When the other team rings the puck along the boards towards the blueline, your first priority is stop the puck, then try to get a shot on goal. If the puck gets by you and crosses the blueline, your entire team has to clear the zone to prevent an offside.
Here’s a few tips from CBC’s Think Hockey series:
- Position yourself just in front of the blue line
- Keep your stick on the ice
- Keep your shoulders and skates facing into the offensive zone.
Don’t turn your body towards the boards
- Stop the puck with your stick perpendicular to the boards, not at an angle.
- Get control of the puck, then bring it away from the boards towards the middle of the ice.
- Get your shot through to the net.
- Shoot low for a possible deflection or rebound.
Take a look before you shoot.
If there’s too much traffic, look for an open man to pass to, or simply dump it back in down the boards.