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1 on 1 Defense Tips for Hockey

August 29, 2019

(rock music) – Hey guys, it’s Jeremy. – And Dan. – From The Hockey Movement. And in this video, we’re
showing you how to play better defense when
you’re going one-on-one with a guy coming down the ice. The first tip is to play body on body. You typically want your
stick in front of you when you’re coming down the
ice because that allows you to take away passes across the ice, also allows you to steer
the player where you want, and if he makes a deke to
the right or to the left, you’re ready. You don’t have too much room to move. Now, when I’m coming down
the ice, I want to align my outside shoulder with
Dan’s inside shoulder. I’m giving him more room to the outside, which is where I want him
because it’s harder for him to make a pass here, harder
for him to make a shot on net, and I can play him into the corner. So what happens if it’s a
one-on-one and the player with the puck is in the center of the ice? Well, you can send him
to the outside there, or send him to the outside there. Typically, you want to
send him to his backhand. Most players are worse on
their backhand than they are on their forehand, so if you
can get them on their backhand, they’re gonna be more
uncomfortable making that pass or taking that shot. So Dan’s coming down. Take a look, I know it’s
his backhand’s there. I’m gonna give him more space on that side so he takes that side, and I
can make him uncomfortable. The next tip is to match
the player’s speed. You almost never wanna get
caught really committing to a poke check because you’re
gonna get caught flat-footed. Sure, sometimes you’re
gonna take the puck away from the player, but if you
miss, he’s gonna one step, he’s gonna be around you and be completely alone with the goalie. So try to match the player’s
speed when he’s coming down the ice because then
you can stick with him all the way into the
zone, keep that good gap, and keep on putting pressure. The last tip for playing
one-on-one through the neutral zone is your gap. You don’t want your gap to
be too close to the player because if he’s expecting
it, he can easily make a play to another player, and then
you’re out of the play. But you also don’t wanna be too far back because then he can choose where
he’s gonna go down the ice. He can go to the right, go to
the left, maybe make a pass, slow up. So typically you want about
a three stick-length gap coming through the neutral
zone, and then as you get closer to the blue line, you’re
gonna close that gap, close that gap and be more
aggressive on the player, try to play him into the
boards, give him a nice slash. Alright guys, those tips
should help you play a little bit better defense. Thanks a lot for watching the video. Don’t forget, subscribe
to The Hockey Movement. We do new hockey videos every single week to help you become a better hockey player. Thanks for watching the video. We’ll see you in the next one.


  • Reply mrgreenbaypackers December 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Good video

  • Reply Tobi Becker December 15, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks bud
    Thats great all your Videos come online one our before my practice so i can use right after i saw it

  • Reply James Joyce December 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks. Sharing this with my son and his teammates.

  • Reply CAVEMANsean December 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Great video Jeremy, and for those defensemen that don't think you can use your stick to drive them to the outside I do it all day in-game, only 1 of 2 things USUALLY happen either they take what you give them or they'll try to dangle you but if you've matched their speed that probably won't work out. Hey Jeremy you should do a video on when to turn as a dman I see a lot of beginner's back skating then they wait til the guy is already by them to turn around and basically take themselves out of the play.

  • Reply Daniel D. December 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you for your great videos !! Keep Going !!

    lg Daniel from Graz Austria

  • Reply Mechwd Gaming December 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Love these type of videos, please do more.

  • Reply Dad Mom December 16, 2014 at 12:49 am

    thank you guys so much for making these videos I'm starting hockey and this helps so much!

  • Reply 83spartanpride December 16, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Great video. I love these videos.

  • Reply Noah Elliott December 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Could you make some more videos on how to play defense?  I really loved Defense 101 – Using the Markings and this video.  I play defense on my team.

  • Reply Caleb Osterhout December 19, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Show us how to line up a big hit

  • Reply RPMX4 December 19, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    HAAAA!! Then give him a good SLASH.  Love it.  Excellent quality guys.  Gonna get my son too look at these and follow your channel.  Much appreciated.

  • Reply nintendovspcuniverse December 22, 2014 at 7:52 am

    the glass is realy short 

  • Reply Jb Ryan December 29, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Why do you have two hands on your stick? I never see D have two hands on their stick while defending

  • Reply Yasha Breslove January 10, 2015 at 3:30 am

    These videos are super helpful.  Thank you so much for making all of these.

  • Reply Dave M January 11, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    why are you giving the guy your zone.  You have to try and stop him at the blue line.

  • Reply Liljan January 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Subskription on me for videos like this!

  • Reply darthtater300 January 26, 2015 at 4:17 am

    I keep my stick in one hand and close to my body so the offenseman has the illusion that my stick is shorter so I can then poke check. Also, another tip is to never look down at the puck. In fact, stare straight into the offenseman's eyes and follow his chest everywhere. This will prevent him dekeing or trying to go through your legs because if he attempts any of those trashy show off moves, you can just body up on him and block his path. 

  • Reply LiftOrGTFO February 7, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Man, I suck at hockey. 

  • Reply Henrik Ragnarsson Låås February 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    When I played defence I didn't try to poke with the stick. I backed up and then suddently stopped and took the player down. His consentration was on the puck, and it was sort of a surprise move.
    Worked every time.

  • Reply RobsTone May 30, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Haha Give him a nice slash.

  • Reply Chrissy Madai September 19, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Get that SLASH!! aahhh yeah:) Great tips thanks!!!!!

  • Reply sixshooter82 September 25, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Great videos

  • Reply Randy Barrett November 3, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I really enjoyed these videos. Keep up the good work!!

  • Reply PP H November 7, 2015 at 2:50 am

    it sucks

  • Reply Todd Huntley December 22, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Hi I have a question please – If a guy is coming in on me, one my side of the ice, one on one, but i have my d partner on the other side of the ice, and my options are to send their forward to his fore hand along the boards or back hand into the middle ( where i have help) , what is the best move? Thanks

  • Reply Denis Morissette December 27, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Great tips, but when you go on the ice the first time after, I'm not sure you'll apply these teachings. You will most likely use your normal techniques.

  • Reply Paul Esmond February 1, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Thanks for the video. I started playing defense this year and people have really helped me get more comfortable with it. I really enjoy it. Next game, I will have to keep in mid to keep my outside shoulder lined up to the winger's shoulder.

  • Reply Laura Wood August 28, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Great tips. I play field hockey but I'm still going to try these out

  • Reply John D October 26, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks for the great video!  My 10 year old son is a full time defenseman.  He gets caught doing a one handed poke check way too often.  Hopefully he'll listen to you, since he of course hates DAD teaching him, lol

  • Reply Itsoji On IG October 26, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Just started roller hockey.. I'm a lacrosse player so it'll take some getting used to not checking people when they get too close

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  • Reply LAPesos November 16, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Great video! Great series! Great Page across the boards! Loe all your work bra! Please keep up the good work!!! Thx

  • Reply Bkelly 89 November 25, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    This works so well make more defense videos please

  • Reply Acid Predator November 27, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Nice quality

  • Reply NoobTube December 4, 2016 at 12:52 am

    You helped me a lot thanks. I used to suck. I just subbed

  • Reply Chicago Skater January 18, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Keep getting dangled by people who think its game 7 at rat, im here to put an end to that sht lmao.

  • Reply Fresh! February 17, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    i keep forgetting this on ice damn it

  • Reply Samuel _lovehockey88 March 19, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Thanks coach Jeremy

  • Reply Jack Zehr March 26, 2017 at 3:30 am

    1.Look at their chest

    2.Have your stick back a little bit, you never want the player to know his or her limits, so when they get close, you get the kill

  • Reply Jeffrey JeffreyFLF April 20, 2017 at 5:01 am

    I wana see a defence video were your forward opponent is skating fast and your defending skating in backward crossovers.

  • Reply Peter Negan July 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    defence defence defence!!! YEAH!

  • Reply NV Clips September 10, 2017 at 11:31 am

    doesn't work i try lol😂

  • Reply Jacob Davis November 4, 2017 at 12:52 am

    good job!

  • Reply Hi January 6, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Can I chop the guys head off?

  • Reply Caiden Walker January 26, 2018 at 9:38 pm


  • Reply Trevor Harder March 3, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Hey guys, I really enjoyed that video! It was clearly explained while also giving a visual of what it should look like and it’s simple enough for even beginners like me to pick up no problem. 🙌🏼 great vid boys

  • Reply Jairden Russell April 12, 2018 at 5:59 am

    3 best ways to fake a shot

  • Reply Curt Freese August 16, 2018 at 4:06 am

    Should you play the man or play the puck?

  • Reply Paresseux Irrévérencieux September 16, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Best one so far on the subject.

  • Reply Ona Bats November 30, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    u need to hold the stick on one hand… the player is gonna go pass you if you keep it in two hands😂😂😂

  • Reply Dino January 9, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Hey coach these videos have helped me so much that people are now saying they should put me on the ice (playing defence) the whole game

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  • Reply RustlerRC March 25, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I’d just check him…

  • Reply Cole Miranda March 31, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Thank you

  • Reply teoman Akoezbek August 11, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    1v1 defense: wenn aussuchen zu der seite drängen wo spieler auf rückhand ist, und zur seite wo du schläger in hand hälst

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