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24 // OCTOBER 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM O F F W I N G Net Gain At competitive and higher levels of hockey, a selfish or "one-on-five hockey" attitude doesn't work. 3 B E Y O N D T H E X ' S A N D O ' S Greater Point Production Starts With Letting The Puck Do The Work For You WHERE GOALS ARE SCORED g By John Hamre & Jay Campbell Good team players makes those around them better. Help your team by: • Passing to open players for shots • Head-manning the puck to open players up ice • Sharing the puck • Playing selflessly, with quick puck movement critical to gen- erate scoring chances. Focus on developing passing and playmaking skills to generate quality SOG. Focus on develop- ing all different shot techniques: forehand, backhand, rebounds, screen-tips, tips on ice, tips in the air, one-timers, wrist shots, and slap shots. Watch older players, pick a skill to improve on and have fun getting shots and setting up your teammates' shots. P John Hamre is a former coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program and is currently the director of hockey operations at the University of Minnesota. Jay Campbell is a long- time Minnesota high school coach. I n competitive levels of hockey, it is difficult to get a shot on goal within the "Scoring Box." Team d e f e n s i v e t a c t i c s a r e s o w e l l developed and coached. In the 2017-18 NHL regular sea- son, the Top 50 goal scorers averaged more than 2.0 shots on goal per game. It should come as no surprise that Alexander Ovechkin, the league's leading goal scorer (49 goals), also led the way with an average of 4.33 shots on goal per game. While shots on goal are credited to an individual player, it's important to think about how they are generated within team play concepts. So, while you may not get as many shots as you would like in a game or over the course of the season, are you helping to generate shots on goal for your teammates? This may be done by improving your passing and play- making skills within the framework of a line, as part of a five-player unit or on the power-play. At compet it ive a nd h ig her lev- els of hockey, a selfish or "one-on- five hockey " attitude doesn't work. The rea lit y is puck movement and sha r i ng t he puck is t he r ig ht way to play the ga me, a nd f ive players playing together is the only way to be successful. THERE WERE A COMBINED 34 goals scored in last year's Stanley Cup Finals—20 goals by the Washington Capitals and 14 by the Vegas Golden Knights. Of those 34 goals, 32—or 94.2 percent—came from within the "Scoring Box." This area can be defined by a line connecting the top of the circles, the goalline, and the lines extended from the top of the circles through the faceoff dots to the goalline. The simple takeaway from this statistic is that if you want to score goals in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals or at any level of hockey—go to the net. It's a mindset that can become a habit. Going to the net with or without the puck is how individual players can help their team within their offensive attack strategies. Alexander Ovechkin, Game 5 Devante Smith- Pelly, Game 5 Colin Miller, Game 1 Washington Capitals Las Vegas Knights GOALS SCORED IN STANLEY CUP FINALS

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