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The Importance of the Faceoff

By Tom Woodcroft, Youth1, 12/28/17, 12:00PM CST

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If you can skate and compete at an even level while the play is flowing, but you can add proficient faceoff prowess to your arsenal, then you’re a valuable asset to the coach.

“I call 24 faceoffs a night and that was the only one I got right.”

That was Sidney Crosby from a couple years back after calling a faceoff play which resulted in a goal during the Stanley Cup finals. I focus on faceoffs a lot in my job – both my own team’s and others during pre-scouting missions.

Faceoffs are a crucial component of the game, we all know that. If you don’t know what your opponent is doing on their defensive zone draws, then you might as well throw a blindfold over all your players for the few split seconds following puck drop.