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Video: Don’t get fixated on the puck during games

Jun 12, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

When Eddie Olczyk used to play hockey used to play in the NHL, he loved analyzing video during gamedays to breakdown what he and his opponents had been doing recently.

That’s obviously far from a novel idea, but the key to that is to see the whole play rather than focus on the puck. So much of what happens in a hockey game, from the effort players put in to their ability to position themselves properly, can be lost if you narrow your field of vision.

Olczyk and Don La Greca explained that in more detail, as you can see below:

  1. bostoneagle99 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Looks like the embedded video is to the previous discussion regarding instant replay, and not to Olczyk’s video on away-from-the-puck action.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      What is the league’s opposition to one coach’s challenge per game? It doesn’t seem to be used by NFL coach’s as a delaying technique. It just seems like the league can’t give up even the tiniest measure of control.

  2. alicesrightfootesq - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Someone needs to write an accessible book about how to watch hockey similar to Pat Kirwan’s “Take Your Eye Off The Ball” for football. I think it would help a lot of people, specifically in the Flyers brass.

  3. ballistictrajectory - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    That’s fine if you’re one of the few who get to watch from the seats. If you’re watching on TV you don’t get the chance to see what’s going on outside the frame. Could be a good argument for split screen coverage, given that flat panels are now so large.

    Of course the counter argument is that thing that’s announced at the first stoppage in each period; taking your eyes off the puck can result in serious injury.

  4. djshnooks - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    “Used to play hockey used to play in the NHL?” Lol, come on bro. :-p

  5. wingsdjy - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    “Makes perfect sense to me”

    -Rick DiPietro

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