When playing ice hockey and giving a pass at the blue line, who should go first?


3 on 3 is still fairly new to the NHL, so I would imagine strategy is still well in development - teams have played tens of minutes at most of 3 on 3 outside of practice.

However, from the rest of the world, 3 on 3 is fairly common in lower level games, and some of the strategy there clearly makes it to the NHL game. Most of the differences arise from the larger spaces on the ice, and higher relevance of each individual player.

Triangle formation on defense: This is the same as the 5 on 3 defense, really. One guy between each faceoff circle and the goal, and then the third 'point' around mid-ice in your zone. Cuts off passing lanes very effectively. Triangle formation on offense: Basically the same as the defense's triangle. One guy back, two guys forward. When a shot happens, whomever is on the opposite side needs to crash the net hard when that occurs to get the rebound. One defender and two forwards: This is somewhat of a result of the triangle formation, but it's a...
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Ice hockey is a contact sport which is played on ice, and the objective of the game is to put the puck in the opponent's net more times than them. Being an avid fan or an aspiring fan of ice hockey, familiarizing with the game play terms mentioned here would be highly helpful in understanding the game better. Since the game is played on ice, it is popular in Arctic countries and places where there is a seasonal ice cover. Canada, northern parts of the United States, and some European countries are heavily involved in the sport of ice hockey. The terms and rules are easy to understand, and aids one in understanding the game accurately.

List of Ice Hockey Terms

Here are some of the most commonly used terms and phrases for you. These cover the basic aspects of the game, and come in handy when you are watching a game of ice hockey and wondering what the commentator is saying.

ASSIST: A pass to a player who immediately scores a goal. The player with the most assists...

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Ice hockey is a team sport that involves moving a puck into the other team's goal. Some version of the sport has been played since the 16th century, but the first official indoor games didn't take place until 1875, which is considered the beginning of the modern sport. Some of the most important ice hockey rules include those related to the positions on the team, how the puck can be moved, where the players can be in relation to the puck, and how players can have contact with each other.

Each hockey team consists of six players: a goaltender, two defensemen, and three forwards. Forwards often play together as lines, as do defensemen. When a substitution is made, changes are typically made as a set.

The point of the game is to shoot the puck into the opponent's net to score goals. This is done with a long stick with a curved blade at one end. The puck can also be redirected by using the body, as long as there is no kicking or pushing motion. In 1930, a new ice hockey...

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A number of rules, of course, have to be followed in the playing of the game. When players are advancing toward the opposing net, the puck must pass over the blue line first, either on a player’s stick or in a pass, before any players can cross the blue line. If a player crosses the blue line before the player who is carrying the puck crosses the line or if a player is inside the blue line and receives a pass from outside the blue line, the ref blows his whistle to stop play. In addition to the referee, there are two linesmen who help the referee keep track of the puck. After the whistle blows for an “offside” , there is a face-off back where the pass originated or somewhere in “neutral territory” between the two blue lines. Another rule is that a legal pass cannot go over two lines, for example if a puck is shot in from behind the red centre line and it crosses the red line at the end of...

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Before I start I just wanted to share a little story with you about how the idea for this article came about…

Last week, I was forced to play as a defenseman on my Thursday night Beer League team.

Now, if this was Junior or University hockey I probably would’ve been a little nervous. But being that the hockey I play now is for fun more than anything, I wasn’t too stressed out about it.

Long story short, I loved my experience on the blue line. Having been a forward for the past 20 years or so, playing defenseman for the first time for a whole 60 minutes was the most fun I had in a long time.

I started off playing defensively, then chipped in offensively and everything in between. I had a blast, and it really helped me work on my hockey sense.

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Still though, I ran through some scenarios in my mind before the game to make...

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I play both hockey and soccer, and I was a referee and am a fan of both sports, however, the only thing that both offside rules share is the name. You cannot compare hockey with soccer in terms of offside. There are some similar examples/correlations (Ball=Puck and Last Defender=Blue Line) but there is no absolute relationship. Also, in soccer a player who is offside when the ball is played cannot return onside and go get the ball after. In hockey, if you clear the zone (and everyone else has on your team) you may go back in.

If i understand your question correctly, no it is not. However this depends on the rules (NHL vs IIHF). If an offensive player touches the puck, it is an offside though.

If a player from Team A skates into the offensive zone (where Team B's goalie is) first and passes the puck within the zone, it is not offside. If the puck returns to the neutral zone, then all players must clear the zone and wait until the last player is out before anyone can go back...

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Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey in Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Sweden and the United States, is a team sport played on ice. It is a fast paced and physical sport. Ice hockey is most popular in areas that are sufficiently cold for natural, reliable seasonal ice cover, though with the advent of indoor artificial ice rinks it has become a year-round pastime at the amateur level in major metropolitan areas such as cities that host a National Hockey League (NHL) or other professional-league team. It is one of the four major North American professional sports, and is represented by the National Hockey League (NHL) at the highest level, and the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL), the highest level of women's ice hockey in the world. It is the official national winter sport of...

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Minus 15 degrees temperature? What are you going to do in Ladakh in the middle of winter? Are you trying to freeze yourself alive?

I was flooded with all the above questions and expressions before I decided to travel in the highland of Himalayas. Not to capture the transient nature of the mountains, but to experience a sport which was introduced two decades ago by the Indian Army as a part of their winter activity.

Landing into -10 degrees on this New Year and fuelled by the mind-numbing cold, the experience I had in the next three days was nothing short of spiritual. Unlike the summer months, winter in this part of the country gives you an opportunity to see a different side of Ladakh. The blue lakes, rivers, vegetation, and brown mountains are all buried beneath a thick white blanket of snow.

While all activities reduce to a bare minimum and a sense of solitude takes over this region during this time, a group of girls are devoted to hockey – the ‘other’...

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First, there were injuries. Then there was under-achievement. Then there was disappointment. Then there was a chance. Then there was elation.

Now there are expectations.

The last two years have been quite a ride for Philippe Myers, the 19-year-old from Dieppe, N.B., who forms half of Canada’s top defence pairing, with Thomas Chabot, at the world junior hockey championship.

Myers, in particular, looked outstanding from the start in Canada’s opening win over Russia, setting up the opening goal with creative puck protection and a seeing-eye pass to Dylan Strome. Myers and Chabot give Canada a formidable pair.

“The way they move, the transition,” said Canadian coach Dominique Ducharme, assessing their strengths. “They defend well. Mostly the way they move. They have a good gap on guys. They don’t give much time and space. They have good sticks. They win puck battles. They’re pretty complete.”

Myers, off Hockey Canada’s radar for most of his junior...

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By – IIHF.com

Denmark scored twice on three first-period shots and went on to edge defending champion Finland 3-2 in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history.

Tuesday’s result marks an historic moment for the Danish program. It is the first time they have beaten anyone at the World Juniors aside from two wins over Switzerland (4-3 in a shootout on 30 December 2014; 2-1 on 27 December 2015).

“It’s always a special feeling when you get a win against another country you’ve never had a win against,” said Danish assistant captain Christan Mieritz. “It’s a special team, the 1997-age. We have really good chemistry on the team. I guess that’s why we won today.”

Goalie Kasper Krog made 34 stops for the shocking victory. He might be Denmark’s shortest player at 175 cm, but the blue-masked 18-year-old from SonderjyskE Vojens stood tall in his World Junior debut, boosting his team’s hopes of making the quarter-finals for the third straight...

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1. Quad Passing:
1. Players 1 and 2 execute five passes between themselves (soft hands!)
2. After the fifth pass, player 1 does a touch-pass give and go with player 3, then another touch pass to player 4.
3. All players rotate as shown.
2. Cycle Give and Go:
1. Player from line 1 leaves with the puck and walks up the boards, then cycles back to player from line 2.
2. Player from line 1 drives through the seam for a give and go pass, receives the pass from player 2, then one-touches to player 3 or 2 for a one-timer. 3. Figure 8 Shooting & Deflection:
1. Forwards line up in corner with pucks.
2. Three defensemen across the blue line. Two have pucks, one doesn’t.
3. First forward passes to the defenseman without a puck then skates around the top of the circle and drives the net.
4. Far defenseman times it and fires a low, hard shot that arrives just as the forward gets to the net.
5. Forward deflects the puck then continues...
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The Blue Jackets’ streak is over, and if past history is any indication, the win streak doesn’t necessarily mean playoff success is coming for Columbus. Take a look at several of the longest winning streaks in NHL history and the playoff outcomes that followed.

So, the streak is over.

With a 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Washington Capitals, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ remarkable winning streak that spanned 16 games, more than five weeks and continued on through from one year to the next has come to a close.

In the short-term, the win streak is one of the more remarkable stories of the season. It gripped the league, made scoreboard watching a necessity well before the playoff races are even reaching their peak and had NBC ready to broadcast the Blue Jackets’ chase for the all-time mark if they could have tied the 1992-93 Penguins by picking up a 17th win against the Capitals. Beyond that, it vaulted the Blue Jackets into the Stanley Cup conversation. Not just...

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At one time Devon Canton and his two brothers were the talk of the NHL. Set to become the next superstars of the sport, they had lucrative contracts and numerous endorsements within their reach. Then the bottom fell out of their world and everything changed. Now struggling to make ends meet, they have been reduced to playing in the minor leagues. To make matters worse, they all end up playing for the same dead-end team, the Battle Creek Hawks. Not only hasn’t that team won a game in three years, but their arena is falling down around them and is in danger of being condemned. Then Devon and his brothers hit a new low when they get thrown out of their first game for getting into a brawl…with each other.

Battle Creek Times sports reporter Saul Davis knows the instant he see the three brothers beating the snot out of each other that he has a story. It only takes a little digging to find out how far the once promising hockey players have fallen. Intrigued, Saul tries to pin down Devon...

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I didin't know how to clearly express my question, so here are a few explanation.

I'm currently playing in a small hockey club at a quite low level, and we always do this exercise where all the players are at one end of the rink (where the pucks are on the picture). One player on each side rushes to the blue line, only one having the puck. Then, each one crosses the other one behind the blue line, and the one who holds the puck gives it to the other one. Then, they enter the zone and shoot on the goalie. This exercise takes place on only one half of the rink. We often do this at warmup before a play.

So, my question is : which one of the two guys should be the closest to the attack zone when crossing the other one? The puck holder? The receiver?

On the picture, should 1 give it to 2 and wait a bit to avoid an offside, or should 2 give it to 1 for him to enter the zone quickly?

When we play, some say option #1, others say option #2, and it ends up in big...

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In ice hockey, a play is offside if a player on the attacking team enters the offensive zone before the puck, unless the puck is sent or carried there by a defending player. When an offside violation occurs, a linesman will stop play. A faceoff is then held at a neutral ice spot closest to the infraction to restart play.

The blue lines are used to determine if a player has gone offside.

The National Hockey League (NHL) and International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) apply similar rules for determining offside. A player is judged to be offside if both of their skates completely cross the blue line dividing their offensive zone from the neutral zone before the puck completely crosses the same line. In both organizations, it is the position of a player's skates that are important. They cannot use their stick or other part of their body to remain onside. The lone caveat to this rule is that an attacking player's skates may precede the puck into the attacking zone when...

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When you are playing organized hockey it is important that everyone on the team plays their positions and does “their job”. I like to teach each player what their job is so they understand where they need to be and what they should be doing in each situation on the ice. If just one player on the ice is out of position it can alter the outcome of the game, so it is important to understand your role on the ice is and the role of the other players. I have already written an article on the role of a winger in hockey, and in this article I will detail what a centerman should be doing in various situations on the ice.

The Responsibilities of a Centerman

In general the centerman is the “support man” this means he is helping out the other players when they are in trouble, the centerman is also considered the quaterback as he will win faceoffs, and lead breakouts. The wingers typically stick to their side of the ice, however the centermen has more freedom to roam. Even...

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Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. Ice hockey teams usually consist of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

A fast-paced, physical sport, ice hockey is most popular in areas of North America (particularly Canada and the northern United States) and northern and eastern Europe. Ice hockey is the official national winter sport of Canada,[1] where the game enjoys immense popularity. In North America, the National Hockey League (NHL) is the highest level for men's hockey and the most popular. The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is the highest league in Russia and much of Eastern Europe. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is the formal governing body for international ice hockey. The IIHF manages...

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“Hockey Made Easy”

has helped over 250,000 players and coaches from around the world play better hockey since 1996, and we can also help you.

Young players, 5 to 15 years of age, must learn how to play specific defensive situations without the puck and the tips listed below will help both Defencemen and Forwards meet this challenge.

The new emphasis this 2006/07 season is on speed, skill and eliminating obstruction. The Referee will be calling more hooking, holding and interference penalties. It is now imperative for all young players to learn the following defensive skills to legally help them prevent goals against. And, sooner or later, Forwards will have to cover up for a rushing or pinching defenceman and they to must learn how to play 1 on 1’s and 2 on 1’s correctly to help their team prevent goals.

A Good Defenseman is worth his/her weight in gold, especially with the new 06/07 rules!

Playing defense, (even temporarily as a Forward) is a highly...

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These Golden rules are the key items players should be striving to master as they progress up through the ranks to high school and college. The best players at the highest levels of hockey follow the Golden Rules most often. A player of average skills and speed will do very well if these rules are mastered. While the rules are basic and seem obvious, it may take many years of concentrated effort for most players to automatically perform them properly. This automatic reaction is what coaches should be teaching and players working towards.

1. Always back your partner — on the offensive blue line, in the neutral zone and especially in the defensive zone.

2. Always one defenseman in front of the net when the opposition has the puck in your zone or there is danger that they may gain possession. For young defenseman, (mites through early PeeWees) the rule should always be one defenseman in front of the net when the puck is in your zone.

3. Do not leave...

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Tip No. 1
Learn To Jam
Formerly a rare power play strategy, "jam" plays are now commonplace. Attacking teams rush in front of the net from all angles while attempting to keep the puck moving to rotating pivot men, hoping to free up an open man one-on-one against the goaltender. The strategy is risky because there is often no one back in time to prevent a short-handed rush if the puck squirts away from the corners or behind the net.

Tip No. 2
Play Without The Puck
A good player's actions and movements away from the puck are just as important as - and sometimes more important than - his play with the puck. If you're playing with a Gretzky, or some other clever director, it's imperative to play smart without the puck. "That's why he's accomplished what he has, because of anticipation," Colin Campbell says of The Great One. "And if you're going to play on the same line as him, you better know where to be and when to be there."

Tip No. 3

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Understand the rink markings and dimensions.

While hockey can be played on roller skates (roller hockey) or on foot (floor hockey), the most popular and common type of hockey is played on the ice. Ice hockey is played on an ice rink that is 200 feet (61.0 m) long and 85 feet (25.9 m) wide and divided into three sections, demarcated by the blue lines on the ice. In the middle of the rink, there is a red line that divides both territories of play, and two blue lines fifty feet from each side of the red line. Between the two blue lines is called the "neutral zone," while the space outside the blue lines is defended by each team.

At the ends of the rink, there are two thinner red lines where the net goes. In front of the goal there is an area called the crease. The crease is usually colored blue. This is the goaltender's area. On the rink are also five face-off circles in which the puck is dropped to begin play at the beginning of the game, the period, or after a penalty that...
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There are two wingers in hockey, right wing, and left wing. Both wing men, as well as the centermen are referred to as forwards. The forwards are offensively minded and will score the majority of your teams goals. As a winger you will mostly play on your side of the ice, right wing will play up and down the right side of the ice (to the right of the centermen at faceoff) and the left wing will play on the left side.

The responsibilities of a winger

Your general duties as a wingman are to dig in the corner, feed the centermen and defence, wreak havoc in front of the other teams net, and outsmart the other teams defensemen on both ends of the rink. I will explain more below

A wingers duties and positioning in the defensive zone

The defensive zone is your teams end of the ice (the side where your goalie is in net) When you are playing in the defensive zone your team is trying to get the puck out (break out) and get into the offensive zone (the other...

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