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Top 3 Mistakes Defenseman Should NEVER Make in a Hockey Game

August 21, 2019

It’s coach Zac, head coach here at 247 Hockey,
and these are the TOP 3 MISTAKES that defensemen should never make in a hockey game. One: You never make a blind pass through the
middle of the rink. What do you thinking? You don’t make blind passes through the
middle of the rink. That’s the last place that you throw the
puck. If you don’t have options, if you don’t
know what to do with the puck, make a smart and safe play. Don’t throw that puck through the middle
of the rink blindly without knowing exactly where it’s going. Two: Do not try to poke check in a 1 on 1
situation, and just go after the puck. Don’t stare at the puck, don’t worry about
the puck. Stick on stick, body on body. You want your eyes right here on that forward,
on that puck carrier, because you have to take care of the body, alright. If that puck gets around you without the body,
no one’s going to score the goal. Focus on the body first. Poke, poke, poke. Weak play. Poke check is a weak play if you’re
not focused on that body. Sure, you want that stick on the puck, but
you got to have the eyes on the body, you’re focused on body on body, and the body is the
most important thing. Don’t sweep for that puck, don’t only
go for the puck. You got to be responsible for the body in
1 on 1 situations. Three: Stop thinking that you need to go end
to end with the puck to be an offensive defenseman. Being offensive defenseman doesn’t mean that
you need to rush the puck end to end, alright. Headman that puck, join the rush when you
have a player and a forward who’s in front of you that’s open, headman that puck. Move the puck quick. The slowest way to get the puck up the ice
is to skate it. So, if you have that open player, move the
puck quick, and then continue to skate to join that rush. Don’t think that you have to be the one
that rushes the puck all the way up the ice, end to end every time, cause what’s going
to happen for every one time you do it, it’s going to take you 20 or 30 tries where
you’re turning the puck over, where you’re getting the puck knocked off your stick,
and then your team’s losing momentum, you’re becoming a defensive liability, and it’s
not working. So move that puck, get that puck up to the forwards,
and then use a give-and-go, follow up the rush as a trailer, and that’s how you become
an offensive defenseman. It’s not because you’re rushing the puck
end to end every single time. You’re going to cause way too many turnovers,
and you’re going to be a defensive liability. I hope this video helped you, but we’re
just scratching the surface. If you want a list of all the keys that it
takes to be the lead defenseman, a list of everything that you need to focus on to be a top-level
defenseman go to for defenseman. There’ll also be a link in the description
below, okay. So, in the description of this video, at the
very top, I’m going to include a link, and I’m also going to include a link in the
top comment below. I’ll leave a comment below as well. So, make sure you go there. If you’re a defenseman, and you want to
learn what it takes to take your game to the next level, make sure you go to,
and get signed up, and get our complete defenseman checklist for free. If you’re not subscribed to this YouTube
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you know when we release a new video. I want to hear in the comments below what
do you think one of the keys of being an elite defenseman is, and something that defenseman
should never do. So leave a comment below. Let me know what do you think that defenseman
should never do. What’s a mistake that defenseman make that they should never make in a game if they want to be an elite player. Leave that in the comments for me below. I always read those comments. So, go to to get the free
defenseman checklist, subscribe if you’re not subscribed, and leave me that comment
below. Let me know what you think a mistake that
defenseman make in a game if they should never make. This is coach Zac. Keep training hard.


  • Reply Evan Nauth July 3, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Love your videos so helpful

  • Reply NateSnipes July 3, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Your videos are great thanks for making them.

  • Reply Ni Bu July 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Do more of these videos where you tell what is wrong. It helps us to not make them mistakes again

  • Reply Fruututu July 3, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Correct the 2nd paragraph in the description, please

  • Reply Eric Levine July 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    You can poke check without putting yourself in a vulnerable position (reaching/lunging). Hard to imagine obeying a hard-and-fast rule to never poke check.

  • Reply Eric Karlsson July 3, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks for the help

  • Reply lare July 3, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Defensman should always help the goalie by clearing every loose puck and rebound away from the goalcreese

  • Reply Derek Edtl July 3, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    great vids as a defenseman I found the video valuable especially the 1 on 1 poke check I always thought to like because the body was risky appreciate the videos keep it up

  • Reply g,v man July 3, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Great video Merci 😊

  • Reply Joel Beattie July 4, 2017 at 12:58 am

    a defenseman should never leave an open man in front of his net… he should always be in between the other teams forward and the goalie and have his stick under the other guys stick and forcing him away from a pass with his body

  • Reply Jaime Wade July 4, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Get between the goalie and the other team's offense when the goalie is trying to freeze the puck. Don't leave the other team's players free to dig for the puck.

  • Reply Gerhard Symons July 4, 2017 at 3:51 am

    This is a good taster video. Video live examples would be good.

  • Reply Kaarlo Cederberg July 4, 2017 at 10:20 am

    This was great video. I would like forward version.

  • Reply Brian Mckenzie July 4, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Excellent video! You nailed it. Lots of younger D players lose focus and get mesmerized by the puck, thus forgetting to watch the puck carriers chest. What are your thoughts on when the D should attack or put even more pressure on the puck carrier? I sometimes see kids with way to much gap entering the zone, allowing the puck carrier to get down lower before the D makes their move and applies more pressure.

  • Reply 247 Hockey July 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Get the DEFENSEMAN Checklist here:

  • Reply Murphanator L7 July 4, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Yo Zack, do OHL/NCAA scouts go to high school(USA high school) games cause i'm in 9th grade and i'm on the first d- line. Also i was the leading goals scorer in my league .Or will i need to play on a AAA team to get scouted.

  • Reply Aaron Hiscock July 5, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Coach Zach. I love what you bring. Refer to your videos often as I put my practice plans together. One thing to add….well Two things. 1) GAP CONTOL!! 2) In prefer to effectively manage your gap, You HAVE to be a strong and Mobile skater!!

  • Reply Thundersports July 6, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    The best way to think of yourself as a defense when u have the puck is as a quarterback

  • Reply Aaron White July 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    This isn't specifically related to this video, but what did you make your older DIY shooting tarps out of?

    I used a tarp in my garage, but unfortunately it's falling apart a bit. I'm looking to go for another DIY solution, since a real shooting tarp is just way too expensive for my tastes.

    Thanks for the great videos as always!

  • Reply StealthyStick Gaming July 8, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Something I think defensmen should never do in a hockey game is that you should never pass the breakout pass to a teammate that is covered by your opponents when another teammate is wide open on the other side of the ice.

  • Reply Rgh5150 Henz July 9, 2017 at 3:45 am

    NEVER drive for a loose puck on the blueline. If you miss you've most likely created a breakaway

  • Reply CrystalRedTintcoat July 9, 2017 at 3:45 am

    A mistake defenseman make is committing too early. You need to funnel back the step up at the right time. A video with a picture of this would help.

  • Reply Joe Gill July 10, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    1) Never make a blind pass through the middle
    2) Don't poke check on a 1 on 1
    3) You don't have to go coast to coast to be an offensive D, pass it!

  • Reply Lirr3mAn 09 July 17, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Great video! Works also for those of us that look for a career as a hockeyCoach! Keep em coming!

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  • Reply Maurits Koetse October 16, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    oh boy, this video is really good. Thanks a lot.

  • Reply Dylan Zocco November 1, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Is it ok to rush the puck up some plays like once a game or twice

  • Reply Owen Durkin November 5, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Hey Coach, last night's Leafs V Blues was a gong show from a D point of view. And by D, I don't necessarily mean the defensemen. That second STL goal was a comedy of errors. I have my thoughts, but you're the real expert. Can you break it down for us, starting at 2:20?  thanks, Coach.

  • Reply lerej namatso November 26, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    this channel is great

  • Reply Chuck Waterman December 4, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Aside for a few rare exceptions, a great defenseman should never blindly rim the puck around the boards just to clear the zone. It's lazy, careless, lacks vision and is basically, in most situations, a give back of possession to the opposing team. And for those that may say, "What about a penalty kill?," new USA Hockey rules and regs for players U14 and below that play now results in an icing and a defensive zone face-off.

  • Reply Club de Tennis Dolbeau-Mistassini December 16, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Very interesting pointers. As a defensive defenceman, I try to anticipate the plays BEFORE they happen:therefore I can cut passes and break my opponents play. I also use the boards to clear my zone 90% of the time, keeping my opponents play away from the net. And when I join the rush I always try to be conscious of any opponent behind me, especially if he's got fair speed.

  • Reply Ben Dover December 18, 2017 at 11:18 pm

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  • Reply Do Mo December 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    defenseman should always have there head on a swivel

  • Reply Kevin Cronin10 January 18, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    A bad mistake you can make is if there’s a scramble in front of the net and as the defenseman your worried abt the puck instead of the guy on the other team trying to get the puck into your net. Instead as defenseman you should leave the puck and drive out the other team right on their hips and you should let the goalie take care of the puck not yourself

  • Reply Toolmaker January 22, 2018 at 7:16 am

    One key is to develop solid and complete edge control to your skating. Two, develop explosive backwards diagonal skating (crossing over) both way with and without puck.. Three never let one man from the other teem in back of you or even to the side of you. If one defenseman goes to the net the other must back him up by staying back. To many D and C league players could careless about staying back making sure they don't get burned to the net. Everyone wants the glory of going up to score a goal. A good defenseman will exercise self control and stay back enough to defend a brake away or pick up a loose puck.

  • Reply Austani Scibelli February 15, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Thanks for the helpReally big help my game is going to the next level

  • Reply brian eddes April 30, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    In one on one scenarios, I think it is the defenseman's job to try to block the offensive skater and poke check at some point. I see too many defenseman skating back and giving up a shot. At some point you have to press.

  • Reply Jim Wade May 25, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Orr end to end…the best

  • Reply L1ttl3F00t June 11, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Everything about this channel just screams clickbait entrepreneur but its actually quality hockey tutorials and real stuff. I just can't help but to laugh at the strong vibe it gives off xD

  • Reply duckman D August 29, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Great video man, excellent info!

  • Reply duckman D August 29, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Yes more vids on what NOT to do what we are doing wrong. Thanks man

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  • Reply Cello Pugs September 3, 2018 at 12:10 am

    I've been a defensive defenseman my life but I'm tired of not getting goals so thanks for this vid it helped

  • Reply Kevin Smith October 24, 2018 at 2:42 am

    "Do this thing because it's stupid if you don't! If you don't do the thing then you're not doing the thing!!!"

    Why not try explaining yourself rather than just repeating the same thing over and over?

  • Reply Club de Tennis Dolbeau-Mistassini November 5, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Question: If you've got a 2 on 1 situation, what do you suggest? Me, before the game starts, I'm used to letting the goalie know that if that sitiuation occurs, I'm gonna take the player with no puck and leave the other to the goalie. Of course, I always keep an eye on the puck carrier but try to annhilate any chance of a pass.

  • Reply Paul Walter December 4, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Helpful 👍💪🏒finally something things are getting better with on the ice with your vids thanks

  • Reply Rebecca Barnett December 13, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    My coach always says that the boards are our friends not the opposing team

  • Reply B.Y.E. December 22, 2018 at 3:53 am

    Great tips but my non-contact league won't let be focus on the body while playing stand up D…I keep getting penalties…resorting to poke checks.

  • Reply MrFortnite SWE February 10, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Lol i have made a blind pass twice

  • Reply Cono 8 and P for days February 17, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    joe gill toats jst cped yr ida

    be a little bit closer to the guy thats in the high slot

  • Reply HalfPint Hockey May 10, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Never pass in front of your own net. I’ve seen guys score on their own goal by mistake.

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