When I played hockey in high school, I used to marvel at how much time we spent practicing breakouts from our defensive zone. It seemed like every year we installed the same breakout scheme, and then spent all year practicing it over and over until I wanted to scream, “OK, we get it!! Enough already!”
Then, today comes this note from the Wild All Access blog:
It’s Thursday morning in Joe Louis Arena, and we’re watching the Red Wings’ morning skate. Coach Mike Babcock works on breakouts a good part of the time – the Red Wings base their defense on the idea that if you get the puck out of the defensive zone quickly, the other team has less opportunity to score.
I guess I shouldn’t have complained, even the pros are still running those same drills.