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USA Hockey Article "Ditching the Dump In"
« on: January 22, 2019, 05:21:59 PM »
 The January 2019 USA Hockey Magazine had an interesting article in it. What do you think of the article?

Holding Onto The Puck Can Lead To A Surge In Scoring Chances        DITCHING THE DUMP IN.

FEW PLAYS HAVE FANS on the edge of their seat more than a player rushing through the neutral zone, sidestepping the defense at the blue line and scoring a highlight-reel goal. So why do so many coaches continue to preach the old dump-and-chase technique of creating chances in the offensive zone? While getting the puck in deep behind the defense does have its time and place, several studies show that it’s far less effective than a controlled entry. Some NHL teams are putting this data to use by creat-ing an offensive philosophy based on puck possession to generate quality scoring chances. “With the increase of analytics and looking at the sport, we’ve been able to statistically look at zone entries and found that when you enter the zone with the puck you end up with more quality chances on net than when you dump it in,” said Ken Martel, technical director of the American Development Model. On a controlled-zone entry, it gives you that much more time to strike. Studies show that 75 percent of goals occur within 10 seconds of entering the zone. “The nature of the game has become a much more puck possession game,” Martel added. “It’s become don’t throw the puck away if you don’t have to. We work so hard to get it.” Getting the puck in deep requires a team to outhustle or outmuscle the defense. This can be successful based on the number of forwards involved in the play. Oftentimes, dumps are utilized when issuing a change or when a puck carrier is lacking offensive support. But the new way of thinking, Martel said, encourages players to remain patient and look at their options before firing the puck into the zone. That’s why USA Hockey has offered several rule changes that encourage youngsters to hold onto the puck and make a play. The change to the immediate offsides rule at the 12 & Under age levels and several pilot projects that eliminate the ability of shorthanded teams to legally ice the puck are designed to encourage confidence with the puck. And through its focus on small-area games, which is a cornerstone of the American Development Model, USA Hockey is helping kids improve their decision-making skills. And the more comfortable young players are with possessing the puck the more it will lead to greater confidence and creativity. “What kid naturally wants to throw the puck away?” Martel asked. “If you take kids out to play on the pond, you wouldn’t throw the puck away.


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Re: USA Hockey Article "Ditching the Dump In"
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2019, 06:51:04 PM »
Not a new trend... this article is from 4.5 years ago, at that time you could see the trend was headed toward more puck possession :

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Re: USA Hockey Article "Ditching the Dump In"
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2019, 03:29:00 PM »
the dump in makes some sense on line changes but it is ugly hockey.  Think: English soccer in the days of just kicking it as far as possible down the field versus Brazilian style of play with lots of controlled passes and exquisite dribbling.   Teams that skate and pass tend to do better than those that play whack and chase and they are a lot more fun to watch.