3 Key Hockey Tips for Beginner Centers

Jonathan Toews is widely regarded as one of the NHL's top centers

Jonathan Toews is widely regarded as one of the NHL’s top centers

3 Key Hockey Tips for Beginner Centers

The centerman in hockey is often considered to be one of the most important players on the ice. Their job is to control the center of the ice, win face offs, lead fast breaks, skate back for defense and generally offer support to wing players when they are in trouble. In short, a little bit of everything.

If you were to compare hockey to football, the center would be a quarterback and a linebacker rolled into one. New players can take some time to learn all the roles they need to play. Below are some hockey tips for beginner centers so they can focus on a few of the fundamentals and begin to build upon these with more playing time.

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Off Ice Hockey Drills to Increase Agility

Want to make moves like Datsyuk? You need fast feet! Follow this off-ice agility training guide to improve the effectiveness of your dekes…

Off Ice Hockey Drills to Increase Agility

The game of hockey is one of the most exciting team sports in the world, but the true serious athlete must learn to train alone—consistently. There may not always be other people with whom you can practice or even an ice rink. Fortunately, there are drills that can improve athletic ability without the assistance of other people or access to ice.

The following off-ice hockey drills improve a hockey player’s agility to make scoring easier. Agility is an important skill for anyone who plays team sports, and it can be improved through a litany of drills. Agility is the skill that made scorers like Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby so dynamic. The ability to stop, accelerate, and change direction immediately is essential—especially on open ice.

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The Beginner’s Guide To Taping A Hockey Stick Properly

Beginner Hockey Stick Tape

How To Tape A Hockey Stick Properly

Knowing how to tape a hockey stick properly is almost as important to the game of hockey itself as knowing how to skate. Taping is a ritual that seasoned players do before each game to ensure they get the best grip and most life out of the blade of their hockey stick, allowing them to get the best touches and shots with the puck. Below are the steps for how to tape a hockey stick properly, so you can fit right in before even stepping out onto the ice.

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Just What Rules Change Between NHL And NCAA Hockey?

NCAA vs NHL Rules

Playing ice hockey at a Division I college gives many players the training and experience they require in order to eventually carve out a career at the NHL level. Although NCAA players aren’t paid millions of dollars and they have to take a bus to each game instead of a private jet, their passion and commitment to the sport are what make college hockey so compelling. However, when college players make the leap to the professional ranks, what rule changes do they have to learn?

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