Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 1/20/14
The jpg that keeps on giving Over the past several years, we’ve talked a lot about hockey system basics like forechecking, defensive zone systems, power plays, ice-time distribution, line juggling, and the countless ways to tactically differentiate Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella. Believe it or not, there’s still a lot more to cover. We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface on things such as entries (o-zone and d-zone), breakouts, regroups, counters, backchecking systems, face-off plays, etc. In other words, I hope you all still have a healthy appetite for this stuff. Thanks to a request from loyal Blue Seat Blogs follower Tommy Tabasco (@ttabasco13), today we’re going to focus on breakouts. This was a good pick from Tommy since breakouts are such a crucial first step to generating offense.  When it comes to even-strength breakouts, there are essentially two different types: control breakouts and pressure breakouts. Control breakouts are when your team has clean possession of the
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