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Eyes of the Puck

For age level: 11 to 13

Explanation: This is very simple demonstration to help your shooters understand the difference between the lines to the open net from the position of the puck versus the position of the shooters eyes, as well as the advantage to shooting from the slot versus shooting from the top of the crease. Position a goalie in the middle of the net, top of the blue paint, and set a puck on the ice between the hash marks. Have the players, one at a time, lie on their bellies with their head directly behind the puck. Their head is now the puck. Ask them where they can see some open net? These are the possible shooting lines to score. Now have them stand up with their stick on the puck, in shooting position, and see the difference in their sight line and what part of the net looks open. Have them lie on the ice again to reinforce the open lines to the net. Shift the players to the left face off dot and right face off dot, with the goalie in position, top of the crease. This will help them understand where, if any, their scoring lines to the net might be. Next, start with the player belly down, head between the hash marks. Place the goalie in the butterfly position, at the top of the crease. Have the players describe where they see open net, then a coach grabs their skate blades and slides them forward until their head is 5 feet in front of the goalie. Ask them where, 5 feet from the goalie, or between the hash marks, is the best place to shoot from?

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