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Defense First
Submitted By Lesley Smith Taylor on Thursday, July 15, 2021
Defense First is a unique hockey program (for boys and girls) to focus on the specific skills that are required to play Defense in Hockey.  This program is designed to increase knowledge and skill development through drills, power skating and classroom sessions.

The skill areas that will be taught include:

  • Power skating specifically for defense - Major daily focus on skating/pivoting/c-cuts/crossovers
  • Defensive zone positioning and net play
  • Difference between pressure and contain
  • Reading the offensive rush
  • How to play even and odd man rushes
  • Escapes and techniques to read offensive fore-check (e.g. D to D, Reverse, etc.)
  • Neutral Zone and Play in the offensive zone – Hinge habits and skating techniques
  • The benefits of taking a pass properly
  • Shooting habits – how to catch a pass and using the right shot in a situation
  • Lane manipulation, creating offense at the offensive blueline
  • Breakout Habits and techniques
  • Thinking offensively, and how to create offense from the Defense
  • Scanning the ice techniques

The week long program will be delivered by local coach Derek Di Muzio.  Derek's coaching resume includes being both a Head and Assistant Coach at the Junior level for over 16 years.  Derek has won numerous coaching awards, and has a proven track record for developing local talent and helping them move to higher levels of hockey (e.g. OHL, NCAA, AHL, NHL).  He has been an Assistant Coach with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting in the past and his focus area was on skill development. He has helped many Defensemen currently playing in the NHL develop their skills (e.g. Jakob Chychrun, Anthony DeAngelo, T.J. Brodie, Dalton Prout, and more).


Dates: July 26th - July 30th


Times: Your son or daughter will either skate from 10-11am or 11am-12pm daily


Other Development: There will be daily teaching emails sent to your son/daughter packed full of information on how to improve their skills and better understand the technical and tactical skills necessary to play hockey.


Cost: $250.00 per skater

 

Interested: contact Derek Di Muzio
Email:[email protected]com

Cell: 519-330-0877 (please text me to register or ask any questions)         

 

Note: Spaces for each camp will be limited to approximately 18 skaters to ensure maximum teaching time, skill development, and adequate repetitions for each drill and ensure good practice/training to game transfer.


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