Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Using your Backhand

By now, you have probably heard about or seen Sidney Crosby's no look backhand pass.  It was what those in Pittsburgh have become accustomed to seeing from him.  Incredible plays that create opportunity.

I'd like to talk a little about this play.  First, watch it here to refresh yourself of what happened:



I've talked before and will soon have my own video on the site about using the backhand. The key to this play is the use of the backhand for the pass by Crosby. Obviously, he has already looked ahead and knows where he is going with this pass.  He catches the pass, protects the puck with his body, spins and puts it where it needs to be.

All to often, we see players at the levels we coach afraid to use their backhand. They get a puck on the backhand in a good position to make a pass or shoot.  Instead, they take the time to spin around to the forehand. By that time, the defense has moved into position and so has the goalie. Using the backhand allows for a quick movement of the puck and will open up opportunities.

The second key to this play is Dupuis.  He catches the puck on the backhand, realizes he is too low to shot the puck on net on the backhand.  He immediately drags it to the forehand gets off a quick shot.

Teach your players to use their backhand.  You won't be sorry.

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