1] Stay between the advance and the network.
When you play hockey defense, you can never go wrong with the basic principle of staying between the opposing player and the net. One by one they are a perfect example.
Keep it out
When a hockey player from the other team heads to his area with the puck, his goal is to keep him out towards the boards. Your chances of scoring from outside are much less than if you hit inside. The best way to do it is with the position of your body. If the player enters through the ice half, stand directly in front of him.
Own the center lane
If it comes by the wing, line it slightly towards the center of the ice. Your outer shoulder should be more or less aligned with your inner shoulder. This encourages him to try to hit you outside, where it is least a threat. Imagine a wide imaginary lane in the middle of the ice and keep the other player out of that lane. The hard part is controlling the amount of space, or the gap, between you and the other player.
2] Control the gap
A space that is too wide will allow the forward to cut inwards. Or, it can give you enough space to approach the goalkeeper for a shot, using it as a screen. You don't want the space to be much wider than about two lengths of a hockey stick.
A gap too narrow, and you run the risk of letting it surround you if you can't control it.
Willie Mitchell of the Canucks uses a much more deceptive approach. In an interview with the Vancouver Sun, Willie explains how he attracts the striker to "Take the candy."
"I call him taking candy," Mitchell said Monday, explaining his ability to attract opposing strikers. "The hockey game is about putting someone in a position where they react, so they take the candy."
"When I have my gap [defending an opposing striker], I hold my cane very close to my body, so it seems that there is a lot of ice in front of me. The striker wants to make his move as close as possible to the defense. Possible because he wants that the defender bites so that [the forward] can surround him. They enter to make a move, they take the candy, but then I take out my stick and take out the disc. this is how I play it.
"In the defensive zone, it's the same way. I'll give them the pass and they think: Oh, I'll make the back door of the pass. But I gave them that space. Now they make the pass; they take the candy." And I will put my stick there and break it.
"He wants to put them in an awkward position. Instead of taking the candy, he wants me to take it."
Even after the striker makes his move, try to stay between him and the net. It won't stop them all, but it will make them as hard as possible.
3] Look at your hips
One on one in hockey can be tricky against an experienced record carrier. These guys are dying to get you crazy and score that outstanding goal on the reel. Watching your hips will help prevent you from being dazzled in your own area.
Once you have positioned yourself correctly between the opposing hockey player and the net, Mr. Deke He will try to pretend in any way he can. As you know, Mr. Deke has a hockey bag full of tricks. My shorts have been taken too many times by guys like this. The infamous finger drag usually catches me. Mr. Deke attracts me with the disc strategically placing it just within my reach, sucking me to try a poke-check. But he is far ahead of me. As soon as I reach the disc, he pulls out his patented drag maneuver and goes through me. The next one thinks that I know he is behind me, eliminating the goalkeeper too. I hate getting undressed with these guys.
Don't look at the disk
The best hockey advice they have given me about this is to observe their hips as they approach you. An experienced striker will try to pretend to you with the disc, head, shoulders, a change of speed or anything else that has gotten under his sleeve. If you focus on his chest or the crest of his shirt, he can even see you with the entire upper body. The worst thing you can do is look at the disc. Keep the disc in your peripheral vision, but do not look at it.
Hips do not lie
He won't go anywhere without his hips, so keep your eyes on them. A hip cannot be dropped like a shoulder, or move quickly like a false head. With eyes at waist level, it is also a little easier to keep the disc within your peripheral vision. Look at his hips, not the disc.
4] Keep your cane in front
Hold your stick on the ice in front of you, with one hand on the stick. Not in the air, not aside. Pointing your stick to the incoming hockey player allows you the flexibility to swing it to any side that tries to surround it.
Let the striker make the first move, then react to it. If you throw yourself into the disk and fail, you can find yourself directly out of the game.
I used to sweep my stick from side to side. Against slower hockey players, sometimes I could put my stick on the disc and slow down, or even hit the disc on the boards. But it doesn't always work. Hot Shots often timed their movement just after one of my stellar attempts. My cane would be on one side and they would surround me on the opposite side. Burned again.
If you notice that the striker has problems with the disc, that is the time to try a poke-check. Otherwise, just keep your stick in front and get ready when he makes his move.