When to Join the Rush & When to Abort Mission?

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It's common for D to join the rush at the upper levels, but what are the building blocks for minor hockey players? When to go, when to retreat?

 This is a great example of using the "traffic light" method...

  1. FLA#5 has green light to go when he sees his strong side winger has full possession and he is above the opposition's F's
  2. Upon missing the pass he now has an yellow light and must decide if chasing the puck or retreating is the best option
  3. He identifies a red light when he reads that TOR#44 will gain full possesion and is already looking up ice for a quick transition outlet 
  4. FLA#5 decides to retreat and defend which was the correct read!


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