The IceMan’s Rant: What Happened to Defense in the NHL?

January 2nd, 2010 by Nucks IceMan Leave a reply »
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Written by: Larry “The Nucks IceMan” Johnson

O.K. I’ve stayed quiet long enough. Forty games – nothing, calm and controlled, but now I’ve got to rant!

What’s with this pamsey, whamsey, no touch in the front of the net, you can’t fight for position garbage?

This question is for any people that have coached or played hockey. This is not meant to eliminate others, because I want your opinion also.

Why is it in today’s hockey, that few defensemen play the man? Everyone seems to play the puck, either they are trying to stick check or they are mesmerized and stand around watching it.

Is it that long ago when you would play the body, your partner would take care of the puck? On the third St. Louis goal, Salo went by the player, then the rest of the Canucks either stood around, either trying to play goal or stick checking the shooter.

Not one Canuck dropped a St. Louis player on their derriere when they were fishing for the puck!

Let’s equate this to playing man-to-man in football. If everyone takes a man in hockey, especially in the D zone down low and in fro ...

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