMHA and former Director of Hockey Development. A proud hockey dad of two, Ian has over 25 years of instructional and coaching experience.

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