I decided to start a new topic as I could not find a similar topic that would solve one of my team’s (11-12 yrs - peewee) biggest problems in the defensive zone. Our wingers are having a heck of a time getting the puck out of our zone when the puck is sent along the boards by our defensemen. They seldom are on the puck first, or when they are they are more concerned about being on the receiving end of a check by the opposing defensemen - they just make a timid attempt at clearing the puck.
Can you suggest a drill to work this? Is it a matter of being quicker to the puck and stronger on the stick?